- To provide a facility for those needing fixtures to
communicate without troubling those who already had games
for all their teams
- To be easy to use by those with only a modest level
of IT experience
- To be free and open access which meant it had to be
designed to require only the minimum of maintainence
- Suggested improvements are always welcome and where
possible will be included, provided they do not
compromise the overall principle of simplicity
Improving your chances
Over the years we have been running the site we have taken note of
how it is used and listend to feedback from you the fixtures secretaries.
These hints may help
- A lot of fixtures are added to the site from Wednesday onwards as clubs
realise they are short and cancel fixtures.
- Clubs who are flexible in terms of venue and distance travelled have a better chance of success.
- A short clarification of what you are looking for in the notes section can help.
- Nobody wants a mismatch, clubs who give a realistic estimate of their strength build
a good reputation among regular users.
- The larger the pool of users the better chance of finding a game. Tell other clubs you deal with about
- You can post requests up to 4 weeks ahead. If you know you have a blank weekend coming put it on the exchange now.
About The Somerset Fixture Exchange
This is a free fixture exchange provided by Somerset RFU for clubs in Somerset
and neighbouring counties.
It is based on a similar system which at the time of writing (2015) has been running in Essex and East Anglia for the
last twelve years. The system consists of three exchanges, one for senior men, one for youth and mini/midi teams and
one for ladies and girls. The mens and youth exchanges have always attracted a large number of fixture requests although
the Ladies version has never achieved the critical mass of users needed for it to really take off. It does however
get some use and so we keep it on the system and we have included all three exchanges on the Somerset version.
We include a short and somewhat tongue in cheek statement form the author of the original version.
How it Started
In 2002 I made the fatal mistake of pointing out that
the lack of a fixtures secretary was having an adverse
effect on the playing success of Harlow Rugby Club. No
sooner was my back turned than I found myself elected; I
suspect most of you became fixtures secretaries in the same
way. The next thing I discovered was that once your name
got around you got bombarded with emails from other clubs
sending to perhaps 50 or more clubs to set up one game. In
any less polite community than rugby it would have been
called SPAM. I was convinced that there must be a better
way. A few weeks later I was watching an Eastern Counties
Cup game with Ivor Smith, these days the secretary of
Essex. We both agreed that a web based exchange may be a
solution and I offered to write a program to provide one.
Ivor offered to promote it through his Essex site and
provided a lot of useful advice and encouragement. This was
how the exchange was born. Dave Sharp
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