A selection of articles and tips for the tech and sport industry alike

Is admin keeping you off the pitch?

9 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Most sports coaches enter the profession because they have a passion for the game they play. It is the smell of the grass, the feel of a ball, a glove, a racquet in their hands and the joy of passing on their enthusiasm to fresh faces. Despite this idealistic vision, many find themselves stuck inside […]

Why Public Bodies Should Work Alongside Private Companies

8 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

When we think about private companies taking government funding, images of corporate greed and unaccounted for money spring to mind. Government funded bodies, on the other hand, are viewed as public knights that battle heroically against their limited budgets. They scrape by because their crusade is viable: but their vision is sometimes lacking. Entrepreneurs live […]

5 Ways to take advantage of the 2018 Football World Cup

7 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Football is the world’s most popular sport, with an estimated 1 billion fans tuning in to the 2014 World Cup final. This summer, businesses from across the globe are taking advantage of the 2018 Russian World Cup. Hotel prices in Russia have spiked by 18,000 per cent, with the average one-bed on Airbnb costing £1,000 […]

Managing Peak Times At Sports Centres

5 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Members pay premium prices for peak-times, yet overcrowding often hampers their experience. For many people, psyching themselves up for the gym is a hurdle in itself. Once they have made it through the doors, the last thing they need is further blockades between them and their workout. All too much is the queue for a […]

The Financial Benefits of Running a 5-a-side League

29 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Among adults, 5-a-side is the most popular version of football, because, compared to larger games, it is easier to organise. Everyone can find four friends (however skilled) to cobble together some sort of team. The rise of leagues and high-quality artificial pitches across the UK mean that 5-a-side’s popularity has snowballed. A 2015 Sport England […]

5 Simple steps to an eco-friendly gym

29 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Already gyms around the world are shunning plastic, embracing reusables, and pedal-powering towards a sustainable future. When you reduce consumption and choose greener alternatives, both the planet and your pocket benefits. If you’re looking to jump on board the solar-powered train, we’ve compiled a list of ways to make your facilities eco-friendly. Water Bottles Encourage […]

Getting your members online

23 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Generally it is the retired generation who are most reluctant to embrace online booking. With small print, confusing tick boxes, and ad banners, it is completely understandable. Self-service checkouts received a barrage of complaints when they first arrived. There is less human interaction, glasses need to be put on, and for goodness sake I already […]

How to get sponsorship for your venue

23 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Sponsorship is commonplace in professional sports. Everything from the pitch border to a player’s socks is selling something. On an even bigger scale are the competitions and stadiums themselves, that go by Heineken Cup, Sports Direct Arena, Aviva Stadium. Marketing is a success when we repeat a brand’s name aloud, as we do again and […]

Making Use of Idle Courts and Pitches

23 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Sports venues have it tough. Peak times can be severely overcrowded, with double booked courts and a waitlist for classes. On the flipside, a sports centre at 11 am on a Tuesday can resemble a ghost town (cue tumbleweed and Western music). It is during these off-peak times, that money is sucked up through the […]

Tech and Sports Venues: What tech will increase efficiency?

23 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

“Time is money”- So I’ll keep this brief. Tasks that are performed by hand can be slow and filled with human error. Technology not only makes actions quicker, but can keep information regimentally categorised and constantly updated. In some cases, tech can reduce or even replace manual labour and will certainly increase efficiency. Let tech […]