South Dublin County Council signs contract with leading sports facility management software SportsKey to use their online booking system for its network of community centres.
This will see SDCC's network of 35 community centres being able to offer sports clubs, tutors and the general public the ability to see when centres have free time slots and book and pay for their sports facilities.
Funding for the initiative came through Sport Ireland’s Innovation Fund, backed by the Dormant Accounts Fund and was applied for through the South Dublin Co. Sports Partnership.
Thos Mc Dermott, Co-ordinator of the Sports Partnership, says the idea behind the project is to allow community centres the ability to meet the wishes of people who are now used to booking or ordering items online. It can also help the community centres to make themselves more visible to the wider community and help ensure that they maximise their opening hours.
SportsKey founder Craig Bewley is delighted to be a partner in this new venture. “Our mission is to help organisations maximise the potential of their sports facilities through our software and to help get the community participating in sport. We already have a great relationship with South Dublin Co. Co. for their outdoor pitches and park pavilions and this project, which is unique in Ireland, will add hugely to the Council’s community offering”.
It is planned that the first centres will come on stream in late September with a rollout over the next few years.