The Sport Industry Breakfast Club is the industry’s number one networking event series with four content-led networking breakfasts over the course of the year. Each event welcomes up to 200 guests from across the industry for an interview with a panel of leading figures from the world of sport and business. The Sport Industry Breakfast Club takes place at The BT Centre, St Paul's, London.
Date: 19th May
Speakers: Heath Harvey, CEO of European champions Saracens, and Charlie McEwen, chief operating officer at British & Irish Lions, will discuss the global growth and expansion of rugby, the commercial opportunities this presents, and lessons that need to be learned.
Memberships for all three remaining events in 2017 are now available for £450 + VAT. Find out more HERE.
Doors open at 8am for an hour of networking with key representatives from across the UK and European sport industry before the 45 minute panel interview begins. There is then a further opportunity for networking and discussion after the panel ends - all before the proper working day kicks in.
The most recent edition, on 21st February, Brighton & Hove Albion FC chief executive and former CEO of Vancouver Whitecaps, Paul Barber, told members of the networking series that lessons could be learned from the successful running of clubs in the USA, as well as other clubs and sports nearby, while teams in the UK can be hesitant to try new ideas. Read the full report here.
The last Sport Industry Breakfast Club of 2016 saw The FA CEO Martin Glenn and participation and development director Kelly Simmons quizzed on the new Code for Sports Governance, new international rights deals, participation targets for women's football, and missed Olympic opportunities. Read the full report here.
In September, eSports - one of the fastest growing areas in the industry - was discussed, dissected and debated with a panel featuring Wouter Sleijffers, CEO, Fnatic; Chester King, CEO, International eGames Group; and Hannes Kranich, eSports specialist, DraftKings. The panel offered insight into a sport that packs out venues around the world and recently launched a new international governing body.
In June Judy Murray offered her expertise on driving tennis participation in non-traditional areas and increasing physical activity, commercial support for the game at all levels, ahead of a blockbuster summer of sport (pictured below alongside Clare Balding).
2016 kicked off on 10th March with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Damian Collins MP exploring how sport can use recent negative stories to implement positive developments for the future. Bridging the gap between Westminster and the sport industry, this session will examine how politicians and business leaders can work together to ensure a healthier and more robust sector.
Previous events have also featured the likes of David Wheldon, Chief Marketing Officer of RBS, Gerhard Fourie, General Manager for Global Brand Strategy and Management for Nissan, cricket legend Kevin Pietersen, BBC's Barbara Slater, Brian Cookson, president of the UCI, Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, former Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox and former player and manager turned pundit Gianluca Vialli.
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Not around for all four events? No problem. You can now secure a membership for your organisation so a different member of the team can attend if the registering individual cannot.
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