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

Burgess Park: Uniting a City Park

17 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Burgess Park is on a mission to become a highly connected, community inner city park. It is already a vibrant space, but busy roads cut through its disjointed facilities. The sports centre is in high demand; many of the facilities are bursting at the seams, running at 92% capacity during peak times. Phases One and […]

How to fill dead time at Sports Venues

15 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

While philosophers and cosmologists have debated for centuries if time and space are infinite, for the everyday life of a business leader, time and space are very much limited. Whether you run a gym, a local sports club, or any other type of business, the saying “time is money” applies, and anytime your assets are […]

The Best Management Tools for Sports Providers

15 May 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Who doesn’t love a good list? Post it notes, an A4 pad, the notes section of your smartphone. All are great in their own right, but they don’t encompass Excel, share easily with large teams, or sync with all of your devices. With the rise of the smartphone entrepreneur, comes a host of useful management […]

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 complete 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 […]