So many great independent businesses and projects have come to us wondering where they fit in to the Leeds Love Affair equation. This blog originally focused on finding brilliant places in our city centre, but over the last five years we’ve evolved to show more of the fantastic offerings Leeds has. And this includes this brand new MADE IN LEEDS section!
First up is a project quickly gaining popularity with sports fans across the UK, and it’s made in Leeds (of course!) Rugby League Hub is an Android app that’s free to download and promises to be one of the best independent rugby league apps out there.
The creator, Glenn Taylor, was born and bred in Leeds and is one of our volunteers. He told us about app design for his favourite sport, downloads and developing something fans could really use…
Who are you and how did you get here?
My name’s Glenn Taylor and I’m a website/application developer from Leeds. I was brought up and still reside in the market town of Pudsey.
I started building websites and designing bits and pieces back in early high school and later moved on to the world of mobile app development. I also built this website!
Rugby League Hub is a personal project that I started in early 2013, stemming from my love of the sport and my passion for all things digital. Since then it has gone on to receive almost 6,000 downloads on the Google Play Store and has amassed more than 50,000 screen views across a multitude of features including news, results, fixtures & live scores.
What do you think makes Rugby League Hub unique? What do you offer that other apps don’t?
I truly believe that Rugby League Hub is the most comprehensive app on the Google Play Store for Rugby League fans. I developed it not only for fans of the UK sport but across the world, as far as Australia and the NRL.
Unlike the majority of the competition the articles and information presented in the app come from numerous sources across the internet. At last count, the system that powers the app had collected over 92,000 articles related to Rugby League across the world.
From a look and feel perspective, I strongly believe the app is one of the best looking Rugby League apps on any app store. I have spent months of my own time changing, tweaking and refactoring to make sure it’s one of the most pleasant, eye-catching & easy to use apps within the sport.
What can people expect from Rugby League Hub?
The app is ever evolving, it’s currently sat on version 6.2.4 which is testament to the amount of times I update and improve the app features and design. It probably also tells me I’m crazy for the sheer amount of time I have put in to it.
Over the next 6 – 12 months I have a small roadmap of features I’d like to add, included in the upcoming features is guest articles. I’ll soon be on the hunt for dedicated Rugby League fans with a penchant for writing to help create a truly unique application and website built by Rugby League fans, for Rugby League fans.
As well as publishing our own articles, I also intend to build an online version of the app that allows anybody that might not use Android to get access to our content too.
What do you think makes Leeds so awesome?
There honestly isn’t anything bad I could say about Leeds. The city has evolved over the past 10 years to become a foodies dream, shoppers paradise and ultimately a great city to live, eat, drink and shop in. Sadly I don’t work in the centre of Leeds anymore but over the years I spent working there I got to know first hand some of the hidden gems around the city centre, mainly food shops. That reminds me, I need to hit the gym.
One of the greatest things about Leeds is the fact there is a vibrant independent scene throughout the city, as a massive supporter of independent businesses this is something I admire greatly.
Where do you like to hang out in Leeds?
As I live and work in the Pudsey area, this is the area you’re most likely to find me. If I’m not at home (dreaming of) creating the next big thing, you might find me in one of the great local real ale pubs in the area such as The Commercial, or the Royal Hotel. If you haven’t been to either of these pubs, I strongly recommend them.
What are the most popular features of the app?
So there are a few areas of the app that get visits more than others, in order these are:
- Latest News
- Latest Team News
- Live Scores
- All Fixtures
The one question I have been asked a few times is “Who is the most popular team?”
This next piece of information won’t be surprising for readers of this blog but it’s the Leeds Rhinos, which corresponds with the huge supporter base. They are swiftly followed by Merseyside based St. Helens RLFC.
Finally, describe the experience your app users get in 3 words…
Simple, informative, sexy.