Thank you to everyone who attended the CFLI in Focus: Thought Leaders Forum this past June.

Our Thought Leaders Forum brought 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.

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

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  • 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), Sanjay Bhandari (Kick it Out) and Monique Choudhuri (Brentford FC & Women in Football)
  • Panel | Content creation on a global scale: A focus on content production and fan engagement with Gavin Johnson (City Football Group), Rob Darlington (Senior Producer) and Rollo Goldstaub (TikTok)
  • Research Piece | Influential trends in women’s sport: Tammy Parlour (Women’s Sport Trust), Shalina Nigam (Futures Sport & Entertainment), Jenny Morris (City Football Leadership Institute) and Flo Williams (Saracens & MATTA)
  • 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) and Paul Dickov (former Manchester City and Scotland player)
  • Networking Drinks: Connect with like-minded professionals


Additional Information

  • Delegates who attended the Thought Leaders Forum included professionals from the following organisations:

    The Education Group (TEG) London
    ARC Event Consultancy Ltd
    Black Oryx Sports LTD
    British American Football Association
    British Cycling
    British Triathlon
    British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
    Canterbury Christ Church University
    Carbon Jacked
    City Football Group
    City in the Community Foundation
    Downtown Youth Sporting Club
    Durham University
    EFL (English Football League)
    Emirates Trade & Investment
    Hello2morrow Ltd
    International Olympic Committee
    Kick It Out
    Leaders in Sport
    Matthew Radley & Associates
    MDR Mayfair Sports and Entertainment
    Newcastle University
    Nottingham Trent University
    Onside Law LLP
    Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club
    Sky Sports
    Sportfive UK Ltd
    The Football Association
    The Mintridge Foundation
    The Rugby Football League
    The Well HQ and IDA Sports
    University Academy 92
    University of Manchester
    Whitelodge Ltd
    Women’s Sport Trust
    Women in Football
    YMU Group

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