Everybody from commercial directors to stadium suppliers converged on Manchester last week for the Soccerex European Forum.

The high profile event attracted the elite of Europe’s football industry for a two-day conference of debate, networking and socialising. The event covered topics such as UEFA Financial Fair Play, the relationship between betting and football, the changing landscape of football sponsorship and a also the turbulent relationship between football and the media.

One of the most exciting presentations was the St George’s Park complex – the inspirational new home for innovation in sporting performance. The new facility is set to be opened later this summer and will provide a permanent training base for all of the England teams as well as education for the coaches of the future.

England under-21 manager and interim first team coach, Stuart Pearce, said: “I’m at a stage now, really whenever I go to the site – and I’ve been on a regular basis over the season – you’re almost showing the facility off to people, such is the pride. People are so impressed. I’ve not had one person come away from the site, having seen its potential, that has been let down.”

The next date for Soccerex is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November 24-28, later this year.

Posted on 01/04/2012