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

Influencers: How Inspirational Coaches Increase Participation

13 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life”- John Wooden, basketball player. It is easy to become complacent in our jobs. What was and is a rewarding profession can dull to the grey of everyday mundanity. For participants of sport, their interest is only partly determined by the nature […]

Fundraising Events for Sports Clubs

2 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

With equipment to buy, operating costs, and kit fees, running a sports club can be financially draining. Unfortunately membership and activity fees often fall short of the club’s expenditure. Hosting your own events (sport themed or otherwise) can be the life ring that keeps you from drowning in debt. A clubhouse (or even a sports […]

Is exercise the answer to Britain’s productivity crisis?

2 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

According to a study from the Bank of England released yesterday, the productivity level in Britain is at its lowest point since the 18th century. U.K. productivity has fallen by 0.2% per year on average since the 2007 financial crash. The BOE suggests that this decline could be due, in part, to ‘diminished rates of […]

GDPR: A Guide for Sports Providers

26 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline is fast approaching. May 25th, 2018- Doomsday. It is the most significant overhaul of data protection rules in 20 years. The legislation comprises 99 articles, establishing the digital rights of individuals and the responsibilities of data “controllers” and “processors”. Any company that processes or controls EU customer data […]

Think Local: Why Community is Key to Grassroots Sports

20 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Grassroots sports play a vital role in the lives of millions of people in the UK. Remember what it felt like to be on a sports team for the first time? That sense of camaraderie (or intimidation) is unforgettable. Parents and friends cheered from the sidelines and you felt invincible. As the world becomes busier […]

The Best Accounting Systems for Sports Venues

20 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Whether you’re a small local club or a large multi-game sports hub, you will need someone or something to do your books. These accounting software services cater to any type of business, and promise to be accessible to both financial experts and novices. Reduce your paperwork with mobile accounts and automatic invoice chasing. Xero, Sage, […]

Should Class No-Shows be Punished?

16 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

No-shows (people skiving fitness classes) are a real problem for gyms and sports clubs. A full class plus waitlist is often an optimistic mirage that results in a class half empty. Members who tried and failed to make the cut walk past a deserted studio and are outraged that they were turned away. Complaints flood […]

Data Analysis: Driving Sports Participation Forward

9 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Data is a fact of everyday modern life. Nearly everything we do generates new data. Every click you make online is recorded and stored to create your technological “dating” profile. Data is not a new phenomenon but one which has skyrocketed since the use of website cookies, Facebook profiles, and big data centres. Despite what […]

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Tennis Clubs: How to Survive Winter

6 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

There is a reason that Wimbledon occurs during summer and the Australian Open headlines our January. The cold and the wet drive people away and a club must hope that they return for the spring season. Despite the lower footfall, court surfaces suffer more in winter than summer, due to festering rain, mud, and ice. […]

Sponsoring Sports: Dubai Sports World

5 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

In the middle of summer, Dubai is hot and humid, with the mercury often bursting through 45°C. This heat makes outdoor fitness impractical and unsafe. To combat a decline in fitness, Dubai Sports World takes up residence in Dubai World Trade Centre for three months every year. 25,000 square metres of sheltered, air conditioned space […]