The series of Future of Sport conferences is tailored to cater for a number of industry aspects that can be vital to the growth of our favourite games, pastimes and careers whether it be in the professional, community or leisure capacity.

Crowdfunding & Sponsorship Initiatives in Sport Conference was attended by many of the industry’s most senior sport business executives, marketers and crowdfunding representatives from Britain, North America, Australia and more.

The Team!

Conference Director: Alan Seymour

Alan Seymour is an experienced academic in the sports marketing, engagement, PR, branding and social media sectors.

Seymour was a lecturer at the University of Northampton and has run several conferences both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Director: Dr Paul Blakey

Paul is Senior Lecturer in Sport Business Management and joined the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science in November 2015. Paul has considerable experience within the higher education sector having previously been course leader for Sport MSc programmes at Northumbria University, and before that at the University of Chester.

Paul has worked on collaborative, and individual, research publications, conference presentations, ‘in-field’ event impact studies for sport governing bodies and co-ordinated a nationwide research project for a UK-based leisure corporation. He has supervised PhD students on subjects including surf brands, sports volunteers and sport tourism destinations.

Director: Rafael Garcia-Krailing

Raf graduated with a first class degree from the University of Northampton in Sports Marketing and Management and is currently sits on their Board of Governors.

Raf has learnt his trade from the tutelage of Chris Rivvett and Alan Seymour. Specialising in International Business and Project Management.

Since 2014, Raf has been supporting the development and growth of FOSC.