Stoke City will collaborate with the Dutch sports tech company Beyond Sports at the start of the new season. Stoke will focus on analysing matches in virtual reality and training their goalkeepers with this evolving technology.
The virtual reality technology Beyond Sports offer is based on real match data and enables a club to create scenarios based on a certain game-plan or a very specific approach. The Potters will start focusing on training their goalkeepers, where positioning is a crucial part of the play, recreating situations in virtual reality to enhance the ability to position themselves better.
Scientific research fuels the possibilities for more specific training for individual athletes and promises structural player enhancement in both performance and tactical decision making. Reliving certain situations through the eyes of the player gives incredible insights that come from the position from which the player actually witnessed the game.
Stoke is not the first professional football club in the United Kingdom to use virtual reality to enhance their players as Beyond Sports already partnered up with Arsenal two years ago.