Ulster University graduate launces Irish League's first fantasy football site

  • Ulster University student Nathan McConnell has used the final year of his Computing Systems degree to create a fantasy football website for the Irish League.

    The Portadown native graduates this winter with a BSc Honours degree, having previously finished a foundation course in Computer Science, where he obtained work placement with IT firm Applied Systems.

    The company, which he now works full-time for, supported him to complete his Computing Systems degree on a part-time basis.

    This is where he combined his new coding expertise with his passion for soccer.

    “I’m a huge football fan and follow the Irish League closely. I also love playing fantasy football games, but I realised that there was no option to play fantasy football for the Irish League like there is for the English Premier League. 

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    “This was the perfect idea for my final year project, using the skills I learnt on my course to develop a fantasy football game for the Irish League and hopefully fill a gap in the market.”

    “Once I got my grade, the next goal then was to try and launch it online and see if it was a hit. There are over 1100 users so far and people seem to be enjoying it.”

    Nathan manages the website in his spare time and continues to work for Applied Systems, putting the skills he learnt during his time at university to work in an automation role, where he enjoys using code in his everyday duties.

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    For more information on Nathan’s fantasy football game please visit: https://www.irishleaguefantasyfootball.co.uk/

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