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New tech in time for new season

The Fleet have been benefiting from a new link-up this summer, using PlayerTek to monitor team and player performance. Developed by Catapult Sports, PlayerTek is a GPS-based system that helps team management make informed decisions to improve performance. In training, the Fleet players have been wearing special vests and on matchdays they will have small pods that will relay realtime data for every player in every position.

This will allow our coaching staff to monitor distance covered, intensity of training sessions and matches plus other data-driven insights. The PlayerTek technology is recognised to help optimise performance, reduce the risk of injury and aid injury rehabilitation.

The Fleet have now joined the likes of AFC Wimbledon, Boreham Wood, Salford City, and recent FA Cup quarter-finalists Wigan Athletic in using the technology to inform key decisions with unrivalled performance data.

“The PlayerTek monitoring system will allow us to continue to develop our training schedules, game monitoring and player loading throughout the season and beyond,” said David Jupp, Fleet’s first-team coach. “It’s vital to our players and ourselves as staff that we can continually monitor the players for their welfare and development, especially throughout the important pre-season period as we build up for the coming season’s campaign”.

“We’re pleased to bring Ebbsfleet United on board as our latest PlayerTek user,” said Matthew Wade, Sports Performance Consultant at PlayerTek. “Athlete monitoring technology is becoming increasingly widely used throughout the non-league pyramid, and it’s fantastic to see a forward-thinking club like Ebbsfleet implementing the technology to help optimise performance in training and games.”

The players and staff have started using the PlayerTek technology during their testing phase at K Sports Cobdown and it was then used all week in detail at our annual pre-season camp in Portugal (below).

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