Digitising the football scouting process and increasing visibility for kids from outside established FCs to make it through to trials.
Problem being addressed
Scouting sporting talent is a major issue in India. Many athletes are criticised for not being able to bring laurels for India. While some may argue that the right facilities are not made available, I think that scouting is also part of that problem. With the U-17 Football World-Cup having just concluded, we saw that India is not at the level of other nations. In order to succeed at the international stage, India must start recognising sporting potential at an early stage. Presently, scouting that is done in India is on paper and most documents are misplaced.
www.scoutme.in is an online scouting portal aimed at making scouting a digital process in India. ScoutMe allows scouts to rate a player from their phone, tablet, PC etc. and keep that data secure in one centralized location. The app also allows scouts to add pictures, videos of the player. This may come in handy when a scout wants to call a player for a trial. Also, the app allows a scout to add DOB proofs which allows for age verification. Since people who aren’t tech savvy will be using this app, ScoutMe will have a simple user-interface.
Presently, there are over 27,000 players on the system and over 800 scouting reports have been made. This means that potentially 800 kids have been recognised as talented in a short span of 6 months. This is satisfactory, however, there are millions of kids out there who still haven’t been able to come under the ScoutMe portal. Kush strives for the day when every possible kid who plays is registered on the system; the day when ScoutMe helps India establish itself as a country feared in the sporting world.