STATSports Newry with Apex Watch
Jarlath Quinn, group managing director at STATSports.

Newry company Statsports, the makers of high tech performance-monitoring tools for sport has more than doubled its workforce due to strong global sales and tie-ins with some of the world’s highest profile football clubs, it announced recently.

On the back of strong sales worldwide and an influx of new clients STATSports has grown its staff from 17 to 40 staff, resulting in relocation to new larger offices at Drumalane Mill in Newry.

Founded in 2008 by Alan Clarke and Sean O’Connor, STATSports Group has changed the way sport is analysed, coached and viewed by combining cutting edge technology and sports science.

Statsports has also renewed contracts with its existing customers including the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Football Association of Ireland (FAI), Irish Football Association (IFA) and numerous GAA teams. The firm said new deals with some of Europe’s top football teams were a major coup.

Teams in English Premier League, La Liga, the NFL, NBA and other professional sporting leagues and national teams use STATSports’ performance trackers to gather and analyse real-time player and team data during training and games to help them improve performance, strategy and reduce injuries.

Emerging as the world’s leading provider of GPS player tracking and analysis solutions the Newry company has linked with some of the biggest sports brands in world including Manchester United, the English FA and Nike.

Apex watch

Among new clients are Inter Milan, Athletic Bilbao, AS Monaco, the Scottish Football Association and the Portuguese FA. The growth has coincided with the release of Statsports’ Apex product – a watch which provides real-time data.

STATSports Apex Watch
STATSPorts new Apex Watch

STATSports’ exponential growth has coincided with the release of its third-generation system for elite sports teams. Promoted as the most advanced performance monitoring and analysis system on the market, Apex is helping the firm make inroads on its competitors and add significant new clients to its global portfolio.

Managing director Jarlath Quinn said he is thrilled at the progress the company has made, as well as customers’ initial response to Apex.

“We are continuing to move in the right direction and are confident we have the right team in place to drive further growth over the coming years. We have ambitious plans for our technology and are putting the right team and resource in place to execute those plans.”

Even with some of the world’s biggest sporting brands on board Mr Quinn believes there is still more to come with the company committed to continued research and development.

“We are further enhancing our Apex system with the development of mobile, tablet and smartwatch apps to make data even more accessible for coaches and managers ensuring peak performance can be attained.”