A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Who are we?
We are Down To Play. The grassroots App for grassroots sports.
We're a team of five normal people, who in January 2019 set out to make sports player availability for the next match and training more simple.
Why focusonlyon making player availability simple?
Every week our local team's Manager complained of there not being an easy way to track who could and couldn't play in the next game. After a bit of research it turned out there were millions of amateur sports teams around the world spending needless hours each week putting teams together.
Despite attempts to fix player availability by other companies, they were not serving the needs of managers, coaches or players - and were instead loaded with adverts, payments, and unnecessary features.
Building a simple App closely together with the amateur sports community was our way to give the people what they wanted.
The Down To Play solution:
Down To Play is the first availability App built on feedback direct from the grassroots sports community. With a focus on putting player availability for the next game in one place next to essential match day information - at any time of day, managers, coaches and players can see who’s Down To Play.
Launching on a shoestring budget andour achievements so far:
On a budget of less than £5,000 (plus a lot of favours) we designed and built a basic version of Down To Play which launched to the App Store and Play Store in January 2019. Since launching, the App has gone from strength-to-strength, with continued user growth and steady user retention. Over 100,000 players have given their availability using Down To Play, which has 4.9 star Appstore rating and frequently features in the Global top 200 sports Apps - we're pretty proud of that. In our first year we also became proud sponsors of the rapidly growing SELK Grassroots Podcast, and partnered with the esteemed Advance Player Development - two forces for good in Grassroots Football.
Taking Down To Play to the next level:
Having got through our first year with some success, we now want to make important updates to make the task of getting player availability across more sports, more simple, including;
Down To Play's Multi-Team Selector allowing Clubs to select multiple teams from a single pool of players
Down To Play's Formation Builder allowing Managers and Coaches to build formations from players who are available to play
Down To Play’s Player of the MatchSelector
Funds will also go towards working with Grassroots partners to grow our user base to a level that allows Down To Play to generate modest and steady revenue - enough to deliver continued App improvements requested by the amateur sports community.
If you have read this far, we appreciate your interest, and should Down To Play be an App you'd like to invest in the future of, then we have laid out individual and team-based rewards to thank you for your investment.
The Down To Play team
Risks and challenges
A risk associated with further development is temporary glitches to the App's performance. It's not something we're worried about though. Over the past 18 months we have built an open and honest partnership with our development team, a partnership that has led to the development of a robust first version of Down To Play, and has been effective in swiftly overcoming any coding-based problems. We will continue to work with the same development team on updates and improvements to the app.
Investors at this level will be exclusively placed on Down To Play’s priority contact list for future equity-based Series A funding round. SEIS eligible. Investors also receive a Down To Play Sweater, Training jacket and T-shirt.