Sport Industry NextGen Leaders visit the campus

Sports Industry NextGen Leaders recently visited the London campus as part of a package in developing leadership in Sports Business for growing leaders.

The session sought to promote the application of theoretical levels of leadership by applying them to leadership practice through discussions, teaching and learning from one another. A group of talented individuals came together to partake in a bespoke ‘Executive Leadership Workshop’, providing them with the opportunity to explore the philosophy of their own leadership whilst also equipping them with the strategies for informed and ambitious choices throughout their careers. The group were joined by influential voices throughout British sport and they worked alongside the Institute for Sport Business staff to explore the challenges and opportunities facing sports leaders of the future.

Influential attendees included the faculty’s Director of Sport Leadership, Steve Swanson; the Managing Director at Unforgiving Minute, Sam Whale; CEO of Sported, Chris Grant and Loughborough University London’s Director of Institute for Sport Business, James Skinner.

James Skinner also acts as a judge for NextGen and was impressed by the work of the group in attendance at the London campus. In a video about the event, James said that the event was important in trying to get attendees to “understand who they are as leaders and what shapes their leadership practice”.

He also said: "Through understanding this conceptual model of leadership that we’re talking about, they’ll walk away from this having a better understanding of who they are as individuals."

The workshop held at the Institute of Sports Business at Loughborough University London acted as just one of the Sport Industry Group’s events for the year, held as part of their ongoing Leadership Package working with the up-and-coming next generation leaders in sport.

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.