Sport England is a non-departmental government body, responsible for growing and developing grassroots sport and increasing levels of activity in people within England.
Club Matters is Sport England’s “one-stop-shop” for Sports Clubs, providing free, convenient, practical resources to help develop and run sustainable clubs.
Sport England Club Matters (SECM) had three learning systems running in parallel, causing issues with both maintenance and administration. These were exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which increased the need for online learning and support. They therefore wanted to combine the three sites and rejuvenate their online offering.
This included providing a fully integrated Learning Management System (LMS) with bespoke eLearning modules, alongside the creation of a contemporary, accessible website with provisions for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
After a robust procurement process, Sport England selected Accipio as their Totara partner. We joined the core programme team and collaborated with Sport England and their partners to deliver a number of solutions.
The solutions included:
The site has almost 24,000 registered users and over 20,000 clubs. In the year leading up to November 2020, open access parts of the site had been accessed by over 110,000 users, a 20% increase on the previous year (source: Google Analytics).
The combination of the three platforms into one delivered significant savings of >£10,000 per annum. Automation in Totara also delivered time savings in administration load.
Because Totara is open-source, we were able to extend the site with a range of plugins. This included an SEO plugin to help results show on “Page 1” on Google (i.e. improved search engine ranking) alongside Discover block and custom course formats and themes.