Our new grassroots player registration system has received a big thumbs up from the Jersey FA following an extensive pilot scheme.
The system was introduced in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man last summer after a decision was reached that the old system was no longer fit for purpose for the grassroots community.
Club Portal, as it is now known, has undergone a complete revamp including a fresh new makeover and a host of improvements to create an easier, faster and more streamlined player registration process.
The new system is on track to launch in March and will be mandatory within grassroots football for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
We've been in constant contact with participants throughout the pilot scheme and caught up with Jersey FA football service manager, Jonathan Le Fondre, to find out how he’d been getting on with the new system.
“The old system was very slow, especially at peak times and could be quite challenging in terms of getting access to the data we need and processing actions,” he said.
“When we were invited to take part in the pilot, not only was it an opportunity to get an insight into the new system but we also noticed very quickly that the biggest change was that it’s fast - really fast.
“The other thing that stood out immediately was the look and the feel of the system. It’s much more user-friendly now and is going to save a lot of time in the long run."
Not only is the new system equipped to work faster but it’s also more functional and allows users to download squad lists as well as being mobile-friendly and completely paper-free.
Clubs and leagues will now be solely responsible for the registration of players freeing up more time for football associations to focus attention and budget on other areas.
“With the old system, we were bringing in temporary staff to assist with processing registrations at the beginning of the season,” added Le Fondre.
“Now with the new system, we aren’t going to have that problem so we can plan out what resources we need to put in place more carefully.
“We can also focus on other projects that we are involved in and start investing some more quality time into assisting the clubs for the start of a new season.”
The FA will be offering online training and additional ‘how to’ videos to support clubs and leagues when making the transition to the new system.
And Le Fondre revealed: “The training we received was very helpful. It made it very easy to understand the functionality of the new system.
“We had a project manager assigned to us that worked with us through the various different stages and effectively glued everything together.
“We then also had a lot of help from the technology team as well, who were able to deliver feedback on what we thought worked well.”