Sport Industry NextGen


Please call the Sport Industry Group team on +44(0)20 7240 7700 or email [email protected] with any questions about your application. 

Sport Industry NextGen is open for applications until 14th September 2018, with the Sport Industry NextGen Leaders announced via the Sport Industry Daily on 4th October 2018. 

Now in its fourth year, Sport Industry NextGen has established itself as the leading professional development programme for the sector. The free to enter process aims to discover the rising industry stars and nurture that talent through a dedicated Leadership Package to better equip them for future leadership roles, including a business support package, regular professional networking opportunities and personal development. 

To be considered for the 2019 programme:

  • You will likely be aged 30 years or younger 

  • You are still eligible to apply if you are over 30, but priority will be given to those under 30, at the Coaches’ discretion

  • You must work within the sport industry and aspire to grow your network, experience and knowledge for responsible leadership

  • You must enter on your own behalf

  • You must be currently based in the UK and available to travel to London on occasion

After being announced in October, 2019's Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will be officially unveiled as a group for the first time at Sport Industry NextGen Unlocked on 7th February 2019 at Village Underground, London. Space is limited to attend the free networking event. Register your interest here

2018's group of 30 Leaders come from a range of organisations including adidas, British Triathlon, BT Sport, ECB, EFL, Google, Manchester United, NBA, NFL, Nike, Octagon, Sony, Surrey County Cricket Club, Yahoo and more.

They were unveiled to the industry as a group at Sport Industry NextGen Unlocked at the start of the year, which also welcomed triple world champion diver, Tom Daley; Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; and Team GB hockey Olympic champion, Helen Richardson-Walsh on stage. Read more about the event here and view the highlights below: 

Throughout the year, the Sport Industry NextGen Leaders embark on a yearlong Leadership Package, which includes legal insight from Howard Kennedy, a leadership workshop from Loughborough University London, a 24-hour experience with IDG at Sandhurst, a membership to the Sport Industry Breakfast Club, and additional networking and learning opportunities, as well as personal development and an introduction to an expanded and powerful network of likeminded peers. 

Not sure whether to apply? Here's what some of this year's Leaders had to say about the application process, and taking part in Sport Industry NextGen in 2018:

Dan Smith, head of track & field, cross category and operations sports marketing, Nike, said: “Just the process of applying teaches you a lot about your self. It takes you out your comfort zone and it was such a useful process to go through.”

“Take your time over the application form," said Joanna Gomer, senior consultant - partnerships, Lidl UK. "Be honest, and don’t be afraid to show what you’ve got because you’re probably better than you think you are."

Minal Modha, research manager, Nielsen Sports, agreed that it was a process worth committing to: “Take the time to fill out the application properly. The whole year has been so good and above all it’s been fun. The people you meet along the way are amazing.”

“Take a risk. Why not?" said Lauren O’Sullivan, national football development manager, AoC Sport. "The process takes you out your comfort zone and it’s an amazing opportunity to broaden your network, meet new people and think about what contribution you can make to the sport industry.”

Emily Clark, recently appointed head of marketing at Surrey CCC, concluded: “It’s such a valuable process for self-evaluation. You learn so much about you, what direction you want to take your career, and also you get the opportunity to meet such a valuable network. You meet so many interesting people and you can make the most of meeting people you would never otherwise meet. It’s all set up to enhance and progress you and your career. There are not many other opportunities out there at all, let alone targeted to the sport industry."

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