UK Coaching announces Spond as a strategic partner

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by Mark Johnson

UK Coaching, the lead agency for coaching in the UK, has announced that Spond has joined as a strategic partner.

The sporting group inspires coaches to spread the transformative power of sports across the nation. 

Through development programmes, events, and research, UK Coaching is raising the profile of coaches across the UK to ensure coaching is recognised not only for its value in competitive sport, but for the wider benefits it has on people’s physical and mental well-being.

Coaching priorities 

A key priority for UK Coaching is to help coaches reduce the amount of time they spend on admin to organise their teams, so they can spend time on what really matters: coaching the sport they love. 

UK Coaching is turning to the latest technology to help tackle this, with Spond becoming a strategic partner to help address this challenge.

Spond app

The Spond app, which is completely free to use, provides a centralised, simple-to-use system and mobile app that typically saves grassroots coaches over two hours in admin time every week. 

Its safe environment also means organisers comply with data protection regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Using Spond, coaches can invite members to practices, games and other team activities, and it's easy to keep track of who is coming and who isn't. 

In the case of children, guardians can reply on behalf of their child, though if a child does say they're attending a game then a guardian gets an instant notification to check it.

You can share information, files and photos, chat in group conversations or over private messages, and use the platform across its mobile apps or in a web browser.

Spond can also be used to help improve the financials of a team. It makes it easier to collect subs, so a coach knows who has paid to play and who hasn’t yet, to ensure the team remains funded.

Mark Gannon, CEO, UK Coaching said: “Coaches play a vital role in grassroots sports and we want to make their lives as easy as possible.

“At a time when more people than ever are taking part in sports, the role of a coach can be demanding, so alleviating pain points such as administration is one way to ensure their time is spent doing what they love. 

“Spond makes this possible by streamlining the process of organising teams and communicating with players and parents. Partnering with Spond helps us help our coaches.”

Per-Otto Wold, CEO and founder of Spond said: “We’re delighted to become a strategic partner of UK Coaching. 

“We have a shared goal to make life as easy as possible for coaches. We know admin is a big burden for coaches so we’re pleased our app will help relieve this and go some way to boost outcomes for grassroots sports.”