Burn­side man be­hind ‘world-class’ sports app

£100,000 of new in­vest­ment in Find a Player

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Burn­side man is set to get peo­ple play­ing sport across the globe as his busi­ness idea re­ceives a six-fig­ure in­vest­ment.

Jim Law is the founder of Find a Player, an app which helps play­ers find games – such as a foot­ball match in the lo­cal leisure cen­tre – and or­gan­is­ers of those games to find play­ers.

Launched two years ago, it has fa­cil­i­tated more than 75,000 games across more than 140 dif­fer­ent sports.

But it is set to grow in pop­u­lar­ity af­ter a £100,000 cash in­jec­tion from prop­erty and tech­nol­ogy in­vestor Michael Sacks.

His money will al­low Jim to bring the app to more peo­ple and he is work­ing closely with sports gov­ern­ing bod­ies and uni­ver­si­ties to ex­pand its bur­geon­ing user base.

A for­mer ju­nior Scot­tish bad­minton cham­pion, Jim be­lieves Find a Player can be­come Tin­der for the sports world.

“Our app solves a huge prob­lem,” he said. “There are still far too many bar­ri­ers which stop peo­ple from or­gan­is­ing or getting in­volved in sport.

“Find a Player makes it eas­ier than ever be­fore to find the sports and games that are right for you at the touch of a but­ton.

“Ul­ti­mately, this in­vest­ment will help us boost the num­ber of users and games on the plat­form.

“With Michael we not only se­cure cru­cial fund­ing but, more im­por­tantly, a new mem­ber of the team who can help take our com­pany to the next level.”

Fel­low sports­man Michael was a Manchester United youth team player who, af­ter em­bark­ing on a ca­reer in prop­erty, founded Se­qure Prop­erty In­vest­ment.

It em­ployed more than 120 peo­ple across six of­fices be­fore Michael stepped down from his po­si­tion as di­rec­tor to fo­cus on his cur­rent and fu­ture in­vest­ments.

He said: “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. But 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.”

Michael joins an im­pres­sive team of in­vestors in the app in­clud­ing Owen O’Don­nell, for­mer chair­man of Scot­tish ‘uni­corn’ FanDuel, and Steve Oliver, founder of Mu­sicMag­pie.

Last year, Find a Player raised £150,000 through a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign on See­drs, hit­ting their £110,000 target in just two days.

Ear­lier this year it beat a num­ber of global brands in­clud­ing Ar­se­nal, the New York Marathon and the Ger­man FA to win the pres­ti­gious best app award at the Sport Tech­nol­ogy Awards.

To learn more about Find a Player, visit www.find­aplayer.com.

Mas­ter­mind Jim Law has sparked a sport­ing rev­o­lu­tion

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