Pictured above is Patrick Hayes, developer of Sportiful.
Sportiful is an Irish sports Technology Company developed by UL graduate and Limerick man Patrick Hayes, who is marrying his love of sport with what he sees as a big business opportunity in the Irish sports industry.
Sportiful was created out of the identification of a problem that Patrick faced when trying to find a 5-a-side pitch that was available at 6pm on a Thursday. When looking for this 5-a-side pitch, Patrick realized that a central repository of sports venues did not exist and that availability checking was a completely offline, manual, frustrating task. Sportiful addresses these issues by providing people with a simple platform for finding and booking local sports facilities with the best deals.
Patrick Hayes said the idea for the company came when he tried to find and book an astro pitch for a game of 5-a-side football. After many back and forth phone calls to different venues, he realized that searching for and booking sports facilities is a painful experience.
“Through Sportiful, I want people, including some who otherwise wouldn’t of, to participate in sport, to do that the process had to be simplified” Hayes explains. “For example on Sportiful, a customer simply searches for a 5-a-side pitch in Limerick, books an available time to play, and pays online. No more ringing around or email ping pong to different sports venues checking availability”.
Sportiful is specifically targeting people interested in playing casual games of 5-a-side, tennis, squash with their mates. There are favourable industry trends; sports participation in Ireland is increasing, up 39% from 2012 to 2015. This increase in sports participation rates means there will be a higher demand for sports facilities that cater for different sporting activities across the country.
The company is officially live and Patrick is proactively encouraging sports venues of all sizes to sign up. Two Limerick sports venues that signed up early to Sportiful are Delta Sports Dome and Murroe AFC, these venues can be booked online via Sportiful.
‘My goal over the next few weeks is to sign up as many diverse sports venues in Limerick as possible so that people can use Sportiful to organize a game of 5-a-side, tennis, squash etc. easily with their friends’. said Patrick Hayes.
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