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Up your sport

27 September 2012

There has been a rush of sport enthusiasm since the Olympics this summer, with a variety of people looking to try new sports or get back into old ones, but it’s not always easy to find the right instructor. Alumni, Nicola Broom (LLB 2004) and Steve Brindley (BSc2005), have founded a free website, upmysport.com, which provides you with a hassle-free way to find and book your perfect instructor for your latest sporting venture.

There has been a rush of sport enthusiasm since the Olympics this summer, with a variety of people looking to try new sports or get back into old ones, but it’s not always easy to find the right instructor. Alumni, Nicola Broom (LLB 2004) and Steve Brindley (BSc 2005), have founded a free website, upmysport.com, which provides you with a hassle-free way to find and book your perfect instructor for your latest sporting venture.
 
Broom and Brindley launched the company in London this summer. Steve said: “We want to get more people involved in sport and fitness by making it easier to find and book the right instructor, course or class. Whatever the sport. Wherever you are. From first timers to experts.”
 
Nicola and Steve both grew up in sports-mad families and first started working together when they ran student sport at Bristol University; Steve as Athletic Union Chair and Nicola as Vice-Chair. Steve contributed to British Universities Sports Association discussions about university sport policy and also completed a dissertation on sports participation, before becoming a management consultant. After Bristol, Nicola qualified as a lawyer and worked for a venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies.
 
Nicola said: “When Steve and I were running the Athletic Union at Bristol, we saw firsthand the range of sports you can do, and the importance of sport in everyday life. That experience stayed with us and inspired us to create the site.
 
The free website allows you to search for an instructor, see their reviews, book and pay for lessons, or if you are an instructor, you can host your own profile, promote your business and manage your bookings. So if you’re an instructor or just looking for a new sport, sign yourself up today and help bring sport to everyone.