Date published: 05/03/2014
Upshot, the Football Foundation’s online community project management system, has been nominated in the ‘Best use of Technology by a Governing body, Federation or Rights holder’ category, at the 2014 Sports Technology Awards.
Launched in 2012, Upshot helps users manage, monitor and evidence their work. The software was born after the Foundation identified that paper-based reporting was time-consuming and did not lend itself to the management or measurement of the success of funded projects.
Now, Upshot is being used by Foundation-funded projects and more than 200 other not-for-profit organisations. This means that the software is used by 660 staff, to manage 552 projects and 96,703 attendees.
Upshot continues to deliver a range of benefits to these organisations, including increased efficiency, the ability to monitor progress against targets and improved reporting to evidence impact. All profits from the sales of Upshot are reinvested into community sport projects.
County Durham Sport run an NHS-funded programme, Move for Life, that delivers tailored projects for those who have sedentary lifestyles. The programme, which sees 11 local partners deliver a diverse range of activities including one-to-one advice sessions, have benefitted hugely by using Upshot, which has ensured all activity and data is evidenced in an efficient way.
Andrew Power, Strategic Manager at County Durham Sport, said: “We needed to find a much more efficient solution to allow all 11 organisations we fund to track and report on the progress of their projects. Upshot has provided us with this solution and has allowed us to implement a more automated approach to the follow-up of individual participants, significantly reducing weeks of administrative time.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Upshot has been nominated for this award. It was clear to us, with years of experience in community sport that clubs and projects were struggling to manage their schemes and effectively evidence their outcomes to their multiple funders.
“We therefore applied our experience and expertise in delivering thousands of projects over the past 14 years worth £1bn to develop Upshot, a user-friendly solution to this problem. Adopted by more than 200 organisations to date, Upshot is streamlining the work of busy project staff, freeing up their time to deliver the real work that’s making a difference out there on the pitch, on the court or in the classroom.”
The Sports Technology Awards were launched to recognize the increasingly important role that technology plays in sport and the positive impact of advances from the perspective of officials and players as well as spectators. The Awards present the opportunity to celebrate excellence and acknowledge successful technological innovation across all aspects of the sports sector.
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