20 Jul 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Sport Industry NextGen in partnership with Barclays has opened for entries to uncover 2018’s group of Leaders, who have already shown the talent and potential to drive the sport industry forward in the future.

Now in the programme’s third year, the free to enter programme aims to identify tomorrow’s leaders, reward their potential and nurture their talent through a year-long programme, including a business support package, regular professional networking and personal development opportunities.

The Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will receive support throughout the year, which will equip them with the skills and knowledge required to fulfil their leadership potential.

In 2017, the Sport Industry NextGen Leadership Package included a Barclays Commercial Insights Day, covering topics important to running any business, such as diversity and inclusion, corporate communications and sponsorship, and 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 hosted at the Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough University London, where they explored the ecosystem of sport and the opportunities facing sport leaders of the future; a workshop from legal experts, Howard Kennedy, who provided insights, knowledge and support across a breadth of legal and commercial matters; an evening with leadership expert René Carayol, who shared his experiences and lessons on being an effective leader with the Inspired Leaders Network; while Leaders are also given a membership to the Deltatre Sport Industry Breakfast Club 2017, offering the group access to the content-led networking series; and much more.

Speaking about the continued growth of the programme Tom Corbett, Barclays head of sponsorship, said: “Barclays continues to place an emphasis on helping the next generation gain important work and life skills so that they can go on to be successful in whichever walk of life they choose. Through our current sponsorships we also believe in the power of sport to change lives and are therefore proud to continue as the headline partner of the Sport Industry NextGen programme for a third year. The talent and potential of the 2016 and 2017 Leaders shows the future of the sport industry is in great hands so expectations for the quality of the 2018 Sport Industry NextGen Leaders is high.”

Reflecting on his experience so far as a Sport Industry NextGen Leader, Michael Clarkson, brand manager at Catapult Sports, commented: “The Sport Industry NextGen experience has been inspiring. Meeting different people from different silos within sport has been extremely eye-opening. It’s easy to work with the blinkers on, so it’s been brilliant to meet people from other parts of the industry and it’s great to get those different, varied perspectives on how we can improve sport as a whole.

“It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone, doing things you wouldn’t normally be exposed to, and forcing yourself to push when otherwise you wouldn’t.”

Fellow 2017 Sport Industry NextGen Leader, Hala Ousta, diversity & inclusion manager at the Scottish Football Association, added: “For anyone thinking about applying for Sport Industry NextGen in 2018, definitely go for it. There are so many different experiences and lessons you can learn from it, as well as empowering you to become a better leader and learn more about yourself. It’s an experience that will absolutely help you in the future.”

Entry to Sport Industry NextGen is a free online process. Entries are open at via the Enter tab, and will close at 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017.

Applicants will be assessed by a select group of experts comprising of Sport Industry NextGen Coaches, leadership specialists and key industry partners who will select the group of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders for 2018.

Sport Industry NextGen Coaches include: Sir Keith Mills; Olympic silver medallist, Gail Emms; Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; IDG managing director, Craig Preston; writer, communicator and strategist, Alastair Campbell; Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi and more.

Sport Industry NextGen is backed by Barclays, who returns as headline partner for a third year.

In addition to Barclays, Sport Industry NextGen is also supported by Official Partners Howard Kennedy and Loughborough University London.

For further details on how to enter please visit