Clubforce, the Galway-based sports participation software company, today announces plans to double its workforce following a €2.5m investment in the business.
This expanded workforce of 40 members of staff will be spread between its Galway and UK offices and will allow Clubforce to accelerate delivery of an ambitious product roadmap. This will see the existing club management system evolve into a complete sports participation system, which will transform how club members, sports clubs and their governing bodies interact with each other.
The new investment comes as Clubforce finished 2020 strongly with unprecedented demand for new and better technological solutions from sports club volunteers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the announcement, Warren Healy, founder and CEO of Clubforce, said “Sports organisations were already feeling a certain level of strain before the pandemic struck. Grassroots sports relies heavily on volunteers, who tend to be time-poor and the pandemic has made the role far more challenging. Our plan is to provide these volunteers with a significant number of additional tools to simply make their roles easier. We know that volunteer tasks are an increasing challenge and we’re helping sports clubs to solve these challenges. The volunteers are the fulcrum around which everything else rotates in amateur sports.”
Warren pointed out that most of the heavy lifting on the fundraise was driven by the company CFO, Carole Neylon and the existing board. Carole commented that the funds will allow Clubforce to deliver on the vision of the company which is to bring participation management to the core of its product and to continue its international expansion from the Galway base. Carole went on to say that “while the product will be expanding significantly in its reach, the volunteer in these sports organisations will always be core to all of the product development”.
Carole added that “demand across the country, and overseas, has gone through the roof in recent months because of good marketing, good product and the effects of the pandemic. The investment and ongoing recruitment drive will give us everything we need to develop a world class product for our loyal and increasing customer base”.
The investment also sees a significant addition to the board as Noel Murray, ex Head of Operations – Japan and Asia with Microsoft, is set to re-enter the fray of business as Chairman of the board at Clubforce.
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Clubforce is a complete sports participation system which gives sporting organisations and their people the tools to drive greater participation in their sport. The desktop and mobile application enable sports bodies to efficiently manage data, communications and funds and to collaborate on any aspect of sports participation with progress monitored through easy-to-use visual reporting.