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.