Introducing Grassroots Connected!

An important service-related update for clubs and leagues using the Team Websites and Beta Leagues platforms.

Team Websites and Beta Leagues will be replaced with a unique new platform called ‘Grassroots Connected’. The new platform will see new websites rolled out for clubs and leagues with a revised pricing model and new low-cost graphic design services. Grassroots Connected will also see the launch of a new e-learning portal for grassroots football clubs, covering best practices when it comes to safeguarding, online and social media marketing for your club.

Following great deliberation, we have made the decision to end our ‘Free’ website package following the rebranding.

Launched in 2017, Team Websites has grown from strength to strength over the last few years. It has been mind-blowing to have hit a saturated market by storm and have clubs from England, Scotland and Wales trust Team Websites as their chosen website provider.

What does this mean?

We have reviewed the pricing of our club website platform and this will come into effect soon with the switchover. We will be contacting clubs in due course and on the current format, will honour all paid customers until the end of their next billing cycle. For paid customers, this would depend on the club’s choice of paying monthly or yearly (12 months). With the change in pricing, we will give clubs a minimum of 1 month notice in writing, with the option to continue or cancel.

At this point, you will have the option to upgrade to one of the new packages offered on the Grassroots Connected platform or permanently close your account and website.

When will you launch Grassroots Connected?

We are finalising the design of our new template that we will roll out for our clubs. This will then be sent out for our clubs to test before launch. Our plan is to launch Grassroots Connected on Friday 6th March 2020.

As mentioned above, clubs will be given 1 month notice in writing to allow content to be remotely saved and please be rest assured that you will receive an email before anything happens.

We are on the ‘free’ plan, what does this mean for our club?

We have reviewed the long-term viability of the ‘Free’ website package and unfortunately this is not a sustainable option moving forward. This decision was not taken lightly.

Our free plan has proven to be very popular and free websites have often taken up more space on our web server due to high usage and this may have affected the performance of all of our websites in the long-term. Typically in the past, we have designated an ‘account manager’ or support volunteer to assist with support messages for free and paid customers. Our wish was to steer well clear of increasing the number of adverts on our free sites.

You will have the option to upgrade to a Grassroots Connected paid package and will receive an email, with more details, from us soon.

What are the new prices?

We have put together 3 new packages for our club websites:

GC ‘Coach’

Cost:

£10 per month (£120 per year)

Features:

  • - 1-5 Teams
  • - Free .co.uk or .com Domain name
  • - 2 email accounts
  • - NO advertising
  • - ‘Grassroots Connected’ branding in website footer
  • - Match reports
  • - Player profiles
  • - News articles
  • - Unlimited custom pages
  • - Social media sharing buttons
  • - Embed FA Full-Time league tables
  • - Email and SMS support
  • - Add affiliations and sponsors

GC ‘Legend’

Cost:

£50 per month (£600 per year)

Features:

  • - Unlimited Teams
  • - Free .co.uk or .com Domain name
  • - Unlimited email accounts
  • - NO advertising
  • - NO branding in website footer
  • - Match reports
  • - Player profiles
  • - News articles
  • - Unlimited custom pages
  • - Social media sharing buttons
  • - Embed FA Full-Time league tables
  • - Email and SMS support
  • - Add affiliations and sponsors

GC ‘Custom’

Cost:

£70 per month (£840 per year)

Features:

  • - Custom Designed Website
  • - Custom Designed Social Media Graphics
  • - Unlimited Teams
  • - Free .co.uk or .com Domain name
  • - Unlimited Email Accounts
  • - NO branding
  • - NO advertising
  • - Core features (news articles, match reports, player profiles, custom pages)
  • - Add affiliations and sponsors

Our partnership with Cheshire FA

We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Cheshire FA under the Grassroots Connected label. Cheshire clubs using the Cheshire FA branded club website platform will not be affected by these changes and service will resume as normal.

Who will run the Grassroots Connected platform?

Morgan McLellan, founder, has acquired the full ownership of Team Websites. Grassroots Connected will be headed up by Team Websites founder Morgan and graphic design specialist, Jack Wright.

Jack brings his own freelance experience to the table, having designed graphics for a selection of clubs including St Martins FC, Chirk Town and Newton AFC.

Morgan will be leading the design and support of league and club websites whilst Jack looks forward to designing graphics for your club.

I look forward to speaking to you soon,
Morgan McLellan
Founder
Email Me | 07493231940