An application has been developed to draw the attention of talent seekers to promising young footballers.
Skouted allows young players to upload images of themselves in action which could potentially be viewed by bigger clubs.
We hope that he will one day present the next Messi, Ronaldo or Harry Maguire to their future team.
On its website, the company tells players, âOur goal is to level the playing field and provide you with the greatest possible exposure to maximize your chances of playing in Premier League football.
And he goes on to tell the scouts, âFrom academy director to Sunday League coach, we know how hard it is to find the right player.
âThat’s why we built Skouted.
“With a single click, filter through thousands of players, rate their streaks and find the right player for you.
“Send filtered alerts to local players on open trials.
âTime is of the essence. Let us send you our most recommended players who meet your criteria.
Local teams looking for players and last-minute substitutes can also go online.
The free app was co-founded by Loughborough University School of Business and Economic student – and Loughborough University rugby player – Keita Orelaja.
He teamed up with ex-Man United player Febien Brandy, computer scientist Harjot Singh and entrepreneur Raj Sharma to work on the program after spotting the big gap between players and clubs.
Keita said: âThere are a large number of talented players that clubs and scouts may miss due to weather or geographic location.
âSo that means a lot of players are not able to play at the level that their talent will allow them. “
Co-founder Fabien Brandy has played for youth teams in England and has been involved with Manchester United, Notts County, Panetolikos, Walsall, Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Rochdale.
He said the Skouted platform provides the opportunity for footballers of different skill levels to be recruited for a team with which they had no previous connection by simply creating a profile, which showcases their talent in action through video clips.
He said: “If they had Skouted, all of their videos would be uploaded and all teams from Premier League to non-League could see the qualities of this individual.”
Scouts can monitor, save and browse hundreds of profiles in the database and even filter search results based on player location, position and style.
This allows them to rate a myriad of players at the same time it would take to rate a single player.
Keita said: “This allows lower clubs to access a lot more talent than they might not otherwise have been able to reach because of the funding.”
Keita and his co-founders hope Skouted will be more than just a platform for Boy Scouts – they would like to see it as an online site for all things football.
They said interest in the Skouted platform was already high, with articles appearing in the Daily Mail, The Sun and Forbes, and with several clubs already confirming they would use the app.
Keita helped design the app during his third year at Loughborough, while participating in the university’s Year in Enterprise program.
The program is open to all students wishing to spend a year developing a business or charity, and is led by Dr Amanda Berry of the School of Business and Economics.
Amanda Berry said, âKeita has made tremendous strides in his business since the start of the Year in Business, and it’s great that he’s been recognized in the national media.
âKeita is a great example of what a student can accomplish when they have a great idea, useful contacts, and the initiative and passion to implement it. “
Third-year students at the school also have the option of getting a work placement or studying abroad, but she said the Year in Business option is becoming popular with students across the university with start-up or social enterprise ambitions.
Skouted will launch soon – you can stay up to date with news and information about the app through the Skouted.co.uk website and Instagram.