Fladgate hosts Pioneers in Sport Forum with Baroness Sue Campbell, CBE


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The Fladgate Sports Business Group has recently hosted the Pioneers in Sport Forum, chaired by Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, head of the Women’s Game at the FA, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust and Former Chair of UK Sport.  The event saw a number of future leaders in sport discuss the question ‘Is the sports administration of today fit for the 21st century?’, with a stimulating and thought provoking discussion ensuing.

Key discussion points included:  what influences strategic change across the industry and particularly within governing bodies; how does the FA overcome the evident lack of minorities represented in sport leadership, whether women, BME or disabled; how can the creation of a high performance board drive the ambitions of a sporting organisation; how can sporting opportunities be made available every child in the UK; and given the level of corruption on a global scale, is the UK able to lead the way in sports governance in the future? Baroness Campbell provided some great clarity and insight and with real candour, making for a valuable experience for those lucky enough to be in attendance.

The power of sport was famously demonstrated by Nelson Mandela when he chose to don the Springbok jersey during the Rugby World Cup of 1995.  However, alongside this power comes great responsibility.  As Fladgate’s James Earl commented in an article in The Times last year, ‘The governance of sport is at a crossroads.  Meaningful and urgent changes are required to protect the precious public assets over which sports governing bodies preside’.

The Pioneers in Sport Forum brings together future leaders of the sports industry to hear and debate the big issues in international sports governance. The Fladgate Sports Business Group will continue to support Pioneer in Sport throughout 2017. For more information on becoming involved, please contact James Earl on jearl@fladgate.com.

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