New online platform to connect grassroots footy
Monday, December 02 2013 @ 09:46 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The following is a press release for AFL Northern Territory released originally earlier this year. In subsequent months the Sprofila product has undergone enhancements and funding changes, hence the delayed article. The program itself is worthy of note as it will certainly revolutionise many aspects of remote region football Australia and world wide.
At last, Aussie Rules football clubs, players and fans in the Territory will have access to a dedicated, free, online social media and communication platform - www.footysprofila.com.
In partnership with the AFLNT, Footy Sprofila is now available for the NTFL, the first league in Australia to access the new innovative platform.
Brad Stewart, AFLNT Sponsorship and Marketing Manager said, “For the first time grassroots footy communities, clubs, players and coaches across the Territory will have a secure, online platform, dedicated to their needs and to developing grassroots Aussie Rules football.”
“Footy Sprofila provides the platform to extend and modernise how football communities in the Territory communicate, coordinate activities, conduct their business, recruit personnel and have two way communications with their members, fans and supporters,” Mr Stewart said.
Sam Collins Footy Sprofila CEO said, “The team at Footy Sprofila are very excited to have formed this partnership with the governing body of Football in the Territory and we look forward to working closely in making the platform widely available to everyone with an involvement in football. “
Mr Collins said that Footy Sprofila has the potential to break down the barriers and challenges when communicating across grassroots footy communities.
“Clubs can set up their own interactive online profile to coordinate social events, build brand awareness or find new players, coaches or medical support.”
“The social networking features enable clubs to improve and promote their social events, while enabling players, members and supporters to maintain their relationships and stay in touch away from the club.”
“Coaches can provide feedback to the whole team or to individual players, discuss game plans, or coordinate activities with the playing group. Medical support staff can provide recovery and rehabilitation advice and respond directly to players, securely and privately,” Mr Collins said.
One of the great features of Footy Sprofila is in career development and recruitment opportunities. “There are a lot of very talented players in the Territory who could benefit from playing at higher levels, our platform enables these players to promote their profile through the wider Australian footballing community.
Footy Sprofila has gone through three years of extensive research and development in order to ensure it is intuitive and simple to use. Clubs can simply claim their profile page and users can connect their profiles easily with Facebook, and other social networking platforms so there is no need to re-enter personal information to get started.
Footy Sprofila is set to unveil their exciting new iOS & Andriod mobile apps on Feb 1 2014 at the AFL coaches conference in Adelaide. “Our mobile app is the final step in making our product truly accessible, members can now be connected to their club anywhere, anytime” said Mr Collins.
“We encourage anyone involved in footy to make Footy Sprofila work for them and their club, ultimately wide involvement at a grassroots level will make the benefits that Footy Sprofila offers a reality.”