Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Fanplus platform connects fans with sport and entertainment celebrities

Fanplus platform connects fans with sport and entertainment celebrities
March 6, 2019

A new marketplace where fans can buy experiences with entertainment personalities, sports clubs and athletes is offering  a range of ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities.

The startup FanPlus (FAN+) platform offers rugby league, fitness training, golf, cricket and football experiences, allowing family, friends and fans the ability to go online and secure a memorable occasion.

Founded by former Sydney Kings Chief Executive, Rod Harys, who most recently worked as the head of sponsorship and strategy for Helloworld Travel and the Chief Commercial Officer of Volleyball Australia, FAN+ allows users to buy experiences ranging from an 1.5 hour swim with Olympian James Magnussen to a personal training session with Collingwood AFL player Adam Treloar.

Backed by a range of business identities, including Hoyts Chief Executive Damian Keogh, former APN Outdoor executive James Warburton and hotelier Dr Jerry Schwartz, the venture has raised just over $500,000 for its development.

FAN+ has also been backed by Artesian Capital, Slingshot, Scape Student Living director Craig Carracher, Pacific Equity Partners co-founder Rickard Gardell and Nudie Juice's James Ajaka, and was a participant in the Qantas AVRO accelerator program.

Designed to let sports clubs and individuals to generate an additional revenue stream, but it is also linked to a variety of charities and intends to donate a percentage of sales back to a fan's nominated foundation.

Speaking about the platform, Harys advised “by delivering these opportunities, not only has the fan walked away with an amazing experience they go on to relay their amazing experience.

“What we are also finding is that our FanPlus talent also walks away having had a great time.”

For more information go to

Images: (Top, from left) FAN+ executive Aaron Warburton, FAN+ ambassador Kerri Pottharst and Rod Harys, and (below) former NRL star Steve Menzies hosts a FAN+ experience for the Manly Sea Eagles.

Related Articles

9th November 2018 - Sport Australia and the AIS announce new Talent Program to address leadership diversity in sport

31st August 2018 - AFL stars’ sports talent tech start-up Pickstar raises $1 million

30th May 2017 - Cronulla Sharks Chairman Damian Keogh resigns from board after pleading guilty to cocaine possession

16th May 2015 - AJ Hackett considers using drones to capture guest experiences

7th November 2014 - Allphones Arena delivers ultimate connected fan experience

31st October 2012 - ‘Loaded tickets’ to enhance fan experience at Suncorp Stadium

4th July 2011 - Registrations open for International Health and Fitness Forum

19th November 2010 - Forget Leisure: Focus on the Experience Industry

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security



Solarwise NSW / Dolphin Tech were the first and are the largest Dolphin dealer in NSW with a full service facility and full range of spare parts "on the shelf". We also provide on site…

read more

Aquatics / Venues



Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation



Aerobic Microphones Australia provides audio products for the fitness industry. Products include the sweat resistant Cyclemic and Aeromic headworn microphones and pouchbelts that are made in…

read more

Fitness / Technology


WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks


Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces


Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues



PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business