THERE’S an app for just about everything.
So when Ballarat university student Lucia Shepherd realised there was no simple way for basketball coaches to plan training and manage their teams, she decided to invent one.
Her iPhone app, Courtside Assist, was launched in the iTunes store in September and with it the 29-year-old hopes to change the way basketball coaches around the world develop their training regimes.
“You can do it quicker rather than sitting in front of a computer, and you can do it on the go,” she said.
The keen basketballer had the idea for Courtside Assist while looking for a faster way to organise her training plan in the iTunes store.
She couldn’t find anything.
“I asked a few top coaches what they use and it was the same thing – a Word template – and so the idea was born.” she said.
“It was clear coaches needed an app that was proficient, had handy tools and was easy to carry around.
“It saves you having to lose a piece of paper.”
Ms Shepherd said Courtside Assist could be used by professional coaches down to a 10-year-old coaching a brother or sister.
It was loaded with drills from her own time on the court, she said.
“It gives them a bit of direction or it can help at that other end with high-end coaches,” she said.
Ms Shepherd hoped with time the app would go global and be applied to other sports as well.