Burnside man behind ‘world-class’ sports app
£100,000 of new investment in Find a Player
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.
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