Safer football season with Stockholm Mean Machines and Noviral – “The team handling COVID-19 the best will be the best possible team in the playoffs”

Fredrik Pihlbäck, head coach of Stockholm Mean Machines men’s team.

With the help from the leading test supplier Noviral, Sweden’s oldest and most successful American football team, Stockholm Mean Machines, will test all players and leaders for covid-19 to safely and secure go through with the 2020 season after the summer break.

As practice sessions are set to resume after the break all players and leaders of Stockholm Mean Machines will be tested for covid-19 antibodies with the help of Noviral. The digital platform DigiTrack with SymptomTracker functionality will be used to monitor test results and prevent possible outbreaks.

– It is incredibly important that we have real time information and are able to aide our players and leaders in order to minimize the risk of contagion and that we, as a club and part of the society and sport community take our responsibility to fight the spread of the disease. The team handling COVID-19 the best will have the best possible team available in the playoffs, says Fredrik Pihlbäck, head coach of Stockholm Mean Machines men’s team.

Due to the pandemic Stockholm Mean Machines have had to resort to digital meetings and individual practice and at the same time maintain a greater personal responsibility for the players and provide more time for leaders to communicate.

– There are of course continuous challenges with logistics, distances and to implement measures to ensure prevention of contagion during practice and other general events. Despite that, times ahead look bright and as Swedish Champions with national gold 2018 and 2019 the recruitment of players is still relatively easy since many wishes to play on the highest possible level, says Fredrik Pihlbäck.

Ensuring a safe opening of society and return to our everyday has been a funding strategy for Noviral, one of the leading test suppliers, since the beginning.

– As time goes by the view on the pandemic changes with the society and general public and we start in more ways looking into how we will be able to return to a more normal every day, in particularly within work places and sport organizations, says Mikael Jämtberg, CEO at Noviral.

The continuous development of the pandemic has been a challenge met head on as Noviral now takes several leaps forward.

– We are at the final stages of deploying our digital platform DigiTrack with the SymptomTracker function ready for users to complement the usage of our reliable tests. We have also extended our product portfolio to include more than our rapid antibody tests. Regarding the rapid anti body tests we deliver more studies have been added with time cementing the top performances of the test, high reliability and usability. Interesting research has emerged detecting importance as to what protein in the virus the anti-body test binds to, S-protein as the test Noviral provides binds to, or N-protein. Noviral monitors this development as we keep collaborating with strategic partners both in Sweden and globally.

Noviral is now ready to aide more sports clubs, organizations, businesses and authorities with validated testing and data corroboration.

– Our holistic approach is to ensure a safe opening of our society and we are pleased that such an eminent sports club as Stockholm Mean Machines takes the lead and responsibility for players, leaders as the entire organization and its audience. Our hope is that more sports clubs will follow, Mikael Jämtberg concludes.

For more information please feel free to contact: 

Anders Aker, CCO
0046-703 648 422

About Stockholm mean Machines

Stockholm Mean Machines is a Stockholm based American football club in the Super Series. Founded in 1982 as the first Swedish’ American football club then under the name Danderyds AFF. The name later changed to Danderyd Mean Machine and eventually became Stockholm Mean Machines as the club moved from Danderyd to Stockholm in the middle of the 1990’s. Home arena is Zinkensdsamms IP on Södermalm in the central part of Stockholm. SM-gold for men in 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2018 and 2019 and women in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

About Noviral

Noviral is a company founded following the Covid-19-pandemic with the vision to help employers and organizations to return their employees efficiently and safely to the workplace. Noviral offers high quality Covid-19-tests, planning and execution of testing, experts and advise along with digital solutions to track and follow symptoms and the spread of infection on a large scale in a long term. The overall concept from Noviral provides support and structure needed by companies to be able to proceed towards a normal every day. Noviral also supports research and authorities by sharing collected data. The company is founded by entrepreneurs and investors within medicine, technique, and logistics and since the beginning Noviral has had a medical advisory board providing advice and expertise within medicine, research, and immunology.