Friday, 29 May 2020 12:40

New software helps football clubs track players’ adherence to social distancing rules

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Digital platform provider Majestri says Victorian football clubs will be the first in Australia to use new software that helps community sporting organisations track players and adhere to social distancing as training and sporting seasons resume.

Football Victoria has mandated every club complete a spreadsheet to record which players attend training sessions, what time they arrive and leave, and for children, whether their parents have the COVID-Safe tracking app installed on their phone.

For club volunteers and administrators, it can mean hours more work and paperwork – but Majestri, says it has created new software to do the COVID-tracking for club officials.

“We created Majestri because of the extensive workload already placed on volunteers,” co-founder Andrew Holman explained.

“Manually tracking players is an added demand on volunteers so we created a tool within the platform which allows coaches to track attendances and add notes to ensure players maintain social distancing. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to ensure clubs are doing what’s required to stay up and operational as coronavirus restrictions ease and the sporting seasons officially kick off.”

According to Majestri, more than 150 community clubs across Australia use its software, and in Victoria, clubs such as Aspendale FC are leading the way in using technology to get teams back up and running.

Aspendale Soccer Club President Derrick Berends said: “As a club we recognise the need for this information to support the health and safety of all our members, but the logistics of recording 400+ players across 40 teams was a bit concerning.”

“Luckily the quick response from the team at Majestri has meant the system’s new Team Activity feature could be developed to enable us to meet all the requirements Football Victoria had asked of us very effectively.

“As all our player information is now in the system, we are able to generate training events and invitations which means the tracking of who attended which training session, when and for how long can be selfgenerated from the system which saves time for coaches and reduces errors and manual processing.

“When COVID hit, our IT team worked through the lockdown to help clubs like Aspendale and others around Australia use Majestri to create virtual training hubs so that players could continue exercising and stay in touch with their teammates. The next hurdle was being able to get back to training, so we fasttracked work on the COVID-safe tool and developed it in just two weeks.”

Majestri says its software is used across a range of sporting clubs, including soccer, hockey, netball, baseball, cricket, aerosports, and choirs.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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