A sports tech firm which includes Arsenal among its European football clients is to create 237 jobs.
StatSports is based in Newry, Northern Ireland, with additional offices in London, Chicago and Florida.
The wearable tech firm, which provides wearable player tracking devices and analysis software, is planning to create the roles over the next three years as part of “aggressive growth plans”.
StatSports also works with Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and Brazil’s national team and has around 500 clients including the Irish rugby team and American football, hockey and basketball teams.
The jobs – 92 of which have already been created – include sports science, sales, research and development, finance and marketing and human resources.
StatSports recently launched its Apex Athlete Series, a device positioned between the shoulder blades which streams feedback on metrics such as distance and speed, as well as levels of fatigue and injury risk, to mobile phones and other devices.
“This is a hugely exciting time for us at StatSports as we embark on the next stage of our journey,” said chief executive and co-founder Alan Clarke.
“We have already established our performance monitoring technology with some of the biggest and best-known sporting organisations in the world. This investment will allow us to expand our reach even further in both the elite and everyday field sports sector.
“Our staff are highly skilled and incredibly knowledgeable about the sports performance monitoring industry and we will be replicating that with the additional hires. The research and development assistance will also allow us to keep evolving our cutting-edge technology.”
StatSports is also making a multi-million pound investment in research and development and staff training, supported by a grant of almost £4 million from Invest Northern Ireland.
“StatSports is an award-winning tech business that has a fast-growing reach across the world and an outstanding reputation as a leading pioneer of cutting-edge sport technology,” secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley said.