Collaboration with Finalists of the Next Gen Leadership Awards

Loughborough University London's Institute for Sport Business was the Academic Partner at the recent Inaugural Sport Industry NextGen Leadership Awards held on January 27th at Village Underground, Shoreditch.

The event saw 28 Sport Industry NextGen Leaders celebrate with an evening of networking, education and inspirational talks. The awards identify tomorrow's sports leaders with the aim of nurturing their talent.

Professor James Skinner, Director of the Institute for Sport Business was a member of the judging panel, which also included the CEO of London 2012, Sir Keith Mills, One Young World co-founder, Kate Robertson and consultant, writer and film-maker Leon Mann.

Following an afternoon of challenges and activities with the Sport Industry NextGen Judges six leadership award recipients were selected to represent the group at the BT Sport Industry Awards 2016. These were: UK Sport’s Clare Barrell, Liverpool FC’s Nikki Emerson, Sky Sports’ Yath Gangakumaran, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tom Gorringe, Arsenal FC’s James Murray and AELTC’s Alexandra Willis.

The evening event saw Q&As and discussion from the likes of former Swansea City manager Gary Monk, Williams Martini Racing deputy team principal Claire Williams, founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, Matt Clifford, Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi, and writer, communicator and strategist Alastair Campbell.

Over the next year the 28 finalists will now take part in a number of leadership development activities, one of which includes an Executive Leadership Workshop delivered by Professor James Skinner, Dr Steve Swanson and Mr Sam Whale from the Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough, London.

The Executive Leadership Workshop hosted on the Olympic Park will provide the 28 Sport Industry NextGen Leaders with the opportunity to explore their own leadership philosophy whilst equipping them with strategies to make informed and ambitious choices throughout their careers. They will be joined by existing and influential leaders throughout British sport who will work alongside them to explore both the challenges and opportunities facing sports leaders of the future.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.