A number of independent schools have partnered with newly launched charity Podium Analytics, which aims to address the issue of sports-related injury in young people.
The charity is initially working with a small group of schools and academy trusts to close the gap in research in this area.
Partners include Mill Hill School, Wellington College, Repton School, Magdalen College School, Dean Close School, David Ross Education Trust, United Learning Group and Bohunt Educational Trust (City Academy Norwich).
The programme will expand to at least 200 schools over the course of this academic year.
Podium Analytics have established the Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford, a first-of-its-kind institute focused on 11-18 year olds and sports safety for lifelong health rather than performance.
Mill Hill was one of the first schools to partner with Podium Analytics. Aaron Liffchak, director of sport, said: “At Mill Hill we are committed to excellence, whether this be in the classroom or out on the training field.
“Working in partnership with Podium will allow us to track, monitor and support our pupils through injury ensuring we can develop our best practice and keep players safe.
“This partnership will help to strengthen our sports pedigree, granting further insight into the safety of our pupils, and creating a safer world for sport so that our pupils can enjoy it for a lifetime.”
Andy Hunt, CEO of Podium Analytics, added: “We look forward to working with the team more closely to drive pioneering research into youth sports injury, which will not only support Mill Hill’s own incredible sports programme but will also see us working together to bring learnings and best practice to a wider community of schools and clubs.”