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Press Release: World Virtual & Augmented Reality Sports Innovation Summit 2017

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 30/06/2017

2017 is shaping up to be the breakthrough year for [Immersive Technology] and [Spor]t. With an expected [market potential in excess of $100 Billion by 2020], the opportunities for growth are enormous. The [World Virtual & Augmented Reality Sports Innovation Summit 2017] takes place in [San Francisco] on [November 15-16] and bri ...

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Elite Sport Nutritionist Ben Coomber Discusses Elite Performance Ahead Of The Rugby Innovation Summit

By Ben Coomber 05/06/2017

The [2nd Annual Rugby Innovation Summit 2017] now less than a month away (May 3/4th) we caught up with performance nutritionist [Ben Coomber] who we are delighted to announce will be presenting at the event. Ben runs [Body Type Nutrition], an online nutrition coaching company that also runs a multi-level, online nutrition coachi ...

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The Connected Athlete: The Role Data Science Plays In Athlete Management

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 05/06/2017

The role of technology in elite sports performance continues to grow exponentially. Wearable tech, immersive reality, and video replay are just a few examples where technology is taking an increasingly dominant role in what is an incredibly exciting time for the entire elite sporting ecosystem. Intel have recently invested ...

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Jan Van Loon, Arsenal’s Head of Individual Player Development Interview

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 05/06/2017

[1) How is performance profiling being used to determine a player's 'coach-ability'?] “Hi Bobby, what would you like to become in the future?” “A Professional football player Sir,” says Bobby. “Do you want to become Sanchez or Ozil?” “Just Bobby Sir,” says Bobby!! People change constantly whether or not they ...

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Do English Clubs ‘Fail to Prepare Their Young Players’?

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 24/01/2017

Do English Clubs ‘Fail to Prepare Their Young Players’? [Pep Guardiola’s] comment last Friday that the Premier League Clubs should introduce [‘B’ teams], irrelevant of City’s recent poor run of form, was in fact incredibly thought-provoking. ...

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'The Socialisation Approach’ – FC Barcelona

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 17/01/2017

A constant theme throughout the Football Innovation Summit is looking closely at how clubs use and apply technology to achieve greater on-field success. A leading figure in this conversation is Raul Pelaez, Director of Technology and Knowledge Management at FC Barcelona. Raul will be speaking on Day 1 of the Summit. Understand ...

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Rugby Concussions Increase by 59% – Bigger Hits or Greater Awareness?

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/09/2015

As rugby takes priority on our TV screens for the next few weeks (thank you RWC2015) I thought it important to reference the fascinating programme earlier this week on BBC Panorama focussing on rugby concussion led by the brilliant John Beattie. The one statistic that has stuck with me since is the RFU figure that concussion ...

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“If we have children, there’s no chance they’re playing rugby…!"

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 05/06/2017

The debate this week around the much publicised petition to ban tackling in schools rugby has been fascinating. There has been an overwhelming response from the rugby and non-rugby community largely declaring the notion as ridiculous. As a former player with huge passion for the game I am a vociferous member of the ‘Don’t Ban ...

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Athlete Biometric Data: The future of fan engagement content?

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/11/2017

This is a short commentary in advance of panel discussion on the same topic at the Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit in San Francisco on 30-31st January 2018. There has been a market surge in both provision of and demand for fitness applications and sport wearables (Apple Watch, Fitbit, and MI band), with biomet ...

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Why Elite Performance is Driving the Biggest Show on Earth

By Luke James, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/11/2017

Criticised in some parts for being too much of a lean towards the Circus nature of Show Business does a major disservice to the incredible preparation, technology and facilities being used by Conor McGregor at the [UFC’s new Elite Performance Centre] – just a few miles away from the famous Las Vegas strip. [UFC] is one of the ...

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220 Organisations Signed Up To Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit SF!

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 24/01/2018

With exactly three weeks to go until the [Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit] in San Francisco (Jan 30-31) we are delighted to welcome over [220 different organisations and over 500 attendees] to what has fast become the leading sports technology conference in San Francisco. It has been a monumental effort by al ...

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The Evolution Of The Football Agent

By Richard Cohen, Production Director, Sports Innovation Network 15/03/2017

The Evolution Of The Football Agent As part of the Football Innovation Summit we look closely at the relationship between Agents, Clubs and the importance of positive relations to ensure effective pathways and careers for their Players. ...

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Ssssh....found the delegate list for San Francisco Sports Summit

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 14/12/2017

We are delighted to announce that there has been a huge response to our [San Francisco Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit (30-31st January)]. Over 230 executives from 150+ organisations have signed up in the first few weeks to speak, network and do business. Click below for the current delegate list: [http://bi ...

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Leading NBA Performance Coach Reveals How To Maximise Speed & Quickness

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 21/01/2016

Taking lessons from other sports and understanding how to transfer and apply this learning is essential to the further development of rugby players and teams. In any sport, speed is a commodity and a critical point of difference. It is an area where no matter the player or their position a 2% gain can be the critical differen ...

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A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part One

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2016

Charlie Pozniak is a 17 year old currently playing lock for Sale Sharks U18 in the Premiership Academy League. He is in Year 12 and studying four A-Levels at The Manchester Grammar School: Russian, History, Politics, and RS. Sunday Outmuscled, outplayed, outclassed. We’ve just lost to Leicester, and playing against a Tuila ...

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Adidas sign as Founding Partner of Pacific Pro Football

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

The alternative developmental football league, Pacific Pro Football has received a huge boost as Adidas sign on as their founding partner. Due to launch in the summer of 2019 with four teams based in Southern California the announcement is a [significant marker on the traditional path to pro football.] Should the league c ...

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Rugby On The Verge Of Technology Gold Rush

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 14/09/2015

With close to 20 million people expected to watch the Rugby World Cup final later this year, rugby is beginning to attract a global appeal few may have thought possible back in 1987 at the first world cup in New Zealand. Add into the mix that Rugby 7s is now an Olympic sport with the subsequent mass investment and funding fro ...

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Numbers Never Lie…

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

Rugby is constantly evolving and teams are always looking for a way to improve. One of those ways has been with the advent of technology in modern rugby, we have seen an explosion in Statistics, Analytics and Performance Measurement at the domestic level. Teams are embracing the fact that Statistics can help them assess their ow ...

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Genetic Testing Changes The Landscape For Sports Nutrition

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

At Game Changer Sports we are constantly on the look out for the most innovative and creative solutions to improve performance and reduce injury. We were absolutely delighted to be introduced to former rugby player James Brown, now the CEO and Founder of DNActiv. DNActiv Nutrition is widely accepted as the fundamental buil ...

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Chatham House Rule Drives Discussion at ‘Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit’ – Early Bird Ends Friday

By Luke James, Director, Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

Commercial strategy and execution is essential to the development of Immersive and new technologies. The [Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit] in London on [April 18-19] creates an environment whereby leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space can speak openly and honestly to ...

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Redesigning Rugby Union Attack – Canterbury Crusaders

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

In 1969, Neil Armstrong captivated the world with his first steps onto the moon. For years we were enthralled by Apollo missions, successful or not. We developed a method of guaranteeing success and the innovations and explorative ideas became less and less. The Space programme was simply about perfecting what worked before not ...

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A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part Two

By Luke, Co-Founder, Game Changer Sports 15/03/2017

In this follow-on from Charlie Pozniak’s diary of a typical week as a Manchester Grammar School pupil and a Sale Sharks U18 player, Mark Bennett – head of performance at Bristol – offers some advice on what the young back-five forward can improve upon. Sunday – match If Charlie is truly 10kg lighter than others playing in ...

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Intimate London Setting Enables Leaders in Tech, Broadcast & Sports to Share Commercial & Execution Strategy for Immersive Technology

By Jack Wilson, Head of Technology & VR at Sports Innovation Network 05/04/2018

Commercial strategy and execution is essential to the development of Immersive and new technologies. The [Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit] creates an environment whereby leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space can speak [openly and honestly to facilitate cross-learning, ...

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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series – Over 200 Registered Since Launch!

By Nick Longworth, Director, Sports Innovation Network 01/03/2018

It has been an incredible week for the Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Summit with some incredible new speakers added and [over 200 registrations] in the week since launching. With the [Early Bird ending this Friday] it is a great opportunity to be a part of the fastest growing sports summit in Europe! Following the huge ...

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