SAN DIEGO, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports travel is a $212 billion industry and represents 27% of the U.S. travel market. The high costs of soccer related travel prevents many elite soccer players from competing — and, with the goal of helping to reduce these costs, Affinity Sports announced today it has partnered with TeamRunner as a new benefit to the Affinity Advantage program.
"The goal of Affinity Sports is to grow the game of soccer," said Mark Skeen, CEO of Affinity Sports. "Our Affinity Advantage next-generation, strategic partnerships will drive growth, accelerate innovation, and are dedicated to providing real benefits to America's soccer organizations and their players and coaches."
Affinity Sports (www.affinity-sports.com) is proud to announce a technology partnership and integration with TeamRunner (www.teamrunner.com), which will streamline sports team travel and reduce costs for the 1.2 million soccer players whose organizations use Affinity Sports software for player registration.
"The cost of sports related travel is prohibitive. We want to help ease the financial burden on soccer families," said Skeen. "Affinity Advantage is focused on providing real benefits which will help grow the game of soccer in our country."
"Team traveling is expensive and can be very difficult to manage," said Former Secretary General of U.S. Soccer, Hank Steinbrecher, now Chairman of the TeamRunner Advisory Board. "TeamRunner partnering with Affinity Sports is a terrific strategic step to reach their 1.2 million soccer players across the country and provide them with a tangible advantage. Affinity Advantage is a great idea."
Fact: Many soccer families spend $2,500+ a year on team travel related costs.
"The costs of sports related travel has skyrocketed in recent years and has become a significant challenge for many sports teams in general and soccer teams in particular. At the same time, the complexity of team travel management has made it almost impossible for parent volunteers to manage," said Ziad Tleimat, CEO of TeamRunner. "We are very excited to be a partner of the Affinity Advantage program. Working with Affinity Sports we will focus our combined efforts on enhancing the customer experience, streamlining the process and lowering travel cost for soccer players and their families."
TeamRunner is a cloud-based program that improves the process of sports team travel, for teams, hosting organizations and businesses. It provides a better experience with less hassle, better value and improved revenues while creating sports scholarships that extend the opportunity for sports participation to all kids.
"It is fabulous that TeamRunner uses up to date technology and provide a significant value for soccer players and their families," said Steinbrecher.
The new partnership aims to redefine sports related team travel, address key market challenges and spark a true business change, which will not only make team travel easier, but also more affordable.
TeamRunner connects sports organizations, tournaments and group events with traveling teams and fans with hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, transportation companies and merchants to make sports travel easier. For stay-to-play soccer tournaments, TeamRunner increases revenue and provides clear visibility and accountability into the event's economic impact.
Affinity Sports' Affinity Advantage program takes the next step to help grow the game of soccer by bringing great technology together for the benefit of coaches, players and sports organizations.
TeamRunner is the newest addition to the Affinity Advantage program, which also includes:
- Next Wave (www.registrationsaver.com) - Registration Saver insures the cost of a player's season, camp, tournament and travel
- FlipGive (www.flipgive.com) - A unique and free fundraising tool that allows teams to raise money by shopping online with popular brands
- League Dynamics (www.leaguedynamics.com) - A cloud based, sports specific, business intelligence tool providing marketing automation and customer analytics
- ePACT (www.epactnetwork.com) - A secure, online system that streamlines player medical emergency information and waivers
"Technology surrounds us everywhere but on the soccer field," said Skeen. "I knew we could bring useful technology to the soccer fields across America and have a positive impact on the game while keeping our kids safe."
Earlier this month, Affinity Sports announced the launch of Interactive Digital Player Cards for the youth and adult soccer market in the USA.
Affinity Sports will be at the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Baltimore - Booth 1022 providing information on the Affinity Advantage program and demonstrations of the new Affinity Sports Interactive Digital Cards and mobile application.
About Affinity Sports
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Affinity Sports is the largest and most successful integrated software service provider to state youth and adult soccer associations in the USA. Providing the best-of-market advantages and comprehensive business solutions, Affinity Sports helps more than 1.2 million players, including 14 U.S. Youth Soccer State Associations, 8 US Adult Soccer State Associations, 250,000 administrators, 4,500 leagues and clubs take advantage of powerful technology. Launched in 2002, Affinity Sports was established to develop an enterprise class, secure digital platform for the nonprofit sports association market. Affinity Sports has invested over $10mm in continuous, customer-driven innovation and is the gold standard for sports association membership engagement and management. http://www.affinity-sports.com
Founded in 2012, TeamRunner connects sports organizations, teams and businesses to make sports travel easier and more streamlined for everybody. The company's mission is to provide a positive experience for all of its partners and provides sports scholarships for athletes in need. TeamRunner currently services organizations and athletes throughout the USA.
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