New fan engagement platform launched to drive new revenues for African Cycling

PROTOUCH AFRICA, Johannesburg South Africa recently announced the launch of its new fan engagement platform for African Cycling.

Using a swiss-based platform developed by Blocksport, PROTOUCH has created a mobile application (for iOS and Android) where cycling enthusiasts can find aggregated African cycling news, live and on demand videos, enjoy team and rider stories, view the latest UCI Africa Tour rankings and rider profiles and, engage directly with these athletes’ social media channels.  Enthusiasts can also support African teams and their riders, by purchasing virtual merchandise and digital collectibles, supporter gear in the various Team shops and participate in auctions for signed memorabilia.

“Our vision is to revolutionize professional cycling in Africa, by building a sustainable business [beyond sponsorships] that supports high performance and unlocks value for athletes, brands, cycling enthusiasts and investors” commented Rebecca Eliot, Founder of ProTouch Africa.

Professional Cycling is one of the oldest professional sports, with deeply-rooted origins in tradition and passion, for over 100 years. However, it is still commercially underdeveloped, with a massive reliance on sponsorship as its only source of revenue. This model has not evolved and impacts heavily on its future. Spearheaded by ProTouch Sports – owners also of the top UCI-ranked Continental Team in Africa – ProTouch Pro Cycling – this project, has been two years in the making.

“We began assembling and investing in an ecosystem of commercial initiatives in 2019, while building a winning team around a core of South African riders. Our team has been the top ranked Continental Team in Africa and, as the primary funders we realised quickly how dependant this sport is on sponsorship. With limited broadcast opportunities, seeking sponsorship was proving more and more difficult. We started assembling our ecosystem, with the aim to remove the reliance that the professional sport of cycling has on sponsorship, as its only form of revenue” added Eliot.

Here are some of the key features:

– View the latest African Cycling News, UCI Africa Tour rankings and rider profiles.

– Get 10% off thousands of products in our official online store and, between a percentage of all sales will be donated to The Phil Liggett Foundation.

– Find official African Team and Fan merchandise and, participate in auctions for signed memorabilia.

– Soon, you will also be able to purchase digital collectibles like rider and team cards from all the African Continental Teams as well as individual African riders.

– View LIVE and ON-DEMAND content as well as incredible storytelling about Africa’s top athletes.

– Connect directly with other cycling enthusiasts, set up your own groups and, arrange events and fundraisers using our integrated fan messenger.

– Join our Executive Cycling Network – encouraging healthier, more active ways for people to live and connect and support top performing athletes.

– Soon, we will be adding the ability to play fantasy games too.

 DOWNLOAD THE NEW PROTOUCH AFRICA APP in the iOs and Android stores to discover everything there is to know about African Cycling and you can be part of this African Cycling Story, from the beginning!

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PROTOUCH SPORTS is a South African Sports Tech business, focussed on providing new ways for sports teams, clubs and federations in Africa to activate, engage and monetise their fan community. 

As the exclusive distributor in Africa, of Swiss-based BLOCKSPORT technology it provides sports brands their own branded and fully managed fan engagement mobile platform and a range of services to support revenue generation, unlocking value for sports teams, fans, athletes, brands and investors.

The white-label mobile app platform combines information, community management, gamification, e-commerce, rewards and crowdfunding all within one solution – easy to implement and ready to roll-out within 30 days!

For more information please contact Rebecca Eliot on +27 83 656 4632 or email rebecca@protouch.africa