In a world where sports fans can follow professional big match action from anywhere across the globe, followers of local, amateur games are left short-changed.
And yet the goal-mouth action or leap-frogging leaderboard on the local field of play may be even more important to them than those games being played out under a global gaze. The dedicated follower of the unfashionable who’s unable to follow the action live is typically consigned to phoning in to a friend on the sideline to keep them updated.
Dedicated Follower Of Local Sport
When local sports fan Barry Nestor, our guest on Kickstart Your Business, grew frustrated at not being able to find up to the minute results for his favourite local sports competitions, he resolved to design and develop a service to deliver just that.
ClubApp offers sports clubs and competition organisers the facility to update followers on key events and action from the field of play via their mobile devices, and promises to bring the up-to-the-minute coverage that’s typical of professional sports to the local playing pitch.
As perhaps Ireland’s greatest local sports fan, George was understandably excited about what ClubApp might offer him in terms of following his beloved ‘Pres College’ in Cork, whilst also enabling him to follow the leaderboard at golfing competitions at his own club, Milltown.
Meanwhile, I suggested that although they may see themselves in a different league, amateur sports do compete with professional outfits for the eyes and ears of sports fans. ClubApp is a real game-changer, and the benefits are likely to be obvious to local sports clubs and organisers across the world.
However, like many emerging entrepreneurs, Barry is a little reluctant to ask for the sale early in his sales pitch. On their website, ClubApp.ie for example, a lot of energy is expended introducing the various features and benefits, rather than offering the readily-won over visitor the option to ‘Buy Now’.
Standing By For Your Report
What advice would you offer Barry and his colleagues at ClubApp to get sports fans all over the world following their favourite, local club in real time?
Listen back to Barry on Kickstart Your Business (July 28) and tell us what you think? We’d love to hear from you.
Kickstart Your Business broadcasts every Thursday at 6.25pm GMT on Newstalk, and is available for playback immediately afterwards on Newstalk.com