Rising Stars of the Sport Industry Revealed

03 Dec 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

A brand-new group of 30 leading professionals from across the UK sport industry have today been announced as the Sport Industry NextGen 2021 Leaders, as the industry’s leading professional development programme returns for its sixth year.

After a year of change and innovation, the new 2021 cohort reflect those who have led in new ways and echo a more hopeful, inclusive and vibrant industry as it begins to move forward.

Together, they bring an unprecedented range of skillsets, including commercial partnerships and sales, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, content production, digital and data expertise, finance, sponsorship, talent management, and emerging technologies.

They represent a broad range of organisations, from multi-national brands to charities and foundations, but together are an amazing cross section of our world-leading sport industry. Among those featured are talented individuals from the likes of DAZN, ECB, EXCEL ESPORTS, IRONMAN, NFL, Octagon, PlayStation, Unicef UK and Unilever.

The full list of Leaders can be read HERE.

The group will now benefit from a year-long Leadership Package which includes unrivalled training, personal development and networking opportunities – including an in-depth physical and mental experience with Spartan – in addition to the powerful, lifelong friendships the Leaders form together.

Alex Coulson, Managing Director, Sport Industry Group said:

“Amid the challenges, opportunities and evolution we’ve faced, leadership has emerged in unlikely places and many of those announced today have been thrust into making new decisions, leading from the front, or innovating beyond expectations. Now, we’re proud to recognise that and to celebrate their achievements.

“This latest cohort really represents a special future for the sector. It is collectively innovative, curious, diverse and creative, and it was so refreshing to see the depth of talent within the sector – it is a genuine honour to get to know them. They now join a special alumnus and embark on an exciting Leadership Package for the next year.

“The programme, meanwhile, continues to go from strength to strength and it is increasingly proving to be of huge benefit to the Leaders, Coaches, partners and the wider industry.”

Launched by Sport Industry Group in 2015, the Sport Industry NextGen Leaders network now boasts over 140 alumni – all of whom are increasing in global influence, power and creativity each and every year as leaders and emerging talent within the industry.

Created for those aged 30 or under, this prestigious professional development programme provides the best emerging talent with a tailored year-long Leadership Package which includes extensive training, personal development and networking opportunities. The Leaders get direct access to some of the brightest minds and best organisations within sport and business for interactive best-practice, learning, and leadership sessions.

All of this, in addition to the powerful, lifelong network the Leaders form together, makes Sport Industry NextGen the number one professional development programme for our sector.

See the full list HERE.