- Cricket Yorkshire 50: Champions of recreational cricket - September 21, 2021
- Sue Mulholland and the therapy of cricket teas - September 16, 2021
- Recreational cricket: What have we learnt for 2022? - September 15, 2021
What do you use a cricket scoreboard for? If your cricket club or school is only thinking of it in terms of wickets, runs and overs then you’re missing out.
In this content partnership with Quickscore, we’ll explore the world of LED scoreboards and how they can revolutionise cricket scores but also income generation.
Quickscore set themselves apart as a software company who offer a suite of apps that come included with each high-quality, colour LED screen.
What else can you use a cricket scoreboard for?
As you’d expect, their cricket scoreboards are fully integrated with both the Play-Cricket Scorer App and Play-Cricket Scorer Pro software as well as CricHQ, TCS, QS Cricket App.
You’ll get in-depth match data, allied with Duckworth Lewis calculations, worm maps for run rates, player highlights and wicket animations.
But, the exciting stage is when you consider it not just an electronic cricket scoreboard but a way to make money and offer something extra to visitors and members.
Think film nights, coaching sessions or birthday parties. Transform your cricket scoreboard into a top-notch screen for an awards evening.
Want to flash up a countdown clock, celebratory message or a YouTube video? No problem.
All of those ideas are courtesy of Quickscore’s complementary apps that will add benefits and a buzz at your club.
It’s a point of difference. Yes, all clubs tend to have a cricket scoreboard or maybe they hire a big screen for a party but rarely have both that can work seamlessly.
There’s also QS Mirroring Dongles (HDMI plug and play dongles) which allow for scoreboard replication. That means you can show the scores in the clubhouse too.
The QS Live Mirroring platform means matches can be followed ball-by-ball as they happen via an online portal.
Advertising bonus for cricket clubs
When a club is selling sponsorship and advertising, showing adverts on a big screen is a significant bonus for brands.
Spectators pay much closer and regular attention to the cricket scoreboard than they do with advertising boards around the edge of the ground.
Quickscore offers a return on investment by including a QS digital advertising platform, allowing match-day advertisers or teamwear suppliers to get star billing on the day.
You can tie it in with sponsors who attend a match. A bat company could promote a discount on the day of a cup final with supporting coverage on the LED screen to amplify the message.
With one of these smart LEDs, clubs can offer it as part of venue hire for community groups when sport isn’t on during the week.
This is an intelligent piece of kit that is fully weather-proof and can be managed remotely. It can be fixed to a wall or be a mobile screen on wheels to be used across multiple pitches.
Paying for a scoreboard
There is no escaping the fact that this is an investment for clubs. You could go the cheaper, traditional route without the apps and extra functionality and save a bit.
You could also buy a TV screen for less that wouldn’t be weather-proof, offer the quality of picture or the fancy tricks that I’m highlighting here.
One key advantage of these Quickscore products are that they’re multi-use and multi-sport. If your club also does football, rugby, hockey, tennis or a raft of others then they become all-year-round.
Crucially, if there are different sport sections (or clubs on one site) then the cost can also be split, based on seasonal use.
For peace of mind, talk to Quickscore and their customers who are using these LED screens in all kinds of innovative ways.
If you’re thinking of a funding bid to buy an LED screen like this, you can show evidence that it will have huge benefit beyond just scoring a cricket match.
Quickscore are also open to offering a payment plan to spread the cost too.
The goal has to be that the smart scoreboard pays for itself over several years or sooner.
What do clubs think of Quickscore’s cricket scoreboard?
Woodbank Cricket Club have been delighted with their upgrade to an electronic scoreboard.
Chairman Martyn Ward reckoned: ‘It’s something different for your club. It takes you to that next level. It makes it look a lot more professional.’
They use it for all kinds of things from welcome messages when opposition arrive to showing sponsors during games to bonfire night and films for local school children.
They used their Quickscore when the football World Cup was on and 150 spectators came: ‘Believe it or not, people came to watch because it was an outdoors screen.’
The ongoing tech support has been appreciated too: ‘QuickScore have been brilliant. Anything we’ve wanted to adapt, they have done. We’ve been really pleased with the service from them.’
Edgworth Cricket Club play in the Greater Manchester Cricket League and wanted to update their scoreboard. Having seen Woodbank Cricket Club’s QS100, they decided to go a similar route and recently opted for a QS200+.
When deciding on electronic scoreboards, Edgworth’s Chairman Dave Enright reckoned: ‘For the Quickscore, we thought it offered better value for money because there’s other things we can do with the scoreboard.’
They’ve already shown the closing stages of the England vs Pakistan Test series on the big screen and are considering a midweek film matinee and a Saturday morning kids film.
Edgworth have even sought planning permission to have a sponsor’s logo on the shutter for when the screen is down; thus using every inch of the space for partnerships.
They opted to buy just after lockdown and Dave thought ‘if there were any kind of restrictions, it would still be attractive for people socially distancing to come and have a drink and watch.’
Quickscore Offer Extended – until 01/04/2021.
There are two HUGE discounts from Quickscore to take advantage of.
The QS100 has a 2560 x 1280mm screen while the QS200+ is a larger unit at 3,840 x 1920mm; both are 6,500+ nits (incredible brightness) and come with a one year warranty.
Until 1 April 2021, there is a generous discount on both screens.
The QS100 is £5,500 (from £7,500)
The QS200+ is £12,000 (from £14,400)
Get in touch with Quickscore
Contact David Geenson on 0203 8928 538 or [email protected] to talk through any questions you might have. If you’re a cricket club looking to the future that wants a way to raise funds over many years, this could be it.
Quickscore pride themselves on their ongoing customer service and support.
Automatic updates give added confidence and you can call them with any post-sale questions to ensure your club gets the most from the purchase.
They are @quickscoreltd on Twitter, quickscore on Facebook and are on YouTube if you want to check out their videos.
*Thanks for reading! This is a sponsored article for Quickscore – if the mood takes you, click to read Cricket Yorkshire’s policy on sponsored content**