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sport-kit.net: Product Innovation

Lauren Heath-Jones takes a look at the latest technology and innovation currently making waves across the world of sport

by Lauren Heath-Jones, Leisure Media | Published in Sports Management 2019 issue 1

Toro Lynx creates the best surface for sport, says Simon Gibson
Gibson is pleased with the result achieved with Toro

Turf maintenance specialist Toro has completed a major overhaul of the pitch irrigation system at the King Power Stadium, home to Leicester City Football Club.

The club opted for the Toro Lynx central control system, an app-controlled system that is designed to enable facilities to manage its water and other resources. The system enables operators to keep all of their essential irrigation information in one place, and features a single, intuitive interface where users can track water usage, control irrigation and generate daily reports.

In addition, the club had the Turf Guard wireless soil monitoring system installed on each corner of the pitch, as well as 10 Infinity sprinklers around the perimeter of the pitch, and eight T7 sprinklers in the centre.

Simon Gibson, head groundsman at the King Power Stadium, says: “Expectations for sports surfaces are always high and the pressure for the best surface possible only ever increases. You’ve got to get the best results and you do with Toro. Its irrigation system delivered everything we asked for.”

Sport-kit keyword: TORO

The King Power Stadium has 10 Infinity sprinklers
Kieran Gallagher on PlayCam debut at Trent Park Football
Gallagher says players can view footage quickly and easily

Billed as ‘Match of the Day for amateur football’, PlayCam aims to retain player interest and build a social community by enabling grassroots players to view their performance online within an hour after the final whistle has blown.

Players can watch footage of their training sessions or 5, 6 and 7-a-side games, as well as social matches and party events, simply by going to PlayCam’s online portal. PlayCam venues are equipped with software that enables operators to schedule games in just 30 seconds. The software then takes care of recording the games, and emails players once the recording is viewable online.

Kieran Gallagher, general manager at Trent Park Football in North London, says: “With such easy-to-use software and technology, our players are able to view and share the replay of their games in less than an hour after the final whistle has blown.”

Sport-kit keyword: PLAYCAM

PlayCam cameras capture training and matches
CPP Group and DeCyber partnership protects sports clubs from malicious cyber attacks, says Jonathon Lane
Lane (R) says sports clubs are at high risk of cyber attack

CPP Group UK, a global supplier of financial assistance products, has partnered with DeCyber, a cyber security specialist, to create a suite of products for businesses to manage their online security.

With a reported 58 per cent of malware and cyber attacks targeting small businesses, including sports clubs, CPP and DeCyber’s product suite is designed to detect and minimise these attacks.

The product offering, strategically backed by The Risk Transfer Group, consists of three programmes: OwlDetect, KYND and WardWiz. OwlDetect is a web scanner that searches the web, including the dark web, for data leaks, while KYND identifies potential weaknesses in users’ websites and online resources. WardWiz is a comprehensive anti-virus package that provides real-time protection from online threats. Each comes with cyber insurance cover through Lloyds of London and cyber risk awareness training through CybSafe.

Jonathon Lane, MD of DeCyber, says: “The statistics about the risks that sports clubs are facing are pretty frightening. DeCyber’s easy-to-use platform and ‘healthcheck’ process ensures that clubs and associations can have simple, easy and cost effective access to the latest cyber protection solutions.”

Sport-kit keyword: CPP Group

DeCyber products come with cyber insurance cover
Swim Smooth to support and advise Everyone Active members, says Jacqui Tillman
Tillman is excited to see the positive impact on members

Swim Smooth, an Australia-based aquatic coaching company, has launched a new partnership with leading leisure operator Everyone Active, that will give members free access to a host of digital resources that will help them to develop their swimming skills.

Swim-only members at Eveyone Active-run centres will be given access to Swim Smooth Guru, a virtual coach offering a wealth of online advice, such as step-by-step technique tutorials, video analysis and tips on defining and overcorrecting strokes, for swimmers of all abilities.

Jacqui Tillman, head of Swimming at Everyone Active, says: “The partnership with Swim Smooth will bring benefits and add value to our swim-only members.”

“We chose to partner with Swim Smooth based on its reputation for providing world-class support and advice to swimmers, and I am excited to see the positive impact it has on our members.”

Adam Young, UK head coach at Swim Smooth, says: “Using our virtual coach swimmers can improve their swimming with unique drills, stroke correction processes and even a full learn-to-swim process for beginners.”

Sport-kit keyword:SWIM SMOOTH

Members can access drills and stroke correction processes
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