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SportsPartner.co.uk is a useful website for finding romantic and non-romantic partners for playing sports. If you’re hoping to have a friendly game of footie, a bout of badminton or a romantic run, you can find plenty of members who are looking for similar activities here.
To date, the site has hooked up more than 100,000 members who are looking for sporting partners. It’s a quick and easy system whereby you can search for members based on their age and preferred sport, or allow the matching algorithms to find suitable partners for you. Navigating is very simple, with just a few pages to explore.
Whilst the site is easy to use, it is very simplistic. You can view matches, alter your profile or change your settings, but little else. As such, if you can’t find what you’re looking for quite quickly then it may not be worth continuing to explore the site because it’s really lacking in additional content.
Aside from a lack of things to do around the website, we were also a bit confused by it at times. The site purports to being a UK specialist in finding sports partners, but it asks for your zip code (an Americanism) and quotes prices in dollars rather than GBP.
Despite those issues, SportPartner does offer a useful service. You can find members who are looking for sports partners for particular activities (of which there are a decent range to choose from). You can then chat to members using email or add them to a list so you can find them easily later.
A site such as Sport Partner would really benefit from including more community features, such as forums and chat rooms. This would help members to arrange group activities and meet-ups, as well as one-on-one sessions. It’s also not entirely clear how you can distinguish between romantic interests or sports-only interests, which could become a bit awkward.
Members can choose to keep their photos private, which makes sense if they don’t want to broadcast their face around a site when they just want to play sports. However, this does mean that many profiles are pretty plain, and if you’re looking for a romantic sports-based partner then it may be difficult to find one you’re attracted to without photos.
The premise and design of this site is decent. However, we feel it would benefit from much more content and tools to help its members connect. This site is probably better for UK members who are looking to play sports without romantic connections, but it can suit members who are looking for fit dates too.
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