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Rugby Dreams Are Made

It reads like a story not real life, but this Weekend’s Events show the stuff that dreams are made off. 16 year old, Kaya Stores from Cheadle Hulme High School and playing his rugby for Manchester and Cheshire was instrumental in the historic performance of the Turkish Team in the Rugby Europe Tournament in Latvia. Despite being the youngest in this u18s Team, he progressed through two 10 day camps and physical assessments to be selected in the final 12 to travel. He then featured in every match.

The fact the first three teams all came from the same Group Stage shows how tough it was to progress. In Group stages, Turkey overwhelmed Austria, were narrowly defeated by Luxembourg and lost to Switzerland. But they did enough to secure a Quarter Final place on Day 2.

They started as they meant to go on by defeating Hungary with its 6 foot 4 Captain. They then reversed the score from the previous Day and easily had victory over an ambitious Luxembourg side. They then improved also against Switzerland, but they were just two strong again.

The result means that as a Finalist, Turkey now qualifies to join the Championship next year for the first time in its history. It will now face the might of such as: France, Ireland, Romania and Spain.

Two of the Turkish Team will still be eligible, Kaya and Serkan Ates. Of the performances by Kaya, the Turkish Rugby Federation said that “Turkey was proud of him” as did the new Turkish Consulate in Manchester. He qualifies for the Country through his Turkish Mother, Bilge, yet his Father Stockport-businessman, Adrian Stores accompanied the Team throughout helping with translations, analysis, filming and coaching.

His Teammates at Manchester Rugby Club were ever so supportive sending regular messages. What an experience. Kaya now dreams of playing more for Turkiye and may be a contender for Captain one day.

Growing by the day!

Our Football Business Networking Event at the Etihad Stadium is growing by the day!

Our events are the ideal environment for anyone in the football industry to come and meet potential partners and suppliers, with networking the core focus of the day.

Running from 10.30am-3pm. There’ll also be refreshments and lunch are provided to all our guests.

We’ll also be shortly announcing an exciting Q+A Panel on the changing face of sponsorship, made up of influential industry figures and put together by one of our sponsors Acrobat FCSM, which will be well worth attending.

It’s FREE* to attend as a delegate for all clubs officials and businesses, so why not join us at the Eithad for a great day of talking all things football!

https://www.footballtradedirectory.com/book-delegate-ticket?cat=111281


Speakers to include:

Adrian Stores

CEO at ACROBAT FCSM – strategic marketing, sponsorship and fundraising agency.  Former Chair to Chartered Institute of Marketing’s specialist sports consultants and worked on projects for some of the top brand names as defined in the Deloitte’s “Football Finance Report” and Brand Finance’s “Sporting Brands”.

Ming Zhao

Marketing Manager at Blackburn Rovers FC.  Respected football commentator for leading broadcasters in China including on: PP Sport; Super Sports; PP Sport; and iQIYI Sports.  Ming is an advocate of DDDM (data-driven decision-making) and is keen on helping leading brands achieve competitive advantage with his data savvy and multilingualism.

Dan Wilson

Partner at Sedulo. He graduated from Manchester Business School with a first class degree.  Dan works closely with all the sports clients at Sedulo ranging from football to rugby league clubs and also specialising in the National Governing Body industry.  He was FD at a professional football club for 3 years.

Giorgi Jashiashvili

Giorgi is the CEO and a co-founder of Enefty, the no-code fan engagement platform based in Berlin. After spending multiple years in advertising, fan engagement and community management areas, he has founded Enefty to help clubs with sponsorships and fundraising by utilizing the latest NFT (Non-Fungible Token) technology.

Amazing sport

Despite 35 years in sports marketing and managing partnerships with sponsors, there’s still room to be amazed by working in sports that we haven’t served before. I now act as sub-contract Commercial Director at the iconic and legendary, Manchester Giants pro-basketball Team.

The atmosphere at games is something to be experienced. Restricted in numbers by the size of the Venue, but often described as the most atmospheric in the British Basketball League (BBL). Promotional opportunities are available at a fraction of other sports, yet entertainment value second to none. Whatever the driver – marketing exposure, new business generation, corporate hospitality, family entertainment or children’s parties – GIANTS have something for everyone. Just get in touch for an informal, no-obligation chat to explore the potential in this amazing sport: astores@manchestergiants.com

One initiative that is gathering pace is the GIANTS Networking and Business Club. At only £295 for a full year with a range of benefits, already the camaraderie is resulting in friendships, partnerships, supply-chain and new business. And its not onerous at only once a month catching up with one another. Interested: astores@manchestergiants.com

The BBL Championship is the flagship competition and determines the top team in British basketball over a regular season campaign. The twelve clubs meet one another on two occasions in the league competition.

Every game is live streamed via 54 partner channels and live basketball.tv. The BBL is growing in audience and media coverage. A minimum of 2x GIANTS’ games will be shown live on BBC Sport.

The obvious synergy for a brand with this dynamic, growing sport is GIGANTIC. The Guardian reported: “Basketball’s street cred fuels its fight to become UK’s No2 sport”.

According to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, “basketball is the second most popular sport played in the UK by 11 to 15 year olds, with 32% of children playing”. Over 300,000 people 16+ play basketball at least twice a month. 1 in 4 teenagers have played basketball at least once a month in the last year. 12% of these players are in NS-SEC 6-8, meaning that they are from less wealthy backgrounds. This is high compared to many other sports – basketball reaches people from all types of background. 1 in 6 basketball participants are female – we are working to get more women and girls involved in basketball to make this percentage even higher!

What are you waiting for. I practice what we preach and have become a main jersey sponsor this Season as well as joined the GIANTS Networking and Business Club. Do you know someone that might like to join the ‘basketball family’ and beeGIANT🐝🏀 for 2020?

Giant Opportunity

Manchester Giants is a British professional basketball team based in Manchester, North West England and playing nationwide.   It was admitted to the top-tier British Basketball League (BBL) in 2012.

The BBL runs two knockout competitions alongside the Championship, the National Cup and BBL Trophy.  Teams include such as: London Lions, Leicester Riders, Glagow Rock and DBL Sharks Sheffield etc.

The BBL Championship is the flagship competition and determines the top team in British basketball over a 36-game regular season campaign. The twelve clubs meet one another on three occasions in the league competition – once at home, once away, and once home or away (alternating each season).

The BBLis growing in audience and media coverage.  A minimum of 2 x Giants games will be shown live on BBC Sport.  Every game is live streamed via 54 partner channels and livebasketball.tv  Regular coverage in local press, including Manchester Evening News.  Significant exposure through official league channels, basketball publications and websites and associated social media.

The Team play its home games at the George H. Carnall Centre in Greater Manchester. This connurbation has just short of 3 million people.

Enquiries: astores@manchestergiants.com #basketball #BBL #manchestergiants