Many people across England support their local teams, and now thanks to the new PitcheroPlay app they can follow their teams even if they cannot make it to the match.
The Northern Premier League in England is comprised of 24 non-league teams who play 46 games per season. Supporters enjoy watching their team play at home on weekends, but may struggle to make away matches if they are unable to travel. Luckily for them, they no longer need to be concerned about missing another match thanks to the Leeds based web development platform, PitcheroPlay.
Founded in 2007, Pitchero provides sports teams with the means to create and manage their own website as well as improving club and player communication through mobile applications. Pitchero is a free service with paid upgrades available and is used by around one million people. The company recently expanded to provide teams with a way to easily record and publish games and highlights to the internet on a platform called PitcheroPlay, and have just announced that the platform will begin broadcasting all Northern Premier League games.
For the first time ever, fans will be able to support their non-league teams from home in high quality. Starting the weekend of January 28, 2017, PitcheroPlay will stream 20 games, and is still continuing to build its base of volunteers to record even more games. In the near future the company also plans on expanding their coverage to include 44 more teams in Division One North and Division One South.
The teams in the Division are looking forward to this coverage, since it will help improve the awareness of lower league clubs throughout the country. The Club Secretary for Sourbridge FC, Clive Eades, expressed his excitement in an interview where he said “This is a truly exciting development for clubs like Stourbridge, and a brilliant reward for our loyal supporters, who will now find it easier than ever to follow our progress. Our success this season in the FA Cup shows that the standard within the semi-professional game remains extremely high, and thanks to Pitchero our competition will now be able to enjoy an even higher profile.”.
Pitchero has also addressed the trend of younger audiences preferring to watch game highlights instead of the full match by providing an easy way for teams to publish just the highlights at the touch of a button. Since the PitcheroPlay platform is still very new, it is hard to see what it will develop into, but it has the potential to be the basis of a revolution is how people consume sports media.
University Student studying International Business at Richmond, The American International University in London and Intern at WePlay Digital Sports Agency.