We’re spreading the word about Hoops Connect and slowly but surely people are starting to listen. But who are we, and what do we do? Here, we answer some of the important questions you may have before jumping on board with a sporting revolution.
What is Hoops Connect?
We looked at the issues that come with running sports clubs and fitness classes and created something we think puts an end to them.
With Hoops you can create sports events and fitness classes, make them recurring, control payments and monitor attendance to draft in replacements from waiting lists if people drop out.
Once you’ve created your events, users who enlist as participants can find them from anywhere in the country. It really is as simple as that – we’re just matchmakers between organisers of sport and potential participants!
It’s all completely free, and all we’re interested in is expanding our community and getting people into sport. What’s not to love?
Who are the Hoops Connect team?
There’s not many of us, but we make up for that through hard work and dedication.
At the top of tree is Jonas Urbonas, who as the father of Hoops plays a role in nearly every aspect of the company. “I see myself as less of a manager, and more of a firefighter,” he quipped.
Alongside him there are two others, busily starting fires to keep the bossman on his toes.
Andy Donley is a sports journalist who last summer was covering the Rio Olympics for BBC Sport, but gave up the industry to run communications and marketing for Hoops – and he’s in no doubt that he made the right decision!
And then there’s our social media ninja Cath Shanks, who can usually be found popping up in places to poke fun at her colleagues on Twitter, or filming herself singing Disney songs for Instagram.
Hiding in the shadows are our development team, beavering away to give us in the limelight something to talk to you about – and that’s where they’ve chosen to remain. You know how developers are…
New, improved and ready for download; #HoopsConnect Version 2 has hit the app stores! 🎉
We've got rid of the pesky bugs and added some shiny new features for a better user experience! ✨
— Hoops Connect (@hoops_app) October 19, 2017
Why did Jonas create Hoops?
The short answer to that question is that he came up with an idea and knew he was onto something.
For a longer answer, we can look at words from the man himself.
“Being from Lithuania, basketball was – and still is – our culture and almost like our religion,” Jonas told this blog in June.
“Living abroad, it was a real problem finding places and people to play with. Then when I came to London, I didn’t know anybody.
“There was absolutely no help there for people like me to turn up somewhere and just play. Being a graphic design student, one of the main things we are taught to do is solve problems.
“So in my last year of uni I thought ‘well why not try to solve this problem’.”
Who else is involved?
Keen followers of this blog will know that we’ve been busy putting together a squad of Hoops Connect ambassadors from the world of sport and fitness.
So far the team numbers five, with pro polo player Jack Richardson, badminton star Toby Penty, Manchester Giants baller Richard Bell, Hull FC rugby league prodigy Jack Downs and bikini fitness competitor Brigita Bonas all on board.
We’ll be looking to add to our roster in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting new announcements!
How can you get involved?
In any way you want!
We’d love for you to download the app, check it out and let us know what you think – your feedback is so important to us as we decide what direction to take Hoops in over the coming weeks, months and years.
If you have an idea for an event or perhaps a whole new sport, we’d love to hear from you, and have a host of experience working to promote unusual sports that the wider public are yet to cotton on to.
Then there are our public campaigns, such as Hoops Heroes – if you know somebody who you think is worthy of the title, get in touch.
Of course, if you just want to have a chat about anything you’ve read here and observed about the app we’re a friendly bunch, so just drop us a line.
All enquiries can be fielded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Speak soon!
Hoops is now available in app stores, so you can use us to find opportunities for any sport or fitness activity you can think of. Simply click here to download the app for Android, and here for iOS – or search for Hoops Connect.
Just because Hoops is out, it doesn’t mean that our work ends. In fact, it’s only just beginning. So, if you want to keep up with how we’re driving the app forwards, click here to subscribe to our emails, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Medium and even on Spotify. We’re everywhere, and hopefully we’ll be on your phone soon too!