If winning starts in the ‘engine room’ as the saying goes, the Sharks may have given themselves a significant competitive advantage in welcoming EngineRoom.io as their Official Technology and Cloud Computing partner for 2018.

EngineRoom.io will provide the Sharks with a high-performance Computing and Data Analytics platform to enable our sports science team to collate and analyse the numerous sets of performance data they collect from a variety of sources.

EngineRoom.io will provide the Sharks with development of the data analytics, insight generation and visualisation platform as the club continues to pursue an innovative sports technology strategy led by Andrew Gray, the Club’s Physical Performance Manager.

“We have a heavy focus on the use of technology at the Sharks to improve our football program at every step of the way,” Gray began.

“This includes GPS tracking during field sessions and games, capturing acceleration and collision data, scanning for monitoring players body composition and wellness surveys for overall wellbeing tracking.

“Through working with EngineRoom.io and their HPC computing, machine learning and data analytics we will be able to collate, analyse and gain insights from all of the data we collect,” Gray said.

The insights Gray talks about will help the Sharks physical performance staff to better prepare the team and to ensure the players are given the best opportunity to remain injury free throughout the season.

“By reducing injuries amongst our playing squad, we can continually field our best players throughout the season and ultimately give ourselves the best chance to win more games,” Gray added.

Stefan Gillard, CEO of EngineRoom.io was confident his company can provide the technology necessary to give the Sharks a competitive edge in 2018 after a successful trial project in 2017.

“Having the opportunity to work with Andrew Gray, a recognised subject matter expert in the field of player performance, has been a real coup for EngineRoom.io,” Gillard said.

 “Our work with the Sharks specifically targets on-field analytics, which deals with improving the performance of both the team and individual players. It digs deep into aspects such as player fitness, as well as injury prevention. We look forward to assisting the Sharks to a successful season in 2018.”

In a testament to the way the Sharks players are trained and prepared, since Gray’s arrival at the Sharks in 2015, the club has used the fewest players amongst the 16 NRL teams, with these statistics equating to the Physical Performance Department consistently producing the most well prepared and injury resistant players in the competition.

The partnership with EngineRoom.io is aimed at staying on top of the pack in 2018 and beyond as the Sharks hunt further success on the field.

For more information on EngineRoom.io and the services they provide go to their website at https://www.engineroom.io/