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Diary: Dates confirmed for Soccerex Asian Forum in Jordan

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The dates and venue for the Soccerex Asian Forum have been confirmed 13-14 May at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the banks of The Dead Sea.

The Forum, held in partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), will bring together leading figures from the world of Asian football as well as other international football experts to discuss the development of the game across Asia. The conference agenda will include a review of the opportunities for growth and the challenges facing Asian football. Other conference topics will include league and player development as well as women’s football, with Jordan set to host the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

Founder and Chairman of AFDP, HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who has confirmed he will be speaking at the event, commented:

It is very exciting for us at AFDP to welcome Asian football stakeholders in our home country and on the banks of the unique Dead Sea for the Soccerex Asian Forum. We hope this will create an inspirational and motivating platform for knowledge exchange for the betterment of football and development through football across the continent.

Diary: SportAccord Belek, Turkey 6-11 April 2014

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Sport’s New Frontiers will be the theme of a new-look conference programme at SportAccord Convention 2014 in Belek/Antalya, Turkey. Delegates will be able to hear top speakers and enjoy interactive sessions in new formats outside of the main auditorium as well as inside during SportAccord Convention taking place 6-11 April 2014, at Belek’s Susesi Convention Centre.

If you could change the rules of one sport, what would you do? The interactive session on “Rule-Breakers and Game-Changers” will give delegates a chance to debate that question.

The Youth Club will offer a special up-close look at what today’s young people really think about sport and how they consume it. SportAccord Convention, Managing Director Nis Hat said:

We are shaking up our approach to the conference this year in order to deliver a really engaging range of content in formats that will make optimal use of our resort setting. As well as being one of the biggest and most modern convention centres in the Mediterranean, our location will also be a very enjoyable place to make the most of the conference programme.

A changing of the guard has been taking place around the world of sport, with new leaders assuming guiding roles in many organisations. A panel session on The New Face of Leadership will bring together some of the most influential among them. Another heavyweight plenary session on The Integrity Issue will tackle cheating in sport and explore the ways forward for International Federations and sponsors alike.

Diary: FOOT EXPO FORUM – the digital stadium

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The third edition of FOOT EXPO FORUM, Marrakech 18-21 December, will feature a conference session on the creation of a Digital Parc des Princes. Paris soccer club Paris St Germain has just concluded a deal with the city to remain in the Parc des Princes stadium and plans for improvement include work by the marketing department and AP2S to revolutionise the spectator’s digital engagement with events at the stadium. Topics will include data management and the creation of value, new ticketing tools to optimise attendance and to enterain the fan. PSG will describe the ‘digital future of Parc des Princes’.

Diary: Africa’s football industry at FOOT EXPO FORUM

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Take part in the discussion, exchange know-how and find out about the football industry in Africa at the third edition of FOOT EXPO FORUM which takes place 18-21 December in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Supported by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the CAF, FOOT EXPO FORUM is part of the major events being hosted by Morocco for the next three years in Africa (FIFA Club World Cup in 2013 and 2014, the IAAF ‘Continental Cup’ in 2014, CAN U17 in 2013 CAN in 2015).

The African football federations will be present for the FIFA Club World Cup which will take place at the same time as FOOT EXPO FORUM.

Tel. + 212 522 45 91 50

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Diary: May 2014 Istanbul: Stadia & Arena 2014

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Stadia & Arena 2014, the conference and exhibition for the stadium and arena industry, will return 
to Istanbul in 2014, 14-16 May 2014. The event will take place at the Sinan Erdem Dome – Europe’s third largest arena – on the European side of Istanbul.

The 16th Stadia & Arena, now firmly
established as Europe’s must-attend
event for sports and live entertainment
venue owners, operators and developers,
 will feature conference panels, both free to attend and delegate-only sessions, plus a job-useful exhibition of suppliers to the industry.

Event organiser ALAD reported that sponsors, media partners, speakers, exhibitors and delegates gave feedback that the event should return to Istanbul for a second year. It added that Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013 was the most successful event yet, with more than 400+ high-ranking industry attendees representing 35 countries, alongside
 50 industry elite speakers and 50 industry leading exhibitors and sponsors.

FSB draws large international audience for sports and venue equipment

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FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, this year featured 622 companies from 44 countries. The Panstadia & Arena Management team were amongst the visitors walking the floor of what is a huge exhibition of sports and venue equipment, sports surfaces and facility management services.

FSB 2013 recorded a significant increase in occupied space and internationality, while also posting a larger number of visitors than FSB 2011. FSB, which was held for the first time in conjunction with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, attracted some 25,000 trade visitors from 115 countries. Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, said:

Our concept for staging FSB and aquanale on the same days proved to be successful, and we received a lot of positive feedback from the sector. The very good result, combined with top-quality visitors, impressively underscores the reputation of FSB as the leading international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pool facilities.

Nearly 80 per cent of visitors said they were satisfied with their visit. A total of 83 per cent reported that they had succeeded in achieving their goals at FSB and 82 per cent of the visitors rated the product range as either good or very good.

The FSB/aquanale swimming pool presentation, which was held jointly in Hall 10.1 for the first time this year, was popular with exhibitors and visitors. The joint presentation means that all aspects of the public and private swimming pool sectors are now represented in Cologne at one platform and in clearly defined theme worlds.

The 5th Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum served as the link between the private and public swimming pool sectors. The forum’s more than 300 participants spent the four trade fair days discussing current sector topics such as technology, energy efficiency, Web 2.0 and hotel swimming pools. Swimming pool architecture was especially highlighted at the PlanerFORUM for pool construction. It was part of the forum, which was jointly organised and staged by the IAKS and the Federal Association for Swimming Pools & Wellness. Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, President of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) explained:

FSB and aquanale together are the world’s biggest marketplace for the swimming pool sector.

Russia 2018 heading for Rio Soccerex

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All of the 2018 host cities in Russia have been invited to the Soccerex Global Convention, 30 November-5 December at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the support of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee CEO Alexei Sorokin. Soccerex reports an extremely positive reply from over half of the cities. Whilst at the Convention, representatives from these cities will take part in a special Russian workshop where they will discuss the different projects they’re undertaking in order to host the world of football.

Alexei Sorokin said:

We have always been a big supporter of Soccerex and are looking forward to getting more deeply involved with the Global Convention over the course of the next few years in the build up to the next World cup – starting with Rio this year and then in Manchester from 2014. It provides an invaluable platform for us in world football and we are already engaged in deep discussion to bring Soccerex to Russia. I am personally looking forward to being in Rio at the Maracanã and on Copacabana beach!

There will also be a workshop by the Organising Committee of the proposed United Football League between Russia and Ukraine to explore the emergence of supranational leagues and their influence on the development of football across the world.

IRB World Rugby Conference will tackle artificial turf

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The inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition (IRBWRCE) will take place in Dublin 17-20 November, with artificial turf featuring heavily in the exhibition of leading suppliers and partners to the international rugby industry. With the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO) an Official Supporter of the event, and with four of the 32 exhibitors being artificial turf providers, rugby is a sport offering new opportunities to the industry. PanStadia & Arena Management is an Official Media Partner of the IRBWRCE and will have distribution of its magazine on site offering attendees a unique subscription offer.

In January, English team Saracens became the first professional rugby club to host a match on an artificial surface in an LV Cup clash against Welsh team Cardiff Blues at Allianz Park. Eight months later, Saracens’ opponents in that opening fixture followed suit by making their debut on their own newly-installed artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park. 2013 has marked a transitional year for artificial pitches in rugby.

Nigel Fletcher, the Executive Chairman of ESTO, commented:

The durability and performance of synthetic turf in rugby is an important development in growing the sport globally. The quality of the surface can be guaranteed all year round with good maintenance and ensures player performance whether at community or professional level.

Over the last four years the IRB has been heavily involved in redefining the use of artificial turf within Rugby Union, and boost global participation in the game. In September 2012, the IRB held the first ‘One Turf’ conference inviting multiple sports federations to discuss a new multi-sport approach to artificial turf worldwide, with the primary aim of making sport more accessible, regardless of the extreme or temperamental weather conditions in countries across the globe. The sports represented were hockey (FIH), association football (FIFA), gaelic sports (GAA), rugby league (RFL), Australian rules football (AFL) and American football (NFL).

IRB’s Technical Services Coordinator, Leanne Walsh, said:

We are trying to get as many international federations and sports involved as possible to develop an artificial turf system that is suitable for needs at grassroots levels of all the sports involved. The idea behind it is that both local and national government are far more likely to invest in a community facility if it can provide a service for multiple sports. In terms of the training and community levels of the sports, the requirements are very similar although there are some technical requirements that vary.

PanStadia & Arena Management ( are media partners both of the inaugural IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition, as well as of ESTO and its members. The magazine will be distributed at the event, with Publication Director Katie McIntyre in attendance, with delegates to receive specially-reduced print subscription rates and complimentary membership of PSAM’s weekly digest.

To register to attend, or for further information about the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition visit the website at: or call Rob Strachan on Tel: +44 (0)207 036 8087.

FSB will stage world’s largest synthetic turf exhibition and forum

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From 22 to 25 October 2013 in Cologne, FSB and the Forum for Synthetic Turf and Leisure Sports Facilities will combine to create the world’s largest synthetic turf exhibition, with a corresponding series of presentations and events. Most of Hall 11.3 will be turned into a synthetic turf hall.

The supporting programme for the Forum for Synthetic Turf and Leisure Sports Facilities at FSB will provide the latest information about planning, creating and caring for areas of synthetic turf, as well as market potential, quality standards, and the costs of laying and maintaining synthetic turf. This year the FORUM is once again being organised and supported by IAKS and its partners, the European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla) and the West German Football and Athletics Association (WFLV).

For example, ESTO will be holding a round of presentations on Tuesday, 22 October 2013, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The presentations will address topics such as the development of shock pads for synthetic turf coverings and the legal regulations for synthetic turf areas in Germany. The focus here is on special issues related to current debates on the DIN SPEC 18035-7 and -6 standards for calls for tender in Germany and to the current European Union standard DIN EN 15330-1:2008-1.

In the afternoon, the FIFA workshop will be devoted to heat and synthetic turf as well as the maintenance of synthetic turf areas. On Wednesday, 23 October, the German chapter of IAKS will organise a specialist meeting devoted to synthetic turf and synthetic floor coverings for sports facilities in cooperation with the WFLV. The event will address issues such as the DIN and EN standards, planning principles for facilities and financing possibilities for the creation of synthetic turf areas. Two practical examples will be presented; they will focus on synthetic floor coverings for athletics facilities and small sports fields, on the one hand, and the suitability of such coverings for football fields, on the other.

On Thursday, 24 October 2013, a seminar on leisure sports facilities will be held beginning at 2:00pm. The event will be organised by the IAKS in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalia chapter of the Association of German Landscape Architects. The event will address the following topics: “Good things come to those who wait: The current Section 4 (grass areas) of the DIN 18035-4 standard for sports facilities”, “Im-possible — the limits and possibilities of LED lighting systems for sports facilities” and “Can the genie be put back into the bottle? An expert’s view of synthetic turf”. Participants must register for this seminar in writing. Additional information is available at:

At FSB 2013 synthetic turf will also undergo practical testing. During the entire duration of the fair, visitors can use a synthetic turf area called “Soccer and more!” to engage in sports activities in Hall 11.3. On 24 October 2013, schools, clubs and daycare centres can also take part in the FSB Bambini Cup.

First look at first direct arena? Attend UKVMA, 7 November

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The next UKVMA meeting is less than a month away, to be held at the prestigious new first direct arena in Leeds on Thursday 7 November. The day will be focused on key revenue generating facets of running a venue such as CRM, hospitality, ticketing and retail POS. Confirmed speakers include Agilysys, Prestige Ticketing and SMG, which is the arena’s operator.

To secure your place at this free networking event for venues please contact

IOG national conference intends to raise the game in sports turf

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Sport England CEO Jennie Price, 2015 Rugby World Cup’s Simon Jelowitz and newly-appointed Paris Saint-Germain head groundsman – and multi-award winner – Jonathan Calderwood are just some of the high-profile headliners at this year’s IOG National Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 5 December.

In her keynote address, Price will discuss the organisation’s work on growing participation in grassroots sport, the important role groundsmen play in this and how Sport England and IOG might work together in the future.

Reflecting venue and pitch preparation for major international events on the sports calendar, Simon Jelowitz, head of rugby services at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, will highlight the issues that surround event hosting in the tournament’s multiple venues.

The ‘international’ theme continues with a presentation by Phil McQuade, Assistant Turf Manager at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, home to the Colorado Rapids. Colorado experiences temperature extremes including drought, and Phil will explain how the team consistently prepares the native soil, sand and synthetic playing surfaces to meet expectations.

The STRI’s head of stadia services, Andy Cole, will discuss the turf consultancy’s role in setting and approving FIFA specifications at this year’s Confederations Cup venues in Brazil – in the lead up to the host nation’s FIFA 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament next year.

With the natural turf versus synthetic surfaces debate a continued hot topic, a panel of natural and synthetic turf experts will discuss the merits and maintenance related to both surfaces, including consultant David Rhodes, Support in Sport’s George Mullen, Alistair Cox from Labosport, Tim Lodge from Agrostis, plus head groundsmen Clive Liddiard from Hampton School and Swansea University’s John Courtney.

As the day’s proceedings continue to take shape, head groundsmen and IOG award winners Darren Baldwin from Tottenham Hotspur FC, the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (Wimbledon) Neil Stubley and Paris Saint-Germain’s Jonathan Calderwood will also take part in a question and answer session.

Singapore Stadia & Arena event in prospect for 2014

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Stadia & Arena Events is in advanced negotiations with Singapore Sports Hub to bring a version of its European-based Stadia & Arena conference and exhibition to Singapore in 2014.

According to an ALAD spokesperson, the event will showcase the magnificent new facilities available, while also highlighting other major opportunities for the industry in the region. A formal announcement will be made via this website, with full details to follow in the Winter issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine. Any company wishing to be involved can email Sam Wibrew or call him on +44 (0)208 133 7678.

Singapore is investing in the range of international, regional and local sporting events that it can host through developing the Sports Hub. This follows the success of regional events at the old national stadium and the Singapore Grand Prix, held under lights on a street circuit. Singapore continues to build its modern infrastructure. Leading sport masterplanner and stadium architect AECOM, for example, is already consulting on the electrical and mechanical engineering aspects of Singapore’s North-South Expressway project as part of a US$15 million contract.

Diary date: Soccerex African Forum coming up

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Get over to Durban in South Africa for 1-2 October’s Soccerex African Forum for an intensive dose of football business on the continent. Of particular interest to sports facility managers is the Regional Development Seminar. The second part of the workshop is ‘Managing Municipal Owned Sports Facilities & Win Win Lease Agreements’ in which Greg Fredericks, General Manager, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy trust and Vusi Mazibuko, Stadium Manager, Moses Mabhida Stadium will discuss how municipalities are supported when it comes to building local sporting facilities and how they should be managed to ensure that these venues can deliver safe and high level multisport programmes all year round.

The three-part seminar will look at the key components of football development across South Africa at both a municipal and provincial level. It will provide strategies for local governments to achieve the ‘2030 Vision’ set out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan by the South African Government. Robin Peterson, CEO, South African Football Association Development Agency and Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs, English Premier League will be part of the discussion. The pair will discuss how SAFA’s development plans and the Premier League’s Premier Skills Programme are helping to ensure that the correct standard of coaching and training is being delivered, as well as how new partnerships can be established with international sporting institutions.

Another highlight is Hicham El Amrani, Confederation of African Football Secretary General and Mvuzo Mbebe, 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Local Organising Committee and 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) CEO providing an official review of the 2013 AFCON as well as a preview of the 2014 African CHAN.

Domestic leagues are the bedrock of football in any country, and commercial activity is central to their development. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on this topic. Jack Oguda commented:

League commercialisation is very important to the success of football in Africa, and this event provides us with the platform to raise the key issues to achieve that success. I’m looking forward to attending once again and speaking alongside my counterparts to help build on the success of last year’s event.

UKVMA members are invited to two upcoming job-useful events

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The next UKVMA networking event will take place at the first direct arena Leeds on Thursday 7 November. For further details and to book your place at this brand new venue, please contact Konrad Start at or on 07929 272785.

first direct arena is making a big splash as the first super theatre in the UK (pictured, courtesy Populous). Get all the project details in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

Meanwhile UKVMA members can catch up on employment law at a seminar at the Town Hall, Reading on 9 October, which will be hosted by Blandy and Blandy Solicitors, who recently presented at the UKVMA meeting at the O2 Arena.

The interactive half day seminar will be hosted by Blandy’s Employment Law Team and will explore how employers can maximise the opportunities arising from the ever-changing world of employment law. In order to create a dynamic, efficient workforce, employers must embrace change, seize opportunities and minimise challenges. We will take you through the recent legal changes highlighting what your business can do, in practice, to get the best from your employees. The seminar will cover issues surrounding:

  • Creating the right employment framework
  • Dynamic performance and absence management
  • Working practices which maximise return

Whilst opportunities undoubtedly exist for employers, compliance requirements are also on the increase and employers cannot afford to be complacent. The Bland and Blandy team will take you through some new areas of compliance, including:

  • Employers’ duties relating to Pension Auto-enrolment
  • Redundancy and TUPE changes
  • Impact of latest employment case law

Blandy has advised that there will be plenty of opportunity to ‘pick the brains’ of their Employment Law specialists on the above or other topics of interest to UKVMA members.

Diary: IAKS Congress

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IAKS is offering an early-bird discount on IAKS Congress tickets and you can shop online. There are full tickets or single session tickets available. Students receive a discount of 75 % on all tickets.

DAY 1: Official opening of the IAKS Congress and the trade fairs FSB and aqua ale. AM Experts from the International Paralympic Committee and the IAKS will discuss new aspects and future needs for inclusive design and accessibility. EVENING The prize-giving ceremony for the international awards given by IOC, IPC and IAKS for exemplary sport and leisure facilities.

DAY 2: Focus on the post-Games situation of the London venues, and a close look at community infrastructure for sports, leisure and recreation in the United Kingdom. PM Some of the winners the international awards present their outstanding projects.

DAY 3: Information exchange on aspects of sustainability, ecological, economic and social dimensions. PM Exemplary initiatives in infrastructure for socially challenged communities and in developing countries.

DAY 4: Urban green areas to enhance physical activity as well as exemplary projects of sports clubs and private operators.


Diary: The Foot Expo Forum has changed its dates to 18-21 December

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Foot Expo has changed its dates to better tie in with football commitments and events, including the FIFA Club World Cup. Established in 2011, Foot Expo is supported by The Royal Moroccan Football Federation and the Confederation of African Football. The forum and exhibition will take place in Marrakech Morocco and coincides with the FIFA Club World Cup to be hosted in Morocco in the cities of Marrakech and Agadir. The official emblem of the tounament was launched this week in Casablanca by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – picture courtesy of LOC.

Zambia Sports Minister to speak at Soccerex African Forum

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Chishimba Kambwili, Hon. Minister of Youth and Sport for the Republic of Zambia, is the latest sports minister to be announced as speaking on the ‘Sport and Government’ panel at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, 1-2 October.

The panel will be analysing and explaining the most pressing issues affecting sport on the continent and how their respective governments are introducing regulations to help facilitate growth and investment. The other sports ministers confirmed so far include:

Protais Mitali, Hon. Minister of Sport and Culture for the Republic of Rwanda

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Hon. Minister for Youth & Sports for the Republic of Ghana

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Hon. Minister of Sports for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome the Hon. Minister to the Forum who will be able to offer a great insight into one of Africa’s emerging sporting nations. His involvement alongside three of the most important sports ministers in Africa is a huge honour for us and makes the event unmissable for anyone working in sport in Africa.”

Zambian football has gone through a resurrection over the past two years, winning the 2012 African Cup of Nations and most recently winning the 2013 COSAFA Cup, which they also hosted. The Hon. Minister will be on hand to discuss the successful staging of the tournament, as well as the Ministry’s ambitious developments programmes which the country has embarked on, as they prepare to bid for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

However it is not only football that the government is aiming to improve; placing sport at the centre of its socio-economic development policies, the ministry has secured a KR17million increase in the annual budget to help with various sporting projects across the country. The ministry has also used international relations with Cuba to sign an agreement aimed at developing sporting relationships between the two countries, which has already seen the Cuban government provide sponsorships for Zambian students to study abroad at certain Cuban universities.

The Soccerex African Forum will bring together 1,000 senior football decision makers together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities to unite the business of football in Africa.

Diary: ESSMA, Paris; IAVM Toronto

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ESSMA members are getting together in Paris 3-5 September for the association’s general assembly which will focus on financial, administration and members status, future actions and events. There will be workshops run by ESSMA board members on wi-fi, lifecycle management, digital signage, public catering and multifunctional venues.

The event will also host the ARENAS ECONOMIC FORUM in cooperation with Le Moniteur and the ANLSP, the French association of all professional leagues.

The IAVM is holding its Arena Management Conference in Toronto 8-10 September. The conference is aimed at key decision makers and top-level executives from arenas and will dive into topics such as successful venue operations, how to deliver the highest quality guest experience and updates on the hottest touring concerts, shows and performers. The host hotel is the Westin Harbour Castle. The event will also take in Toronto venues via private tours, and events and receptions that provide essential face time with industry peers.

Ghana FA President Nyantakyi to speak at Soccerex African Forum

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One of the most important men in African football, Kwesi Nyantakyi, will be speaking at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, 1-2 October.

The Ghana Football Association President and CAF Executive Committee member will provide an insight into what it means to be an FA president in Africa and the challenges involved in player development, league governance, attracting investment and qualifying for major events. Nyantakyi said:

The Forum represents an opportunity for the African football community to come together, to share ideas and to debate the important issues in the game. I’m looking forward to attending the event and discussing Ghana’s important role in developing football on the continent.

In addition to securing attractive sponsorship packages for both the national team and local leagues, the young lawyer has also made tremendous strides on the continent where he was recently elected chairman of the Fair-Play and Social Responsibility Committee and vice-chairman of the Media Committee for CAF.

Under his guidance, the Ghana national team made their first two World Cup appearances including the quarter-finals in 2010. On both occasions (2006 and 2010) they were the best African side in the world’s flagship football competition.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:

It’s an honour to welcome Kwesi to the Forum. Ghana’s incredible performance at the World Cup in South Africa and their rise up the FIFA world rankings is an example of the progress of African football on the world stage and the excellent work being done by the Ghana Football Association, with Kwesi at the heart of that work, makes him a perfect speaker for the Forum.

The Soccerex African Forum will bring together 1,000 senior football decision makers together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities to unite the business of football in Africa.

iSportconnect debates key event topics

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iSportconnect, the world’s largest sports business network, hosted a panel of high-profile speakers at the iSportconnect Directors’ Club (in association with Euroleague Basketball) at The O2 in London. The event, in Question Time format, covered a range of topics including player behaviour, media and sponsorship rights and the challenges of introducing new sport franchises.

Jordi Bertomeu, the CEO and President of Euroleague Basketball, David Grevemberg, CEO of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Tony Scholes, Chief Executive of Stoke City Football Club and Mike Miller, CEO of the World Olympians Association engaged in debate with the crowd and discussed topical issues in the sports business world.

The event, in partnership with Generate Sponsorship, began with an opening speech from Bertomeu and a video on Euroleague Basketball, introducing the delegates to Europe’s premier basketball league. The video detailed some interesting statistics about Euroleague Basketball in Europe, including that the Final Four series will be broadcast live to nearly 200 countries on all five continents.

The debate opened up with a discussion about the importance of media rights evaluation versus other, more technological driven assets when evaluating a sponsorship. The importance of fan engagement for sponsors was generally agreed as being one of the core elements, while larger properties – such as the Premier League – should still highlight the huge global media value that sponsors benefit from.