06 Oct 2016

By: Sport Industry Group

The sport industry leaders of tomorrow have been announced with a group of 30 young, talented individuals identified to take part in Sport Industry NextGen in partnership with Barclays in 2017.

The second year of the programme, which identifies, rewards and develops the rising stars of the sport sector, saw an influx of entries from more than 100 organisations. The selected group of 30 for 2017 come from across the industry with major brands, social media platforms, rights holders, broadcasters, agencies and eSports well represented in addition to entrepreneurs and community programmes.

The new Sport Industry NextGen Leaders are at the forefront of the industry from leading organisations including; adidas, Twitter, YouTube, UFC, RFU, EFL, Sky, Mindshare, CSM, Synergy, Fnatic, ESL and many more.

They were identified for their existing and also significantly their future potential within the industry, by demonstrating signs of leadership qualities relative to their current level.

All applicants were assessed by a select group of experts comprising of Sport Industry NextGen Coaches, leadership specialists and key industry partners.

Find out more about the Sport Industry NextGen Leaders of 2017 HERE.

Nick Keller, chairman, Sport Industry Group, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted with the breadth of specialisms in the Sport Industry NextGen line-up, with everything from eSports and social channels well represented alongside more traditional, but innovative, rights holders and agencies. The increasing number of entrepreneurs in this year’s group also shows the passion and fortitude young people have within the sporting sector.”

Sport Industry NextGen will once again work to nurture their talent through a tailored year-long Leadership Package that includes a series of training and development experiences designed to promote effective leadership and equip them with the skills and knowledge required to fulfil their potential.

Earlier this year the inaugural group of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders experienced a dedicated Leadership Package that included a Barclays workshop, covering topics important to running any business, such as diversity and inclusion, innovation and customer management; and took on a 24 hour leadership experience with the Inspirational Development Group (IDG) at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, to teach them about the values and ethics of being a team player, whether as a leader or an effective follower.

The group also attended an Executive Leadership Workshop at Loughborough University London’s distinctive new development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Institute for Sport Business, where they heard from a number of influential voices throughout sport, exploring the opportunities facing sports leaders of the future; received an annual VIP pass to the Inspired Leaders Network, which included an evening with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti who taught them the secrets to efficient, quiet leadership; a membership to the Sport Industry Breakfast Club 2016, offering the group access to the content-led network; and much more.

The inaugural group of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will conclude their Leadership Package later this month at an exclusive session with Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage.

The new Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will meet at a Development Afternoon on Thursday 2nd February alongside Sport Industry NextGen Coaches including: entrepreneur, Sir Keith Mills; Olympic silver medalist, Gail Emms; Commonwealth Game Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; IDG managing director, Craig Preston; writer, communicator and strategist, Alastair Campbell and Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi, with more to be announced in due course.

The selected group of 2017 Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will then officially recognised at Sport Industry NextGen: A Celebration that same evening (Thursday 2nd February), alongside industry peers. The night will bring the sport industry together for a night of inspirational and educational talks, celebrate the Leaders and provide a great opportunity to network and socialise with some of the sector’s biggest names. To attend, click here.

Sport Industry NextGen is backed by Barclays who return as headline partner for a second year.

In addition to Barclays, Sport Industry NextGen is also supported by Official Academic Partner Loughborough University London.

For further details please visit www.sportindustry.biz/NextGen