Website: Sporting Connections
Is their more then one founder? If so, who are they?
No, I was the only founder of the site. The site was originally launched by a developer in Dec 2006 after 3 months of planning. The developer did a runner when he realised the complexity I was looking for and I lost a fair amount of money. Not to be deterred, I went through 3 more developers and another 6 months of hassle (but fortunately not much more money, I had learnt the hard way) before finding my current developer. The first developer left the site in a basic but disfunctional state up on the internet and over the year I have seen several copycat sites. I officially relaunched it in October of 2007
What is your background and qualifications?
Having travelled the world for over 13 years and participated in so many different sports I have been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people. I noticed that one of the hardest things to do when you are trying to get involved in a sport is meet other like minded people to participate with you and at your level. It occurred to me after driving down to Brisbane for a game of golf with friends down there that it would be wonderful to be able find golf partners up here on the sunshine coast. When I started thinking about how to do that I realised that with all that modern technology out there, there was no way I could just look up someone who was interested in a game of golf…. or tennis, or going kitesurfing etc.!!!
The site is a culmination of my desire to provide a place where people can get together online for the purpose of getting out and being active; sport is the great equaliser, there is no requirement for conversation or getting to know someone immediately when playing a sport, friendships are built through a mutual enjoyment of whatever activity is chosen… hence the party line “Building friendships through sport”.
My background was as a personal trainer and gym instructor before moving into IT project management. I have no qualifications or idea regarding websites and other than designing the entire site and coming up with the idea, my developer does all the work.
What does your website do?
It is a free community site that lets you search sports profiles of the people around you and worldwide who are interested in joining you to play sports of every kind; you are also able to find training partners, sports teams (or add your own team and look for team mates) or sports communities, coaches and personal trainers. Once you have a team registered you can add team mates to your online team and players from all around the world and locally can find you easily. You are able to use an online notice board for your team members to communicate and as the team manager can email all team members via your team message system. The site also allows you to add sports events for free so people can join you for things like a game of football down the local park. The featured team for the month gives a good indication of how it works: http://www.sportingconnections.com/component/option,com_teams/task,teamhome/access,1/id,204/Itemid,57/
How do you generate revenue? If through ads, what ad network do you use?
I don’t currently generate any revenue. I am waiting until I hit 5000 users before using any revenue makers
How have your marketed your site?
I have been in the local papers and been contacting sports clubs and sports societies on the internet and by phone and just cold calling
Funding: Self funded, Angel Investment, or Venture Capital?
All self funded
What type(s) of technology do you use?
We use Joomla
Any Bold Predictions for Sports and Technology in the future?
I think that sport is moving the same way as everything else nowadays….to the internet! I feel that in the future joining clubs and meeting people for sport will be mainly done via the internet
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