Pitchbooking partners with its first NI council

  • Software start-up Pitchbooking has partnered with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, who began using the NI firm’s booking platform this summer for its range of sports facilities.

    Pitchbooking launched in Belfast in early 2018 and how has 1000 bookable facilities on its platform across the UK, but this is the first council in its native Northern Ireland to partner with the homegrown firm.

    Launched by three school friends, Chris McCann, Shea O’Hagan and Fearghal Campbell, the online platform aims to help local organisations manage sports facility rentals, bookings and payment processes.

    CEO Shea O’Hagan previously said: "Before Pitchbooking, finding a place to play meant the time and frustration of hopeful phone calls, booking slips and outdated payment methods. Facility managers, on the other hand, are too often caught in a painful administrative tangle of enquiries, invoices, double-bookings and other such headaches. Many also don’t have the time or resources to promote their facilities to the wider public.”

    The sports tech firm received £250,000 in early 2019 to help it become a market leader in sports facility management, and collaborated with The Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA) this year to handle the bookings and payments process for the rental of outdoor soccer, hockey and multisport facilities at Stormont Estate.

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