Ground-breaking partnership with club & league technology providers

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England Hockey has launched an innovative partnership scheme with a range of club and/or league technology providers. The scheme’s launch includes the development of an integration hub for data at England Hockey delivered by technology partners Ajilon and Inforexx. The hub provides the ability for leagues and clubs to use different platforms but still be able to share important data.

The aim is to help make club and league administrators lives easier by ensuring key information such fixtures, results and league tables are available across systems rather than restricted to one. Over time this should reduce the need for clubs to duplicate effort by entering information multiple times. This approach, linked to the ability to choose your preferred provider, should allow clubs and league to pick a solution that suits them best.

The partners within the scheme and England Hockey are working together to ensure that all systems in the scheme are General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant. More general hockey club guidance on GDPR will be issued very soon by England Hockey.

Four partners have initially joined the scheme as ‘Approved Providers’. They are as follows:
  1. ClubBuzz
  2. Pitchero
  3. Sport Lomo
  4. Teamer (who acquired Fixtures Live in 2017)
Current users of the systems above can contact their provider to request to be part of the pilots that will start towards the end of this season before a full launch in the 2018-19 season.

Sarah Sedgwick from ClubBuzz said:

"We are delighted to have been selected as an approved provider of club and league management systems for England Hockey. We very much see our role as supporting clubs in managing their data simply and securely and look forward to the added value this new partnership affords. 

"Having been successfully working together for the last few months we are enthused by the passion and focus that England Hockey bring to the arena and are excited about showcasing our services to the hockey world and welcoming more clubs into our own hockey family." 

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Pitchero, said:

“Pitchero is the UK's number one website provider to hockey clubs with almost 50% of clubs using Pitchero to power their website and mobile apps. This innovation by England Hockey is at a perfect time for Pitchero as we launch Pitchero Together a new service designed especially for National Governing Bodies.

"Pitchero fully supports England Hockey and hope other governing bodies follow a similar model as technology plays a crucial role in grassroots sport. Pitchero looks forward to being a key digital partner of England Hockey for many years to come.”

Seamus Kyne from Sport Lomo added:

“SportLoMo are delighted to have been selected by England Hockey to be the primary provider of Competition and League Management software. All Tier 1 and Tier 2 national competitions are now managed on the SportLoMo platform, including all team registrations, competition management, electronic team sheets and player stats.  

"SportLoMo are delighted to be involved in this project to making the data managed on our platform available to clubs and regional organisations throughout the England Hockey network.  

"SportLoMo are a leading software provider for competition management, umpire management, member registration software and look forward to working with regional bodies and clubs throughout England Hockey as an approved supplier over the coming years.“

Finally, Robert Mattar from Teamer and Fixtures Live said:

"Teamer is delighted to be one of the launch partners with England Hockey, a fantastic new scheme to benefit the sport and its many administrators.
Our global experience has established Teamer as a leading provider of team, club and league solutions, both across Hockey and many other sports. Teamer is the number one team app for Hockey teams in the UK. FixturesLive, part of the Teamer Group, is the number one hockey league app.  Joining these will soon be our new best-in-class integrated club app." 

If you require further information please contact Rich.Beer@englandhockey.co.uk.