Football crazy brothers Michael and David Romilly are celebrating a major business coup after winning the race to develop the Scotland international team’s iPhone App for the Scottish Football Association.
Both former pupils of Madras College, St Andrews, Michael (29) and David (26) head the Dundee mobile applications company, Waracle, along with technical director Mike Wharton (26), and officially launched the app at Hampden Park during a special ceremony attended by national coach Craig Levein and his squad.
The new app is available now on iTunes, priced 69p, and is being viewed as a must for all Scotland fans. It has already being voted a massive hit. Fans can keep up to date with the latest Scotland news and videos, fixtures and results, plus look back at historic Scottish moments.
David told the Citizen: ”We are unbelievably proud to have been chosen to develop the app ahead of developers from across the country.”
The app has been a huge success, becoming the number one paid sports app on its day of release. It has attracted widespread interest thanks to a unique feature called ‘Scotify,’ which allows fans to upload an iconic Scotland player using a photo of their own face, legendary hairstyles - including the famous 1970s perm - and classic kits from years gone by.
After creating their own player picture on the Hampden pitch, fans can then share the finished article with friends via email and Facebook.
With the help of high profile clients such as the SFA, Waracle is aiming to turnover £1 million this year.
David, who is the company’s business development director, added: ”Waracle is extremely privileged to work together with the SFA to develop and deliver a hugely successful iPhone application.”
Waracle was founded by Abertay University graduates Michael and Mike in 2004, with David joining shortly after. The Romilly brothers hail from Newport.
The company has become one of Scotland’s largest app developers, working with prestigious clients such as Sony Music and Virgin Atlantic.
David added: ”We’re all massive football fans and to land such a lucrative contract with the SFA has been great. Getting to meet all the players was a dream come true and the fans reaction to the app has been overwhelming.
“Having said that, I’d swap it all to pull on the No9 jersey in front of a packed Hampden crowd.”