NextGen of the sports industry |

Launched by Sport Industry Group in 2015, the Sport Industry NextGen Leaders Network now boasts nearly 200 alumni – whose global influence, expertise and creativity are growing every year – forging a new future for our industry every year.

Created for people aged 30 or under, this prestigious professional development program offers top emerging talent a bespoke year-long leadership program that includes in-depth training, personal development and networking opportunities. . Successful applicants will have direct access to some of the brightest minds and top organizations in sport and business for interactive sessions on best practices, learning and leadership.

All of this, plus the powerful ongoing network that leaders form together, makes Sport Industry NextGen the number one professional development program for our industry.

The full list of Leaders can be viewed HERE.


  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2021

  • Applicants must enter on their own behalf

  • Applicants must be currently based in the UK and available to travel to London occasionally


The selection committee is looking for sports industry professionals who are already making significant strides in the sports industry and who demonstrate:

  • Examples of demonstrable leadership qualities, relative to their level, or clear signs of their leadership potential

  • An understanding of the importance of good governance and/or responsible leadership

  • Evidence of what they have done to stand out from their peers

  • The ability and potential to work with, engage and ultimately improve a group of NextGen sports industry leaders

  • Awareness of current trends, issues and/or challenges within the sports industry

The program aims to find and support those who excel in their respective fields and levels of the sports industry. Successful candidates will likely have several years of industry experience and will clearly be high performers for their age and experience.