We recently announced an exciting partnership renewal with the RFL, the governing body of
rugby league in England.

As part of the announcement, we chatted with RFL systems manager Richard

Learn more about the renewal, its benefits and the RFL’s vision
moving forward.

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Why are the RFL and GameDay working together?

The RFL and GameDay have been working together since 2016 as
the RFL were undergoing a massive period of transition in terms of digitising
their registration processes.

Before this, player and coaching registrations in the RFL
would be entirely paper-based, whereby players and coaches would be given
plastic cards. As you can imagine, the process and logistics were not efficient

The biggest challenge was the cultural shift away from this
traditional system to a digital system. It would take time for staff, suppliers
and players and coaches to fully integrate with the changes, therefore we
realised that it would need to be done in stages rather than all at once.

Partnering with GameDay was integral for our digitisation
efforts. On top of providing the system for digitising registrations, they
simplified the process of making three systems into one, helping with
functionality and data transfer, but also by training people and shifting the
culture of RFL towards digitisation.

What are some of the
changes you’ve noticed as a result of digitising?

Fundamentally, the efficiency of the RFL and the processes
we have has been massively increased.

As a result of this, it led to the creation of things like
up-to-date live scores on the system and individual player stats – services
which, on the surface might not seem like much, but has ultimately led to
better customer engagement. 

As rugby league is such a community driven sport, we want
fans to always be interacting and engaging with the RFL, regardless of what it
is, so to have these additions that make fans want to register to Our League is

Our community has grown to 200,000 as a direct result of
the greater efficiency that digitisation has allowed us to have.

How has the pandemic
affected the RFL, and what things have you learnt during this period?

Like every other sporting institution, rugby league has
been affected by the pandemic.

It’s very difficult to plan and prepare for this sort of
situation, especially given its magnitude and scale. While games in the Super
League, Championship and League 1 were cancelled for a period of time, we can’t
forget about the community game and the grassroots which were hit hard.

One area in which we have managed to learn and evolve is by
streaming, so community games, which otherwise might not get any air time, can
be streamed via the RFL.

That’s something that we’ve learned as a result of the pandemic which is
extremely positive for the foundations of rugby league as a community.

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