Sports Technology Institute

About us

Who we are, what we do

The world-leading Sports Technology Research Group was established to have a positive global, social and economic impact on sport through excellent engineering research, teaching and enterprise. The Group has an international reputation for its work with global brands and federations including adidas, PING, Head, FIFA, Wattbike, England & Wales Cricket Board, New Balance, Nike, UK Sport, Reebok, Speedo and Umbro on the design, simulation, testing and manufacture of sporting goods. It is based in the University's £15 million Sports Technology Institute, which boasts a range of state-of-the-art equipment and bespoke test rigs.

Around 50 academics, research associates, technicians and PhD students carry out wide-ranging research including athletic footwear, technical apparel, protective equipment, balls, bats, clubs, rackets and fitness equipment. Our track record of design-led innovation and accelerating novel concepts from initial stages through to commercialisation is unparalleled.

As a research hub, the Sports Technology Institute benefits from established relationships with the University’s sports scientists, psychologists, biomechanists and human biologists. Our researchers have extensive experience of testing with numerous elite athletes and professional sportsmen and women spanning the most diverse array of sports. 

The Institute houses state-of-the-art equipment and bespoke test rigs. The Group has invested consistently in infrastructure, supported by grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

The Institute has also been granted UK Sport Innovation Partner status to work with this organisation to ensure innovation in athletic equipment, apparel and footwear, coaching and feedback technologies is harnessed to maximise the potential of future British champions.