BUCS starts rollout of new Competition Management Platform
What has happened recently?
In February & March 2019, BUCS began the process of introducing the new platform to the membership at regional and national meetings. BUCS took questions and queries from these meetings to build a comprehensive FAQs document for use in the membership. Please note: This document will be made available to the membership shortly.
So what happens next?
Note: At this point, you will be able to enter teams for the upcoming 2019/20 BUCS season. The team entry process will open Wednesday 17 April with Friday 10 May as the deadline for entries. To find out more about how to enter teams, click here.
All Institution Administrators will be able to access training resources found here and have access to a support system which will be staffed Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am and 5pm by a BUCS staff member: AppSupport@BUCS.org.uk or call the BUCS office on 020 7633 5080.
When will the next training sessions take place?
Over the next couple of months training will be delivered on a number of functions and areas of the platform. All webinars will be recorded and uploaded to be used alongside the training resource library and other training materials.
Below is a summary of the training sessions that will take place in the next 2 months:
23rd & 26th April: Team Entries Refresher and Managing my Institution Webinar (2-3pm/3-4pm)
14th & 17th May: Fixture Management Webinar (2-3pm/3-4pm)
W/C 13th May: Test/Practice environment made available to institutions
W/C 27th May: Team Management, Communication and Diary (2-3pm/3-4pm)
More information on how to join them will be released closer to the time.
The LUSL Fencing event saw over 100 participants descend into the new world of BUCS events. A key moment in the pilot year with the event able to demonstrate the power and importance of individuals engaging in our competition management systems.
BUCS opened the entry process for the event in November and worked with Institution Administrators better understand new event process. Participants then signed up to the platform and entered the sport specific information for the event themselves. The Institution Administrator accept entries into the event. Gone are the days that students data has to be captured separately on excel spreadsheets for BUCS events.
With all students in one place, BUCS was able to communicate directly to participants and disseminate the pre-event information, which has been challenging in the past. The competition format was built and accessible to all participants on the app.
On the day of the event, participants were registered with results inputted on the platform with Fencers able to see the results on the BUCS App in real-time. Alongside this, the participants were able to see their path to the final, adding to that event experience.
The feedback from both participants and administrators was really positive. The ability to access information quickly and easily on the move was noted as a major benefit of using the new system. There were a number of lessons learned and key improvements that could be made to smooth the event process as a whole which have been incorporated into the next phase of developments.
As a first step into the world of hosting events on the new BUCS App, the Fencing event has provided a great platform through which BUCS can build on for the 2019-20 season.
BUCS & the London Region work together to pilot the Playwaze platform
London University Sport Leagues have been chosen to pilot the new BUCS Competition Management System. With the support of the London Region, LUSL will be delivered through the platform. The pilot will be used to test the platform and work through a number of different functions to ensure tat it is ready for the 2019-20 BUCS season. LUSL is comprised of 17 sports including leagues, knockout tournaments and a number of events over the course of the year.
The particular focus of the year will be to test a number of elements of the platform including:
With thousands of participants and students about to engage with a BUCS platform like none before it is set to be an exciting time for university sector.
London Sport have commissioned sports activity and competition management platform provider Playwaze to deliver a new web portal and mobile app to enable London Youth Games to improve the management and participant experience of youth sports competitions and events across London and its boroughs.
The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest youth sports festival. The programme comprises of 47 annual events days across 30 different sports, giving young people from across all 33 London Boroughs the opportunity to represent their school or borough in their chosen sport. The Games include both School and Community Competitions and are very proud to be part of the National School Games programme funded by Sport England.
London Youth Games joined forces with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) in 2017, with investment from London Sport and a detailed market review and rigorous selection process leading to the decision to commission Playwaze to provide the Games’ next generation youth sports competition and activity management solution.
The decision to partner with Playwaze was based on their detailed understanding of youth sport requirements, their technology being purpose-built for sport through an intuitive mobile app, and the ability for Playwaze to build on their existing safeguarding capabilities to enable parents to manage their dependents’ participation in teams and competitions.
Commenting on the partnership, Jon Hughes, CEO of London Youth Games said:
London Sport’s investment comes as part of a commitment to enhance the role of technology and data in supporting ambitions to make London the most physically active city in the world. The new London Youth Games platform is expected to enhance both the management of events and competitions, and the level of data available to agencies focused on physical activity and sport in London.
Tim Copley, Director of Insight and Performance for London Sport said:
Playwaze is a web and mobile sports activity and competition management platform. The ‘off-the-shelf’ Playwaze mobile app simplifies the way grassroots sport, physical activity and competitions get organised, while enhancing the participant’s engagement experience. This includes features for delivering group activities, courses, and sessions, running tournaments, leagues, ladders and leaderboards, managing teams, and tracking participant progression and development, with integral communication and payments features built-in.
The platform is also harnessed by organisations for the implementation of cost-effective, scalable web and mobile solutions. These can range from competition and activity management, workforce management and volunteer retention and open data solutions, web and mobile activity finders, ranking and participation reward systems, goal-setting and participant development trackers, and participation data capture, analytics and reporting solutions, with safeguarding features built-in for youth and disability sport.
Rupert Jenner, CEO of Playwaze has said:
London Sport, London Youth Games and Playwaze have also joined forces with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) to deliver a web and mobile competition management solution for intervarsity sport in the UK. BUCS, who are the governing body for Higher Education Sport in the UK, run programmes for over 50 sports for some 170 member institutions. This comprehensive programme sees over 6,000 teams compete in 900 leagues, alongside 140 individual sports events each year.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Charlie Clarke from Playwaze on +44 (0) 7850 445800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In April, Playwaze were confirmed as BUCS' selected provider to deliver a new competition management platform for intervarsity sport. As part of the BUCS partnership, Playwaze have now announced a University Pilot Scheme for the 2018/19 academic year, giving all universities the opportunity to pilot the Playwaze Platform, including the new competition management features built in partnership with BUCS, for a fixed and heavily discounted price.
Already working with the University of Nottingham and Union of Brunel Students, Playwaze has been in conversation with a variety of universities and student unions in recent weeks about using the Playwaze platform for the delivery of intra-mural leagues and tournaments, the hosting, publishing and promoting of student and staff active programmes, as well as university sports club management.
Separate to the BUCS Competition Management project, the pilot offers the chance for members to get hands on with the new Competition Management features being invested in by BUCS, a whole year before the BUCS app reaches members and students in September 2019.
To find out more about the Playwaze University Pilot Scheme and how your institution can make use of this opportunity, please click below or contact Charlie Clarke at Playwaze on email@example.com or 07850 445800.
BUCS, who are the governing body for Higher Education Sport in the UK, run programmes for over 50 sports for some 170 member institutions. This comprehensive programme sees over 6,000 teams compete in 900 leagues, alongside 140 individual sports events each year.
After a detailed review of BUCS systems and its current competition management provision BUCScore, the decision was made to harness the technology of an existing sports management platform in Playwaze, rather than continuing to invest in BUCScore or building another bespoke system.
The decision to partner with Playwaze was based on their detailed understanding of BUCS's requirements, their technology being purpose-built for sport, the existence of an intuitive mobile app and the fact that BUCS's members can use the platform for their own delivery of non-BUCS sport.
Commenting on the partnership, Vince Mayne BUCS CEO said:
Playwaze is a cloud-based sports technology platform that provides a purpose-built web and mobile app for effectively organising grassroots sport. This includes highly configurable, self-service features for organising activities and events, running competitions, managing teams, tracking player development, and integral mobile app communication and payments.
The platform is also harnessed by sports organisations like BUCS for the implementation of cost-effective, scalable web and mobile solutions. These can range from competition, activity management, and open data solutions, web and mobile activity finders, ranking and participation reward systems, goal-setting and player development trackers, and participation data capture, analytics and reporting, with safeguarding features built in for youth and disability sport.
Rupert Jenner, CEO of Playwaze has said:
BUCS and Playwaze have also joined forces with London Sport to deliver a competition management solution in the capital for London Youth Games (LYG). The new LYG solution will provide competition management for boroughs, schools, parents and children, making use of the platform’s integral safeguarding features, and options for parental control of accounts.
The new BUCS Playwaze system will launch fully for the 2019/20 BUCS season, with some BUCS programmes being run on the system over the 2018/19 season by way of a pilot.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Duncan Jones on 07786 910065 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie Clarke on 07850 445800 or email@example.com