Harlequins is delighted to renew its longstanding partnership with OPRO, which sees the Hertfordshire-based company continue as the official mouthguard for the Club for a further three years.
This deal ensures Harlequins continue to enjoy the assurance of wearing OPRO’s internationally renowned, custom-made mouthguards for all players. This includes continued support of Harlequins Women through the next phase of the RFU’s top tier Premier 15’s competition.
The partnership brings with it the introduction of the next generation of smart mouthguards, OPRO+, embedded with PROTECHT’s state of the art sensor technology, which accurately identifies and reports all head impacts received by players in training or competitive matches. This ground-breaking initiative will tailor training in a progressive way to slowly move towards match demands, enabling players to safely simulate the loads and intensity of collisions.
OPRO are dedicated to bringing leading technology and safety to athletes at all levels of sport and are the official mouthguard partner of over 85 sporting teams and associations, including England Rugby, Rugby Australia, New Zealand Rugby, and 11 Gallagher Premiership clubs. They have twice received the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation, in recognition of their ground-breaking work in improving children’s’ and athletes’ protection.
Mike Lancaster, Head of Medical Services at Harlequins, said: “We are thrilled to have extended our contract with OPRO. The safety and wellbeing of our players is of the upmost importance at Harlequins and the protection that OPRO offer is the best in the market. Added to this the ability to be involved with the PROTECHT and OPRO+ to introduce this cutting edge technology further cements our commitment to our player’s welfare.”
OPRO Sports Marketing Director, Daniel Lovat, said: “Harlequins is an iconic team and we are proud to have supported the club for the last 15 years. We are delighted to have renewed our partnership and are really looking forward to supporting the Women’s team in the Premier 15s competition. Innovation and protection are at the forefront of what we do and it’s fantastic we’ll also be able to support the club and the welfare of the players through the PROTECHT and OPRO+ program.”
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Harlequins is one of the oldest and most famous rugby clubs in the world. Founded in 1866, the Club has, throughout its vibrant history, been a proud innovator in the game both nationally and globally. The Club is a founder member of the RFU and is as famous for its quartered shirt, as for its expansive style of play. A truly local and global rugby club, Harlequins has over 230 community clubs and schools affiliated locally to The Stoop, its home of over 50 years in south-west London, as well as a further eight across the world. On a playing front Harlequins has developed one of the most successful Academies in the Premiership and regularly provides players for international representational honours. www.quins.co.uk
Founded 20 years ago by dentist Dr Anthony Lovat, OPRO is the world’s most technically advanced mouthguard company and a leading pioneer in oral protection. Through the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology and the use of innovative design and production methods, OPRO has been at the forefront of protecting the safety of athletes at all levels, across a range of different sports, for more than two decades.
The family owned and run company is based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and all products are designed and manufactured in the UK, and available worldwide through a network of retailers and distributors.
OPRO is the official mouthguard partner of a number of professional sporting organisations, including England Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, Rugby Australia, 11 Gallagher Premiership Rugby teams, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), GB Taekwondo, GB Hockey, Hockey Ireland, England Rugby League, England Lacrosse and the GAA.
All OPRO mouthguards are legally CE certified and in both 2007 and 2019 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of its ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.
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About Sports & Wellbeing Analytics
Sports & Wellbeing Analytics believe in the virtues of rugby and aims to support the future of the game by helping to provide greater insight into head impacts, especially those that are unseen and unintended.
Sports & Wellbeing Analytics is a Welsh company reared by real rugby people who care for the future of the game. Combining the latest technologies with research to deliver innovative solutions in sports welfare.
Founded in 2016 in Swansea, by a small group of investors with the objective of applying the latest developments in science and technology to real world wellbeing problems using real time analytics for predictive intervention. Working very closely with our partners at Swansea University, for the scientiﬁc research, Keytree Limited for the technology solutions, Philtronics for the electronic components and utilising an enterprise grade SAP Cloud Platform. The initial focus is on head impact for contact sports, speciﬁcally Rugby Union. In April 2019 SWA announced a partnership with OPRO, the leading provider of technically advanced mouthguards across the globe and winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2019.
For more information contact www.swa.one