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Bayer Leverkusen Renews and Expands Partnership with Kitman Labs.

Roger Hampel

Bayer Leverkusen Kitman Labs
Bayer Leverkusen Kitman Labs

Bayer Leverkusen, fresh from their historic Bundesliga championship win, has renewed and expanded their partnership with Kitman Labs, a leader in performance intelligence platforms for sports. This extended collaboration will enhance data integration and analytics across the club's men’s first team and its entire academy system.

Leveraging Data for Holistic Player Development

Kitman Labs' innovative solution, known as the Intelligence Platform (iP), will serve as the centralized operating system for all of Leverkusen's performance, medical, and development data. This system integrates various aspects of player management to create a unified view that enhances decision-making processes at all levels of the club.

The iP platform will combine performance medicine, optimization, coaching, and talent development into a singular, integrated framework. This will allow Leverkusch to streamline operations, eliminate information silos, and foster cross-departmental collaboration, providing a 360-degree view of all players' health, wellness, and performance metrics.

Building on a Solid Foundation

This renewal marks an extension of a successful six-year partnership that has coincided with Leverkusen’s rise to the top of European football. The club's first Bundesliga title and a record-setting run in European competitions highlight the effectiveness of Kitman Labs' system in enhancing competitive performance.

Dr. Karl-Heinrich Dittmar, Medical Director at Bayer Leverkusen, expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, stating, "The technological capabilities and innovation of Kitman Labs have grown significantly over the last six years. After a thorough evaluation, it’s clear that no other provider matches their expertise. Kitman Labs acts as the ‘team behind the team,’ playing a crucial role in our data-driven strategy that has directly contributed to our success on the pitch."

Expanding Impact Across the Academy

A significant aspect of this expanded partnership is the deployment of the iP across Leverkusen's academy. This strategic move aims to support the development of young talent through reliable and repeatable programs. By leveraging data-driven insights, the club can manage player pathways more effectively, from performance benchmarking to personalized development plans.

The academy will benefit from evidence-led practices to identify and nurture early-stage talent, speeding up their progression through the ranks at Leverkusen.

A Visionary Approach to Sports Performance

Stephen Smith, CEO and Founder of Kitman Labs, highlighted the visionary approach of Leverkusen’s leadership. "For more than six years, Bayer Leverkusen has been at the forefront of integrating advanced analytics into their operational protocol. Seeing their long-term vision for data-driven performance come to fruition is both personally and professionally gratifying," said Smith.

Kitman Labs has established itself as a pivotal player in sports analytics, working with top teams and leagues across various sports. Their recent initiatives include launching The Football Intelligence Platform across all Premier League Academies, demonstrating their continued commitment to advancing sports science and analytics globally.


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