INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS PREPARE TO LEAD THE WAY ON ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ & GIVE PLANET EARTH A SPORTING CHANCE

Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Sir Ben Ainslie, four-time Olympic Gold Medallist & Team Principal, as well as Skipper of Britain’s America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, led the way as an innovator of sustainability at this year’s 11th edition of the IF Forum which took place in Lausanne.

Given the significant and unstoppable changes being created by global warming as a result of environmental pollution and pollutants originating in human activity, speaker after speaker at this year’s IF Forum, many of whom represent international sports federations, shared case studies outlining the actions they are taking, and appealed to peers to take advantage of the unique opportunity in sport, to lead the way towards a sustainable agenda – the focus for this year’s conference programme.

The politics of climate change are shifting. Saving planet earth is more than just a fad and international sports federations can have impact. Delegates heard how new voices and new strategies are taking the lead – and how sport can shift attitudes towards achieving global sustainability. Speakers reinforced the view that sport is in a unique position to raise awareness on many levels, engage fans and global citizens everywhere, as well as empower young volunteers and change-makers, with sustainable initiatives and show how innovations can be impactful.

The urgency and poignancy of these messages were the subject of 24 presentations and case studies throughout the IF Forum, attended by 109 international sport federations and associate members, as well as 7 observer organisations.

Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provided some thought-provoking and motivating insights during her session on sport and biodiversity and the role of the sporting community ending with a passionate plea, “Planet earth is the only place we know as home. If we don’t take action, there is no alternative home for us. Sport has a responsibility and an opportunity to do what it can for sustainability, to secure our future and make planet earth a better place for future generations.”

Lorenz Isler from Ikea Group gave a candid account during his session on the reactive to proactive ways of handling resources in industry:

“As a Sustainability Manager from the IKEA Group I found it very interesting to participate at the IF Forum 2017. Such gatherings are important to discuss challenges and exchange best practices so that we can learn from each other. Climate change and resource scarcity are real, and urgent actions are needed. I am thus positively surprised that this years’ IF Forum was fully dedicated to the topic of sustainability.”

Hosted by SportAccord Convention, delegates were welcomed by Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee, and Philippe Leuba, State Councillor Department of Economy and Sport, Canton of Vaud.

Patrick Baumann, President of GAISF and SportAccord Convention gave the opening address. Summing up this year’s IF Forum President Baumann said:

“I would like to thank the many expert speakers for making this year’s IF Forum on Sustainability so illuminating, bringing clarity and insight to important issues and highlighting ways in which we can help make a difference.

“While we have a clear duty to preserve and promote sport for the next generation we have an even greater Duty of Care to our environment to ensure that the world we hold in trust is a great place to live and to play sport.

“This has been a fascinating, rewarding and useful Forum and I am sure delegates will go back to their Federations inspired and full of new ideas.”

In conclusion, Raffaele Chiulli, President of ARISF and UIM, and GAISF Vice President shared the following message in his Closing Remarks: “IFs are uniquely placed to promote the conservation on biodiversity and sustainability in sport. It is imperative that we also take a leading role in spreading our message and encouraging all our stakeholders to do more as well.”

The IF Forum conference programme was a collaboration between the IOC and the stakeholders GAISF, ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, AIMS, and Associate Members.

Panel sessions were led by David Eades, Anchor and Journalist, BBC World who served as Master of Ceremonies for the IF Forum 2017.

Official Partners included: JLT Specialty, Nielsen Sports, Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition; Legacy Partner Sport Event Denmark; and Host City Partners Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud.

For media enquiries, contact [email protected] (Media Relations Officer).

GLOBAL MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP THEME DRIVES RECORD HIGHS IN DELEGATE COMMITMENT FOR SPORTACCORD CONVENTION 2018

Date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Global sports sponsorship is set to achieve $44 billion in 2017 with strong growth projected to continue in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region as well as other parts of the world, including Europe and the USA. On top of this, the global spending power of Millennials is $2.5 trillion annually with 95% saying they will switch to a brand with a good cause. [1]

Influencer marketing, social responsibility, social activism, data rights, virtual reality, live streaming channels, brand purpose and brand co-creation, as well as attracting millennials who no longer watch television or visit websites – are some of the biggest challenges facing organisations today involved in the business of sport.

Activations on and off the field of play, content engagement, connected experiences and much more, will all be addressed at SportAccord Convention 2018, the only global sports gathering attended by every international sports federation as well as many of the key stakeholders in sport.

Set to take place from 15 – 20 April 2018 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, Thailand, the plenary conference will focus on the theme: Uniting a Global Audience – Marketing and Sponsorship for the Future. As part of the full conference programme, additional conference streams - CityAccord, MediaAccord, LawAccord and HealthAccord, will also examine the challenges that lie ahead when it comes to sponsorship and marketing.

As a result, SportAccord Convention registrations have soared (compared to this time last year), and record numbers of international sports federations have committed to exhibition booths. Many partners are re-signing having experienced the intrinsic value the Convention brings, while Malaysia Major Events has moved up a tier (to Gold).

Other partners to re-sign include Sport Event Denmark, (Gold Partner and Co-Host of last year’s Convention in Aarhus, Denmark) and DB Schenker (Delivery Partner), both of whom have been closely involved with the Convention since its inception in 2003, and Host City has become a Delivery Partner for the first time. Silver Partners Edmonton Events and Event Scotland, and Bronze Partners FIBA and Visit Victoria, as well as many media partners, have already confirmed their commitment to return and will be in Bangkok.

Not wanting to miss out, newcomers from the APAC region such as MI Associates will experience the world sport and business summit for the first time. Other organisations are taking advantage of their global presence to send C-level teams from Asia-Pacific such as Lagardère Sports Australia, while Great Big Events is bringing its largest delegation to date from both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Regarded as the sports business hub for collaboration and discovery, Greg Bowman, Managing and Creative Director commented:

“Great Big Events has been attending SportAccord Convention since its inaugural event in 2003. Our team is very excited to be involved once again, as we always find it a great event for discussing innovation and progress in sport and discovering ways to continue to push our industry forward into new and exciting territory.”

With so much to address and so many opportunities to be gained from taking part in one of the most important summits in 2018, organisations are encouraged to register and take part in the SportAccord Convention. Currently priced at CHF 2,000 and due to rise by CHF 500 on 6 November 2017, a delegate pass provides access to the most exclusive network of key decision-makers, stakeholders and experts in the world of sport.

Delegates have access to the full conference programme, 3-day exhibition, the Thai Pavilion, and numerous networking opportunities, including social events, the Opening Ceremony and Closing Event, luncheons, evening cocktails, the After Hours Bar, and much more. Follow developments and updates via Twitter @saconvention using #SAC2018, as well as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Organisations can register as an exhibitor online or contact the sales team to become a partner: [email protected] or phone +41 (0)79 126 08 42

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]


[1] Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn / Author: Afdhel Aziz

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

Follow and engage with SportAccord Convention here: #SAC2018

Great Big Events

Great Big Events was established in 1995 and quickly became recognised and respected for our world leadership in Sport Presentation, as well as the production of major cultural and entertainment events, Opening Ceremonies and Spectaculars.

Great Big Events’ philosophy centres around offering fans a live event experience like no other. The moment the crowd steps into one of our events, they become part of the experience. Whether they engage through social media, sing along to the national anthem, cheer as their favourite athlete enters the field or simply become part of the silence as the anticipation builds prior to the start of competition, each fan is a vital part of the whole experience – not simply a spectator to the action unfolding in front of them.

For media enquiries contact [email protected], +612 9660 6133 (landline),

+61 402 970 801 (mobile). Visit www.greatbigevents.com and engage on Twitter or Facebook.



 

 

CONFIRMED! SPORTACCORD CONVENTION IS THE ONLY SPORTS BUSINESS EVENT GUARANTEED TO HAVE ALL INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS PRESENT

Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Making choices can be tricky when it comes to selecting which events to attend for organisations involved in the business of sport. With so much to consider, as well as Asia-Pacific set to overtake Europe in sponsorship spend, organisations who want to ensure they make the most from their investments, should register and become involved in the SportAccord Convention 2018 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Why? SportAccord Convention is the only global sports business event guaranteed to have all the international sports federations present. Delegates can rest assured they will have access to 109 Members and Associate Member organisations, as well as 7 Observers, during the world sport and business summit.

SportAccord Convention offers a unique and exclusive networking environment, placing stakeholders in the perfect position to meet the key decision-makers in sport. Here are some compelling reasons for anyone who has a vested interest in sport, to invest and become an exhibitor at the 16th edition in Bangkok, Thailand.

·       APAC is becoming the hottest global market with sponsorship growth expected to reach record levels

·       Nearly 40% of confirmed exhibitors are international sports federations who are actively looking to engage

·       Over 30% of exhibitors are cities and regions - just under half of these organisations are partners too

·       Every sport needs equipment manufacturers to operate an event

·       43% of the exhibition floor space has been reserved already – booths are being snapped-up quickly

·       Exhibition booths always sell-out well in advance of the Convention

·       For the first time, all delegates will pass through the exhibition area to access the conference auditorium and meeting rooms

·       The SAC Café is larger than ever and located within the exhibition zone with many great locations for delegates to network and take in the experience

·       Top speakers are signing-up for the #SAC2018 conference programme with the highly topical theme - Uniting a Global Audience: Marketing & Sponsorship for the Future

Commenting on the reasons why The World Games 2021 Birmingham (TWG 2021 BHM) and Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) have secured an exhibition booth (No. 113), Steve Mistrot, Sport Director, TWG 2021 BHM said:

“SportAccord Convention provides opportunities to develop relationships with the IWGA Member Federations.  Partnering with GBCVB this year as Exhibitors provides valuable visibility for both organizations:

“For TWG 2021 BHM, a branded space to meet with IWGA Member Federations; for GBCVB, visibility to market Birmingham as a viable host for future events.”

Entry-level booths for SportAccord Convention will start at 6m² and include 4 delegate passes (increasing with booth size), graphics, TV, furniture, information counter, Wi-Fi, power, lights and carpet. Visit the website for further information including the Official Schedule or to register, and become an exhibitor, partner or delegate.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

 

The World Games 2021 Birmingham (TWG 2021 BHM) is the organizing committee for the 11th edition of The World Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA in Summer 2021.

 

Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the travel, tourism and convention bureau for the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

 

For press enquiries, further information and social media engagement:

 

TWG 2021 BHM: D. J. Mackovets, CEO, [email protected], +1 205 458 8395

Visit www.theworldgames2021.com

Engage via: Twitter @TWG2021BHM                                

 

GBCVB: David Galbaugh, VP Sports Sales & Marketing, [email protected], +1 205 214 9210

Visit www.birminghamal.org  

Engage via Twitter: @inbirmingham or Facebook: facebook.com/GBCVB                                                                

 

DAVID SIMON, PRESIDENT OF LOS ANGELES SPORTS COUNCIL TO CO-CHAIR CITYACCORD AND CITY-TO-CITY AT SAC2018

Date: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Recognised as one of the most influential sports business leaders in Los Angeles having played a significant role in bids for almost every major sporting event that has been brought to the region in the last three decades, David Simon, President of the Los Angeles Sports Council will co-chair CityAccord and City-to-City at the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok, Thailand from 15 – 20 April 2018.

In 1984 LA was the first Olympic Games ever to generate an operating surplus (US$235 million) and the region is eager to repeat this economic achievement in 2028. So how do cities go about selecting the right events and turning them into an outstanding success?

“Making relationships a priority - this year’s theme for CityAccord - is one of the pillars of success when it comes to bidding for and hosting major events. However, in order to achieve great success, selecting the right events is also key and requires clear thinking.

“As a city you need to look at your specific community and determine what is achievable based on your resources: human, financial and physical. Once you've identified these critical factors, forging strong relationships with event stakeholders will help you achieve your vision and deliver successful results. Cities and stakeholders will be able to examine these elements and more during CityAccord.” commented David Simon.

A popular day at SportAccord Convention, CityAccord will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 from 14:00 at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre. Aimed at cities, regions, sponsors, international sport federations, organising committees and industry, delegates are encouraged to register.

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship & Events of HSBC – Global Financial Organisation, will take part in the CityAccord Interactive Q&A entitled: “How do sponsors determine which sports and events to partner with?” where delegates will have the opportunity to ask sponsors about their approach and choices.

“It is a most timely question and one that will no doubt elicit a wide variety of responses. One thing is for sure – the sponsorship landscape is changing and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be involved. In short, we want our customers and our four key sports – golf, rugby, tennis and cycling – to thrive. We believe the way to achieve this is to invest in our sports through innovation, grass roots, entertainment and much more; by doing this we add value to the sports we sponsor and at the same time deliver spectacular brand experiences for our customers.”    

Melanie Duparc Co-ordinator of Smart Cities & Sport Network - an Official Supporter of SportAccord Convention, will also co-chair CityAccord and City-to-City.

Further information can be found on the webpage CityAccord. Watch highlights from last year’s successful #SAC2017 City Day including comments from Melanie Duparc of Smart Cities & Sport, Ben Avison of Host City, as well as the #SAC2017 Convention City Co-Host, Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark. Registration for #SAC2018 is open.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

For more information about the SportAccord Convention visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Follow us at: #SAC2018

City-to-City

09.30-12.00hrs: for cities and regions only.

CityAccord

14.00-16.30hrs: open to all delegates and intended for cities and regions, sponsors, international sports federations, organising committees, stakeholders, service providers, and any organisation with a vested interest in sport.

HSBC – Global Financial Organisation

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.

For HSBC – Global Financial Organisation media enquiries, contact Steve Bradley, [email protected], + 44 207 413 3179 (landline), + 44 7771 776568 (mobile).

Visit www.hsbc.com/news-and-insight/sponsorship

Reach out through Twitter: @HSBC_Sport Facebook: HSBC Sport LinkedIn: HSBC

 

EVENT PUBLISHER ‘HOST CITY’ BECOMES OFFICIAL DELIVERY PARTNER FOR #SAC2018

Date: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention today is delighted to welcome Host City onboard as the Official Event Development Partner for its sixteenth edition, set to take place at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre in Thailand from 15 – 20 April 2018.

Commenting on the importance of the partnership, Ben Avison, Editorial and Conference Director of Host City said:

“Host City is delighted to have become SportAccord Convention’s Delivery Partner. We see this as the natural evolution of an increasingly powerful relationship between two crucial platforms supporting the community of stakeholders in major international events.

“SportAccord Convention and Host City have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years through media partnerships and conference activities.

“Host City particularly values opportunities to reinforce and forge new connections with leading people and organisations involved in major events.

“As well as being a focus for Host City’s high quality editorial coverage, SAC2018 in Bangkok will also provide a welcome opportunity for us to build engagement in Host City’s own events – including Host City Asia, which will bring the world of international event hosting to Beijing at the end of May 2018, and our annual global conference and exhibition in Glasgow in November 2017.”

SportAccord Convention is also a Silver Sponsor to Host City 2017 taking place in Glasgow from 28-29 November 2017.

Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention said, “As an Official Delivery Partner, we’re delighted to have Host City onboard, given the importance and complexities of hosting major sports events. Host City has provided first-class support and media coverage for SportAccord Convention, and in recent years, with Ben Avison involved as a moderator for our CityAccord conference. We value their expertise and encourage delegates to draw on their experience in the lead-up to and during the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok.”

To network and connect with delegates ahead of the SportAccord Convention 2018 including international sports federations, cities, regions, organising committees, rights holders and suppliers, organisations involved in the business of sport can register for the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok as a delegate, or become involved as a partner and/or exhibitor.

The annual SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit runs for 6 days and features an extensive Conference programme including CityAccord, a sell-out 3-day exhibition, and hosts the stakeholder General Assemblies attended by their Members. The Convention also offers many social and networking opportunities as part of its Official Schedule.

For media enquiries, please email [email protected], Media Relations Officer.

 

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

Follow us on Twitter: @saconvention #SAC2018

Host City

Host City is the media and event platform of choice for cities, rights holders, organising committees and suppliers in their quest for best practice on hosting major events of all kinds.

First launched in 2003 as a bilingual magazine for the organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Host City now serves all stakeholders in international sports, business and cultural events through magazine and event formats.

Now in its fourth year of growth, Host City conference and exhibition is firmly established as the largest meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events, renowned for the highest level of speakers, content and networking. Host City 2017 takes place in Glasgow on 28 and 29 November and the first Host City Asia takes place in Beijing in late May 2018.

For Host City media enquiries please contact [email protected], +44 7876 682072 (mob).

Visit www.hostcity.com

Reach out through Twitter: https://twitter.com/host_city Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HostCityMedia/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/1877338/

SIR BEN AINSLIE TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT LAUSANNE IF FORUM FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABILITY

Date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Sir Ben Ainslie, four-time Olympic Gold Medallist & Team Principal, as well as Skipper of Britain’s America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, will give the keynote on 8 November 2017 at the eleventh edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum focused on Sustainability.

Speaking ahead of this year’s event set to take place from 8-10 November at the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland, Sir Ben Ainslie shared the following thoughts:

“It’s great that a flagship event like the International Federation (IF) Forum is focusing specifically on sustainability. Sports teams represent key role models in society and there is an opportunity for all sports teams to become truly sustainable businesses. At Land Rover BAR, we believe our influence should extend far beyond the race course, we look to educate and inspire to drive sustainability forward instinctively.”

This year’s IF Forum conference: ‘‘International Federation Impact - Leading the way towards a Sustainable Agenda’ will include Welcome Remarks from Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, and Philippe Leuba, State Councillor Department of Economy and Sport, Canton of Vaud.

Patrick Baumann, President of GAISF and SportAccord Convention will deliver the Opening Address to leaders of the international sports federations and discussed the significance of this year’s theme on Sustainability:

"Avery Brundage, 5th president of the International Olympic Committee once described sport as ‘an international phenomenon like science or music’ and he was right.  Sport has significant influence to shape the way people think about issues such as sustainability which is central to the future of our planet. As leaders of International Sports bodies we have a responsibility to use that influence by ensuring promoting sustainability and ingraining best practice into our events and operations.”

Marie Sallois Dembreville, Director of Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability, IOC, will lead the Welcome and Opening Remarks on Thursday 9 November, and outline the objectives for the IF Forum, as well as the importance of implementing a common strategy.

The IF Forum conference will focus on infrastructure and natural sites, sourcing and resource management, climate, mobility, and workforce. The programme is a collaboration between the International Olympic Committee and all International Federations, and hosted by the SportAccord Convention team.

Speakers will include:

·         Inger Andersen, Director General of IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

·         David Stubbs, Sustainability Expert

·         Antony Scanlon, Executive Director, IGF - International Golf Federation

·         Gloria Scarano, Mountain Protection Coordinator, UIAA - International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation

·         Lorenz Isler, Sustainability Manager, IKEA

·         Sabrina Ibáñez, Secretary General, FEI - International Equestrian Federation

·         Andreas Graf, Human Rights Manager, FIFA - International Federation of Football Association

·         Elena Murdaca, Administration Director, FIE - International Fencing Federation

·         John Liljelund, Secretary General, IFF - International Floorball Federation

·         Max T. Edkins, Manager, Connect4Climate Programme, World Bank Group

·         Janne Leskinen, Secretary General, Lahti 2017, FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

·         Thomas Kurth, Secretary General, UIM - International Powerboating Union

·         Denis Décosterd, Chef du Service du développement de la Ville et de la communication, ville de Lausanne

·         Maël Besson, Policy Officer, Sustainable Development of Sport, French Ministry of Cities, Youth and Sport, French Government

·         Dr Beate Grupp, IIHF - International Ice Hockey Federation

·         Will Lloyd, CEO, Global Sports Jobs

·         Roger Piarulli, Executive Director, THF - Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, WT - World Taekwondo

·         Jörn Verleger, Secretary General, IFA - International Fistball Association

·         Volker Bernardi, Executive Director, WFDF - World Flying Disc Federation

·         Magnus Sverdrup, Head of International Relations, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games 2016

Panel sessions will be led by David Eades, Anchor and Journalist, BBC World who will also serve as Master of Ceremonies for the IF Forum 2017.

The IF Forum is for international sports federations, speakers and official IF Forum partners by invitation only.

Official Partners include: JLT Specialty, Nielsen Sports, Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, Sport Event Denmark, Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud.

For media enquiries, please email [email protected] (Media Relations Officer).

EDITORS NOTES

The International Federation (IF) Forum

The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations with focus on sharing best practices and knowledge. The event is open to international sports federation members from GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS.

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

For more information about the SportAccord Convention visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Follow us at: #SAC2018

INSURANCE BROKER JLT SPECIALTY SIGN NEW 3-YEAR PARTNERSHIP CEMENTING SUPPORT FOR THE IF FORUM

Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention today confirmed a new three-year International Federation (IF) Forum partnership with JLT Specialty who deliver insurance consultancy services to the sports industry, including a number of bespoke products for the international sports federations.

This year’s IF Forum is set to take place from 8-10 November 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland and will focus on the ‘International Federation Impact - Leading the way towards a Sustainable Agenda’.

The IF Forum provides a platform for GAISF stakeholders and their members to tackle global issues related to the Sports Movement. The event provides plenty of opportunity for speakers and delegates to share best practice, as well as take back ideas and initiatives to work through within their respective international sports federations.

Gary Flynn, Head of Sport Practice for JLT Specialty commented, “We at JLT are proud to have been an official partner to the IF Forum since 2011, and my personal involvement with the Global Association of International Sports Federations goes even further back to 2007.

The IF Forum allows us to explore new opportunities to assist International Federations with their insurance needs and strengthen our existing relationships.”

Hosted by the SportAccord Convention team, the annual 3-day gathering is limited to a small number of industry partners thus providing strong visibility. The IF Forum gives partners access to an authoritative networking environment and recognition as a supporter of the Sports Movement.

Partners also have access to the official schedule which includes entry to all conference and panel sessions involving leading experts, workshops and case studies, as well as VIP functions and social activities. IF Forum Partners also have the opportunity to deliver a presentation as part of the conference programme.

Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention said, “We are delighted to sign a new three-year partnership with JLT Specialty who have been tremendous supporters of the IF Forum for the last 6 years. Their commitment demonstrates the value a partnership brings and what can be achieved in this environment.”

A review of innovation in the global insurance industry carried out by Accenture in 2015, highlights the growing importance of partnerships which feature strongly in the biggest innovation trends.

To discuss partnership opportunities, contact Brandon Kelley of SportAccord Convention +41 (0) 21 601 27 64 or email [email protected].

For further details on the IF Forum visit http://www.sportaccordconvention.com/international-federation-if-forum-2017#.

For media enquiries, email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTES

The International Federation (IF) Forum

The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations with focus on sharing best practices and knowledge. The event is open to international sports federation members from GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS, by invitation only.

JLT Specialty

JLT Specialty Limited (JLT Specialty) is a global specialist insurance broker and risk consultant, providing market leading industry knowledge and expertise in specialist fields to some of the world's largest companies.

JLT Specialty is part of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group of companies (JLT), one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. JLT’s client proposition is built upon its deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence.

For JLT Specialty press enquiries contact [email protected], +44 20 7895 7705 (landline), +44 (0)7799 340658 (mobile).

Visit www.jltspecialty.com, engage via Twitter @JLTGroup, or LinkedIn at JLT Specialty

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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SPORTACCORD CONVENTION REVEALS ACTION-PACKED MEDIAACCORD CONFERENCE FOR ITS SPORTS BUSINESS SUMMIT IN BANGKOK

Date: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention is delighted to reveal the MediaAccord Conference Programme ‘Breaking New Ground – Areas of Opportunity in the Media Landscape’ under the overarching theme of marketing and sponsorship for its 16th edition in Bangkok, Thailand.

MediaAccord, one of the five conference programme streams at the SportAccord Convention, is set to take place on Thursday, 19 April 2018 and promises to be an action-packed afternoon. Kicking off at 13:30 with a media interview, delegates will get to hear the latest coming out of PyeongChang 2018.

This will follow with a scene setter ‘Changing media consumption demographics’ and look at the rapidly-changing media landscape and how best to take advantage of the myriad new technologies available.

Millennials are currently the largest living generation, the most lucrative market in the world, and have the largest annual buying power. They rarely watch television and traditional websites, marketing and advertising channels fail to register. They value authenticity and like to align themselves with organisations doing good in the world and give support to brands and events who have similar values. This panel session will examine how sport and media can do their jobs effectively when demographics, technology and priorities are forever shifting.

User-generated content (UGC) is playing a larger and more complex role in many aspects of sports brands, events, revenue generation and sponsorship. MediaAccord will host a round table and look at whether’ UGC is a threat or a bonus’ at this conference session.

‘Sports Apps for Dummies’ will provide the final session for MediaAccord. A fast-paced interactive Q&A is planned with knowledge experts providing insight in to how a whole range of user content can revolutionise a sport including athletes and fans, as well make an impact on your bottom line.

Any organisation involved in the business of sport can register and take part in SportAccord Convention. Delegate passes are currently available at CHF2,000 for a limited time only, providing access to the most prestigious network of key decision-makers in sport, the full conference programme, exhibition, social events including the Opening Ceremony and Closing Event, luncheons, evening cocktails and much more.

Further ground-breaking insights from leading experts can be seen from last year’s MediaAccord conference sessions including Greg Stremlaw who explained how CBC created a pioneering public broadcasting partnership model for the Rio Games; a panel session focused on both practical and strategic ways of enhancing relationships with media to tell better stories that fans and the public want to hear; discover how FIVB sought to maximise media exposure and its public profile for the sport; and from Nielsen Sports, understanding the changing trends in audience habits and media consumption.

Follow developments and updates via Twitter @saconvention using #SAC2018, as well as LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportaccord-convention, and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sportaccordconvention.

For Exhibition or Partner enquiries, please contact the sales team: [email protected] or phone +41 (0)79 126 08 42

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

For more information about the SportAccord Convention visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Follow us: #SAC2018

MOBILE APP GOES LIVE FOR SPORTACCORD CONVENTION 2018 - A “VITAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SPORTS BUSINESS COMMUNITY”

Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention, the biggest global gathering for all the international sports federations and sports industry, is delighted to unveil the latest release of its smart mobile app for the Convention set to take place from 15 – 20 April 2018 in Bangkok. Designed to keep attendees informed and connected at all times, with up-to-the-minute news ahead of and during the Convention, the easy-to-use mobile app is also a critical networking tool for delegates.

A popular app at SAC2017 with well over one thousand downloads, Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, whose organisation were also co-hosts for the Convention in 2017 said:

“SportAccord Convention is a vital networking opportunity for the sports business community. With a packed official schedule, and around 1500 high-profile delegates in attendance during the Convention in Aarhus Denmark in 2017, the mobile app was instrumental in helping delegates access and connect with people on the delegate list, set-up meetings, plan and organise what they want to do ahead of the Convention, and receive the latest information during the Convention. The mobile app is a great networking tool for delegates.”

Registered delegates can send meeting invitations to other attendees as well as review their profiles. In much the same way as email meeting requests are made, recipients can choose whether to accept or decline, and any confirmed meetings are added to their mobile phone calendar.

The new version of the mobile app for the next SportAccord Convention includes a go-to Virtual Conference Bag enabling delegates to bookmark important information, keep track of conference sessions they wish to attend or share with colleagues at a later date, as well as favourite speakers, delegates and content.

Other new features include a social media function enabling delegates to share their experiences with everyone within their social networks. The user-interface has also been updated and is more visually intuitive to include a clear tile icon design for easy navigation. 

The official version of the SportAccord Convention mobile app can be downloaded in the Apple and Google Play stores with delegates up and running in less than a minute.

To network and connect with #SAC2018 delegates including all the international sports federations, anyone involved in the business of sport can register for the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok and join the world sport and business summit as a delegate, partner and exhibitor.

Organisations and sports business leaders who are considering attending #SAC2018 can gain insights from last year’s Convention in Aarhus, Denmark and watch highlights in the SportAccord Convention Video Gallery, where many of the conference sessions are also relevant to this year’s Plenary conference which will examine how sport and sponsors can unite a complex global audience for the future.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

For more information about the SportAccord Convention visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Follow us on: #SAC2018

SPORTACCORD CONVENTION WELCOMES PRINCIPAL MEDIA PARTNERS SPORTCAL, SPORTSPRO AND YUTANG SPORTS FOR BANGKOK

Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention, the largest global gathering covering the business of sport and attended by all international sport federations, is delighted to confirm its Principal Media Partners, Sportcal, SportsPro and Yutang Sports for its 16th edition taking place from 15 - 20 April 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Selected as Principal media partners for their unique offerings, media reach and expertise, particularly in the APAC region, they will provide media and marketing support in the lead-up to the next Convention, as well as in-depth news coverage and workshops during #SAC2018.

Sportcal is a world-leading provider of sports market intelligence, which supplies information and expert analysis through its subscription website, Insight magazine, bespoke research projects and event studies. Its range of services helps clients with their planning of sports events, analysis of commercial data, forecasting of future trends and business decisions.

SportsPro is the world’s leading international media company for the sports industry across print, digital and events. It produces powerful storytelling and insightful commentary around the commercial, political and organisations aspects of the global sports industry. Its content receives over 8 million views annually and allows its audience to keep up-to-date with breaking news and analysis like no other media platform provides. 

Yutang Sports has been in the business of sports marketing and sponsorship services for 20 years accumulating rich expertise and a deep understanding of the ongoing transformation of the Chinese sports market. Yutang Sports will also host a dedicated Chinese language section on their website for the SportAccord Convention 2018, as well as produce video content to connect with the Chinese sports community around the globe through its multiple social media platforms.

Welcoming this year’s Principal Media Partners on-board, Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention said, “We are delighted to be working with Sportcal, SportsPro and Yutang Sports again. Their continued support as well as marketing and media services will help to drive awareness and deliver up-to-the-minute sports news stories around the world.”

To register as a delegate and take advantage of the limited delegate rate of CHF2,000, become a Partner, or Exhibitor at the leading sports business summit visit www.sportaccordconvention.com. Follow developments and updates via Twitter @saconvention using #SAC2018, LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportaccord-convention, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sportaccordconvention.

For Exhibition or Partner enquiries, please contact the sales team: [email protected]onvention.com or phone +41 (0)79 126 08 42

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. Held in a different city each year, the Convention takes place over six days and is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, and organisations involved in the business of sport.

The SportAccord Convention is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at the SportAccord Convention.

GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

In addition, the SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

For more information about the SportAccord Convention visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Follow us on: #SAC2018

 

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