The startup trying to unearth Ireland’s next sporting superstars

KPOS Sports Management is a startup sports agency set up by four solicitors who believe they can offer athletes unparalleled supports which will help their career progression. Co-founder Stephen Kirwan talks to ThinkBusiness about his vision.
What is KPOS Sports Management?
KPOS Sports Management is a one-stop shop for financial, commercial and legal solutions for individual athletes and sports clubs. We provide financial advice to young athletes who want to play professional sports and we also work with clubs in those areas on an advisory basis.
Why was the company started?
There are four directors on the board and we are all fully qualified solicitors and we feel spotted a gap in the legal market in terms of offering advice on sports law. We’re all really passionate about sport, particularly Irish sport, and when we did the market research we believed there was a void that needed to be filled. There are some really good negotiators out there who deal solely with contracts, but there are very few people who can deal with that along with sorting out visas, financial advice and source commercial deals all under the one roof. By offering all these services together, we can keep our overheads down and not have to outsource different things. So we found that our competitors in the market offer a much narrower product. Also we Brexit coming up, we believe it’s going to offer a fantastic opportunity for Irish athletes.
Is it difficult getting athletes in Ireland on board with what you are trying to do?
The Irish sports market is somewhat stagnant at the moment. When you break it down, there are hundreds of kids moving over to the UK every year to play sports. So we see the UK as one of our primary markets, along with the rest of the continent and the US.

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