Delhi based Playnlive Sports India, a startup which lets users search, plan and book sports slots at grounds and courts, has launched an Android (Windows and iOS coming soon) app called Playnlive. The app lets users find and book fitness centres, sports clubs, sports academies, gyms and yoga centres along with sessions for personal fitness and yoga trainers at home.
Founded in 2014 by Nakul Kapur, the company claims to list over 15,000 places to play 25 sports, train at over 50 activities across Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Pune, Lucknow and Mumbai. Users can book free trials across all facilities and gyms.
Daily and monthly passes: The app also lets users book a 30 day pass, in which, it claims that users can book unlimited classes. It also apparently lets users freeze their membership for free for up to 3 months. The pass, the company claims, gives users access to studios and classes at sports facilities and fitness studios.
It also allows booking of fitness professionals like personal trainers for self defence, martial arts, yoga, fitness training and other activities. The daily pass lets users book for swimming, taekwondo, cricket nets, tennis court, kickboxing, yoga, TRX, horse riding, karate, self defence, shooting, hockey, weight lifting, archery and badminton.
Sports facility listing on search: Once the user selects the area, the sport and the locality, the app lists the particular result/s in a listing format with available sports, facilities, reviews and photos. There is also information on calling, liking, rating and the address information.
Professional trainers, facility and sports ground owners and coaches can sign up to list their facility or service. Users can sign up through email or Facebook. The app lets you select a locality instead or an area. It’s permissions include calling phone numbers and taking pictures and videos. It also lets users call merchants for enquiries directly.
MediaNama’s take: Playnlive is a concept working towards the fact that we’re increasingly booking and buying things online. While we already make use of groceries, transport services, payments and research online, this facility will also allow people to look for fitness services (quick or for a long term) online. Usually, gyms bank on memberships supplied for quarterly, half yearly and yearly bases and if not unaffordable, people generally lose enthusiasm after a while. A concept of a monthly and daily pass might help those who want quick workouts or are looking to get into a fitness habit for a longer time, with a cheaper or more convenient start. It will be interesting to see its adaptability, given the time pressure on working professionals as well as students looking to participate in sports activities in their cities. We think that its definitely a much better option than physically scouting for, say, badminton courts and finding them all booked for a particular duration.
A company called 24by7 which lets users book for activities like aerobics, basketball, football, horse riding, skating, swimming etc in Rohtak, Delhi-NCR and Bhiwadi. The service, however, allows users to book for facilities in their locality or other localities. It also allows users to create cricket teams or other sports teams in Delhi NCR. Apparently, members get discounts when book through the site. Interestingly, the site also takes gift vouchers as payments.