Eddie Jones among speakers at Foundation for Leadership through Sport Conference

Friday 15th September saw the Foundation for Leadership through Sport Conference take place on campus, with England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones in attendance as one of the keynote speakers.

Delivered in partnership with the Institute for Sport Business, the conference brought together leading figures in sport, business and the military for an insightful session, which included panel debates and interactive discussions into leadership and management excellence.
2017’s theme was ‘Sustaining Success - Challenging from the Front’ and saw the likes of Jones, GB Women’s Hockey Head Coach and Loughborough alumnus Danny Kerry and Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichiello involved.
Talking from an athlete’s point of view, it was also great to get an insight from Olympic hockey gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh, as well as England captain and Loughborough Lightning Rugby Player-Coach Sarah Hunter.
John Steele, Executive Director of Sport at Loughborough University chaired the session with Eddie Jones and the Coaches Panel, commenting:
"Having coaches and sport leaders of this quality on campus builds on our reputation for hosting world class events, and was a great learning opportunity for everyone present."
The Foundation for Leadership through Sport is the brainchild of Loughborough alumnus Bob Reeves and aims to encourage and facilitate athletes and sporting organisations to invest in leadership development. This includes National Governing Bodies for Sport, universities and clubs. 
Highlights from the conference included:
  • Chris Casper- Sporting Director, Salford City FC - ‘The Roads to Sustained Success: Which Route to take?’
    • Chaired by Vic Luck, Director FLX
  • Danny Kerry- Coach GB Womens Hockey - ‘Planning for Gold- Twice’- The coach/organisational perspective.
    • Chaired by David Whitaker, Associate FLS
  • The Athletes Perspective, with:
    • Kate Richardson-Walsh (captain of the GB Olympic gold-winning Hockey Team)
    • Sarah Hunter (England Rugby Captain)
    • George Robson (former Harlequins and London Irish Rugby)
  • Panel Discussion- ‘Pathways to continued Success in Business and the Military’
    • Andy Cosslett- Chairman RFU, Chairman Kingfisher
    • Lt Col Lucy Giles - Commander New College RMAS Sandhurst
    • Richard Gray- Commercial Director, Grays of Cambridge
    • Harry Keogh- MD Coutts Bank
    • Chaired by Richard Hytner, Director FLS
  • Eddie Jones- Head Coach England Rugby, ‘Picking it up, Developing it and making it the most successful in the World’.
    • Chaired by John Steele, Chairman English Institute of Sport and Executive Director 

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.