Scottish sport networking app Find A Player raises £100,000

The app, which helps users locate sports and players in their area, has been backed by former Manchester United youth team player Michael Sacks

Find A Player, an app that helps players find games and games find players in their local area, has raised £100,000 after receiving investment from Michael Sacks, a Manchester-based property and tech investor and former Manchester United youth team player.

This backing equates to a 4% stake in the start-up and values the Glasgow-based business at £2.5m.

Claiming to have facilitated 75,000 games across more than 140 different sports, Find A Player will now begin to work closely with sports governing bodies and universities to expand its burgeoning user base.

Featured in our Just Started section way back in February 2016, founder Jim Law explained how his lightbulb moment after he moved to Scotland and needed to find a new five-a-side team to join.

The former junior Scottish badminton champion noticed how many of his friends would rush to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to find extra players if there were any last minute drop-outs.

Believing this process was “totally inefficient”, Law set about building an app to solve this problem – and now wants Find A Player to become the “Tinder for the sports world”.

Former investors include Owen O’Donnell, former chairman of Scottish ‘unicorn’ FanDuel, and Steve Oliver, founder of MusicMagpie, which has revenues of more than £100m.

Last year, the start-up raised £150,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, hitting their £110,000 target in just two days.

Law said:

“Our app solves a huge problem – 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. “

Sacks 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! 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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