Charlie Clarke

Product Roadmap Update – New look and feel for your competitions features

The sun is shining (where we are), outdoor sports facilities are re-opening (in the UK), and step by step we’re returning to normality (hopefully everywhere, soon!). No better time for some shiny new competitions features that inspire you and your players to get your trainers on and playing matches outdoors!

Brand new look for your competitions features

We’ve made things easier for you as a provider with new entry and live states, and more fun for your participants with better draws and progressions, and cleaner league tables and fixture lists.

 

More intuitive to create your competitions

It’s never been easier to create and manage your knockout cups and box leagues on Playwaze, as well as take your entries online and accept scores via the app

Smart new draw and table builders with draft, entry, and live states

Don’t publish your competition until you’re ready. Create it, take your entries, drag and drop build your draw or divisions, and then press start!

Sleek new online schedules and league tables

that can also be embedded on your website – check out what London Tennis have done with their new website #PoweredByPlaywaze

Virtus Sport launch global 35 Your Way campaign using the Playwaze app

Virtus is the global governing body for athletes with an intellectual impairment. Virtus supervises the delivery of both summer and winter single-sport World Championships, regional multi-sport events, and the quadrennial Global Games.

Virtus is launching their 35 Your Way campaign on International Day of Sport Development and Peace (IDSDP) 2021 to mark their 35th anniversary, using Playwaze to host their challenges and engaged their members and participants.

Playwaze investigates role of open data in health and referral services

Playwaze have linked up with London health providers to test whether open data can support more patients through improved physical activity referrals.

London Sport are leading a project, funded by the Greater London Authority and Sport England, to learn how referral services can best use open data on local physical activity opportunities to make it easier for anyone in a referral role (e.g., link workers) to refer Londoners to the right physical activity or sport sessions for them.

Badminton England pioneers OpenActive solution amongst NGBs

OpenActive share how Badminton England are making it easier for badminton players to find and book courts by pioneering an open data solution #PoweredByPlaywaze.

They spoke to Nick Rimmer, Head of Development at Badminton England, about how National Governing Bodies (NGBs) can increase the digital accessibility of their sport and help more people get active.

SHAPE Learning Partnership launch Playwaze to keep young people active

SHAPE Learning Partnership, the School Sports Partnership (SSP) in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire launch Playwaze to their schools, parents, and young people to get young people active. Parents are being urged to sign up to the free app where SHAPE hosts fun physical challenges aimed at all children aged 5 – 16 who go to school in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Worrying statistics recently released by Sport England, show that the majority of young people failed to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise in the 2019/20 academic year.  Almost a third of children (2.3 million) were classed as ‘inactive’ as a result of lockdown restrictions, not even doing 30 minutes per day.  Competitive sport has also been seriously affected, with all local grassroots community clubs forced to close their doors to 1000’s of children who attend weekly training sessions and activities.

SHAPE Manager, Paul Ryan said,

“We understand how difficult it has been for children to be physically active whilst not in school and we know how much they have missed their clubs and activities. The forced closure of our local sports teams, dance classes, karate studios and sports centres will have lasting damage on children’s health and participation rates if we do not address it now.” 

The new online platform gives parents and children free access to a wide variety of virtual challenges and competitions which can all be completed at home with little or no equipment.  The app aims to combat the alarming decline in children’s activity levels by giving them the opportunity to engage in fun physical challenges, either just for fun or by entering competitions against other children.  It contains a variety of competitive and non-competitive challenges for all ages, meaning there is something for everyone.  SHAPE will continue to add more challenges to engage the whole family beyond lockdown.

Getting set up on the app is really simple, with SHAPE creating a guide to take parents through the process step by step.  Once set up, parents and children can get started straight away in participating in, and uploading scores for a wide variety of challenges.

Local Primary Teacher, Emily McKinnon from Hasland Junior School, said,

“The app is a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in physical activity, improve their skills, and compete against other children. The virtual platform is easy to navigate and is a way of ensuring our young people keep both their body and mind healthy through participating in sport and physical activity.”

Also featured by Lucy Roberts on Derbyshire Times