Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport began using the Playwaze Challenges feature in October 2020 as a way of embedding a virtual offer into their annual calendar of events for 2020 and beyond. Playwaze caught up with Liam Drake, Sports Development Officer, earlier this month to find out more about his experiences of using Playwaze Challenges so far.
Liam Drake, Sports Development Officer, said,
“We believe that [using] Playwaze will enable more young people to engage with school sport opportunities, including those who may not otherwise have had a chance”
What made you decide to invest in the Playwaze Challenges feature?
Following the success of our Virtual Summer Championships event (3,000 participants from 120+ schools) we wanted to find a way of embedding a virtual offer into our annual calendar of events for this year and beyond. We see this as a long term solution to engaging more and new young people in school sport opportunities giving them the chance to represent their school and / or district whether they are in school, at home and whether they are taking part in curriculum time, out of school hours or even during evenings, weekends and school holidays.
How has the Playwaze Challenges feature supported the Active Partnership in delivering wider CYP priorities?
As yet we have only begun to embed the app and virtual activities into our county-wide school sport offer. However, we do have plans to extend this across other areas and categorise the different delivery arms in to “School Sport Competitions”, “Personal Best Challenges” and “Physical Activity” as well as “In-School” and “Home-based”. We will also have a spectrum of individual, team and whole school challenges – often engaging staff and parents as well as young people.
What do you see as the greatest benefit to yourselves, your networks, your schools, and your young people in using the Playwaze Challenges feature?
The system will hopefully allow our School Sport Partnership areas to deliver their own local competitions to meet their own local schools’ requirements whilst also giving them the opportunity to engage in County-wide events. As previously mentioned, we also feel that this will enable more young people to engage with school sport opportunities, including those who may not otherwise have had the chance.
As an Active Partnership, we are also looking to embed the app and the virtual activities across our range of projects and programmes.
What are your organisation’s long-term ambitions with Playwaze?
In addition to rolling out the app across our other Active Partnership projects and programmes we have a long-term vision to be able to operate much of the functions of our Team Leicestershire competitive school sport programme via the app. This will include administrating leagues and knock out competitions in the future through the app, enabling staff to access functions such as result entry easier and also allowing participants to keep in touch with their own and their teams’ progress in the palm of their hand.