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

Can A.I. predict the outcome of the 2018 World Cup?

14 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

In the same way that scientific analysis is revolutionising coaches’ and athletes’ understanding of their play, intelligent data is informing gambling predictions. Sports betting, usually a game of educated guesswork and subjective opinions, is shifting towards a life of algorithms and automation. With machines getting smarter by the day, is artificial intelligence putting the very […]

The technology that is shaking up the 2018 World Cup

14 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, everything from the ball to the broadcasting systems has been rigorously innovated and meticulously thought out. The experience on the pitch, in the stands, and viewing at home will all be transformed by new technologies that are set to premiere at this year’s tournament. The last World Cup in […]

Website Tips for Sports Businesses

13 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

It is essential that you invest in the front end of your business. We provide booking software for sports providers big and small, so we have seen and worked with our fair share of websites. Sometimes, it is not the flashiest, most expensive site that stands out (or indeed that takes in the most bookings). […]

Reducing Paper at Sports Centres

11 June 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Whether it’s the rising threat of global warming, the stress of sorting through mounting documents, or simply a fear of papercuts; in the age of digitisation, paper and printing products are edging towards extinction. People are discovering that printing is an unnecessary expense, with the average small business spending £14K per year, according to research […]

Sports coaches- 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 […]