The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) announced a two-year partnership with South Korea-based company Fitogether, which will see the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s and Women’s National Senior Teams outfitted with electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) devices and supportive technology.
The ‘wearable technology’ should provide data to assist the technical staff in ‘performance analysis’ of the respective teams. In return, the TTFA will offer Fitogether ‘marketing opportunities in the form of commercial branding at events and media platforms’.
The Women Soca Warriors, according to the TTFA Media, used the training devices at their just concluded training camp and head coach James Thomas described it as ‘a game changer’.
“To be able to integrate this into what we do, our planning and our reflection of sessions and games is absolutely vital for the things we are trying to achieve as a national team,” Thomas told the TTFA Media. “It’s a tool that we are going to use everyday—whether it’s in the local training program or in national team camps—and it will form a very important pillar within the toolbox that we have as coaches, to provide those players with a platform in the environment that they need in order to achieve the things they are setting out to.
“Football is now in a place where science plays a huge role and the top teams in the world use these technologies; and they use it because they have a massive impact and positive effect on everything that the coaching staff, from head coach all the way through to the sports science department and assistant coaches and technical analysts have.
“It’s something that we are really looking forward to working with going forward.”
Fitogether director Taeryung Kim said his company is ‘delighted to work with [the] TTFA’.
“We are the official EPTS (electronic performance tracking system) company of the K-league and an EPTS company certified by Fifa,” said Taeryung. “After Covid-19, performance management using player data has become important. We believe that technology will help the development of football.”
Apart from the TTFA and the K-League, Fitogether also signed deals with the Singapore Premier League and the Uzbekistan Football Association this year while its clients also include several non-league British football clubs such as Morecambe FC, Chorley FC, and Accrington Stanley FC, and Thompson Rivers University in Canada.
All of the above partnerships were created within the last 12 months.