Sports Consultancy

Coolgreen Ltd have been involved in Sports consultancy for over 6 years.  We have provided a wide range of support in the development of business systems for high performance sports.  We work both at the strategic planning level, and at the detailed, systems provision level.

Richard Lecky-Thompson leads on Sports issues for Coolgreen. As well as his IT experience he also holds a number of Coaching Qualifications and is Junior Coordinator for Fell Running in England. He is a Level 1 Athletics Coach, and has been coaching juniors for several years. He is also a L2 Strength and Conditioning Coach, and has assisted on 2 England RFU Training camps for U18 and U16 and a National Fell Running Squad Day. Finally, he is a L3 Orienteering Coach, working with the current British Schools Champions, and a number of individuals, including a current World Schools Champion. Richard also competed for Ireland as a Junior International Orienteer. 

The two Case Studies below give an idea of some of our work with different sports.

We have also produced a White Paper, regarding the implementation of Athlete Information Systems.  This can be downloaded using the link on the right.

Case Study 1 - The English Institute of Sport

Our first contract was with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) during its development phase.  There had been no IT input at all.  The first job was to define the  IT strategy for the whole of the EIS and get approval for this from its Board and SportEngland.

From the IT strategy we developed two major projects, one for the IT Infrastructure, the other for a sport-wide Athlete Database.  In doing so we worked closely with a number of sports, team and individual; SportEngland; UKSI; UKSport and the BOA.  Both projects were valued at around 1.5m, so had to be approved by the DCMS and go through the EU tendering process.  We successfully negotiated both of these hurdles before the development phase ended.

Case Study 2 - England Rugby Football Union

For the last five years we have been working closely with England RFU and RFUW in the development of their world-leading athlete information system, EPAS. 

The first task was to work with Chris Spice, the former RFU Performance Director, to develop a high level model of the department.  From this we defined an Information Plan which gave a pathway for the development of the EPAS system.

Much of our role has involved dealing with players and staff at the Premiership clubs.  This has been challenging, given the level of distrust between the clubs and the RFU, but we developed good relationships with the majority of them.

The medical record system gave much cause for concern amongst players, coaches and medics, specifically regarding confidentiality and security.  We conducted a detailed review of a trial, gathering evidence from players, medics and coaches.  We then presented this to the Professional Rugby players Association AGM and got their approval for continuing.  Part of their approval was conditional on all players being briefed on the system, and we subsequently completed these briefings successfully.

The nature of an Athlete Information system is that it covers almost every aspect of a Performance department, and to be of any use it has to do this in significant detail.  This means that we have an unusually wide and deep knowledge of the workings of two very different Performance Departments, RFU and RFUW.  Many of the staff  have been impressed by our ability to ask probing questions about their work and have found that this has benefited them.

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