SEM to return in November 2010

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The fifth International Sports Event Management Conference will take place at London's Shaw Theatre on 3 and 4 November 2010, following the success of this year's event, which featured the strongest ever line–up of industry leaders.

The conference will revert to a two–day format to provide greater opportunity for presentations and in–depth discussion of the issues and opportunities facing the sports events sector, ranging from bidding for events to economic assessment, planning, infrastructure and facility construction, personnel, media, security and volunteers. "The conference is now established as the world's leading forum for the sector and the 2009 event set new standards, which we are determined to exceed next year, " said Nigel Rushman of organiser Rushmans. "Sir Craig Reedie pointed to the amount of business to be done in this sector. Sports Event Management 2010 will be the place to build contacts and provide the insight needed to take advantage of the opportunities available. " Hundreds of delegates at Sports Event Management 2009 heard insightful presentations from industry leaders, including Olympic event management legend Sandy Hollway, CEO of the Sydney Olympic Games and Paul Deighton, who heads the London 2012 Organising Committee. Like many other speakers he underscored the power and potential of major events, saying: "We will exploit to the nth degree the lifetime opportunity we have. " Dan Jones, head of the Sports Business unit at Deloitte, spoke of the transformational effect that sport had had on Manchester, the city in which his business is based: "Manchester sport used to be about Manchester United...Now it is so much more than that, " he said. From opening keynote to closing remarks, Sports Event Management '09 delivered excellent speakers, priceless insight and tremendous value for its participants. Sports Event Management 2010 will examine the lessons to be learned from three of the year's mega–events: the FIFA World Cup, Winter Olympic Games and Ryder Cup as well as looking ahead to the bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022. "The speakers were informative and interesting and not just 'sales pitches'. There were some massive names and some excellent presentations", said Aideen Shortt, associate director at Airton Risk Management. And Flavia Guimardes of Philips Lighting in the Netherlands was equally enthusiastic, commenting: "The event is a good place to hear about what the industry's main topics are from the leaders of the industry. " But the last word goes to one of the top level speakers, HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al–Thani, Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee, who said: "It was a pleasure to have been part of this conference that enables sports events expertise from all across the world to be shared. " SPORTS EVENT MANAGEMENT 20103rd & 4th November – LondonThe essential conference for sports event management professionals T: +44(0)1264 852 016 F: +44(0)1264 852 011 E: nicola@rushmans. com W: www. sportseventmanagement. com

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