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The Football Association

The Football Association, also known simply as The FA, is the governing body of association football in England. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

The FA sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at national level, and indirectly at local level through the County Football Associations. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the FA Cup.

The Football Association and County FAs are using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Coaching Courses
  • FA Cup Applications
  • Referee Courses
  • Discipline Payments
  • Child Protection Workshops
  • County Cup Final Tickets
  • Tournaments
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming courses
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Online payments for 50+ organisations
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

What The FA says about us...

"FA Learning have used Participant since 2008 as our chosen course management system. Over the last 5 years the coach education programme we deliver has grown considerably and our Participant system has greatly supported us and the County FAs in delivering the extended programme. The support team are friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and have been highly responsive to our requests.

We are happy to recommend Participant as a professional, reliable, secure and affordable course management system"

UK Dodgeball Association

The UK Dodgeball Association is the officially recognised National Governing Body of Dodgeball in the UK. Founded in 2005 the association is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the sport and represents the home nations internationally.

The UKDBA takes the lead for the strategic direction for the sport, co-ordinates the dodgeball competition structure across the country and is responsible for talent identification and development of athletes for the U19 and senior men’s and women’s England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales squads.

Dodgeball is an exciting team sport that appeals to all age groups, genders, backgrounds and ethnicities.

UKDBA is using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Club and league affiliations
  • Player memberships
  • Tournament & competition registrations
  • Course enrolments and participant management
  • Child Protection Workshops
  • County Cup Final Tickets
  • Tournaments
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

What The UKDBA says about us...

"UKDBA had been searching for an online system which could be integrated with our existing website. We met with Participant in 2014 and have been using the system since then. The support team are friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and have been highly responsive to our requests.

We are happy to recommend Participant as a professional, reliable, secure and affordable online data management system."
Mo Islam, CEO

See how UKDBA is using Participant...

English Lacrosse

Formed in 1892, The English Lacrosse Association is the national governing body for lacrosse in England. Lacrosse has seen unprecedented growth over the last 5 years with player numbers increasing by over 100% during this time.

Formed in 1892, The English Lacrosse Association is the national governing body for lacrosse in England. Lacrosse has seen unprecedented growth over the last 5 years with player numbers increasing by over 100% during this time. 

BACKGROUND
During early 2015 it became clear that when DCMS released their Sporting Strategy its contents would directly impact how English Lacrosse accessed funding and the level of funding available. Mark Coups, English Lacrosse’s CEO, recently explained how they prepared for the implementation of the strategy and what impact this has had for the sport.

THE CHALLENGE
DCMS’ Sporting Strategy is putting less emphasis on NGBs and more on the wider sporting structure and therefore most, if not all, NGBs need to become more financially sustainable.

As a result there are significant changes going on within English Lacrosse to confront these funding challenges and ensure we continue to meet our ambitious growth targets. One key initiative is moving from club based registrations to an individual membership model as this enables us to generate additional revenue through memberships fees and ensures that the people involved in lacrosse help contribute to the running of the sport.

THE SOLUTION
English Lacrosse implemented their Participant solution in 2015 to manage the registration process and collect online payments is a significant development that will place the sport and Governing Body in a more stable, sustainable position to achieve further growth.
Significantly, English Lacrosse will know all their players, officials, coaches and volunteers are and can now communicate with them on a 1:1 basis which opens up a whole range of marketing and development opportunities.

The English Lacrosse Participant solution handles the customer data, registrations and payments for all memberships, courses, tournaments, holiday camps and match ticket sales. The solution provides access to all clubs, providing a shared opportunity to grow the Sport together and significantly reducing paper work administration.

WHAT MARK COUPS, THE CEO SAYS,
‘Launching our Participant solution has been a great success. The team at Participant supported us as we successfully moved from our previous supplier and we are confident that the new system will play a central role in enabling English Lacrosse to drive our sport forward and ensure we remain in a strong sustainable position moving forwards”

English Lacrosse is using the Participant solution to promote, sell and manage the following activities,
  • Annual Individual Registration for players, coaches and umpires
  • Coaching and Officials Course Registration
  • Academy and Team England Payments
  • Holiday Camp Registration
  • Tournament Registration
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

Find out more about the
English Lacrosse
Annual Individual
Registration here

Register

See how English Lacrosse is using Participant...

Parkour Uk

Parkour is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.

Parkour UK aims to support and develop parkour/freerunning in the UK, and to make the benefits of the sport accessible to any and all who want to learn. Parkour UK will always strive to maintain and improve the spirit of the sport/discipline.

Parkour UK provides guidance, support and assistance on all levels to all practitioners of the sport and to regulate and maintain the standards of the sport in the country. Parkour UK oversees the development and management of the sport from grassroots to elite and strives to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and responsibility for one's actions.

Parkour UK is using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Course enrolments and participant management
  • Ist 4Sport Certifications
  • Sport Leaders Awards
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

See how Parkour UK is using Participant...

Bowls Development Alliance

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is the body for Bowls England (flat green outdoor) and English Indoor Bowling Association (flat green indoor), working together, to grow the sport of Bowls. Their vision is to be the sport that helps people to live longer, be healthier and have more fulfilling lives and their aim is for bowls to become the number 1 sport for participants aged 55 and over.

The BDA provide a number of packages to all clubs to aid recruitment including Play Bowls Road Shows, Fun Days and other activities. They also run coaching courses and administer the sanctioned Coach Bowls Membership Scheme.

The BDA is using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Coach membership scheme
  • Course enrolments and participant management
  • Working with Disabled People in Bowl sessions
  • Safeguarding in Bowls events
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

See how BDA is using Participant...

Referees' Association

The Referees' Association has been in existence for over 100 years supporting members throughout the country at all levels of the game. There are over 200 Local Associations spread across England that provide members the opportunity to enjoy the company of refereeing colleagues, discuss, debate and learn the finer points of refereeing, consolidate their understanding and interpretation of the Laws of the Game and the management of players and receive advice from expert speakers on how to improve and progress in their refereeing career.

RA is using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Annual RA membership
  • Annual RA conference
  • Workshops and Event
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue
Sport & Recreation Alliance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK. The SRA speaks up on behalf of their 320 members and represents their views to people who make decisions, promotes the interests of sport and recreation so that as many people as possible know about their work and provides them with services which make their life easier.

The SRA is using the Participant solution to manage the following activities within their organisation:

  • Sport Summit registrations and delegate management
  • Alliance Director Club networking evenings
  • Leadership Convention registrations and delegate management
  • Training course enrolments
  • Quarterly Members' meetings
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

See how SRA is using Participant...

Sports Wales

Sport Wales are the main adviser on sporting matters to the Welsh Government and are responsible for distributing National Lottery funds to both elite and grassroots sport in Wales. Their aim is to improve the level of sports participation at grassroots level whilst also providing aspiring athletes with the support required to compete successfully on the world stage.

Sport Wales is using the Participant solution to manage the online registrations and delegate management for the following events. They have taken advantage of the dual language functionality available within the system to ensure all registration forms are in both English and Welsh.

  • Inspiring Through Adventure Conference / Cynhadledd Ysbrydoli Drwy Antur
  • Wales Sport Awards / Gwobrau Chwaraeon Cymru
  • Sustainable Success for Wales / Llwyddiant Cynaliadwy i Gymru
  • Making sport more accessible and inclusive to BME communities /
    Gwneud chwaraeon yn fwy hygyrch a chynhwysol i gymunedau DLlE
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

What The Sport Wales says about us...

“Thank you for all your help with setting up the Sport Wales Participant delegate management system, it has worked brilliantly for us so far."

Beth Williams
Events & Marketing Officer

See how Sport Wales is using Participant...

Sport Structures

Sport Structures deliver unique, flexible and innovative solutions in sport by providing high quality, cost effective consultancy and administration services to sports organisations. Since their inception in 2002 they have supported over 40 National Governing Bodies, over two thirds of all County or sub-regional partnerships, all the major National Sports Organisations and a broad range of Local Authorities in over 400 projects.

Sport Structures offer a wide range of courses, workshops and qualifications in conjunction with the following NGBs and use the Participant online booking system for delegate registrations and payments.

GB Archery
Bowls Development Alliance
Basketball England
England Korfball
UK Ultimate
BaseballSoftballUK
British Gymnastics
Handball England
Rounders England
Volleyball England
Key Features
  • Online registrations with secure payments
  • White labelled website integration
  • Search page of upcoming events
  • Event management functionality
  • Single central admin portal
  • Sophisticated member database
  • Mobile optimised
  • In built email and SMS tools
  • Marketing and sponsorship opportunities
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Benefits
  • No more paper forms or cheque payments
  • Customers book and pay at their convenience
  • Reduced admin - time and cost savings
  • Real time statistics across your sport
  • Analyse your members by age, gender, ethnicity, disability etc
  • Simple 1:1 communication with your members
  • Generate much needed addition revenue

See how Sports Structures is using Participant...

Ulster Hockey

Ulster Hockey is one of four Provinces that together form the Irish Hockey Association (IHA). The Irish Hockey Association, as the overall governing body for the sport across the island, is the principal body responsible for the development of hockey at all levels.

In its relationship with the Irish Hockey Association, Ulster Hockey has responsibility for the administration, development and delivery of hockey within Ulster.

Following the amalgamation of the Ulster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association (UBIHA) and the Ulster Women’s Hockey Union (UWHU) to form the Ulster Hockey Union (UHU) in May 2009.

The origins of the Ulster Branch of the Irish Hockey Association dates back to December 1896 where a meeting was held to discuss the forming of an Ulster Hockey Union to further the interests of hockey in Ulster. The UBIHA grew and grew over the following 110 years until the amalgamation with the Ulster Women's Hockey Union in 2009.

At present, the Ulster Hockey Union currently has over 16,000 participants playing the sport on a weekly basis and with efforts to grow the figures in the next few years, hockey in Ulster has a bright future ahead.

Within the Ulster Hockey Union there are currently 76 clubs (Men & Women) competing in the various league and cup competitions being held within the 2015/16 Calendar.

Features
Benefits
  • Increased online sales
  • User friendly, improved
    booking experience
  • Easy - for you and your customers
  • No cash handling
  • Time saving – reduced administration
  • Excellent setup and support
  • Increased online sales