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Submitted on Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:48:29 GMT.

Overview

INTRODUCTION

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MyClubDiary.com is an online/mobile messaging network allowing members to keep in contact with clubs/groups they or their children are involved in from a point of view of events and status messages. 

For clarity,

A “Manager” means a Club Owner/ Team Leader  / Team Manager basically anyone that needs to communicate with a group of people.

A “Member” means any individual that needs to receive and reply communications from/to a Manager

A “Club” is a collection of a manager and a group of members

 

THE PROBLEM
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The idea came to me as a parent of 4 children who attend many activities

including Running, Gaa Football, Soccer, Hip Hop dancing, Swimming and Tennis.

 

I found it difficult to keep track of all the different match fixtures, training schedules, competitions dates and locations/directions. 

I would receive information relating to the club events from many sources ie, txt messages, club web sites and word of mouth. This is all fine when you are only dealing

with one or two clubs but when you are dealing with five or six clubs then it can be difficult to keep track and collate this information for organising the family social activities.

 

I also found out from talking to managers of clubs, that they also have great difficulty in keeping track of events form a point of view of who can attend the event / fixture/ competition / meeting etc..

Currently a lot of managers send out many txt messages and wait for the parent to reply.

This becomes extremely time consuming and costly (sms txt costs) especially if you are the manager for more that one club. 

 

THE SOLUTION

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Keeping all these issues in my mind I  creating the website  “myclubdiary.com”

MyClubDiary.com  lets me (as a member) view all my children’s clubs and even my own club interest events and messages on one web/mobile page.

Now I know what’s on the families agenda for the next few days…. Great! 

 

MYCLUBDIARY PROCESS OVERVIEW

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1)  Managers create clubs

2)  Members follow clubs

3)  Managers posts events (including Google map direction tiny URLs) and messages for each club they manage

4)  Members views messages and events in one place for all the clubs they follow on the sites  “myTimeline” page.

5)  Managers can ask for confirmation replies to events

6)  Members can reply with a "YES" or a "NO" type response, therefore making it easier for the manager to collate the replies without having to read much text.

7)  Managers can see all the responses in one place either for all their clubs they manager or split separately per club them manage

8)  Members can see the responses to events from all the clubs they follow.

 

MYCLUBDIARY BENEFITS

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1)   Managers can post an event once as opposed to sending a txt message to each individual club member

2)   Managers can also group email members via the Sites Email Tab  (great for sending out Club Application Forms etc)

3)   Managers do not incur a cost in posting messages or events on the site  (Currently lots of managers are getting charged for sending txt messages out on their own phones)

4)   Managers don’t have their phone “hijacked” with lots of member replies for all the clubs they manage.

5)   Managers can post Google Map links with the event locations ( Currently managers print copies of the directions for members who then have to meet up to collect them).

6)   Managers don’t have to worry about missing someone out in relation to them receiving messages and events

7)   Managers can direct their members to the site for their messages to cut down on misleading information from different sources (ie word of mouth)

8)   Managers can also follow clubs they are a member of.

9)   The site is currently FREE to use.

10) Members can (on their timeline page) see all the events and messages from ALL the clubs they "FOLLOW". ( This really helps in organisation the families social activities)

11) Members can see all the upcoming events for all the clubs they follow in Chronology Order. (Again, great for organisation)

12 )Members do not incur a cost in Replying to Events  (Currently members are getting charged for sending txt messages out on their own phones)

I have the website developed and the process is fully functional via the website. Currently, some members of a large Gaa Club are performing a pilot so that they can setup their clubs and communicate with their members. 

 

I am currently developing the Android Mobile app to make the site even more accessible.

I have used the “Fingal Playing Pitch Dataset”  (datasets/kml/Playing_Pitches.kml ) to allow Managers / Members search for a particular pitch in the Fingal area and wish to expand this to show other relevant datasets as and when their become available.

Functionality of “Fingal Playing Pitch Dataset” Map

Traffic Mode:     Driving, Walking and Cycling.

Also “Real Time Traffic” and “Bicycling Path” can be displayed 

Direction and Reverse Directions can be displayed

 

In Summary, I hope you like my idea and see that it is well under way in becoming a reality. I entered it under the “Ideas” category because I don’t have the

mobile app completed yet.

 

To see the site in action,

Please visit the site:  www.myclubdiary.com

And then sign on as a guest member to the test site (Please use lowercase for both user and password)

User:                     [email protected]

Password:           guest01

Thanks for taking the time to read my submission.

Dave

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