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Newcastle University London: No Place for Well Intentioned Amateurs

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Public debate at Newcastle University London

With events such as the FIFA scandal hitting the headlines last year, something seriously needs to change with both the leadership and governance of sporting bodies and international sports federations. Newcastle University London explored this meaty issue at length as part of its second public debate, hosted in collaboration with the Inspired Leaders Network.

The campus was pleased to host delegates from a range of industries, drawn in by the gravitas of our high-profile speakers. These included none other than David Dein, former Vice Chairman at Arsenal FC and current Ambassador of the Premier League. “FIFA is an association within an association,” he commented, adding, “To get a fresh start, you need an independent group going in.”

Indeed, the general consensus among the panellists was that the new FIFA board will need the right structure in order to be truly accountable. Illustrating this point, Dein added, “London was the most successful Olympics because it was run from the bottom up with independent third parties.”

Nick Keller, Founder and CEO of the social enterprises Sports International and Beyond Sports, recognised that this is an opportunity for sports leaders to start a fresh. “The opportunity for organisations to diversify their management bodies will have a substantial positive impact on society,” he said. “We need optimistic leaders.”

Other panellists included Alison Kervin, the only female sports editor at a national newspaper (Mail on Sunday); Simon Cummings, Head of Sports Practice at Odgers Berndtson; and Chris Brady, Commissioner at the FA’s Football Regulatory Authority.

Following last year’s UK General Election, which resulted in a Conservative win despite several surveys suggesting that Labour would come out top, the next public lecture will focus on the extent to which these opinion polls reflect public opinion accurately and whether they can be trusted. Details will be announced soon.

Newcastle University London offers triple-accredited business degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as university preparation programmes for international students.

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