Industry Shorts: BBC, Ellie Simmonds

28 Nov 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The BBC will screen every game of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, which will take place in Qatar.

The competition, which kicks off on 11th December, will see European Champions Liverpool face other continental champions such as Flamengo, Al Hilal and Monterrey.

All eight games will be shown in some way by the free-to-air broadcaster. The majority of the games will be screened on the iPlayer and the BBC’s digital channels, with Liverpool’s semi-final and potential final to be on BBC Two.


Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds has signed up with global swimwear brand Speedo.

The swimmer, who won a bronze in the S6 400m freestyle event at the World Para Swimming Championships in London earlier this year, and will join a host of British swimmers - including Siobhan Marie-O’Connor, Duncan Scott, Ollie Hynd and Freya Anderson - in the brand’s Team Speedo stable of athletes.


Roc Nation Sports International has launched a new charitable initiative, ‘Kicks for Kids’ to tie in with the launch of the agency’s London office.

The initiative will see Roc Nation Sports International and its football talent hand-deliver trainers to underprivileged children in December. 30 pairs of brand new SNIPES trainers will be delivered to ten regional organisations specialising in youth social care.


Virgin Sport has announced the dates for its 2020 races.

The Hackney Half will take place on 17th May and the ASICS London 10K event will take place on 5th July. Meanwhile, the Oxford Half 2020, on 11th October, will be the 10th edition of the event which takes in the city’s historic universities, parks and streets.


Women in sport has announced Rupen Shah, Director of Finance and Company Secretary, The Football Foundation, and Nick Rusling, CEO, mass participation events company Human Race, as its new trustees.

The pair will start work with immediate effect and will join the charity’s next full board meeting in January 2020.


Honda and Red Bull Racing team have extended their engine partnership until the end of 2021.

The renewal will see the pair enter the 2021 season together, all-but confirming Red Bull’s participation in Formula 1 after the upcoming rule changes come into effect.