Catapult signs league-wide deal with Rugby Football League

Catapult RFL

We’re pleased to announce that Catapult has agreed a partnership with the Rugby Football League (RFL) – the governing body for rugby league in England – to further enhance the organisation’s innovation credentials.

The partnership will see Catapult supply the RFL with 390 S5 tracking units and embed our systems within the twelve teams of the Super League and the England National Team. The devices will be used across both training and matches in 2018.

“Catapult’s wearable analytics will be deployed to all twelve of our Super League teams, having already been used by the England Men’s National Team at the Rugby League World Cup in 2017,” said Roger Draper, Chief Commercial Officer at the RFL. “The RFL have long been associated with technology innovation and our partnership with Catapult enhances our technology credentials as we explore new opportunities for live match day tracking and grassroots wearables. We selected Catapult for their analytics platform capabilities, their service model and the opportunity to explore new commercial opportunities. We are extremely excited about the partnership for the Super League and our teams.”

The agreement will also explore live match day tracking using our ClearSky technology. For the 2018 Super League season, the RFL and Catapult will investigate data commercialisation opportunities to use live metrics supported by our systems.

“We’re delighted to be able to work in partnership with the RFL and the Super League as they ramp up their use of innovative technology to enhance performance amongst their athletes and teams,” said Joe Powell, Catapult CEO. “We’re equally excited to explore potential data broadcast opportunities, following the success of this year’s State of Origin project. The pursuit of league-wide deals continues to be a key focus for us here at Catapult, and we’re grateful to RFL for the opportunity to partner.”

Interested in find out more about our technology? Discover our ClearSky technology here. You can also watch our recent interview with Dr. Ben Jones, the RFL’s Research & Innovation Manager, here.

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