England Hockey’s Game Management System (GMS) initially had a painful birth, but its conception was two years ago. In a series of articles, David Lloyd-Williams gives us the background to the system, and how it was developed.
What everyone is seeing with the GMS, at the time of writing, is the beginning of Plan A – a national system. Yes, this was rushed out. Yes, it needs a lot of fixing now; and there will be a raft of improvements. This is all planned for the long term.
The front end to the system will appear soon, and that will be improved too over time. But if you think this is a mess now, well, Plan B, I can assure you, would have been considerably inferior.
It would have been yet another collection of websites with, probably, just fixtures and league tables. No electronic match sheets to record everyone’s participation and build personal histories for life. No integrated umpiring, discipline, communication, or payments stuff. GDPR issues everywhere.
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In the next article, we’ll hear how the central ideas of the GMS were formed, and how it might, as so rarely on the pitch, do better than the Dutch.
David Lloyd-Williams is current and past volunteer for the London League, ex-Chair of Southgate HC.