ClubSpot has introduced e-tickets to instil confidence in fans as we approach the reintroduction of spectators to sport.

Cavan start-up ClubSpot has launched an online digital ticketing system in conjunction with Cavan GAA for all club games due to kick off this coming August.

ClubSpot is a club management platform helping volunteers run sports clubs to reduce the administration workload on volunteers and increase their recurring revenue streams.

The company was started by John Hyland after he realised the challenges facing sports clubs across Ireland from engaging with members, to receiving membership payments.

“It is our unique understanding of sports clubs that has allowed us to develop the most complete club management system on the market,” said John Hyland, when speaking to ThinkBusiness in April.

“Our easy to use system will greatly reduce the work currently done by club administrators,” he added.

Spectator confidence

Mr Hyland, along with company advisor and investor Bernard Jackman, have worked extensively with Cavan GAA to launch the e-ticketing system which will take all handling of physical money away from the club gates. ClubSpot tickets will allow for spectators to have a contactless entry to sporting events.

The move comes to instil confidence in the spectator as they re-enter club grounds for the first-time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The move will assist clubs in maintaining social distancing, while adhering to the government’s recommended guidelines for a safe two metre distance at all times.

“With any new technology or start-up, it’s important to continue adding new features that make life easier for our clients and the introduction of our digital ticketing solution is another brilliant addition to the ClubSport offering”

The latest contactless ticketing system allows spectators to purchase a ticket online via the Cavan GAA app which will then be used to access club games around the county. To gain access, a supporter will simply present their e-ticket to a steward on the gate, which will then be scanned using a smartphone.

Commenting on ClubSpot’s latest innovation, Bernard Jackman said; “With any new technology or start-up, it’s important to continue adding new features that make life easier for our clients and the introduction of our digital ticketing solution is another brilliant addition to the ClubSport offering. We hope that this agreement with Cavan GAA is the first of many similar arrangements in the near future.”

“ClubSpot are delighted to help Cavan GAA provide a simple and safe solution for the return of fans for their upcoming Club Championships,” Mr Hyland added.

The in-app digital ticketing service comes in partnership with Tixserve, an experienced digital ticketing provider who can boast stadiums such as Twickenham among their customers. Tickets can easily be saved to a phone and can be scanned at venues without the need for Wi-Fi or mobile data.

The latest technology will ensure that grassroots sport can now comply with social distancing measures, reduce the incidences of close contact for fans attending events, and also reduce the high volumes of cash being taken in at the gate during these events.

By Stephen Larkin

Main image: ClubSpot founder John Hyland and advisor Bernard Jackman, on hand with Susan Brady (Cavan PRO), Kieran Callaghan (Cavan county board chairperson), and Padraig Faulkner (Cavan senior footballer) to announce the application’s latest initiative which will see digital tickets rolled out for all club games in Cavan this year which are due to kick-off in early August.

Published: 29 June, 2020

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