Industry Shorts: Six Nations, Sky, KIN Partners

11 Jan 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The Women’s Six Nations is set to be postponed until at least April because of the new wave of coronavirus measures across Europe, according to multiple reports.

The tournament, which is currently scheduled to run alongside the men’s event and to kick off on 6th February, could be delayed because of issues regarding testing, travel, and bubbles which are exacerbated because of the fact that England are the only professional team in the tournament.

In 2021, the women’s event could well double up as a World Cup qualification event for Ireland, Scotland, and Italy, who are yet to secure their place in the global tournament, which is set to begin in New Zealand in September.

Sky has announced a new Diversity Advisory Group as part of a series of measures aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

The group is made up of a diverse number of experts including Baroness Usha Prashar, a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, Roland White, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft, and Leon Mann, Founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport, and a Sport Industry NextGen Coach. It will work alongside Sky’s Diversity Action Group, a cross-section of Sky’s workforce chaired by Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe.

The move comes after Sky announced a series of commitments to support anti-racism, including a new partnership with charity Kick it Out, which will see the broadcaster commit £3 million across a three-year partnership to the organisation.

KIN Partners has announced Tess O’Sullivan will take over its newly-created role of Business Strategy Director.

O’Sullivan, who was previously Head of Commercial Partnerships at the management agency, will report directly to KIN Partners CEO, Simon Oliveira, and will be tasked with establishing the strategic direction of the business’s further growth.
She joined KIN Partners in 2013, and her portfolio has included the recently-announced agreement with Samuel Eto’o, as well as brand partnerships for the likes of Neymar Jr, David Beckham and Usain Bolt.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has confirmed that boxing in Britain can return in February.

The BBBofC had previously announced a pause in the boxing calendar, suspending all of its fights in January because of the rise in coronavirus cases.

It has said that, after discussions with doctors, it will resume fighting again from mid-February.