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

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 […]

Six Low Cost Marketing Tips for Sports Clubs

2 April 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Online marketing can be a daunting process to start but once you’re in the swing of things, it is simply a case of habit. The odd funny tweet or photo from football practice show that you are lively and gives potential customers a glimpse into what you offer. Most important is that you present your […]

Virtual Reality in the Sports World

30 March 2018 openplay 0 Comments

Virtual reality hit the headlines in the 90s as an exciting and novelty technical innovation. Despite best efforts, it never progressed far enough to have any real use, being too clunky for comfort. Reality wasn’t ready and VR was deemed virtually useless. Well, after billions in investments, VR is back in business, and this time […]

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, […]