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Albany Software partners with Legend Club Management Systems to offer leisure facilities intelligent payment and collections software

By CreditMan Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Albany Software, the market leading developer of electronic payment software solutions, today announces its partnership with health and leisure management specialists Legend Club Management Systems. Legend will be distributing Albany’s full suite of software to new and existing customers, as well as integrating the Albany ePAY payments platform within Legend’s on-site club management solution. The strategic alliance will allow health and leisure club organisations to streamline back-office operations further, through automated Bacs payments and Direct Debit (DD) membership collections.

Legend Club Management Systems offers one seamless turnkey package – Legend – and is the solution selected by leading health club chains and public leisure centre operators across the UK. Delivered on a traditional on-site or managed service model, health clubs and leisure organisations can configure Legend to meet their specific requirements and are supported by Legend’s renowned industry-leading service, seven days a week. Legend clients include the 88-site L.A Fitness plc and Serco Leisure and Parkwood Leisure, two of the leading operators of public leisure centres.

Sean Maguire, Managing Director of Legend Club Management Systems, comments on the importance of offering a complete leisure management solution that incorporates a platform to automate membership payments, “Health clubs and leisure organisations are experts in offering members a high quality service and ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of their facilities, however they have limited time to focus on strategic IT direction. Legend assists these leisure facilities by providing a system that manages IT processes from front of house to the back office. We see Albany Software’s payments solutions as a key addition to our offering in order to manage clubs’ business-critical membership collections efficiently.”

Legend Club Management Systems is integrating Albany’s ePAY solution within its on-site club management offering. Albany ePAY is an intelligent processing engine that has been developed using the latest technology and specifically designed to manage multiple payments, including Bacs and Faster Payments. In addition, Legend will be distributing a number of other solutions from the Albany Software product suite that offer complete management of funds for leisure organisations from SME to Enterprise level.

The current economic climate and the new coalition Government’s recent budget announcements are pushing public leisure facilities to modify their payment model as the emphasis moves to financial self sufficiency in order to avoid closure. Maguire comments, “As part of the process of moving from being heavily subsidised to self-funded, public leisure facilities are changing existing operations and are driving more regular membership-orientated payments. This new payment model promotes the use of automated Direct Debit collections ensuring public leisure facilities receive a regular monthly, weekly or annual revenue stream.”

Maguire continues, “Both public and private leisure organisations are now offering a variety of payment options, from the cash-orientated pay-and-play to monthly or yearly memberships. Utilising Albany Software’s expertise in e-payment solutions we are now able to offer a seamless payment and collections function that’s suitable for the smallest leisure facility, as well as suggest Albany Software’s payment solutions for the multi-site clubs collecting millions of pounds a month.”

Adrian Stafford-Jones, Managing Director of Albany Software comments, “In today’s business it is essential for any leisure organisation to have an effective and efficient payment option on offer to enable greater control over all electronic funds transactions, consequently improving their cash flow and providing accurate budgeting. With Albany’s extensive experience in providing solutions that effortlessly integrate with other third party systems, end-users receive a seamless, user-friendly and cost effective component within the Legend leisure management solution.”

Maguire concludes, “The strategic alliance between Legend Club Management Systems and Albany Software allows health clubs and leisure organisations to focus on their core business of running leisure operations, serving local communities and helping members achieve their personal fitness targets, whilst not being hindered by inefficient back-office systems or procedures.”