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PataGrao is a Web application that assists Amateur and Professional athletes locate and book sports facilities within their vicinity

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The PataGrao App enables a user to locate a nearby sports facility ranging from pitches to courts, swimming pools and golf courses etc. An individual/people can filter the facility features (e.g Parking, changing rooms etc) they may need, and one is then able to access booking calendars for our partner venues and book instantly if a slot is available on the calendar. Our Minimum Viable Product consists of five facilities located in Nairobi. We plan to scale up to cover other major Towns in Kenya and eventually map out the whole of Kenya in 12 months. We intend to Cover the whole of Subsaharan Africa in Three years. Further to mapping out facilities, we also plan to scale up to provide Team matching (a system where Users can identify other teams in the vicinity and see their calendar of bookings and match up with them) and Player Matching ( a system where users can identify other players in the vicinity, their skill level and positions and match up or recruit them). As part of Management and being an amateur sports player for Nuketown FC, we are experiencing various Challenges. Double bookings are frequent especially where venue personnel work in shifts. Some users don't respect time and sometimes even extend into our booked time and there is inability to tell whether a different pitch at different location would be available. We've had a difficult experience trying to get opponents to play every week. Sometimes even own team's numbers fail to meet the threshold to enable us enjoy a game of football. Venue owners do not provide match officials like referees or Emergency response facilities so through the App we intend to be a platform where these services and other opportunities through the whole sports value chain can be accessed or provided by qualified people looking to earn some income. We intend to deploy Sport as a tool for peace and development by having themed events which seek to tackle societal issues such as Alcohol & drug abuse, unemployment etc

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our Beneficiaries are several fold. We are driving traffic to our partner facilities. The facility users can book and pay for PataGrao (PG) partner venues anytime and at their own convenience so long as they have access to the internet. Events Organisers will be able to benefit from the range of service providers aggregated. Events hosted in partnership with PG generally will have a crosscutting theme of Social inclusion/Justice. Our MVP and starting point is the youth aged between 17 - 35

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Our initiative is unique in itself because no other solution exists like it in Kenya. Google gives locations and opening times but does not give booking and payment functionality. Some members only Clubs have apps but these are only for use by members. Our Application will be available to the public and we plan to map out each and every sporting facility whether a partner or not. We Plan to mentor the youth to become self sustaining and talented youth to stand for social justice in a responsible way. As we scale up we plan to enable crowdfunding of Bookings as well.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Connecting people through sports. We empower people/Businesses through the whole sporting value chain.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years
  • 3-5 years
  • 5-7 years
  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Early last year i lost my brother (CeeLNuke) who was an up and coming artist. I had taken him out to have some drinks after which he blacked out and never woke up again. Since then i vowed to not drink again. Some of his friends and i decided that we should be our brothers keepers and play football more regularly. I decided to use football as a way of keeping away from the slipping back into alcoholism and the problems we faced as a team trying to find free pitches gave birth to PataGrao

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace is influenced by the building of relationships between people in the way we conduct our events. Kenya like many other countries in Sub-saharan Africa experiences conflict during electioneering period. Sporting Activity through PataGrao and its partners will impact Prosperity and empowerment of people. Planet is impacted by the bridging of social divides, humanitarian and development work, as well as a part of the corporate social responsibility practices of some private sector actors which we will look to facilitate e.g planting of trees

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Apart from Venue/Facility owners and Event Organisers with whom we partner, We are looking to work with the County Governments and Sports Kenya as well as the various sports federations. We are currently the implementing partner for the football tournament in the Changing faces Competition by the Public Spaces Network. We are also in partnership with PAWA254 who provide mentorship to Outstanding talent that we identify. Further we work alongside like minded Media house to spread the message of the universal language of sport.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

A Large youthful base of athletes Interest in sport Hub of middle and long distance races Popular Culture being shaped by a thriving Rugby 7s team Its worldcup year and we're looking to ride the wave Morroco is looking to host the world cup in 2026

Geographic Focus

Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 months within Kenya. 36 months in SubSaharan africa

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)



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