Eoin Carney (left) and Calum Kyne, SportLoMo Rugby Europe’s project managers, pictured at the French Rugby National Centre in Paris at SportLoMo’s presentation by CEO Seamus Kyne to a Rugby Europe Conference in Marcoussis, Paris.

Mayo tech company secures two major sporting partners

A SPORTS technology firm in Castlebar is continuing to grow from strength to strength after partnering up with two major organisations in sport as their new digital systems partner.

SportLoMo, whose headquarters are based at the McHale Retail Park (the old Toymaster building), next to Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, Castlebar, was recently selected to partner with Volleyball England and Swimming Canada. SportLoMo will provide a full suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) to manage all aspects of their sports organisation from member registration, through competition management, event registration, qualifications and credentials and public facing websites and mobile apps. All clubs, regional associations and members interact with the SportLoMo platform.

The SportLoMo offices also have a number of hot desks which are available to rent for remote workers since the Covid pandemic.

Founded by Séamus and Vivenne Kyne, the company – formerly known as SportsManager before changing to their current name, a play on Sport, Local, Mobile – assists in helping the running of amateur sport associations from a digital perspective.

With the commitments of amateur sport ever growing on volunteers, from managing memberships, scheduling games, allocating referees, team notifications, updating websites to organising events and fundraisers, SportLoMo effectively optimises the process and takes much of the hassle out of doing so.

Originally a web design company, they moved to sports management in 2007, currently employing 19 people, 13 of which are based locally in Castlebar.

How they primarily found themselves going into sports software, Vivienne said: “We were doing a lot of GAA websites at the time. They were struggling to put up fixtures, results and league tables up on their site.

“As far back as 2005, we figured out initially how to return a result by text message which went straight up onto their website which in turn would update the tables. It’s a bit more straightforward now. At the time, we did a lot of work with the GAA county boards and we still do websites with Dublin, Cork, Mayo and a few others.”

SportLoMo recognised there was a broader need for digitising all amateur sports and it also needed to access bigger markets outside of Ireland.

SportLoMo have since expanded their talents outside of Ireland and have partnered with organisations in the UK, Australia and Canada in a variety of sports including volleyball, rugby, soccer, field hockey, football, basketball, netball, baseball, futsal, snow sports and bowling. Their larger clients include Rugby Europe and their 36 member nations, IRFU, Canada Rugby and Canada Volleyball. Back in January, they signed Volleyball England and just recently partnered with Swimming Canada. In all, they currently work with 13 different sports in 12 countries.

In an Irish context SportLoMo still work with hundreds of Irish clubs, providing member registration including online payments and cost-effective websites and mobile apps.

With the two new partnerships, the company is now looking to hire another project manager to oversee the increasing number of partnerships the company have obtained. Their current employees have come from a variety of different backgrounds but they all have one thing in common: a passion for sport is a critical aspect for anyone who would like to get involved.

You can get in touch with them at sportlomo.com.