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.

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 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.