January 8 - Sports management company Sport:80 has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) which will see it build and maintain a bespoke membership management and events system for the organisation.
Launched in early 2013, BISFed is the new governing body for the sport of boccia and was formally accepted as a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at its General Assembly in Athens last November.
The governing body is the first International Federation that will be serviced by Sport:80's software package which will customise membership and event modules for BISFed's sports management system and support the federation with consultancy services and management support and assist in delivering social media and electronic communications.
Boccia has been part of the Paralympic programme since New York 1984, and BISFed President David Hadfield claims the deal with Sport:80 will help to promote and develop the sport internationally.
"Modern challenges need modern solutions, and as a new federation we must address the task of building an international management structure for boccia using the best technology available," Hadfield said.
"BISFed have brought Sport:80 on board to develop and build a membership system that will put boccia at the forefront of sport management thinking.
"It will enable BISFed to grow this exciting and accessible Paralympic sport internationally, by automating much of the administration and communication that takes up a huge proportion of a sports federation's resources."
Sport:80, which has offices in London and Sheffield, has already got links with Paralympic sport, having providing services at the IPC Shooting World Cup for the past two years.
It has also developed systems at events, including the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, as part of the London Prepares series for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the European Archery Festival which was the third stage of World Archery's Indoor World Cup programme for 2013-2014.
"We are really excited to be partnering with BISFed," said Sport:80 managing director Gary Hargraves.
"We work across all sports, but each sport is a new adventure.
"And this particular opportunity, to work with a federation from the start, does not come along very often.
"A fledging international sports federation, with an ambitious mission ahead of them... the potential is huge.
"Sport:80 are proud to have been selected as BISFed's partner in developing the modern sports management structure, supported by our system, that the young federation needs.
"Working with Paralympic sports really resonates with what we are trying to achieve with Sport:80.
"If we are to realise sport's potential, we've got to invest in the future and start linking international federations with the participants at every level.
"Sport does a lot of good in a lot of people's lives, something that is very evident in boccia and all other Paralympic sports."
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