Early November, Buddy for Sports team was present at one of the largest gatherings worldwide about technology and startups: the Web Summit, in Dublin.
Those who practice sports on a regular basis have certainly come across the situation in which it was not possible to play that match because someone was missing, or one of the players had to drop out at the last minute, or simply because you’re tired of playing with someone who is always a bad loser!
Buddy for Sports solves these issues and is the solution for:
- When players are missing for a match
- Finding new partners and adversaries with the same skill level
- Finding new venues to practice sports
Our slogan, “Find a Buddy. Play Sports!” presents the two sides of Buddy: find new people to play with, and be a useful tool to organize your sports activities for those who already have their own usual teams.
Prior to developing Buddy, we wanted to get better acquainted with the sports habits of the amateur sports people. For this we drafted a quizz and got around 500 replies from sports people from several countries.
We wanted to know the sports that people play the most and how often people play them
Jogging/Running is undoubtedly the most practiced sports followed closely by Walking, MTB/Cycling and Football (especially Futsal and Football 7). Padel confirms its great current popularity, and its dramatic expansion in Portugal.
When asked about how often people do it (we’re still talking about sports, right?) the most frequent answer was 2 or 3 times per week.
And which difficulties do people encounter when they want to play sports?
The top three difficulties:
- Finding the right venue
- Matching the agendas of all people involved
- Getting the right number of people (to play team sports)
Curiosity: on the "individual" sports (e.g.: Jogging) several people mentioned they often didn't do it because they had no company.
While developing Buddy we took into account all the issues mentioned by those who answered our quizz.
Do you know which ways people use most to organize their matches or sports activities?
“Tradicional” methods such as telephone, SMS and e-mail are the most used ones. Facebook and WhatsApp come second.
This shows that in order to organize a sports event people use several time consuming tools!
WithBuddy you’re able to share an event (by the way, we call “event” to any type of sports activity) with your friends through e-mail, SMS, Facebook and WhatsApp. All you have to do is one click!
The importance of the Skill Level
Sports people know how important it is to find partners or adversaries with a similar skill level. In fact, some of the inquirees mentioned this as a decisive factor to playing or not.
In Buddy for Sports we have four different skill levels:
As you fill in your profile, you should choose the skill level appropriate to each sport you play..
Your skill level will have a direct impact on the events you can join. For example, if your skill level is intermediate, you will not be able to join events with other skill levels.
For those who like to keep track of his/her sports activities, “My Events” option is a valuable feature. The app logs all the events you took part in and you can also register the final scores of your matches!
We want to reward our users, and what better way to do it than offering discounts in the field and facilities rates?
The most part of our partner clubs offer discounts to Buddy users, so start now creating and organizing your matching through the app!
As you click the “Confirm Event” button, an automatic e-mail is sent to the club’s reception, including the names of those who are going to play. As you pay, you benefit from the discount. It’s that easy!
This is a dynamic app, developed with the help of the users and our partners..
This app is for sportspeople and we are counting on your feedback to make it better and better!