Find a Player, the Scottish sports participation start-up whose founder Jim Law was featured in our ‘5 minutes with…’ video series earlier this week, has secured a major six-figure investment.
The app that aims to be like “Facebook for sports” received a £100,000 investment from Manchester-based property and technology investor Michael Sacks, with the company being valued at £2.5 million.
The news of the investment comes just a few months after Find a Player winning ‘Best App’ at the Sports Technology Awards in London in May. The Scottish start-up beat such heavyweights as Arsenal, New York Marathon and German FA to win.
The app acts as the conduit between sports games and players, ensuring that games can find players and players can find games to participate in.
Founder Jim Law came up with the idea after a move to Glasgow:
“I moved into Glasgow, lost my regular games, lost my badminton club, lost the guy I played squash with. I realised I was always looking for games and games were always looking for players.”
“The whole thing seemed totally inefficient. I thought there must be a better way to connect the two groups looking for each other.”
Michael Sacks, a former Manchester United youth team player, added:
“My first reaction when I heard about Find a Player was surprise. When you think about it, it’s such an obvious idea, I couldn’t believe it hadn’t already been done – I wish I’d thought of it! I quickly got over that and started to explore how I could get involved.”
“There’s a huge opportunity here, not only to grow my portfolio with a promising company, but also to help change the sporting landscape. It’s all too easy for people to stop taking part in sport. This allows people to find an activity, and a level, that’s right for them.”
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