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Eric Dier: The app offering a ‘distraction’ from football

It is not uncommon to see modern sports stars focusing on other projects outside of their respective day-to-day roles, which is the case for Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier, who has launched his own mobile app.

In August this year, a new app called ‘Spotlas’ was announced, co-created by Eric Dier, his brother Patrick and friend Zoe Connick. They had worked on the ‘Instagram-like’ platform throughout lockdown, which revolves around recommending locations such as cafes and restaurants to your online feed.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Premier League star said: “We think it's something everyone can relate to.

“We're putting that word-of-mouth experience, where you might ask friends or family for places to go or someone from a city or country you're visiting, on to a platform to make it a lot easier for people to be able to find the best places in any city they go to.”

The app has been in development since 2018 and has offered a variety of learning experiences for the trio, especially navigating through a global pandemic.

“Patrick and Zoe have worked night and day, every day, for the past two years and have put in so much,” Dier added.

“Obviously football is a lot of my time, but we meet every week and discuss new ideas and everything surrounding the app.

“To see the final product, have it on your phone and experience using it has been incredible.”

As well as working on the app, Dier has been studying a degree with the Open University in social sciences, further developing himself outside of the world of football.

“I completed my first year and then Spotlas came in and took over,” explained Dier.

“For me, it is really important to have different things to focus on outside of football. It's nice to have that distraction and be working on and learning different skills. The app has definitely given me that. I have learned so much doing it - how to manage different situations, working with a start-up and everything that comes with that. I have enjoyed that whole process.”

Author: Jake Wilkin