Can’t make it to your kids’ sports? An app could help

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle is help­ing get be­hind sport in our com­mu­nity by part­ner­ing with Water­boy, a new sports so­cial app which al­lows sports clubs to con­nect with their play­ers and fans.

The app was de­vel­oped by Dunedin- based start- up Side­line Junkies, which has signed a part­ner­ship with the Chron­i­cle’s par­ent com­pany Fair­fax Me­dia NZ.

Side­line Junkies counts for­mer All Blacks Ma’a Nonu, Kees Meeuws and Ta­mati El­li­son and for­mer Wal­laby Ge­orge Smith among its co­founders.

Meeuws helped de­sign the app af­ter he found it dif­fi­cult to keep up with his chil­dren’s sports ac­tiv­ity while away play­ing pro­fes­sional rugby.

‘‘Us­ing Water­boy, my wife and other par­ents up­date the kids’ games live from the side­line,’’ Meeuws said.

‘‘ They also share up­dates with friends and fam­ily on Face­book and Twit­ter, cre­at­ing this big au­di­ence for our lo­cal Dunedin rugby club,’’

It works by turn­ing those on the side­lines into a live broad­cast team.

Us­ing the app, they can stream pic­tures, scores and com­men­tary of the event they are watch­ing.

This lets fam­ily and friends who aren’t ac­tu­ally there, share in the ex­cite­ment of the match ei­ther in real time or on de­mand.

The app sup­ports 13 dif­fer­ent sports al­ready in­clud­ing rugby, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and base­ball.

More will be added depend­ing on user feed­back.

Water­boy is avail­able as a free down­load for Ap­ple de­vices but an an­droid ver­sion is planned

Check out wa­ter­boy­app.com for more de­tails.

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