Running Club Life
25th April 2024
NEW FEATURE !!! Showcase your club's races

We're excited to introduce a brand new feature that will showcase your club races in both the connectMyClub app and on the all-new connectMyClub website events page.

Clubs can now add an enticing banner image to highlight races. Each time a connectMyClub app user searches for events in the app Find an event feature, a new event banner image will load. Your club's race could sit proudly atop the app for all to see. Users and website visitors will see all relevant event details and a link button to take them directly to the event website. App users can use the 'one-tap' + add your club's event to their Upcoming Events list. You will see from the club portal  Subscriptions page that you can now purchase credits to allow your club to add an image to your club events. 

We hope this new feature will attract many connectMyClub users and the general public to participate in your club's races.

22nd March 2024
This week's updates 2

This week we've been working on improving a couple of features of the connectMyClub app and club admin portal.

What's happening in the app?

In the coming app update, there's a pretty big update to the Training Leaders Incident Report feature. We've brought the feature in line with UKA's and RoSPA's online incident report forms and added the ability for photos to be added to incident/accident reports. This should make record keeping of any training accidents/incidents at your club even easier.

Training Wallets

Although having money in members' training wallets means money in the bank, earning interest for the club there may be a need to limit the amount any individual club member can carry in their training wallet at any one time. You can now set a wallet balance maximum Organise > Training > Wallets

As always we hope these updates help you to run your club even more smoothly.

8th March 2024
A little story about training - Update news

At our club's training session on Wednesday, we had various groups all meeting in one location where the mobile Internet connection was sketchy at best. Some networks just about got a signal some others, not a chance. Training leaders from two groups fell into the latter category so they could not mark people as having arrived using their "Who's attending" list. Luckily, there were a couple of people from the club there who had connectMyClub training admin rights. Their phones were in the "just about picked up Internet connection" category. The 'training register' was able to be completed so the club's records are correct.

The little story above highlights another use for giving some people club admin rights for training or having leader supports designated for training groups.  

What else has been happening?

We've just released app version 2.7.4/5 (.4 on Android .5 on iOS and web) In this update we've had some people test from around the country as there have been some background modifications to the code as well as some new features added.

New & update features

  • Account registration now in-app. This will soon be removed from the connectMyClub website
  • Password reset now in-app. This will soon be removed from the connectMyClub website
  • Club calendar/Team events can now be linked to a shop item. This could be a useful addition if, for instance, your club is hosting an awards evening for which your members need to purchase a ticket. They will see the event on the club calendar and there will be a link directly to the item in the shop, in this case, the ticket for the awards evening.
  • Viewing Training wallet payments now in-app. This will soon be removed from the connectMyClub website
  • Club Code of Conduct agreement added. Your club can use the UKA and/or British Triathlon Code of Conduct then add your club's own section to the top. Club members can then be asked to confirm the Code of Conduct. Your club will then have a record of the members who have and haven't confirmed that they will abide by the club Code of Conduct.
  • PAR Questionnaire added.  Also useful for club members to answer a few questions about their general health and fitness before doing a bit of training. With this new feature, the club will have a record of people's general health.
  • User events, PBs/Season's Bests feature completely rewritten. One really for the app user but the club has access to their members' race finish times, athletics events results, & PBs 

One thing has been tightened up when setting up training. If your club has ICE Required enabled for members to join training groups, then, if a training leader does not have their ICE details saved they will not be able to be added as a group leader until they have added their own ICE details.

As always we hope these updates prove useful.

An update on UKA incident reporting.

Our request for direct uploading of incident reports via the club portal is currently with RoSPA and UKA. We will let you know more as soon as we do.

26th February 2024
NEW FEATURE : Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ)

In readiness for the next app update, we have added a new feature to Organise > Training > Accidents, Incidents, & PARQ on the club's connectMyClub portal.

There is a list of six questions that can be activated to create a PARQ questionnaire in the connectMyClub app. You can then ask your members to complete a simple checkbox questionnaire within their app. Responses will be available on each member's profile on the club members list.

If you would like any additional questions please let us know. All questions will be available to all clubs to activate.

We hope this proves to be a useful new feature to help with the ever-increasing amount of Health & Safety hoops that we all seemingly need to jump through these days.

21st February 2024
A BIG update is on the way

Over the past week we have begun the update of the race and athletics meetings features in the connectMyClub app and club portal to bring them together as one.

Some clubs add race e.g. London Marathon to their club calendar / team events. This is not the correct place for races. There is a race listing feature available in the connectMyClub app where users (your club members) can create a list of races that they are participating in. After the race they can then add a finish time and position. This then calculates whether the time over the race distance is a PB or Season's best time. The data in this feature populates the club newsletter. The post race data is available for clubs to use, maybe to calculate handicap times for a summer handicap series, or to see which members have performed best over the year to help work out most improved for awards night.

We are working on an app update to better help the user to keep their race records. Coming soon !!

How do we add races ?

An app user can add the details of a race, if they don't find the race after a search in their connectMyClub app. Here at connectMyClub we then add any missing and correct any incorrect details entered by the user. The race is then approved and available to any connectMyClub user to add to their upcoming races. Clubs can now add race details, if the race is not yet in the race database in Organise > Races on your club portal. There are a few housekeeping rules to follow.

  • Check that the race isn't already in the race database (there a list available to scroll through when adding a race)
  • If an event has multiple race distance each distance needs to be added as a separate race
  • Don't add the year tot the race title. e.g. London Marathon 2024 is incorrect, just London Marathon will do.

If you club puts on it own race e.g. a race open to the public or a summer handicap series for the club, these are added using the same feature but using a different option.

What about athletics ? 

This is a part of the big update. A couple of days ago we restructured the athletics meets and races database tables. For some reason, when we created them six years ago, the structures were different, obviously we had reasons !!!!! They are now structured the same so we can now offer the same features to athletics clubs as we do to running and triathlon clubs. Watch this space.

3rd February 2024
NEW FEATURE ALERT !!! Training locations update

We've just made updating meeting locations for training sessions/groups even easier !!! 

If your club meets at various locations for training you can now compile a Training Locations list Organise > Training > Groups & Locations

Your club's location list will be available when creating training sessions, adding groups to a session, or when creating a training session template. From app update 2.6.5 your club's training leaders will be able to select from the club's predetermined training locations list when they manage their group's details within the connectMyClub app/web app. Your training leaders will still be able to use the interactive map to pinpoint their group's meeting location if the place where they wish to meet up isn't in the club's training location list.

We hope this update will make it even easier to manage club training sessions.