Peter Shilton looks to net cash for Â£250k pitchBy Laurence Kilgannon, Assistant Digital News Editor
Peter Shilton, England's most capped footballer, has been signed up as an ambassador for a Doncaster-headquartered business looking to raise £250,000 through a crowdfunding pitch.
Lionhearts is behind a software platform designed to track the progress of young football players. The history built up by the system can be taken by players from club to club so new coaches can see their progress and work on their continued development.
With seven million people playing football in the UK on a monthly basis, Lionhearts hopes to acquire FA approval and recommendation for the platform.
The funding sought via Crowdcube is needed to ensure Lionhearts gains momentum and, with the help of Shilton, secures contracts with professional clubs. Doncaster Rovers have already signed up to use the system.
Shilton's professional and ex-professional contacts will be used to promote Lionhearts to club, professional and grass roots clubs.
Further funds will be used for future development of the system.
The business secures income from player registration while professional clubs pay £5,000 for a standalone system and scouts can pay £997 per year to access the Lionhearts Grass Roots information.