Saracens F.C.

Company Profiles

From humble beginnings, ‘Sarries’ have developed into one of world rugby’s most respected, renowned and recognisable teams.

On the pitch, the North London club are enjoying a period of unbridled success, they are the reigning champions of the European Rugby Champions Cup, which they have won twice consecutively, in 2016 and 2017.

In 2014/15, they were winners of six domestic trophies, across both the men’s and women’s competitions and in 2015/16 the team made club history by becoming the first English club since 2004 to win the European and Premiership double.

ILG Business Ltd is a B2B technology provider, bringing new digital and mobile products to market. ILG developed the ILG Elite Sports Platform for many National and International sports teams who want to be at the forefront of performance and analysis and communications technology. With unique and innovative features, the ILG Elite Sports Platform is a secure and easy way for coaches to improve sports performance with their athletes.

The Approach

ILG Business started in November 2009.  It all started on a Saracens golf day, when the Director Richard, was playing with some of the Saracens players, and they mentioned about wanting an App for their team.  Richard being the businessman he is, advised that he would be able to complete this for them.  ILG sat for a few months with Saracens, working alongside them to find out exactly what their requirements were and what they wanted to do with the app.

They wanted an app that could be used for communication, analysis and document storage.

The Solution

Rugby giants, Saracens, go to the next level in performance applications. By using ILG Business, they are able to use their Elite Sports Application to deliver instant updates to players alongside instant record
updates from coaches and physios around injuries and player performance. Coaches are able to record scrums, lineouts etc. from their iPhones/iPads and directly upload to the player’s performance folder
without the need for unnecessary emails.
They use the Elite Hub (our cloud server) to store team related documents. Folders and files can be
permissioned to allow certain users access to specific areas of the ILG Hub. Files can be downloaded locally to the app and viewed whilst the device is offline.

Wellbeing, Training Data and Pro Review are also features that are heavily used enabling the coaches to
collect players’ data which can then be analysed. Training data allows R.P.E. scores to be collected and
presented in graphical form.

The Benefit

“These new enhancements really deliver a true McLaren performance against poor imitations of non-native iOS applications and web links. By Saracens using these applications they are able to take their team to the next level of analysis and team performance. Saracens are building a fantastic database and archive of performance for their up and coming academy players to learn from the senior players. ILG Elite Sports App is able to deliver all functionality within one central management system, which has stopped the need for emails, Dropbox and other third party applications.”

Company Director, Richard Groves

“We searched long and hard for a partner company with the skills and determination to create a new club website that properly reflects the spirit and innovation which sets Saracens apart. ILG Business have admirably risen to the challenge, and the result is outstanding.”

Edward Griffiths, CEO, Saracens

We are now very proud to work alongside the RFU in supporting their training through our performance software. The RFU app is bespoke for the RFU to enable them to get the best performance from their squad.

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