Frampton to headline Sport Industry NextGen Unlocked celebration

21 Jan 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Northern Ireland boxer Carl Frampton has been confirmed among the guest speakers for the Sport Industry NextGen Unlocked celebration on Thursday, 7th February.

The annual event, which introduces the new cohort of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders, will see Frampton joined on stage at the Village Underground venue in east London by alumni from the four years of the prestigious professional development programme.

The Belfast fighter, the only Northern Irishman to have won world titles in two weight divisions, is returning from the loss of his IBF featherweight title clash with England’s Josh Warrington in December – a fight that many observers have described as among the best in recent memory.

Frampton is expected to share insights with the Leaders from his decade at the top of performance sport. The 31-year-old is passionate about promoting opportunity for young people, using sport as a way to develop the skills that lead to professional success.

In particular, Frampton has been a prominent campaigner for integrated education in Northern Ireland, bringing a unique perspective on social cohesion and conflict resolution from his cross-community experiences. 

Frampton will join Tom Daley, Troy Deeney, Kate Richardson-Walsh, Alastair Campbell and David Grevemberg among the top names from sport and business to have participated in Sport Industry NextGen Unlocked since the inaugural event in 2016.

More than 100 rising talents under 30 from throughout the sport industry have now benefitted from the year-long Sport Industry NextGen programme of professional development and networking opportunities.

This year’s cohort is the most diverse yet, featuring a record 43% women, with talent from established brands, agencies, media and governing bodies, alongside entrepreneurial start-ups, esports organisations and more.

The Unlocked event will be the industry’s first chance to meet and get to know the 30 new Leaders, whose employers include AEG Europe, BT Sport, EA Sports, ESL, Facebook, F1, Hawk-Eye Innovations, Saracens Rugby Club, Sport England and Wasserman.

In addition, it will offer a chance to catch up with programme alumni from previous years and hear how their Sport Industry NextGen experiences have helped to further fast-track outstanding career success.

Anyone wishing to attend the event can still register for the free ticket ballot, which will close at the end of the week.

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