Clubforce’s ambitious product roadmap leads to expansion and investment in the business.

Galway-based sports participation software company Clubforce plans to double its workforce following a €2.5m investment.

This expanded workforce of 40 members of staff will be spread between its Galway and UK offices and will allow Clubforce to accelerate delivery of an ambitious product roadmap.

“Grassroots sports relies heavily on volunteers, who tend to be time-poor and the pandemic has made the role far more challenging”

This will see the existing club management system evolve into a complete sports participation system, which will transform how club members, sports clubs and their governing bodies interact with each other.

Kicking off 2021 with the right attitude

Dark-haired woman with blue eyes.

Clubforce CFO Carol Neylon

The new investment comes as Clubforce finished 2020 strongly with unprecedented demand for new and better technological solutions from sports club volunteers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sports organisations were already feeling a certain level of strain before the pandemic struck,” said founder and CEO Warren Healy.

“Grassroots sports relies heavily on volunteers, who tend to be time-poor and the pandemic has made the role far more challenging. Our plan is to provide these volunteers with a significant number of additional tools to simply make their roles easier. We know that volunteer tasks are an increasing challenge and we’re helping sports clubs to solve these challenges. The volunteers are the fulcrum around which everything else rotates in amateur sports.”

Healy pointed out that most of the heavy lifting on the fundraise was driven by the company CFO, Carole Neylon and the existing board.

Neylon commented that the funds will allow Clubforce to deliver on the vision of the company which is to bring participation management to the core of its product and to continue its international expansion from the Galway base.

“While the product will be expanding significantly in its reach, the volunteer in these sports organisations will always be core to all of the product development.”

Main image at top: Clubforce CEO Warren Healy

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 4 February 2021

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