Sport Industry NextGen Leaders announced as Coaches

17 Jan 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Sport Industry NextGen Leaders Hala Ousta, diversity and inclusion manager at the Scottish Football Association, and Michael Clarkson, brand manager at Catapult Sports, have been announced as Sport Industry NextGen Coaches for 2018.

Each year, two Sport Industry NextGen Leaders from the incumbent group will become Sport Industry NextGen Coaches for the following year, utilising some of the lessons they have learned throughout the Leadership Package.

They follow in the footsteps of Charlie Boss, head of marketing; commercial & strategy EMEA at ESPN, and Alexandra Willis, head of digital & content at The Championships, Wimbledon, who became Sport Industry NextGen Coaches in 2017.

Ousta and Clarkson will join the likes of writer, communicator and strategist, Alastair Campbell; Commonwealth Game Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; One Young World co-founder, Kate Robertson; IDG managing director, Craig Preston; and Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi as Sport Industry NextGen Coaches.

Reflecting on her experience in 2017, Ousta commented: “Being part of the Sport Industry NextGen Leadership programme has been an invaluable experience and one which has equipped me with tools to promote and enhance my leadership knowledge and style. This has been crucial to progress my self awareness and enabled me to build and forge networks to create opportunities to not only develop myself personally and professionally, but to embed the skills needed to allow collective empowerment of those I work with in the industry.

“Recognising the importance of the Sport Industry NextGen Leadership programme and the impact it has had on me, I am excited to share my learning, diverse experience and journey lessons with the next cohort to grow their potential and encourage their ambition, passion and purpose within the industry.”

Reflecting on his experiences as part of the year-long Leadership Package, Clarkson added: "Looking back, my favourite moments were the uncomfortable and vulnerable ones. Whether it was stood in front of the Coaches and other NextGen Leaders on the first day or being psychologically 'stuck' on a ten foot wall at Sandhurst. There are many moments where I can pinpoint growth and development throughout the year, which wouldn't have happened without this programme."

"I'm excited to continue my involvement in the programme as a Coach. Hopefully I can supplement their experience with some insights and support, especially on that first day. My first piece of advice for the next cohort is to be fully engaged. Life gets busy and excuses are easy, but create the time to attend as many events as possible, and maximise the opportunity. It'll be worth it!"

Sport Industry NextGen in partnership with Barclays identifies tomorrow’s leaders, rewards their potential and nurtures their talent through a dedicated Leadership Package to better equip them for future leadership roles.

Taking place on 1st February 2018, the event marks the first time that the new Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will meet as a group, and will have a chance to hear from the trio as the reflect on their year as a Sport Industry NextGen Leader.

The evening will offer guests the opportunity to network with every year of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders, the Coaches and other senior members of the industry, as well as hear from special guest speakers, including world champion diver Tom Daley, who will share his experiences of growing up as a focus for the sport industry, while battling for medal success at the highest level.

Sport Industry NextGen is backed by Barclays who return 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, and Leadership Package Partner, Inspirational Development Group.