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Meet Our Team: Co-Founder Jason
27 February 2019

Meet Our Team: Co-Founder Jason

Having such great relationships with all of our users, we find that many of you take great interest in learning more about our team. So we thought we’d let you learn a little more about each of us, so you can put faces to names! We’re starting where it all began.

Jason is Co-Founder at sports club membership software, Coacha and Managing Director at Web Design & Digital Marketing agency, MA Design (Coacha’s sister company). More importantly, he’s incredibly committed to the growth and development of Coacha, specifically in line with users’ needs. He’s also Coacha’s number 1 fan.

 

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Jason grew up in Redditch, Worcestershire, famous for its production of fishing tackle and hooks! He moved to Sheffield to study and gain his degree in Communication Studies, where he both played and coached various sports. Jason leads an active and exciting life and we’ll leave it up to him to tell you the rest!


The Important Stuff


Tea or Coffee?: Tea, always tea.

How do you take your tea?: Builders brew in a pint-sized mug. Leave the teabags in for as long as possible!

What did you want to be when you were younger?: Honestly? I didn’t have a clue.

An interesting fact about you?: I used to own a nightclub!

 

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Personal/Education


What did you do before Coacha?: After I completed my University Degree, I worked as a semi-professional DJ. I owned a night club and toured the world, DJing in countries like Greece and Australia. I also lived in Australia for a fair while.

Settling in Gloucestershire, I then worked my way up a large travel company where I managed the whole studio and worked in print and design. This is actually where I met Coacha’s other Co-Founder, Chris. We both left the travel company in 2001. This was when the Web Design/SEO work that we were doing on the side needed more of our attention due to demand in service.

Where did the idea of Coacha come from?: Coacha was born from the need to ‘scratch our own itch’ if you will. We couldn’t get a piece of software (or combination of others) to do what we wanted in our personal coaching environments. Running a successful Web Design company and having the skillsets to do so, we decided to make our own.

Do you have any hobbies?: Any of the team will tell you that my main hobby is playing loud music. If I’m working, cycling or driving, my headphones will be on and I’ll be jamming away to some dance music. I love cycling into work, anything DIY-related and am a keen Podcast listener. We actually had our office refurbished in Summer 2017 and I built all of our pallet furniture which clients and users now love when they visit.

Your favourite place to get away?: Cornwall has always had a special place in my heart. Closely followed by Turkey.


The very important stuff


Are you interested in Sport yourself?: I’ve played and coached both Badminton and Swimming. I played Badminton for my college team and swam for my county. I’ve also done a fair bit of life coaching.

Were there any other names in the mix, or was it always ‘Coacha’?: We had a few different names floating around for a while including Ongo and Larmar, which is crazy to think now because we can’t imagine Coacha being called anything else.

What’s the best thing about being a Director and Founder?: It’s easily seeing our ideas grow into something that can help others.

What’s your favourite part of your job? It’s got to be hearing that other people find our software as useful as we do ourselves.

What’s the least favourite part of your job?: Not having enough hours in the day. I often wake up in the middle of the night and have to note down ideas whilst they pop into my head. I have to ban myself from listening to podcasts before bed because they get my brain ticking!

What are your ambitions for the future?: To continually help with safeguard children and protect people’s data in sport. And to do this not only in the UK, but globally. This is a very fitting question given the fact we’re just ready to launch into the USA.

Ultimately, my main goal will always be to help our users cut down their time on admin, so they can spend more time coaching.

Testimonials

Taylor James

Taylor James

Sep 25, 2018

Always do their best to help sports clubs save time, money and do more things that they enjoy.

Kelly Loughlin

Kelly Loughlin

Sep 25, 2018

An amazing service, has saved me hours and hours of admin. Easy way to take payments and safely store athlete details. Such a huge weight off my shoulders!

Marley Hughes

Marley Hughes

Sep 6, 2018

Couldn't run my swimming classes without it now. The team are just great, really helpful, will always help you out. The system is really reliable - I tried a lot of different pieces of software and none matched Coacha for price and features. Thanks guys. x

Kim Readman

Kim Readman

Nov 7, 2018

Great software, still very much a work in progress, but fantastic so far and the customer service is absolutely first rate :)

Jess Mortimer

Jess Mortimer

Oct 1, 2018

We have just started using Coacha this season and honestly it is one of the best decisions I have made this year! I used to spend hours on admin, chasing people for payments, taking cash & cheques to the bank and then checking to make sure the payments had actually gone into our account. Now I no longer have to write out invoices or handle cash and Coacha wil... l do the chasing for payments for me - which is amazing! Whenever I have any questions I get straight on the phone and their amazing team have either got the problem solved in seconds, or they get back to me as soon as they can with a solution. I cannot recommended this software and the support team enough. Thank you from one happy and less stressed Cheerleading coach!  read more

Katie Dignan

Katie Dignan

Sep 25, 2018

Amazing software that has helped our club so much!

Nick Phillips-Holt

Nick Phillips-Holt

Jul 27, 2018

Coacha is superb. I run a shooting range in Gloucestershire and it helps me keep on top of my admin. Helpful support. Very good software that they should charge more for!

Alice BK Robinson

Alice BK Robinson

Jan 22, 2019

Brilliant service, saved us so much time in the office meaning we can spend more time actually coaching!! 100% recommend!

Brooke Hockley

Brooke Hockley

Sep 26, 2018

Before heading into our second season as a club and doubling in size we were very apprehensive about the administration aspect. I am so grateful to have come across coacha as it has made my life seamless in terms of the membership process among other factors such as data protection. We have also set up a stripe account to collect our monthly fees and I am very ex... cited about this as it is going to completely eliminate the tiresome process of chasing people. The report section of coacha is also really handy to be able to track who has set up their subscription. Taylor & the coacha team’s response time to feedback is excellent and I have been very impressed with the service so far. Coacha is revolutionising the way we work and they are doing a fantastic job!  read more

Molly Jewitt

Molly Jewitt

Jan 8, 2019

The Coacha software has made managing our swim school so much easier! So simple and straight forward to use and saves hours of admin work.
No more chasing people for payments getting half cash half bank transfers or having to think who paid what, everything is sorted out with a click of a button! Highly recommend, great software!

Taylor James

Taylor James

Sep 25, 2018

Always do their best to help sports clubs save time, money and do more things that they enjoy.

Kelly Loughlin

Kelly Loughlin

Sep 25, 2018

An amazing service, has saved me hours and hours of admin. Easy way to take payments and safely store athlete details. Such a huge weight off my shoulders!

Marley Hughes

Marley Hughes

Sep 6, 2018

Couldn't run my swimming classes without it now. The team are just great, really helpful, will always help you out. The system is really reliable - I tried a lot of different pieces of software and none matched Coacha for price and features. Thanks guys. x

Kim Readman

Kim Readman

Nov 7, 2018

Great software, still very much a work in progress, but fantastic so far and the customer service is absolutely first rate :)

Jess Mortimer

Jess Mortimer

Oct 1, 2018

We have just started using Coacha this season and honestly it is one of the best decisions I have made this year! I used to spend hours on admin, chasing people for payments, taking cash & cheques to the bank and then checking to make sure the payments had actually gone into our account. Now I no longer have to write out invoices or handle cash and Coacha wil... l do the chasing for payments for me - which is amazing! Whenever I have any questions I get straight on the phone and their amazing team have either got the problem solved in seconds, or they get back to me as soon as they can with a solution. I cannot recommended this software and the support team enough. Thank you from one happy and less stressed Cheerleading coach!  read more

Katie Dignan

Katie Dignan

Sep 25, 2018

Amazing software that has helped our club so much!




‘Coacha revolutionised my program administration and saves me time and money.’

Sarah Watkins - Program Direction - GCA Cheer