The world’s first wearable tech vest for amateur footballers has been unveiled by Catapult Sports.

The elite sports performance analytics firm has launched PLAYERTEK, which is worn on the upper back and features GPS tracking technology.

Data on movement, distance covered, top speed, sprint distance and number of sprints is synced wirelessly to an iOS app on the user’s mobile device and allows players to accurately track progress and compare themselves to elite footballers and friends.

PLAYERTEK has also established a ‘World League', where users can measure their performance globally against the wider community.

“This is a true world first,” said Benoit Simeray, CEO of consumer at Catapult Sports.

“This performance wearable brings together a series of cutting-edge technologies, forged in elite sports, in a package for the amateur competitive footballer.

“Developed in conjunction with top sport scientists, PLAYERTEK allows non-professionals to benefit from a subset of the insights and analytics used by the coaching staff of the world’s greatest football teams.

“For players looking to improve performance and raise their game, the data and insight generated by PLAYERTEK will allow them to see exactly how their performance improves over time.

“Not only this, but aspiring professionals will be able to measure themselves directly against world-class Premier League players.”

Acquired by Catapult Group in 2016, PLAYERTEK joined a family of sports technology companies which has been helping coaches improve elite sport performance for over ten years. Over 1,250 teams and institutions enhance their athletes’ performance with Catapult products every day.

PLAYERTEK is available now for pre-order in the UK at a recommended retail price of £199 including VAT.

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