Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Manchester City embark on nationwide quest for next sports tech breakthrough

Manchester City embark on nationwide quest for next sports tech breakthrough

| By Ned Bristow

Manchester City have teamed up with entrepreneurial app Ideas Britain to open a competition in search of the next innovation in sports technology.

The Innovation in Sport competition, which opens today and runs until Christmas Day, offers the chance for young people across Britain to submit their suggestions for the advancement of the sports industry.

Premier League club City will adopt the winning idea, be it a technical or practical concept, as well as offering work experience opportunities when results are announced in mid-January.

The club’s Head of Research and Insights, Andrew Gilligan, said: “We are always looking for ways to introduce unique and innovative ideas and, as a result, we are delighted to be a part of this new initiative.

“We share Ideas Britain’s passion for providing young people with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to not only have their ideas heard, but also put into action."

Ideas Britain, a public platform for innovation in all fields, is a mobile app that allows users to have their original proposals rated and developed by community experts.

The app prides itself on allowing young people from all walks of life to get their foot on the technology ladder, with Innovation in Sport no exception.

“The app allows anyone with an idea to have a go in a fun and social way, irrespective of their background, and access lots of opportunities and a network of contacts,” said Ideas Britain founder and CEO Adam Shaw.

 “Everyone is now invited to submit ideas onto our app and we look forward to driving and supporting a new generation of UK entrepreneurs.”

Manchester City Council will also be supporting the competition, aligning the city’s rich entrepreneurial heritage with the emergence of modern technologies.

“We welcome and support Ideas Britain's ambition to grow and expand the numbers of entrepreneurs in Manchester and beyond,” said Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

“The competition builds upon Manchester's position as a globally recognised sporting city and I hope that Manchester can become the home of the first winner of the Ideas Britain competition."

Picture courtesy of Matthew Churchill, with thanks.