Eventility Becomes Joinin.com

cropped-coverpic.pngWe’ve changed! We’re now joinin.com and have some great new features, plus all the existing, fantastic free organizational tools you’ve come to expect.

What is joinin?

Joinin.com is a social network that helps people make the most of their free time with the things they love doing.

Our goal is to bring people together in the real world – To help everyone spend more time doing the things they’re interested in, with like-minded others!

You can use joinin to:

  • Joinin with, or become the founder member of a joinin community of something you love
  • Chat with people with shared interests
  • Meet people nearby with shared interests (mobile app only)
  • Discover things to do
  • Add events, clubs/groups or places so other people find them

joinin for organizers

If you organize people you’re in luck – so does, Robin, our founder, and for the last 5 years he’s thought about nothing apart from how to help you organize others.

  • Organize events, groups, clubs and customers
  • Chat and share privately in your own feed on the web or mobile
  • Send emails and texts and see who opens them
  • Sell tickets and collect payments
  • If it’s public – we really help you promote it! From connections to social networks, plugins and links to data partners – and we’re just getting started!
  • You can even get a free website and choose from a range of templates
  • Oh, and it’s free* to use! (see How We Make Money below)

Our mission

Last year the founder of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said “People still mainly talk to their neighbours, or those with the same religion or culture. Can we develop systems on the web which will actually help solve that problem? I think the web can do more.”

We agree, and we launched Joinin.com to bring people together in the real world. We do this by helping everyone with a shared interest – Join, Chat, Meet, Do. And by giving organizers free tools to help them organize the things that we all love doing!

Simple really.

BTW – do you know that people who organize are mainly volunteers doing it for the love of it? We want to help them find you and you find them!

Our ethics

All of us at joinin believe that everyone’s personal information is important and private and should be treated that way. That’s why we’ve spent years working out the best way to respect your information and deliver a service that you can use freely and securely.

  1. You can’t be found on joinin – we don’t have a ‘people’ search and we don’t let search engines index you
  2. You can create a private club/group or event that’s invite only and no-one else can find it
  3. We never sell your data to third parties

joinin.com

Eventility Helps Supercharge Cricket by Partnering with Cricket World®

Cricket world

Eventility has announced its partnership with Cricket World, to create cricket.eventility.com, the Global Cricket Community. The Community uses Eventility’s ‘Engage’ solution, which seamlessly connects multiple clubs, events and cricket related activities together.  It brings communications, events, payments, member and data management into one, easy to use place. ‘Engage’ helps solve the problem of managing and promoting networks and capturing meaningful, connected and up-to-date information.

Cricket clubs get an easy way to organize and promote their own events and activities with a powerful suite of free tools. As coaches, organizers and managers post new content, it is updated in real-time to cricket.eventility.com, cricketworld.com and the soon to be launched mobile app giving an up-to date, unparalleled view of what’s happening in the cricket community.

Eventility’s powerful free tools help clubs to organize everything from training to managing Eventilityfixtures, to collecting subs and selling tickets. Simple email and SMS services ensure that players turn up on time and they can chat and share photos securely with their team in their own ‘live feed’. They can also manage and chat on the move with from the mobile app.

Coming up on cricket.eventility.com are UK club cricket results, fixtures and top performances, UK club cricket Most Valuable Player ratings and exclusive prize competitions and cricket product offers.

The partnership with Eventility is going to be fantastic for Cricket World and club cricket in general.  Not only does it provide clubs with amazing free tools to help manage their clubs, events and members, but the Engage solution powering the Global Cricket Community means we’ll always have the latest data for our members and clubs, as well as statistics to show participation across cricket.”  Said Alastair Symondson – Head of Media, Cricket World.

“As life long cricket fans and players, working with Cricket World to develop a Global Cricket Community and provide cricket clubs with free organization tools is amazing.  At Eventility we’re committed to supporting sports generally by increasing and understanding participation and with Cricket World we’re delighted to be supporting cricket.

Robin Brattel, CEO of Eventility.

The Global Cricket Community is growing and anyone can find out what’s going on near them by going to:

cricket.eventility.com or http://www.cricketworld.com/global-cricket-community/

 About Eventility®  

 Helping Organizers Organize and People Take Part.

Eventility® is the easy-to-use online platform specially built to help organizers organize events, clubs, groups, communities and places.  It also enables people to meet others with shared interests and for everyone to take part.

We also work with associations, alumni and media partners to build national and global communities of connected people, events, clubs/chapters, places and content.

Eventility removes the pain and hassle associated with running and marketing any activity or business, however large or small, via our website, mobile apps or API.

Founded in 2011 by Robin Brattel, our independently backed business is now being used by thousands of organizers and people across the globe.

About Cricket World®

Cricket World® is one of the world’s leading cricket websites and broadcasts both live cricket radio and cricket TV programming on the Internet.

The Cricket World magazine was founded in 1987 and Cricket World‘s website http://www.cricketworld.com went online in 1996 and its content now includes – cricket live scores, cricket news, live cricket ball-by-ball text coverage of all Test cricket, ODI cricket and Twenty20 international cricket matches. It has one of the most comprehensive in-depth cricket statistics on all the international and first-class cricketers to have played the game and much much more.

Our ever-increasing video production includes daily news updates, historical pieces and match reviews Monday to Friday as well as high-profile interviews with cricketers, administrators and fans of the game. We also produce regular cricket betting preview shows.

We pride ourselves on providing extensive and insightful editorial coverage of all major cricket tournaments with a commitment to get news out to you quickly without sacrificing accuracy or integrity.

We produce regular podcasts, both rounding up the daily news from around the world and catching up with our correspondents at specific tournaments.

Our own unique Most Valuable Player Ratings give a snapshot of which players – from international to domestic and club cricket in the UK – are currently in form, taking into account all performances over the last 12 months and being updated daily. You can also use our historic MVP checker to see who was performing well on any date in history.

Contact

To learn more about this community, please contact:

Robin Brattel, Founder and CEO, Eventility robin@eventility.com

Alastair Symondson – Head of Media, Cricket World. as@cricketworld.com

Eventility Partners with The National Volleyball League to Supercharge Volleyball in the USA

NVL

July 30, 2013, London, UK.

Eventility is pleased to announce its partnership with The National Volleyball League (NVL) to create a real-time, connected, online community of everything volleyball in the USA.

“This partnership significantly helps us with our goal of uniting the volleyball community. It makes it really simple for people to organize and find anything that’s going on in volleyball across the country and get involved. With over 173,000 club volleyball programs in the USA we’re incredibly excited by that potential and to be working with Eventility to achieve this.” Stated AL-B Hannemann, CEO of The National Volleyball League

The NVL is using Eventility’s ‘Engage’ solution for associations, which seamlessly connects multiple clubs, events and volleyball related activities together.  It brings communications, events, payments, member and data management into one, easy-to-use place. Engage helps solve the problem of managing and promoting associations’ networks and capturing meaningful, connected and up-to-date information.

Volleyball clubs get an easy way to organize and promote their own events and activities with a powerful suite of free tools. As coaches, organizers and managers post new content, it’s updated in real-time to the NVL and Eventility websites and mobile apps giving an up-to date, unparalleled view of what’s happening in the volleyball community.

“Our Eventility ‘Engage’ solution has been specifically designed to help associations and organizations like the National Volleyball League with objectives to understand and increase participation. All of us at Eventility are extremely excited about working with the NVL. They’re a fantastic and passionate team and we’re proud to be supporting them.” Robin Brattel, CEO of Eventility

The NVL community is continuously growing and anyone can find out what’s going on in volleyball near them by going to:

www.thenvl.com/ and www.eventility.com/

About The National Volleyball League (NVL)

Founded by Albert Hannemann in late 2010, the National Volleyball League (NVL) has one mission: to unite the rapidly growing volleyball community and tap into the sport’s full potential by working with players and sponsors toward a common goal of delivering a one-of-a-kind sports entertainment experience.

The NVL is a player-focused league that simultaneously allows fans unprecedented access to the sport’s greatest stars. Often produced in conjunction with large-scale lifestyle events, NVL tournaments are designed to showcase the players, sport and lifestyle of beach volleyball among new and existing audiences nationwide.

Additionally, the NVL strives to elevate the visibility and credibility of beach volleyball by cultivating lasting relationships between the league and the greater community. Through education, coaching and accessibility, the NVL continually works to bridge gaps and drive the sport to new levels. At the core of this movement is a commitment to fostering meaningful relationships and collaborating with the entire beach volleyball community at all levels, including youth, junior, collegiate and professional. As a result, pro beach volleyball will finally have the opportunity it deserves to thrive on domestic sand.

www.nvl.com

About Eventility

Helping Organizers Organize and People Take Part.

EventilityEventility® is the easy-to-use online platform specially built to help organizers organize events, clubs, groups, communities and places. It also enables people to meet others with shared interests and for everyone to take part.

We also work with associations, alumni and media partners to build national and global communities of connected people, events, clubs/chapters, places and content.

Eventility removes the pain and hassle associated with running and marketing any activity or business, however large or small, via our website, mobile apps or API.

Founded in 2011 by Robin Brattel, our independently backed business is now being used by thousands of organizers and people across the globe.

www.eventility.com

Contact

To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Robin Brattel, Founder, Eventility robin@eventility.com

Albert Hannemann, Founder, The National Volleyball League alb@thenvl.com

Eventility Attends the 2013 USA AAU Girls’ Junior Volleyball National Championship in Sunny Orlando

IMG_2271Our CEO Robin Brattel and our Account Director, Adam Harris were lucky enough to jet out to sunny Orlando, Florida last week. We didn’t want them coming back with too much of a tan though so we sent them off to the USA AAU Girls’ Junior Volleyball Championship to spread the word about Eventility.

We must say, they did a great job and the outcome is that there are going to be some exciting new developments for Eventility in the coming months. At the same time the guys were in Orlando, we also had a branded presence over in Texas at the National Volleyball League Texas Championships. Even better, our video was played in between games and was seen by over 200,000 people. America here we come!

Volleyball EventWe asked Adam to provide us with an insight about who they met and what they got up to whilst in Orlando and he was kind enough to answer the following questions.

1)   What was the purpose of the event?

It was the 40th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.

2)   Who was at the event?

It was absolutely jam-packed full of people from all over the USA. There were 1,997 teams from 40 regions, 25,000 under-18s girls playing volleyball every single day, the families of the athletes, staff from AAU, the National Volleyball League (NVL), more than 400 college coaches, club directors, regional directors, the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) and a whole host of vendors, including Rox Volleyball. The only downside was that it was physically impossible for Robin and me to get round to talking to everyone who was there.

3)   Where did the event take place?

The event was held in two venues. One of them, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the main venue was The Orange County Convention Centre. This is the largest indoor sports facility in the world and last year they broke world record for hosting the largest volleyball tournament.

4)   What did you do at the event?

We were certainly kept busy during our time in Orlando. We met with the NVL, networked with coaches and club directors who are interested in using Eventility and even managed to sign up coaches who were so excited about the concept that they wanted to get started straight away.

We also met with the JVA and AAU who were interested in finding out more about Eventility and attended a seminar about the future of Sand Volleyball, which is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. We were also really excited about meeting the great people at Rox Volleyball and are looking forward to working with in the future.

5)   What did you achieve from attending?

We feel like we well and truly spread the word about Eventility. So many great associations and tours such as the NVL, JVA and AAU, and companies like Rox Volleyball now know about us, and lots of volleyball coaches are already signed up to Eventility.

It looks like we’re going to have to send Adam and Robin away more often after they did such a great job. Stay tuned for regular updates on more exciting news about our recent developments and progress in America.

Eventility.com is a website that helps organizers organize and people take part and we’re dedicated to bringing people together around their passions.  Sign-up now to use the powerful suite of free tools to help organize almost anything.

Events To Look Forward To This Summer

It may not feel like it with the unpredictable weather, but summer is now well and truly upon us. This means that come rain or shine, there are a whole host of brilliant events coming up across the UK for everyone to enjoy. Whether you prefer music festivals, camping out or sporting events, there certainly is something for everyone. Here is a round up of some of the best events coming up in the next couple months.

Wimbledon

Monday 24th June saw the start of the famous and popular tennis competition, Wimbledon. Running right through until the 7th July, spectators can watch the matches from the comfort of their home on the television or even get tickets to see the live events. It’s no wonder that Wimbledon is so popular, it is  the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is widely considered to be the most prestigious.

Glastonbury

With tickets always selling out within hours of going on sale, Glastonbury is by far the most popular festival in the UK. Taking place on the 26th – 30th June, this year the line up promises to be one of the best yet. With acts like the Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones, Primal Scream, Dizzee Rascal, Jake Bugg, Smashing Pumpkins and many, many more there is definitely more than enough choice for attendees. For the unlucky people who didn’t get tickets, why not get a group of friends together, have some drinks and watch it on TV? You can even set up a group on Eventility to make planning and communication simple and effective.

The British Grand Prix

The Grand Prix heads to the UK from the 28th – 30th June this year and as always, it promises to be a thrilling weekend. Formula 1 fans can choose whether to get tickets for the whole weekend which will include testing and qualification or just for the big race itself which will take place on the Sunday.

Henley Regatta  

Every summer, Henley-on-Thames comes to life during the Royal Regatta and this year the event will take place from the 3rd until the 7th July. First held in 1839, the Regatta is a unique rowing event that comprises of 100 world-class races over five days. With the opportunity to see some of the Olympic stars battling it out in beautiful surroundings, the event has long been popular for both corporate and social entertaining.

Cheltenham Music Festival

From the 3rd-14th July 2013, music lovers can enjoy high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music at the Cheltenham Festival. With excursions into world music, film, dance, visual arts and the spoken word, this musically centred cultural banquet has very few rivals in the UK when it comes to such high standards.

If you want to set up an event, club, group or community this summer, why not do so through Eventility? With everything you need in one easy to access place, it really couldn’t be easier.

Eventility Supercharges BJJAGB – Case Study

bjjagb-large_755About the BJJAGB

The British Ju-Jitsu Association GB National Governing Body (BJJAGB) has been offering instruction and training in Ju-Jitsu since 1960. Located in Accrington, Lancashire, the British Ju-Jitsu Association National Governing Body has produced champions in life as well as in the martial arts.

The British Ju-Jitsu Association was originally founded in 1956 by Soke James Blundell and was later re-constituted in 1988. It included other affiliated Ju-Jitsu associations from around Great Britain. Together, these clubs and associations approached the British Sports Council (now the UK Sports Council) to establish a single Governing Body for the Martial Art of Ju-Jitsu in this country and as a result, since 1993, the BJJA has become the British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body.

The BJJAGB oversees all aspects of Ju-Jitsu in Great Britain:

  • Establishing codes of conduct
  • Standard practises
  • Competition formats and rules
  • Arranging group insurance policies for clubs
  • Certification of teachers and competition referees
  • Registration of new clubs

The BJJAGB Experience Before Using Eventility

The main points of frustration that the BJJAGB faced were:

  1. Out of date club listings on the website
  2. Limited data on what was happening at club level
  3. No online tools for affiliated clubs
  4. Having to use multiple tools
  5. Difficulty pulling together accurate national diary information to put on their website.
  6. No easy way to sell tickets to national events
  7. No single view for participation data across affiliated clubs

How Has Eventility Specifically Addressed Those Problems?

  • Eventility Engage solves the problems of data and membership management for associations with multiple connected clubs, groups, events and facilities.
  • Eventility gives a platform for their connected clubs and groups to organise and promote their activities.
  • Eventility provides a website, mobile apps, text and email services, range of plug-ins and website templates to organise and promote their activities and an API for the associations to manage their data.

The BJJAGB Experience Using Eventility

Eventility presented the Engage Solution to the BJJAGB National Congress in October 2012 and it was enthusiastically received with clubs signing up to use it there and then.

At the time, Eventility founder, Robin Brattel said, “We’re delighted that The British Ju-Jitsu Association National Governing Body have chosen to work in partnership with Eventility.  With our Engage products powering their website they will be able to increase the exposure of all the fantastic Ju-Jitsu clubs and events being run around the country, helping to encourage more people to participate.”

The BJJAGB are using the following Eventility products:

  • Communications Hub inc. email tracking and SMS
  • Events Hub
  • Selling tickets
  • Collecting subscriptions/dues

What Are The Top Features the BJJAGB Love About Eventility?

  1. The BJJAGB website now has the Eventility Engage plug-in which means that they have accurate contact information available
  2. Ensures that the BJJAGB website is updated in real-time with club details, training and event listings
  3. The information is also available on the Eventility website for prospective members to find
  4. Provides BJJAGB Ju-Jitsu club organisers with free tools to simplify the organisation and promotion of their clubs
  5. Helps BJJAGB understand and report on participation in Ju-Jitsu and how it is increasing across their membership

BJJAGB Map

BJJAGB Results With Eventility

  • Originally 97 clubs were listed on the BJJAGB website, that has now grown to 217 via Eventility Engage from partner aggregation and additional clubs
  • 43% of originally listed clubs are now claimed with full details updated
  • 724 club level events not previously listed are now listed
  • National Event ticket sales are now run via Eventility
  • Tracked email communications showing engagement with open and click rates
  • More awareness for BJJAGB

The BJJAGB Recommends Eventility

“The partnership with Eventility is fantastic for the BJJA.  Not only does it provide our clubs with an amazing free tool to help manage their clubs, events and members, but the Engage solution powering our website means we’ll always have the latest data for our members clubs and statistics to show participation across our sport.”

Martin Dixon, Chairman, British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body.

To see Eventility Engage in action visit http://www.bjjagb.com

For more information on Eventility Engage

www.eventility.com/engage

Email: robin@eventility.co.uk

How to Contact The BJJAGB

Martin Dixon

5 Avenue Parade, Accrington, Lancashire.

Phone: + 44 (0) 7850 317553

Email: chairman@bjjagb.com

The Benefits of Exercise

It might seem unlikely at the moment but believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Needless to say, chances are that now is the time that a lot of us are starting to think about getting fit, toning up and losing a few of those winter pounds.

As well as helping you to look good, the benefits of exercise are plentiful and can have more of an impact on your life that you could ever imagine. So whether you’re a gym bunny, football fanatic or prefer throwing a frisbee around the park, here are some very good reasons why you should get started sooner rather than later.

Reduce Illnesses

Whatever your age, there is strong scientific research that being physically active can help you to lead a healthier and even happier life.  According to the NHS, regular exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. Incredibly, it can also lower the risk of early death by up to 30%.

General Wellbeing

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy levels. It also reduces the risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease so what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a session at the gym, taking the dog for a walk or ditching the car for a bicycle, the benefits of exercise can be felt immediately.

Weight Control

We all know that when you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn which makes exercise a fantastic way to prevent weight gain and maintain weight loss. Even if you can’t find the time to do an actual workout, becoming more active throughout the day can have a massive impact. Taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the tube a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, cleaning the house and doing squats during television advert breaks are all great ways to incorporate exercise into your everyday life.

Meet New People

Taking up exercise can be a great way to meet new people. Whether you join an aerobics class at the gym, a football team, tennis club or bowling group, chances are that you are going to meet other like-minded people. With everyone feeling great from the physical activity, moods are going to be uplifted and chances are, new friendships will be formed.

Have Fun

Believe it or not, exercise can be a lot of fun. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Whilst going home from work and sitting in front of the television all night might seem like the more tempting option, it’s not going to send you to sleep with a smile on your face. However, going to a class or club will release those endorphins, enable you to socialise with others and best of all, leave you feeling ready for what tomorrow may bring.

If you are looking for different ways to exercise, Eventility has thousands of sports clubs, groups and communities using the website. Feel free to search for inspiration and get ready to start feeling great about yourself today.

The Benefits of Learning Something New

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Chances are it was weeks, months or even years ago. Whilst some of us love to experiment and engage with new ideas, for the vast majority, we tend to go through everyday life with the same rituals and routines.

While being creatures of habit may be comforting, we often forget how much fun it can be to develop a new skill. As well as igniting your life with a bit of fun, passion and excitement, here are some other important benefits of learning something new.

Sense of Accomplishment

Do you remember how good it felt the first time you rode a bike without the training wheels? Forced yourself to go the gym and complete a good workout? Painted and decorated a room just the way you wanted to? Achieving something for the very first time gives us a massive sense of achievement, boosts our pride and can keep us smiling for days on end. This amazing feeling is what you are missing out on when you get stuck in the same old habits so why not take up boxing, join a bowling club or give that activity you have been talking about for years a go?

Better Time Management Skills

Do you think you’re too busy to add a new hobby into your already hectic life? Think again. Adding something new to your daily or weekly schedule is proven to sharpen your perception of time and time management. In fact, many time management gurus recommend this technique because in order to do the thing you want to do, you will value your time more and use it better. For those of you who use the excuse that you don’t have enough time in your schedule, chances are that you do, but there is nothing new to push you to organise yourself better.

Meet New People

Joining a club, organisation or taking up a new hobby ensures that you are bound to meet new people. Even better, chances are that you are likely to have similar taste in things which paves the way to great new friendships. Meeting new people also gives you access to new views and ideas and best of all, you are sure to meet some interesting characters along the way.

Personal Growth

Learning something new gives you the opportunity to grow and improve yourself. When you push yourself, you will find that you will grow in many other aspects of your life, and you never know, you may even discover a hidden talent you never knew you had. Whether it’s joining a sports club, art class or helping to raise money for charity, the possibilities are endless when it comes to trying something new so what are you waiting for?

At Eventility, we have thousands of registered clubs, groups and events using the website so why not search for inspiration and get ready to learn something new today!

The Top 10 Sporting Events in the World

From Wimbledon and the World Cup to the Olympics and Formula 1, sports has the power to bring people all around the world closer together. Millions of us enjoy watching and participating in our favourite activity but what are the most popular sporting events in the world? According to Rhino Car Hire, here are the top 10 most eagerly awaited events in the sporting calendar.

Whats the source for this?

10) Cricket World Cup

Despite having a massive fan base in India, the Cricket World Cup is not as popular as some might expect. The main reason for this is many cricket fans see the test matches as the ultimate contest, with the Ashes rivalry between England and Australia being particularly popular. Nonetheless, with plenty of excitement and inexplicable force regularly demonstrated in the Cricket World Cup, it still manages to secure a position as the tenth most popular sporting event in the world.

9) Melbourne Cup Horse Racing

The city of Melbourne in Australia plays host to the number one thoroughbred horse race in the country. The event is so popular that it has even been declared a national holiday and Australians up and down the country spend the day placing bets on their favourites. Thanks to its high status, the ‘Race that Stops a Nation’ is now recognised as the world’s richest horse racing event.

F18) Formula 1 Racing, Brazil

Although it’s a global sport with many race tracks all around the world, the Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the most memorable events in the season’s schedule. Having witnessed a magnitude of tight races, chaotic circumstances and adverse weather, F1 fans worldwide notoriously look forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix as it’s guaranteed to bring many surprises and much excitement.

7) Rugby World Cup

Rugby is one of the few sports for which World Cup action displays the very best in terms of performance. While the Six Nations and the Tri-Nations Cup are both exciting in their own right, the chance to see the biggest rugby nations battling it out in the World Cup is unforgettable.

6) Ryder Cup Golf

Ryder Cup golf manages to up the ante when it comes to transatlantic rivalry for many different reasons. Firstly, whilst the Americans tend to dominate many sports due to the size of the country, when it comes to golf, the European nations always give them a run for their money. Secondly, the Ryder Cup is unique in the sense that there is no prize money and participants compete purely for the joy of winning, making it a passionate and exciting event to watch.

5) Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are the oldest sporting event in the world and for many, the most popular. With London playing host last year, the country got to experience the excitement, pride and sense of community that comes with the games. Certain events such as the 100m sprint always command world attention with outstanding performers like Usain Bolt regularly breaking world records.

4) Wimbledon Tennistennis

Thanks to its rich history and tradition, out of the four Grand Slam tennis events, Wimbledon probably has the biggest following. Spectators enjoy the fantastic tennis that grass courts produce whilst sipping on champagne and eating strawberries at the height of British summer.

3) Tour de France Cycling

Despite being heavily overshadowed by doping allegations in recent years, the Tour de France still remains one of the most popular sporting events in the world. Perhaps because there is nothing more exciting and entertaining as watching teams of cyclists participate in such a gruelling event that takes place across thousands of miles of beautiful French landscapes.

2) American Football Superbowl

The Americans make a spectacle out of American Football and there certainly is a good reason for it. It’s very much a stop-start game that is more about tactics than fluid motion. It’s a truly exciting game to watch for many as a combination of intense strategy and bone-crunching hits are regularly witnessed. It’s popularity around the world makes this event an advertiser’s dream as it commands the most expensive television air time in the world.

football match1) Champions League Football

Football is the most popular sport in the world and whilst most people would assume that the World Cup is the ultimate event, the quality of the game is actually much higher in the Champions League. One of the reasons for this is because the players know each other much better than they do in the World Cup and therefore play together more cohesively. With the best teams in Europe competing against each other at an extremely high standard, it’s no wonder the Champions League is the most popular sporting event in the world.

Whats your favourite sporting event that takes place throughout the year? Perhaps it’s one that hasn’t been mentioned on this list? Let us know your thoughts. 

Honourable Intentions – New Year Resolutions and How to Keep Them

New Year resolutions have been made since the beginning of time.  The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval times, the knights took the ‘peacock vow’ at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

It’s now getting close to the end of January, and the New Year and any resolutions we may have made seem like such a long time ago. We might have promised ourselves go to the gym more often, get up-to-date with the DIY, drink less, join a club, learn a new language or even fall in love.

So, did you make a resolution and keep it, or did you, like so many other people give up after a couple of weeks?

It’s pretty common at this time of year to find people breaking their New Year resolutions.  A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman at the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people found that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions failed, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning.

Last year, an Interflora New Year resolution survey found that just 33% said they expected to keep their resolutions for the whole year, 56% were unsure and 11% said that they expected not to keep their resolution. Those sceptical ones were proven right, of the 39% who said they made a resolution in 2011, just 5% managed to keep theirs for 9-12 months. Over a third of last year’s resolvers lasted less than three months with their New Year aims.

What kind of resolutions do people make and break?

Year on year, the top resolutions don’t really change very much and according to the University of Scranton, USA, the top resolutions for 2012 were:

  • Lose weight
  • Getting organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Staying fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

Why are we so bad at keeping resolutions?

According to Forbes.com, some of the reasons New Year resolutions didn’t stick were:

1. Didn’t make a plan for itA lot of people forget that a resolution is really just a goal and it requires structure, otherwise, it’s just a wish.

2. Forgot the reasons why you were doing itMotivation matters and if you don’t know why the goal is important, it’s easy to drop.

3. Didn’t plan for setbacksNo one is perfect, we all fall off the wagon at some point. You need a plan for what to do when this happens and how you’ll get back on that horse.

4. Didn’t have a strong support network – Support is important with any goal, it’s important to surround yourself with people who believe in what you’re doing and want to see you succeed.

5. Took on too much too fastMany of us get a little over-keen around the New Year, we want to make huge leaps of progress overnight, but real growth is a slow and steady journey.

6. Weren’t accountable to anyoneit’s easy to get persuaded by that nagging negative voice inside your head that says you’re not cut out for this. An accountability partner helps keep you focused and on track, even when you think you’re ready to throw in the towel.

7. It wasn’t that important in the first placePerhaps you set a goal that others wanted you to set or one you felt you ‘should’ set. It’s easy to give up on something that never really mattered that much to you in the first place.

So, what are the hints for keeping your New Year resolutions?

1. Choose a goal that matters – Don’t do it for anyone else but you. If it’s not something you truly believe in, you’ll never succeed. Take some time out and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.

2. Avoid previous resolutions – Often re-visiting a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment. Choose something new or approach an old problem in a new way. For example, instead of trying to lose 3 stone in weight, try exercising more.

3. Plan aheadLook for possible obstacles and prepare for how you’ll deal with them.

4. Take it one step at a time – Often people make the mistake of trying to achieve too much. The chances of success are greater when people channel their energy into changing just one aspect of their behaviour.

5. Recognize that things will get hard  – Unexpected obstacles will get the better of you but that’s no reason to give up completely, find ways to forgive yourself and keep motivated.

6. Gather your supporters  – Let them know what you’re doing and why and ask if you can count on them to help you reach your goal. Joining a club or group is a great way to get support from like-minded people and help spur you on when you feel like giving up.

So, if you want to improve your health consider doing classes – Aerobics, Zumba, Sh’bam and Pilates are popular ways to get fit and help lose weight. There’s also the group mentality, which is perfect for that extra ounce of moral support.

Want to meet new people and try something new? Then joining an existing activity group or club could be what you need.

Why not use Eventility.com, to set up your own sports or activity club or join an existing one – you can search for what’s on in your area. Eventility is free and really, really easy to use.

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