We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our ongoing journey to enhance the PlayFootball Registration and Payments platform. As we gear up for the 2025 season, we are excited to introduce the Beta Release of our upgraded registration and payments system.

Embracing Innovation: The Beta Launch

In preparation for the upcoming season, we have transitioned to the 'Beta Launch,' marking a crucial step towards the full production release for the 2025 season. This strategic move aligns with our commitment to a consultative and phased rollout, incorporating valuable feedback from our stakeholders, and learning from past digital platform launches.

What is the Beta Release?

The Beta Release represents a significant evolution in the development of our upgraded PlayFootball Registration platform. It signifies a more advanced stage, where our Member Federations, Associations, Clubs, and participants can actively engage with the system. This phase allows for extensive testing, iterative improvements, and the incorporation of valuable insights from our diverse user base.

Staged Approach for Optimal Results

The Beta Release adopts a staged approach, enabling Member Federations and Clubs to pilot the system and experience the benefits of a hyper-care model during the transition. The existing participant registration platform will coexist alongside the beta version during the 2024 season, ensuring a smooth and low-risk transition for a pre-agreed subset of registrations.

Key Objectives of the Beta Launch

  • Enable a staged rollout, allowing Member Federations, Associations and Clubs to introduce the upgraded platform gradually and strategically.
  • Allow Member Federations to establish pilot programs with select associations and/or clubs to actively engage with the Beta release.
  • Encourage user feedback from the pilot participants, providing valuable insights into the upgraded platform’s performance, usability, and features.
  • Effective risk mitigation by identifying risks before a full-scale launch and resolving issues early on.
  • Closely monitor the performance of the Beta release during the piloting phase, assessing factors such as system stability, response times, and resource utilisation.
  • The piloting phase allows for iterative enhancements based on user input and performance observations.
  • Provide targeted training and support to all piloting organisations to ensure well-preparedness and effective utilisation of platform features.
  • Establish clear and transparent communication channels with pilot organisations to gather feedback efficiently and keep users informed about updates and changes.
  • The Beta release pilot phase insights to serve as a foundation for preparing the product for a full-scale launch for 2025 registration season.

Comprehensive Support for Participants

To ensure a seamless Beta Launch experience, we are offering comprehensive support, including:

  • Capability Uplift Resources: Playbooks, User guides, videos, FAQs, and knowledge articles available on the PlayFootball Support website for various user groups.
  • Change Champions and Trainers: Access to selected change champions and trainers providing guidance and support throughout the transition.
  • Feedback and Evaluation: Regular opportunities for all users to provide feedback, influencing ongoing improvements.

Looking Ahead

As we unveil the Beta Release, we invite all stakeholders to actively engage, provide feedback, and be part of this transformative phase. The Beta Launch is not the final product; it's an evolving environment where testing and agile development will continue to shape the future of the PlayFootball Registration platform.

We are confident that this Beta Release will not only meet but exceed expectations. Let's embark on this exciting journey together, testing, playing, and learning our way to a brighter and more streamlined football registration experience. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for being a crucial part of our innovation journey!