CD2 Learning, a leader in innovative learning technology, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold award for excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category.

CD2’s entry, Futsal Pivots from the Court to Online Training, shares the process and results of United States Youth Futsal’s use of technology to engage new coaches and players. Brian Catrine, the Executive Director of United States Youth Futsal, wanted to scale their Coaching Education Program as part of their commitment to growing the game. To achieve this, they identified coaches without access to futsal training (particularly during the pandemic) and partnered with CD2 Learning to create an online training solution. The result was a world class online program with a high level of content, instructional videos on playing and drills, and tips from professional coaches.

Jay Breeden, President of CD2 Learning – a division of NCE says, “This project was the result of a shared love of technology and the beautiful game. USYF has an incredible staff with deep futsal expertise and a vision for growing engagement with players, parents, and coaches. Our team at CD2 applied not only their technology skills to this concept, but also added proven engagement methods and interactive experiences. We are thrilled to be recognized along with all of this year’s talented field of learning technology winners!”

“Technology has never been more critical for success in human capital management than it is today. We were thrilled to see many new innovations in all areas, but especially related to the future of work,” said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer and awards program head Rachel Cooke. “Thanks to the many innovations from our Excellence in Technology winners, organizations have many compelling options as they make important decisions on how to leverage technology to drive their people strategies.”

“HCM solution providers must be experts and visionaries in technology, but they also must have the ability to anticipate the diverse needs of employers as they work to adapt to ongoing change,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “This requires a blend of curiosity, empathy and agility that is difficult to achieve. We have seen an extraordinary level of insight and creativity from our Excellence in Technology winners that has been exciting to see.”

A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
  • Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
  • Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
  • Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient. Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement. (

About CD2 Learning

CD2 Learning, a Nelnet company, is a complete, cloud based learning architecture. We provide an adaptive and configurable platform to deliver engaging content in a new, innovative way. Using our tools, you can develop a comprehensive and cohesive organizational strategy centered on providing flexible training. Employ coaching and mentoring tools to drive progress to meet team and organizational goals while enhancing individual careers. Organizations can select from a combination of easy to use technology offerings to create a unique system that scales to any size for onboarding, collaboration, educating internal or external customers and more.