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global design challenge


Addressing Affordability and Access to Sport and Recreation

The aim of our concept is to help keep sport accessible and affordable for families in need.

Our platform will:

  • Facilitate the delivery of information on fee subsidy programs and how to access them

  • Create an online marketplace of used equipment available for donation and pickup within communities

  • Develop an inventory of green spaces and facilities available based on location

  • Curate the most current guidelines related to return to sport, availability of parks and playgrounds, and opening of programs

Watch our matching and incubation phase update:

Watch our pitch video:

The Global Design Challenge is an event which gives participants the unique opportunity to find solutions to the challenges faced in sport and physical activity as a result of Covid-19.

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FreeBay was awarded 2nd place in the hackathon of 188 participants hosted June 26th-29th, 2020.

Our concept addresses the concern that Covid-19 is expected to perpetuate systemic inequalities, and further limit sport participation for already marginalized communities.


Our project is based on the findings of organizations that have highlighted the growing risk raised by the Covid-19 crisis:

The Experience of the Coronavirus Lockdown in low-income areas of England and Wales

“Those who are normally on the breadline are actually doing better, those who have lost their jobs or been furloughed and never had to navigate the system are having an even harder time. Those are the families that are struggling the most.”

how does it work?


Connect to existing networks of support

Sport organizations post resources, guidelines, programs, and available funding opportunities.


Locate resources and opportunities

Community members, participants, and families use the FreeBay web application to find what they need.


Evaluate impact

Sport organizations use customized Bingo Impact Management software to assess impact of funding programs and track the impact of Covid-19 on sport participation.

Community members can use FreeBay to:

Post Equipment you're looking for

List items you'd like to donate

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Post the most current guidelines for your sport

Sport organizations 

can use FreeBay to:

List funding opportunities and subsidies

Find funding opportunities in your area

Find parks and sport facilities in your community

Advertise programs and sport opportunities

Ready to get started?

Our team is excited to talk to partners involved in the matching and incubation phase of the Global Design Challenge.

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