Soccerex Global Convention 2016 proves Duncan Revie’s legacy will live on
Against the tragic backdrop of founder Duncan Revie’s untimely passing, Soccerex are proud to report that the Soccerex Global Convention 2016 – the first Soccerex event held without Duncan present – successfully hit both delegate and exhibitor targets and received widespread praise from the football industry.
With a target of surpassing last year’s total of 2805 delegates, Soccerex this year welcomed 2932 senior industry delegates between Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th September, including 451 football club representatives from around the world. In total, there were 76 countries represented, with 62% of delegates at a C/Director level. Exhibition sales also exceeded 2015 levels with 153 organisations using the exhibition to promote their products and services.
As always, the three day event caused quite a stir in the media. The 247 journalists in attendance heard from leading figures such as new FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, AFC Bournemouth Chairman, Jeff Mostyn, Soccer United Marketing President, Kathy Carter and former England Manager, Steve McLaren, alongside big delegations from institutional partners LaLiga and the English Football League, leading to Soccerex trending on Twitter and helping to generate more than 1600 online articles. The event also received broadcast coverage across Sky Sports, ITV and BBC News. Key headlines from the event include:
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Some of the event highlights included the hosting of the inaugural FIFA Diversity Awards, where Mrs Samoura was joined on stage by football legends and FIFA Diversity jury members, Clarence Seedorf and Thomas Hitzlsperger, to present the award to Indian NGO, Slum Soccer. The Soccerex Global Convention also featured, for the first time, the Love Football Zone, an area dedicated to showcasing all that is good about the beautiful game. The zone featured talks from FA Director of Participation, Kelly Simmons, former Brazil and Arsenal Captain Gilberto Silva, Street Football legend Séan Garnier and a Premier League Communities take over that was hosted by Graeme Le Saux and BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent.
Although there is a lot still to evaluate, initial feedback from those that have attended has been extremely positive. FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura commented:
“The Soccerex Global Convention is definitely the number one event that pulls all the industry of football together, and for my first visit to Manchester and my first speech in England, it's been a really fantastic journey”.
Commenting on the 2016 Convention, Soccerex Chairman Tony Martin said:
“I am incredibly proud of what the team achieved in Manchester this year and the success is made all the more poignant by the tragic news we received about Duncan when got home. Duncan was a huge personality and a great friend, whose drive and passion helped to establish what Soccerex is today. His passing leaves a void in so many lives but Duncan would have wanted the show to go on. He would have been so proud of this year’s Convention and the effort the team put in to make it a success. Along with Rita and all those in the Soccerex family, I am committed to ensuring that we continue with the great ambition Duncan had for Soccerex to bring the whole world of football together for the good of the game”.
Soccerex returns to Manchester next year for the Soccerex Global Convention on 4th – 6th September 2017, but next stop for the company is Qatar, for the Soccerex Asian Forum 2016. On 5th – 6th December in Doha, with the support of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Soccerex will unite the football business community from across Asia and the rest of the world to look at the business behind major event delivery, sports performance and sports marketing. For more information on this event please go to www.soccerex.com/asia.