Opening School Facilities with School Lettings Software
In today’s fast-paced world, schools have evolved beyond being mere educational institutions and have become vital community centers. However, effectively managing community lettings and optimizing the revenue potential of school facilities can be a challenging endeavor. Fortunately, there’s a solution: school lettings software. This transformative tool offers a multitude of benefits and powerful features that revolutionise the way schools handle bookings and facility management. In this article, we will delve into the key advantages and features that make school lettings software a true game-changer. As we look to the future, with the next phase of Opening Schools Facilities funding set to be available over the next three years, digital technologies are poised to play a crucial role in empowering local communities, children, and young people to engage in more physical activities during evenings and weekends. Let’s discover how school lettings software can be a catalyst for this positive change.
1. Maximise income generation from community lettings
One of the primary goals of school letting software is to help schools generate and increase their revenue potential. By leveraging the power of online bookings and exposure, you can attract more bookings for your facilities. The software acts as a virtual storefront, showcasing your available spaces, amenities, and pricing. This increased visibility drives more bookings, ultimately boosting your income generation.
- Software features that facilitate this: An online booking widget makes it easier for local communities to find and book sports facilities. When a facility inserts a booking widget on their website, with just a few clicks facility hirers can easily find and book a venue online. By using an online booking widget, sports facilities can also tap into a wider market of potential hirers, who may not have otherwise considered the facility due to the inconvenience of the traditional booking process. Ultimately, this leads to increased revenue and better utilisation of the facility’s resources, which benefits both the facility and the local community as a whole.
2. Increase community access to your facilities
School letting software breaks down barriers and puts your school facilities at the heart of your local community. By streamlining the booking process and making it easily accessible online, you can invite individuals, organisations, and groups to utilise your facilities. This increased access strengthens the bond between your school and the community it serves.
- Software features that facilitate this: Community reach can be increased further through integration with a platform like Playfinder, a sports marketplace for booking sport facilities. It gives facilities the best possible presence online, and makes it the simplest way for communities to find and book facilities near them.
3. Bring self-service to your community lettings
Gone are the days of manual administrative tasks and back-and-forth communication with potential hirers. School letting software brings the convenience of self-service to the booking process. With an intuitive customer portal, hirers can easily view and manage their bookings, make payments, access payment plans, and even place new booking requests online. This automation saves precious staff time, allowing them to focus on more important responsibilities.
- Software features that facilitate this: A customer portal enables hirers to effortlessly view and manage their bookings, make payments, and access payment plans. This feature eliminates the need for manual administrative tasks, empowering hirers and freeing up valuable staff time. With an approvals feature, staff can easily accept or reject bookings and obtain additional customer information. By staying in control of the important aspects while reducing administrative burdens, schools can streamline the approval process.
Read the following case studies to find out how Bookteq’s school lettings software has helped The Matthew Arnold School and Beavers Community Primary School increase community access, maximise revenue potential and reduce staff workload.