South Dublin Co. Co. has signed a contract with leading sports software company SportsKey Ltd. to develop an online booking system for its network of community centres. This new booking system will see community centres being able to offer sports clubs, tutors and the general public the ability to see when centres have free times and book and pay for usage. The system compliments the pitches booking system which SportsKey developed for the South Dublin County Council previously.

Funding for the initiative came through Sport Ireland’s Innovation Fund, backed by the Dormant Accounts Fund and was applied for through the South Dublin County Sports Partnership. Thos Mc Dermott, Co-ordinator of the Sports Partnership, says “The idea behind the project is to allow community centres the ability to meet the wishes of people who are now used to booking or ordering items online. It can also help the community centres to make themselves more visible to the wider community while helping to ensure that they maximise their opening hours.”

Speaking on the new initiative SportsKey founder Craig Bewley is delighted to be a partner in this new venture. “Our mission is to help organisations maximise the potential of their facilities through our customised booking systems and to help get the community participating in sport. We already have a great relationship with South Dublin Co. Co. for their outdoor pitches and park pavilions and this project, which is unique in Ireland, will add hugely to the Council’s community offering”.

It is planed that the first centres will come on stream in late September with a rollout over the next few years.