Sign up to Wapping HC’s new website!

Posted by Matt Patterson on 24 August 2018

Hi all,

As discussed at the AGM, one of the key recommendations coming out of both the member survey and the exec forward look document was to review our existing club management system with a view to understanding how it could be improved.

Over the summer the exec has been looking at various membership systems, including PaySubsOnline, Teamo, ClubBuzz and of course our existing arrangements with Pitchero. Based on the process, we took the decision that ClubBuzz offered the best fit for what we were looking for. We also had concerns about Pitchero’s privacy and liability policies following the introduction of GDPR, and despite lengthy conversations with them, they were unwilling to review their terms and conditions.

As a consequence, we are delighted to announce that our new website is now live (same URL - www.wappinghockeyclub.com). We hope that you will agree that it looks a lot neater, sharper and cleaner than the previous website. It also doesn’t have any external adverts and is cheaper to the club.

In addition to the above, ClubBuzz offers a number of other benefits. Primarily, it lightens the admin burden on a number of committee and exec members, especially Treasurer and Membership. Rather than having to reconcile bank statements with an excel spreadsheet, the Treasurer will be able to easily track payments within ClubBuzz. This time saving means that we are able to offer our members the option of paying in four monthly instalments between September and December for the first time ever (whilst still keeping the early bird facility available to members). It also offers all of the functionality that Pitchero offered (and more!) including team selection which club captains will be introducing in the coming weeks.

Clubbuzz allows us to centralise all of our information meaning that all membership information is held in a single place and therefore, your data is much safer than it was previously. With the introduction of GDPR, it is very important that the club is in compliance with the law.
To make ClubBuzz a success, we need your help! As with Pitchero, there will be the functionality to post team pages, fixtures, scorers and match reports and we would love as many teams as possible to do this, along with pictures and videos which will be in the password protected members area rather than visible to the public.

As a very first step so that we can get off to a flying start, we need our members to sign up to the clubbuzz website as this will be the primary form of communication from now on. You can do this by completing the form at the following link; https://wappinghc.clubbuzz.co.uk/join – the membership team will approve your form and you will receive an email notification. You will then be able to log in to the members area of the new website- please don’t worry if you aren’t assigned to a team initially as this is all part of the club wide setup process.

As of now, www.wappinghockeyclub.com redirects to the ClubBuzz website. We will be speaking to Pitchero in the coming days to remove our data and footprint from their platform. You can also erase your profile individually if you so wish- to do so, simply follow this link and login as normal; http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/wappinghockeyclub/recent-activity/all. Further instructions are available at https://help.pitchero.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002543053-How-can-I-close-my-account-.

We know the new website will be a learning process for all of us and we’d love to hear your feedback as you start using it, plus any ideas you have to make it even better! Don’t hesitate to contact myself, Ollie (Treasurer) or Lizzie / Karndeep (Webmasters).

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and see you all at Club Day on 1 September!

Matt

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