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New software helps sports clubs and safeguards children

New cloud-based software launched by Cheltenham's Coacha is aimed at making the administration of small sports clubs and groups simpler, saving money and improving safeguards for youngsters.

Coacha has already been beta tested by the 150-member Gloucestershire Cheer and Dance Academy (GCA) and owner Sarah Watkins says the results have been impressive:

She commented: "Working with Coacha and using their software has been friendly, reassuring and straightforward. Coacha was clearly created so anybody could use it with minimal training.

"As a sports club owner, Coacha makes my life simpler and less stressful. It also improves safeguarding for our members who are under 18.'

Coacha's prime objective was improved safeguarding for under 18s - particularly for built-in email communications. The cloud-based software was developed using the safeguarding guidelines produced by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

Coacha's developers also drew on research and development conducted in association with staff and students from Hartpury's university centre sports coaching team.

Sports clubs can also benefit from the software's full Stripe integration for taking secure payments, with no mark-up of banking fees to subscribers.

Coacha is also fully responsive across desktop and mobile devices and streamlines club administration. Organisers and coaches can save time and do admin anywhere with an internet connection. Admin costs are reduced and club personnel have more time to coach members.

Coacha also makes club administration much more secure because it eliminates the need to store data on laptops or in hard-copy documents.

Coacha owner Chris Davis said: "The response since the site went live has been amazing. We've combined sports experience, web development skills and best safeguarding practice to create a very accessible, long overdue product."

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