STATSports to create 237 new jobs
Local company STATSports have announced plans to create 237 new jobs over the next three years as part of “aggressive growth plans”.
The jobs will be based in Newry and will used to service the firm’s 500 clients which include some of the world’s top sporting organisation. Founded by Dundalk men Alan Clarke and Sean O’Connor, STATSports is the primary sponsor of Louth GAA and a key sponsor of Dundalk FC.
Recruitment is already underway with 92 of the new roles already in place. The jobs include a range of roles in human resources, sports science, sales, research and development, finance and marketing.
As well as job creation, STATSports is making a multi-million pound investment in research and development, as well as staff training, supported by a grant of almost £4million from Invest Northern Ireland.
The company won a contract in April to supply its monitoring devices to the Brazil football team. That move came just weeks after it won a £1 billion deal with the US Soccer Federation.
STATSports recently launched its Apex Athlete Series. The Apex device is worn in a vest and positioned between the shoulder blades. It measures and analyses physical attributes of players and can provide feedback on metrics such as distance and speed, as well as levels of fatigue and injury risk.
The information can be streamed directly to a phone, tablet or smartwatch, making it easy for coaches to incorporate it into training schedules.
“This is a hugely exciting time for us at STATSports as we embark on the next stage of our journey,” said STATSports chief executive Alan Clarke.
“We have already established our performance monitoring technology with some of the biggest and best known sporting organisations in the world. This investment will allow us to expand our reach even further in both the elite and everyday field sports sector.
“Our staff are highly skilled and incredibly knowledgeable about the sports performance monitoring industry and we will be replicating that with the additional hires. The research and development assistance will also allow us to keep evolving our cutting-edge technology.”
Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley said the new jobs would generate more than £7 million annually in additional salaries.
“STATSports is an award winning tech business which has a fast-growing reach across the world and an outstanding reputation as a leading pioneer of cutting-edge sport technology,” she said.
“It is fantastic to see a significant research and development investment of £5.5 million which will also create 26 research and development roles for the business.”