Manchester startup Mi-Hiepa Scout has launched virtual reality technology program at rehabilitating injured footballers and scouting new talent. Top clubs, physiotherapists and sports scientists have been involved in the development of the product, which is being rolled out this season.
Premier League clubs are already looking at the system, created by Mi-Hiepa Scout, and its founders hope that it will also be used to improve current players and scout for players in the future. The company’s proprietary limb tracking mechanism enables the system to track the movement of a player’s feet and shins independently in 3D space. With no need for handheld controllers to move feet, accuracy and immersion in the virtual reality experience is first class.
The company was created as a joint venture by leading Manchester developers Mi and sports data experts Hiepa and is being advised by Manchester-based accountants Alexander Knight & Co.
Adam Dickinson, production and development director of Mi-Hiepa Scout, said: “We’ve been delighted with the reaction by football clubs in the professional game. We’re operating at the elite level of sport and clubs are keen to explore any advantage they can bring to their squad. For the first time, coaches, managers, scouts and sports directors can produce rapid, standardised, measurable and comparable results from talent pools that may have been previously unmanageable.”
He continued: “Our system helps get players better mentally and physically through individual training drills. One of the problems many clubs are trying to solve is player engagement during rehab after an injury has occurred. This product certainly does that while providing valuable data for players, coaches and club performance analysts.”
Murray Patt, founder of Alexander Knight & Co in Manchester, said: “The management team at Mi-Hiepa Scout has got strong credentials and connections in the world of football.”
Our resident Footie lover seemed very excited about this, however wondered if any technology could help Arsenal retain the services of his favorite player, Alexis Sanchez. The rest of the office, based in North America, has no clue what he is talking about. Go Team? 😉