Partnership working with SOCS and My School Portal

Sport has long been recognised for its benefits in encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting social inclusion and developing leadership qualities and self-esteem. Therefore it is no surprise that it plays such a central role in Independent school life.

Given the importance placed on sport, Independent schools need to have the right systems and tools in place to allow them to manage sporting activity efficiently and communicate with players and parents more effectively.  Many of the schools that we work with use the online sports management toolkit from SOCS.

SOCS is a market leader in school calendar management systems, used by more than 85% of HMC Schools and many Academies, State and Prep Schools across the UK and around the world. SOCS offers a variety of modules that strengthen the schools’ existing management information system and school website, including SOCS sport. ,

We understand how important it is for schools that we are able to integrate with their existing systems which is why we’ve developed our school fixtures feature in My School Portal in close collaboration with SOCS.

Putting the Partnership into Practice

Our successful integration with SOCS allows us to pull in the SOCS calendar, sports fixtures and results as well as the team lists. Various options are available depending on the school’s requirements. We can import the sports fixtures only; import the sports fixtures and create an event for each fixture; or import the sports fixtures and group the fixtures together as an event. For team sheets, we can display the team sheets to all parents or display the team sheets to only the parents whose children are in that team.

Through our collaboration with SOCS and easy to use interface we help schools aggregate their sporting data and make it easily and quickly accessible to parents.

One school that is benefiting from our integration with SOCS is Godolphin & Latymer and John Carroll, responsible for communications and marketing, explains why: “My School Portal offers a simple solution to the aggregation of information in one place and the team’s  willingness and ability to integrate with other systems providers, such as SOCS, is an important feature.   Its collaboration with SOCS has meant that we have all information for sports fixtures in one place which has saved vital time and made it much easier for parents to keep up to date with everything.”

 Building Relationships

James Kershaw-Naylor, the SOCS Business Development Director, voiced the company’s excitement over the integration with My School Portal. He said: “Schools using MSP will now benefit from the integration of their children’s Co-Curricular and Sporting lives into the MSP dashboard. This means the school can continue to benefit from the time saving features of the SOCS system whilst resting assured that parents won’t miss a thing.”