Our Thought Leaders Forum will bring together industry leaders, experts, and executives, to share insights, engage in topical and thought-provoking discussion panels, and make valuable connections with like-minded professionals.

The forum will provide insight and expertise from those situated at the heart of the global sport industry. Sharing their cutting-edge knowledge is a curated line-up of renowned and respected industry speakers from both our partners at City Football Group and the wider sports business sector.

Check out the forum agenda and our exciting line-up of renowned and respected industry speakers below.

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All tickets include access to discussion panels, guest speakers and interviews, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, and drinks during the evening networking event.

  • When
    Tuesday, 27 June 2023
  • Where
    The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
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Insights Hear insight and expertise from those situated at the heart of the global sport industry

Discussion Engage in topical and thought-provoking discussion panels

Networking Make valuable connections with like-minded professionals


  • Welcome: Ferran Soriano (City Football Group)
  • Panel | Football as a force for good?: Exploring the opportunities, but also the challenges, facing this global phenomenon with Tom Pitchon (City Football Group) and Sanjay Bhandari (Kick it Out)
  • Break: Refreshments and networking
  • Panel | Content creation on a global scale: A focus on content production and fan engagement with Gavin Johnson (City Football Group) and other media experts
  • Lunch: Refreshments and networking
  • Research Piece | Influential trends in women’s sport: Tammy Parlour (Women’s Sport Trust), Shalina Nigam (Futures Sport & Entertainment) and Jenny Morris (City Football Leadership Institute)
  • Break: Refreshments and networking
  • Discussion | Developing a high-performance environment: Omar Berrada (City Football Group) and Professor Craig Mahoney (Performance Psychologist)
  • Athlete Q&A: Karen Bardsley, former Manchester City and England Goalkeeper
  • Networking Drinks: Connect with like-minded professionals


Additional Information

  • General Admission £415.00
    Charities/NGOs £350.00

    All ticket prices exclusive of VAT. Multibuy tickets receive an additional 10% saving.

  • Etihad Stadium
    Etihad Campus
    Manchester M11 3FF

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  • The Etihad Stadium can be accessed by car and public transport.

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  • Details on food and drink to be confirmed soon.

CFLI in Focus: Thought Leaders Forum

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