Leisure Centre App
“It’s been an awesome tool to communicate to our members and also to have quick and easy access to our content such as lap lane availability and the group fitness timetable which is the most popular.”
Ryan Marzojty – SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
We’ve all been there. Willing to put our hand up to contribute to the local club, association, community event. It starts with so much passion and enthusiasm and (bold) statements of “how much time could it take?”, “I can give a little bit back”. Club Communication, Volunteering, Parents, Competitors, its a minefield.
Clubs and in particular sports and social clubs have come along way from notice boards next to the canteen and printed newsletters sent home after a game. Now we all have websites and social media pages. We use text messaging and email newsletters. Some have fancy tv monitors splashing what’s coming up over them every few seconds.
And guess what? We still haven’t solved the “but I didn’t know it was happening” laments that ensue when events are missed or registrations are closed. You can have done all of the above and shouted to the rooftops at last week’s after match presentation, but…..
That is the issue. The very nature of clubs are to bring together like minded people with combined love of something. However, that is very often where the similarities stop. Demographics in small organisations like these can be the broadest you will find. Not just age and gender, but much more.
The average club, association or event needs to effectively communicate (and that is 2 way communication) with players, members, parents, volunteers, staff, officials, sponsors, interested community, friends and the list goes on. Even the messages need to convey different things. How do we make volunteers feel appreciated? Players instructed? Parents comfortable?
Luckily there are tools out there now that can combine the most important aspects to quickly and efficiently get those messages into the palms of the hands of those that need to know them.
We salute all of you that put your hands up to take on those committee and board roles! Don’t let anyone tell you it’s less complex than their day to day jobs. But it is fun and it is one of the most rewarding undertakings. The learnings really are practical training for your ‘other career’, not just in the tasks you undertake but in the way you learn to engage with such a varied soup of personalities.
For self development, it ticks a lot of boxes. And you know that saying, “Don’t work with children or animals”? Well try adding in a team of “volunteers” to the mix!
We would love to hear some of your examples and challenges working in not for profit organisations. Comment here and we’ll see if we can solve some of them for you.
Donna Evans is a long time committee and board member for various not for profit clubs and events. She is also a professional specialising in stakeholder management and change. Combining both of these, she offers solutions to organisation communication challenges through SportsApp. (www.sportsapp.net.au) A very affordable, and revenue raising solution to mobile communications.
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Did you know that this year it is estimated that mobile users will download 70 billion apps in 2013 – 58 billion to smartphones and 14 billion to tablets. That’s over 10 apps per person over the entire world!
Why do we love to get information about our favourite things (we like to read “sport” here) via mobile apps?
Because, we love our phones and tablets. We panic when we can’t find them and feel lost when they are. And the reason for that is that they have just become so damn useful!
They’re always on, always connected, always with us. We can get the same amount of information that we used to get on our laptops or desk tops via the web, but now it’s in a small package at the tips of our fingers no matter where we are.
How frustrating is it to try to look up results on a website, when there is just so much other information that our club needs to get out to the various members. Or do you need to find your training times, or your umpiring schedule? Some of these can get lost on a traditional website. On an app, there’s a big clear button! Well that’s what we think should happen and that’s what SportsApp has been developed to do.
We’d love your thoughts and your feedback and we’d love to talk to you about how SportsApp can be a major player in your Club’s desire to keep all your members and friends knowing what they need to know so that we can all get on with the game!
In this day and age and depending on the type of sporting club you are involved in, one thing is for sure. You will be a diverse mix of people of all ages, backgrounds and ways that you like to keep in touch.
Newsletters are great, but they are time driven, sometimes not reporting on events until the next one is due and not everyone reads them.
Emails work well, but we are so bombarded with information emails these days, it’s difficult to make sure they stand out and important information is received.
Bulletin and notice boards are the old stand by and it’s great to stand around and read all the notices, but you need to be where they are.
Ringing everyone to let them know what time they are needed on the weekend is a hard and long job for someone.
Texting is great as it’s mobile, inexpensive and quick but you can’t say very much on them.
But ask the people of your club about their favourite apps and they will be all over it! People love apps because they can get so much information from them at the push of a button on their smartphone or tablet and they can read it when they want to and where they want to. They show each other, their friends download them and the network becomes stronger and the information is shared.
Research shows that people have no hesitation in downloading a free app that they think might be useful to them. Push notifications that come from the app owner target what the user needs to know and they receive what they need to know, when they need to know it.
With many sporting clubs and associations struggling to maintain their membership numbers particularly the kids, apps appeal to the very demographic that are the most difficult to communicate to.
How many times have you heard someone say, “there must be an app for that”? Well for sporting clubs now there is .