In October 2018, Loughborough University launched a world-first educational programme for sports agents, the Professional Certificate Programme for Sports Agents, backed by the Association of Football Agents (AFA) England. The conference plays an integral part in the programme and will welcome some of the leading names in the industry to Loughborough University for this unique learning event.
Programme director Dr Serhat Yilmaz, Lecturer in Sports Law in Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences said: “With the ongoing success of our professional certificate programme, we hope this conference will be a great addition to our educational framework for agents in sport.
“The objective of the conference is to establish and develop a platform where agents, experts and sport industry representatives can come together to engage in constructive dialogue and learn from each other.”
The conference will feature round table discussions with invited speakers, expert panels and mini workshops on specific aspects of the agent work. Keynote speeches by prominent figures from the world of sport will also be on the agenda.
Topics covered will be wide ranging but strictly relevant to the agent industry and include player transfers, player/athlete representation, welfare and safeguarding, payer/athlete valuation, talent ID and development, performance analytics and brand management of players/athletes.
The event will be CPD-certified and will offer delegates an event-based learning experience.
The call for papers is open now and academics and industry experts are invited to make a submission for consideration by the conference’s scientific committee including Dr Serhat Yilmaz, Dr Borja Garcia, Professor Chris Harwood and Richard Allen from Loughborough University.
Registration, with early bird offers, will be open in due course.