We Love Vienna but…

That is a bit of a bad title for people trying to start something in Vienna but this is a post that needs to be written.

Pick-up games live and die on the availability of cheap – read free- facilities –  that are available to the masses.  Basketball in Vienna is great as there are a lot of places in and around the city, Beach volleyball too, skating has a lot of places as well.  Then we come to “the beautiful game”, the one that every bar in the city made sure that every patron was able to see a TV for fear of losing customers, Football, Soccer, Fußball, fotbol whatever you call it.  This is not really catered to in the city at all.  Yes there is cage football available but that is not as in demand as playing on grass, jumpers for goal posts and joy of playing on grass.

Prater or Donauinsel are built for picnics, to play football there is to risk serious injury.

In London from the moment work, school or university finishes on a weekday in the summer, the parks are filled with people of various skill levels playing.  By the end of the summer the ground though hard as a rock and as bald as Bruce Willis after a hair cut it is still flat.  That is the thing that separates these parks from Prater or Donauinsel; flat, level, even surfaces. There are no sinkholes, craters etc where the ball or even a smaller player might disappear down.

Then, in a random conversation, this complaint was turned on its head as the most pristine and fantastic secret of Vienna was unveiled.  The emerald paradise that is DonauPark:

DonauPark where Monday night football can live on

DonauPark the Emerald Paradise

The Vienese home of Football

DonauTurm in DonauPark









It is time that this park was used for the good of Football, it is really the un appreciated gem of Vienna and hopefully the saviour of Monday night football.

If you are interested in Monday night football or more games organized in DonauPark just register at One Player Down to find out more or to create your own.

One Player Down - The Sports Socializing Network

One Player Down – The Sports Socializing Network

Get in the Game

Get in the Game – More than just a slogan

After the World Cup hangover has disappeared and the football transfer craziness has started, we are back to talk about One Player Down.

It has been an exciting few weeks for the team, some very interesting opportunities arose but are not allowed to be talked about, but keep your fingers crossed for us.

We want to talk about our slogan, “Get in the Game“. Though it comes across as a very traditional slogan, it means a lot more to us here at One Player Down. In fact it is more like a philosophy to us.

As some of you may or may not know the idea behind One Player Down is more than a few years old and to get to this point we have had to sacrifice a lot of time tand put in a lot of effort. That has meant less time with loved ones, less time for sports, and less time traveling.

After discussions, pros/cons we eventually said that an idea is fun to have but we need to Get in the Game i.e. put our money where our mouth is, and get this out there. We read blogs, books like The Art of the Start 2.0, The Lean Startup,a few books by Seth Godinand talked to a lot of people in the Startup game to help us on our way.

Life is a game and the sooner you start to compete the quicker you can reach your goals.

With One Player Down, we are asking you to Get in the Game and join us, or if you are already “in” talk to your friends, invite them, post it all over the internet, that the Sports Socializing Network revolution is here.

Get in the Game

Get in the Game

Remember we are buliding this for you but you can help grow the Network too. Don’t let life pass you by, don’t be just another keyboard warrior “Get in the Game


Qu’est-ce qu’une Sports Network socialisation (Sports Socializing Network)?

Une des questions qui nous sont posées le plus souvent est ce qui est un Sports Network Socialiser exactement, et comment est-il différent d’un un réseau social Sports Network Social, Sports Network ou. Bien qu’il existe des similitudes et des chevauchements, il y a de grandes différences entre les trois derniers et un Sports Network socialisation.
D’abord, permettez-moi de définir ce que les trois autres sont.
Le premier est le réseau social (Social Network):
mieux connu comme Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat … C’est là que vous restez avec vos amis et ce qu’ils font en général, avoir des enfants, de sortir dans les bars, à partir de nouveaux loisirs, le sport, le soutien d’équipes, aimer nouvelles entreprises … la liste est sans fin. C’est 90% du temps une activité passive, mais idéal pour garder en place avec les venues sur des amis partout dans le monde.
Deuxième place est un Sports Network: 
ESPN est un réseau des sports, ils offrent la possibilité de regarder et de découvrir les sports majeurs qui se déroulent dans le monde entier. Tombe Sky Sports dans cette catégorie car il offre les mêmes, mais seulement avec un accent différent. En général, cela est une activité passive.
Dernière mise est un réseau social Sports (Sports Social Network):
Sportslosbster, L’Equipe et même des choses comme TeamTalk pourraient tomber dans cette gamme. Bien que ceux-ci sont très bien, et utilisé par l’équipe de One Player vers le bas, ils ont tendance à se concentrer sur un derrière utilisateurs d’ordinateurs, pas les gens qui participent à des sports, les gars! Donc, une fois encore, il est une activité passive, montrant le soutien d’une équipe et de discuter avec les fans comme esprit d’un sport / équipe que vous aimez. Il est un peu hybride du réseau Sports Network et sociales.
Nous arrivons maintenant à la Socialisation Sports Network (Sports Socializing Network) … Il est seul dans le monde et vous l’avez deviné, vous lisez le blog de ​​la seule et unique sport socialisation réseau, il est – One Player Down. Nous ne sommes pas sur les guerriers du clavier passifs ou les fans de ce sport, nous sommes sur les personnes influentes, ceux qui veulent obtenir dans le jeu. Nous sommes une “transpiration n’est pas une option” plate-forme, pour vous aider à rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, de rester actif et d’organiser des jeux / équipes / ligues avec le minimum d’effort.
Étant un fan est très amusant, mais étant un joueur … qui est juste mieux.
Le niveau de compétence n’est pas un problème, le jeu est le nom de la partie.
Alors qu’attendez-vous pour? Obtenez dans le jeu “Get in the Game”

Fitness Friday – Too busy to play…Really!

So, the often used excuse, other things get in the way and sport becomes less possible to do.

While filing tax returns, looking for pensions, and then just letting of some steam and watching your favorite show are all valid things to do with your time, so are sports and socializing.

There are many ways to sneak a quick bit of fitness into our day, cycle to work, take the stairs or get off a stop early and walk but these are just to help your fitness, and are not social in and of themselves.  These belong to the “sneak in a workout” category and there are many types and they are very good at helping health and stress levels.  We are talking about sports that help you settle into a new area, make new friends and socialize in general.  These help not only your fitness but can help you be happy in even more aspects of your life, so it is more important than you think to make the time.

Here is a scenario that we have all been through before, moved to a city, started a new job, looking to expand your social circle?  These are all things that can be made easier through using sport as a socialization tool.  It can be compared to a first date when you decide to go to a movie to take the pressure off having to find something in common to talk about.  With meeting or integrating with new people though sport, you have already found the common ground, so you have saved some of the precious time you didn’t think you had.

Talking about time, this takes us back to the One Player Down platform, wow look at how effortless that was!  We are doing our best to take care of the more boring side of sport and socializing for you, so you can spend that time, you know the stuff say you don’t have, actually playing.

So what are you waiting for it is time to Get in the Game and register at www.oneplayerdown.com to help us create the best and only Sports Socializing Network for you.

Here are a few people that even find time for some Sports and Socializing at the same time: Jogging and taking care of business


Let’s Move Campaign
Fitness Magazine


Fitness Friday – Olympic training regimes

What does it take to be an Olympian?

Is it genetics, hard work, diet, or a mixture of all three?

It seems that it is a mixture of all three and maybe a sprinkling of luck (sorry to say that to all the hard working Olympians out there but, getting discovered, having the right coaches at the right time etc has a bit to do with luck but that is really a small percentage).

The One Player Down founders grew up in different countries and were exposed to different sports.  Nick was in the US and was immediately exposed to sport at a very young age and saw how it is treated like a job extremely quickly.  For instance, 6 year olds swimming 2 hours a day.  Matthias was exposed to more recreational sports, where it was about family activity and fun, hiking, skiing, football etc.

Does this affect the long term enjoyment, both say no and both are about as competitive as each other, though Nick might be a little louder.

Do these fundamental different attitudes change the success of the people towards sport?  Maybe, but not at the Winter Olympics.  As it stands Austria has 10 medals and the US 25, when you take in the population difference, Austria is miles ahead.

Saying that to become an Olympian it takes a dedication that separated the athletic from the athletes.

Here are a couple of example training regimes from Olympians:

Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton

Kristin Armstrong, Cyclist

Shawn Johnson, Gymnast

Once you feel that you can keep up with a training schedule like these then you might be ready for the 10 Steps to Become an Olympic Athlete

The most difficult part of training for an elite sport where it is just you against the clock is, the hours of training alone.  There is a great psychological strain put on an athlete to just compete against themselves, a clock and their own limitations/technique.

As it is well known, the Jamaican sprinters train together.   “John Donne said that, “No man is an Island” and socialization is a basic human need that having a training partner (or partners) would satisfy.”   “Training partners are not only useful for satisfying social needs, they can be vital in helping motivate you to train!” Catherine Robertson, writer from The Sport In Mind, says in Psychological effects of Training Partners a great article about what a training partner can bring you.

This is where even with individually focused sports, One Player Down can help an athlete gain advantages by finding a like minded training partner to help them strive and improve.   We are after all The Sports Socializing Network.


What It Takes to Be an Olympic Athlete – Fitness magazine
10 Steps to Become an Olympic Athlete

Psychological effects of Training Partners – The Sport In Mind


Mission Monday

Mission Monday will be about us talking about what we are doing and why we are doing it, in regards to One Player Down.  There might be times when we give small updates through the blog as well, before we send out a newsletter.

This week the focus will be about the invitations that are being sent out.

Currently, as we are in Private Beta the process is a little longer than we would like but it will change.  The more users we get the easier and quicker it will be for us to leave this development stage and enter into Beta, the first stage of being an open platform.

For those of you not versed in the Start up speak of Beta, Private Beta, etc., what it means is that right now we are working with a special group of people that can give us good feedback and help us become the platform that our users deserve and will make their lives easier.  The reason that the group is controlled at this stage, is to get focused feedback from people that are used to seeing the ideas in their raw stage.  If we are lucky enough that this group is huge then that is fine, so do not hesitate to ask for an invitation.  

Don’t get us wrong, the platform looks amazing, here is a quick example of an event:

Event one

There are just a few extra bits to be done, that with a steady flow of feedback from users will help us deliver what we want to and what you deserve.

Back to the invitations, if you have signed up, please look in your Spam accounts as the invitation might be buried there – Gmail’s new classifications are not our best friend at the moment.

Looking forward to seeing you on The Sports Socializing Network – Get in the Game