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Calgary sports app connects strangers to play

Play City helps Calgarians find people with matching skills and schedules

Hafiz Mitha came up with the idea for the app when he had trouble finding a tennis partner last year.

Courtesy Tameeza Mitha

Hafiz Mitha came up with the idea for the app when he had trouble finding a tennis partner last year.

Do you even lift bro?

If you keep hearing a disappointing ‘no’ to that question, a Calgary app called Play City might just be what you need to find a buddy to be active with.

Covering a range of sports – from the gym, to tennis, badminton, squash, soccer, hockey or even jogging – the app connects users to people who are nearby, have the same skill level and, most importantly, who can match schedules.

Launched last week, users log into the app through Facebook, and can enter their skill level for that sports they like to play on a scale of one to five. They can then search the area for other players nearby, and ask to connect with players of the same skill level – or a higher skill level, if you’re looking for a challenge.

That said, the user also has to accept your match request, so not ever small-fry is going to get a chance to play with the big dogs. If accepted, the two users can chat and work out the minutia of their games and schedules.

Creator Hafiz Mitha said he got the idea when he was struggling to find a tennis partner last year. He hopes it will result in more than a few lasting relationships.

“A lot of my closest friends now are guys I met through sports,” he said. “It’s definitely a way to meet people and base a relationship off of a shared interest right away.

“When people are new to the city or the neighbourhood or whatever it is, it’s an easy way to meet people in the area.”

He’s also partnering with the City of Calgary to promote active living through the app, and help people explore the city.

“We have amazing facilities, there are so many awesome facilities all around the city that people don’t even know about,” he said. “There are so many things you can do.

“Physical activity is connected to mental health, emotional health – there’s so many benefits to being active in healthy.”

The app is currently available for iOS devices. For more information, visit www.playcityapp.com.

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