A group of Melbourne-based young French people has started an innovative mobile app to help get Melburnians moving.
JETsport was started a year ago when Nico D’anna could not find enough friends to play soccer with in Melbourne.
Mr D’anna, a former professional soccer player in France, soon partnered with his sister Laura, friends Jonathan Maury and Alex Paris to build a platform for people to find sports and training partners.
“People in the city are always so busy they don’t have time for sports,” Mr D’anna said. “But it can be much easier if they can do it with other people.”
JETsport started as a Facebook group where people could team up to play sports or train together.
A mobile app was launched a few months ago and enables professional trainers, volunteers, sports lovers and groups to organise free social sports events around the CBD.
Mr D’anna said the app focused on the social aspect of fitness and sports.
“We want people to meet others and train in a fun environment. The benefits of being active should be accessible to all,” he said.
Business partner Mr Maury said JET, which stood for “Just Easier Together”, provided the opportunity for people to join in more healthy activities.
“It’s one place where people can participate in sports and fitness sessions whenever they want, wherever they want in the CBD,” he said.
It is free to download the app, sign up, and join or start an event on JETsport.
There are currently 3000 users of the app. From 15-20 sessions are run around the city each week.
More than 1000 events have so far been created. Sessions range from basketball to Zumba and from Cuban Salsa to Thai boxing. There are both indoor activities such as yoga and outdoor ones such as runs and Pilates in the park.
Mr D’anna said JETsport offered a service exchange between venue owners and organisers.
“The venues are provided to us for free because the events help promote their businesses,” he said.
“Many people cannot believe the app is completely free. They always think ‘what’s the catch?’, but there isn’t any. We just offer the platform for people to socialise and get active.”
Mr D’anna and partners expect JETsport to expand to the suburbs of Melbourne and eventually to other cities.