Application, Web

The Heineken Kinsale 7s Festival has established itself as Ireland's, and one of Europe's, most prestigious Rugby 7s events. It has been running since 1988 and has since become the longest standing sports sponsorship that Heineken has in existence. The event draws close to 90 teams and thousands of spectators to Kinsale every May Bank Holiday weekend. We have been running the online system for the event since 2007. The festival runs a secure, responsive website with content management. The website handles all team registrations for the event and is integrated with Realex Payments Gateway to process online payment for registration fees. As well as the registration system, the website has an integrated team login portal which team reps can login to in the run up to the event to get team docs, fixtures, results and register their players for the event.

We have also developed an event management system for the administering of the event in the run up to and during the event. The system is designed to allow the event team to completely layout the competitions and fixtures before the event. This is an automated process based on the teams registered online. This was designed to automate a manual process that took days previously. During the event the system allows for the real time entry of results as fixtures are satisfied. The systems manages all pool standings, promotion to knockout and any other competition calculation that is required. As results are entered in to the system they are posted to the main website for teams and punters to keep track of. Also, on entry of a result the system then sends an SMS to the teams involved with the time, date and venue of their next fixture. The developments in the system have improved the flow of data around the site and optimised the event communication. On conclusion of the event every result is then logged which was a pen and paper record previously.

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