Monday this week saw the first co-hosting of an event between Sportsnetworker.com and The UK Sports Network. LinkedIn author and speaker Lewis Howes was over from the US and, as is now customary, held an event for sports networking professionals in the city of his visit.
The venue was the Sports Bar & Grill at Marylebone Station where we were able to take over the function room. In January a free event was held which attracted around 130 people. With this event being a paid affair and the first one in London our estimates on numbers were a little bit if a guess.
We had in the end just under 100 register online and a further 30 paid on the door for what was a bustling, vibrant evening with a great diversity of people attending. One of the more familiar faces to be seen there was SkySports presenter Kevin Cadle who was a hugely successful basketball coach with the London Towers before making the switch to presenting American Football coverage on the satellite channel.
The evening was sponsored by Football Fans Census who I would like to thank for their support. Unfortunately Tim could not make it to the the venue himself due to a family illness.
I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the evening and made some great new connections that will help with their businesses. I had some great chats with Jim Cowan from Cowan Global, Andy Smith at the FA, Dennis Mills from Major Events International, Honor Hancock, Antongiulio La Corte, Jurgen Reid and many others.
There were some suggestions of how we can make the event better which I will take on board. If you have any thoughts or suggestions then do get in touch as I am always looking on moving these forward and increasing the amount each person gets out of the night.
There was also a prize draw for 2 x VIP tickets to Tottenham Hotspur Vs West Bromich Albion which took place on the night. Thank you to Laura Hannan from www.bluhalo.com for donating the prize. I can announce that the lucky winner is…….. David Smith! David, we will be in touch later today about your prize.
The UK Sports Network will be holding more events in the coming months. They include networking events at;
Wednesday 26th May - Reading (Bar Revolution) BOOK NOW
Thursday 8th July - Manchester (MMU Business School) BOOK NOW
Thursday 29th July - Cardiff (Hard Rock Cafe) BOOK NOW
We will also be running Social Media & Sport seminars in the summer with the first event taking place at Notts County FC’s Meadow Lane ground in Nottingham on 1st July. You can book your place at this half day event now and find out more about what social media is, how it can work in sport and how it can help you. With both case studies from people within sport giving their experiences and theory on how you should go through the strategy, measurement and implentation for only £75.
Book your place for this event now. If you have any queries then please get in touch.
More photos from Lewis can be seen on http://www.flickr.com/photos/29184585@N07/show/