Loughborough University London to play key role in Sports Analytics World Series

On Friday 24th November 2017, Loughborough University London will be the lead academic partner for the UK leg of the Sports Analytics World Series, the first of seven global events over the next 12 months.

Billed as the United Kingdom Sports Analytics Conference (SAC UK) and part of the 2017/18 Sports Analytics World Series, the event will showcase cutting-edge ideas and innovations in sports analytics and sports technologies. The conference will offer delegates the opportunity to learn from technical experts, practitioners and some of the world’s hottest start-ups across fields including technology, stadia, marketing, fan engagement, wearables, sports high performance, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, media entertainment, internet-of-things and wellness. 
 
Amongst the speakers are Loughborough Professor’s Andy Harland, James Skinner and Michael Caine as well as representatives from KPMG, IBM and Microsoft. England Rugby, Sportradar, Genius, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester United are also participating.  
 
Professor James Skinner, Director of the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough University commented:
 
“This global conference brings together leading industry and academic experts to discuss current and future trends in sport technology and data analytics to provide delegates with new insights of what this means for the future of sport business.”
 
Ryan McCumber, Director of Global Sports Analytics at KPMG said: 
 
“The Sports Analytics World Series concept was hatched two years ago to showcase to the world the cutting-edge ideas and innovations in sports analytics and sports technologies. Having successfully run a Sports Analytics Conference in Melbourne a couple of years ago, we decided to create the Sports Analytics World Series.
 
“This year we have held events in Melbourne and Mumbai and the next one is in London. In 2018 we plan to add Tokyo, Shenzhen, Amsterdam and Singapore to the annual circuit. When we began evaluating who we wanted to partner with, Loughborough University London was number one on the list and we are honoured to begin to bring them along for this journey."
 
Loughborough University staff and students can take advantage of a 30% discount on the conference fee, by using the codes below:
 
Staff - LU5893B
Student - LU4492C
 
For more information please head to https://www.analyticsinsport.com/uk/

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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). 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.