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leisure opportunities iPads banned from Old Trafford


Continued from front cover The iPad ban is presumed to be an attempt to stop fans from infringing on broadcast rights by recording the action, although it could prove a hindrance for fans arriving straight from work or who have brought their iPad as entertainment on a long train journey to the match. It also jars against the


increasing trend of clubs harnessing technological developments to improve the ‘fan journey’. In a recent fea- ture for Sports Management magazine, editor Tom Walker outlined how many sports stadiums are mov- ing to engage with millennials by offering high capacity WiFi at their venues, allowing fans to check stats and stay connected to their favourite social media platforms throughout the match. Offering internet access not only makes


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Tablets are no longer permitted inside the Teatre of Dreams on matchdays


season ticket holder Gary Tornton said tab- lets had become a nuisance to regular fans. “(iPad ban) Not weird for me, nightmare all


fans feel more at home, it also creates end- less possibilities for fan engagement as well as marketing opportunities, Walker pointed out. He also highlighted the potential for addi- tional revenue by incorporating apps making it easier for fans to order food and beverages. Not everybody is opposed to the ban though. In a Twitter exchange with Walker, MUFC


the tourists sitting there holding their iPads up filming the entire game,” Tornton wrote, later adding: “It’s finding a balance for fans wanting to “capture” there Man Utd moment – I would suggest when the players are warming up.” Te Red Devils are so far the only Premier


League club known to have brought in a ban, but the move has been trialled before. In 2010, the New York Yankees banned iPads from their baseball stadium, but reversed the decision two years later. Details: http://lei.sr?a=r6N2b


ukactive’s Stalker to chair CIMSPA


Te Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has appointed Chartered Fellow and ukactive CEO David Stalker to chair the organisation. For the next year, Stalker will continue to


support the organisation’s transition in line with the business plan approved by members in November 2013. Stalker will also lead recruit- ment of a full-time CEO to build on the work of the transitional team in place, headed up by interim COO Tara Dillon. Te transitional team is working to boost membership and assem- ble the institute’s professional development framework, as well as build partnerships with awarding organisations and identify education and training programmes for CIMSPA mem- bers. CIMSPA trustee Carl Bennett has been interim chair of the CIMSPA board since November 2013 and also led the nominations


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David Stalker will hold the position for 12 months


committee which appointed Stalker. The nominations committee has in turn appoint- med Bennett as vice chair, tasked with supporting Stalker and the transitional team. Te board will now seek further trustees. Details: http://lei.sr?a=W2x8X


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