Horsham Trinity is an inclusive amateur cricket club who offer the chance to play cricket to any person, regardless of age or ability. They contacted me because they had just previously commissioned another web designer to build them a website but had been left disappointed with what had been delivered and the level of service they’d received.
I met with the club chairman and first team captain. They were looking for a website they could manage themselves where they could edit all the content without needing to contact me to make the changes. They explained that given the failure of the previous project it was imperative this one went right.
Over the course of several meetings we identified the website would contain:
- Home page
- A Fixtures section containing fixture lists for 7 adult teams
- A Colts page and separate Fixtures section containing fixture lists for 8 colts teams
- A Clubhouse page to support the fundraising campaign for a new clubhouse
- About HTCC & Club History page
- Contact page with enquiry form
- List of club officials and team captains
- Directions to club grounds
- A Members Only section accessed by login/password containing:
- Team selections/next match details for 7 adult teams
- Match reports archive
- Photo gallery
- Shop for club kit
- Club policy documents
- Latest Twitter posts
Team Fixtures and Selections
An important deliverable was for the club website administrator to be able to login and update fixture lists for all teams, and for team captains to be able to update team selections for their next match. At the time they were emailing and texting this information out to members. Putting this information on the website would save considerable time and effort.
The website is built with WordPress as it is extremely customizable and has the power and flexibility to cater for the club’s needs, whilst remaining easy for them to use. Custom data types were created for the Fixtures, Team Selections and Match Reports.
Website logins were created for team captains, club members, and the HTCC website administrator. Once logged in, the account dashboards were streamlined and restricted as necessary to ensure users could access only what they needed to see. This made it super easy for HTCC to update their site.
During the season club members may visit the website several times a week. Updating a News/Blog with articles was fine, but we wanted a way to highlight the most important news, announcements and upcoming social events. I created a scrolling ‘News Ticker’ on a bold yellow background that displays on all pages. HTCC can update the ticker from within their site admin account.
Review and Training
The site received a positive review from the committee and club members. I trained the key stakeholders how to update the sections within their site.
Since launch I have continued to work with the club to support their needs. Parts of the website have been reorganised and refreshed. In 2014 the club wanted to step up how they were using the site in their fundraising campaign towards replacing their iconic old clubhouse with a new modern building. The fundraising target was achieved, groundworks commenced, and the new clubhouse opened in summer 2015.