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A UK based SME experienced in the provision of football coaching and training has developed a novel range of goalkeeper training equipment. Their training apparatus randomly alters the balls trajectory, recreating deflections to develop goalkeeper hand-eye coordination and reaction times. The system has been endorsed by UK Premier League and international goalkeepers, and clubs. They seek to develop international markets through commercial agency and distribution agreements for their products.
The approach of this UK sports equipment company is to support the development of intuitive players through the reproduction of realistic game scenarios within the training environment.
The system allows trainers to mimic realistic shot deflection and blind spot training scenarios to simulate ‘chance elements'. The significance of chance elements within the game is extremely high with research by the Potsdam Institute for Game Analysis showing that of the 108 goals scored at UEFA Euro 2016, 31 (28.7%) resulted from least one element of chance including shot deflection, obstructed vision, rebounds and defensive own goals (analysis available at www.spielanalyse.org).
The equipment employs a ‘barrier' incorporating a variety of materials and forms creating a multitude of realistic deflections to alter the trajectory, angle, pace and spin of the ball.
The companies prior knowledge of the requirements of training equipment has resulted in a range of products which could be readily deployed in training grounds and pre-match warm ups.
The company seeks commercial cooperation with professional and amateur football clubs, trainers, coaches and team technical development specialists to explore international opportunities. They also seek distribution agreements with companies with existing networks within the provision of sports/football training equipment.
The advantages offered are:
• This is a unique purpose built aid to the accurate imitation of shot deflection without the need for additional coaching/outfield players
• The product has been developed based on the companies knowledge of the technical specification of training equipment, formed through experience within professional (UK Premier League) goalkeeper coaching and training
• The system is portable for use within stadiums as pre-match warm-up, or within training ground environments
They are looking for partners who are interested in adding to their sports portfolio primarily through a commercial agreement with football clubs, football associations training academies, sports centres and sporting goods retailers.
The company would like to collaborate on distribution agreements with international partners such as wholesalers and sporting goods agents/distributors. It is envisaged that partnerships will be made with companies with existing networks and the ability to add value to their emerging sport brand.