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

What is the Future of Access Control in Sports Venues?

21 March 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Currently many sports venues use man power to monitor who is accessing their facilities. If not a person on the door, one generally needs a a membership card, fob or access code. These are fine for members, but don’t cater to drop-in bookings. Apps are much more flexible.  They can be programmed for a specific […]

Payment Gateways in the Middle East and Gulf Region

17 March 2018 openplay 0 Comments

The Middle East is one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world, according to BMI research. This year’s sale figures are expected to double by 2020. The biggest trend in the e-commerce market, is mobile payments. It seems that the region went from offline and shot straight to mobile, almost bypassing online altogether. […]

Best Apps For The 21st Century Sports Coach

12 March 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Augmented reality, video sharing, mental motivation, and electronic coaching plans: these coaching apps innovate the way people train, coach, and boast to their friends. Technology and exercise are no longer on opposite teams, but working together to improve people’s play. There are tonnes of apps out there for sports coaches and players in football, tennis, […]

Where To Get Funding For Your Grasroots Sports Club in the UK

5 March 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Whilst their specialisation and awards may be different, these funding bodies have something in common. Their goal is to increase sports participation by providing better, more accessible facilities. They allocate their loans to those most in need, targeting clubs at grassroots level. Applying for funding is a gruelling process; it takes time, commitment, and passion. […]

3D Printing: Changing the Game of Sport

24 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

2018 is the year of 3D printing. Tech enthusiasts everywhere are jiggling in their converse as 3D printing firms its grip on almost every commercial industry. When the technology first surfaced, the world had many questions. Will the machines take regular ink? Does it print everything out onto paper and then fold the pieces into […]

Best Wearable Tech for Sports Coaching

21 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Wearable fitness trackers saw a sharp decline in sales last year, compared with 2016. It begs the question if fitness tracking for the general public is simply a fad: a desperate Christmas purchase hoping to lower your Dad’s cholesterol, buy your girlfriend something other than jewellery (it’s technically different), or because January’s around the corner […]

Why Big Brands should help Grassroots Sports

17 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Whilst global brands may be household names, it is community activities and local venues that win the higher status in a family home. Big Brands have big money and big reach, while grassroots organisations tend to have little money and local support. Brands can and always will release high-end, high-budget adverts, but to establish a […]

Best UK Payment Gateways For Online Booking

11 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

A payment gateway is an e-commerce application that authorises online payments. It is the online version of a card machine that you would find at a shop till. All sales websites must choose a programme that is safe and reliable, as it will store sensitive customer data and will deal with any payment disputes and […]

Marketing Hacks – Cracking Facebook Algorithms

7 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

How will Facebook’s change of algorithm affect your brand? On the 11th January 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced a change to how posts appear on your newsfeed. Facebook wants to rid itself from the spam and clickbait culture that has been clogging our newsfeeds for the past few years. Having always claimed to be a “social […]

Best Practice For Safeguarding Children in Sports

1 February 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Safety procedures may not be the most glamorous part of your job, but they are the most important, and can even help you stand out from the rest. Once you have a thorough and well-executed safeguarding system, be sure to shout about it. Parents will be extremely grateful to know that their child is not […]