|The Rugby Business Network is a "not for profit" organisation who's aim is to support the networking of people in business, who also have a passion for rugby and also assist rugby players to meet and network with business people who may be able to support their career beyond their athletic career. * Please note that The Cheltenham & Gloucester RBN is not connected with Gloucester RFC in any way.|
Join us for the second Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network event
Numbers are limited to 80 so book early to avoid disappointment (we had a sell out at the launch of the RBN in Cheltenahm & Gloucester in July so don't miss out!).
Watch the video from the last launch event here if you're undecided whether to come along and then read on!!
If you haven't attended a Rugby Business Network event elsewhere in the UK (or world for that matter) then here's what you can expect:
- 2 Hours of informal networking with Business Owners and Senior Business People from across the region who share a passion for Rugby and are there to network and have some fun
- The University of Gloucestershire have kindly provided us with the venue "Fullwood House" which I'm sure many of you may have already visited as it's where Gloucestershire's only professionla Rugby League team the "All Golds" run their Business Breakfast events on a regular basis.
- A 20 min Question & Answer session with 3 keynote speakers from the world of professional rugby.
Who's on the Speaker Panel for the Q & A So far?
Typically at these events we'll aim to have some interesting speakers from the world of Rugby, some of whom have already transitioned from their atheletic career into business and some for whom the RBN is a great place to meet people like yourself. This month is no exception and we're pleased to announce we have joining the panel:
Adam Balding – Former Glouc Captain and English International
- Now Events Management Coordinator 2015 rugby world cup for Gloucestershire.
A professional career which has spanned over 15 years accumulating well over 200 first class appearances in all competitions.
A 5 time PREMIERSHIP winner with Leicester Tigers and a 2 times back to back Heineken cup winner. A former GLOUCESTER captain and England Tourist to Argentina. Renowned for his very direct approach in his game which made him a firm favourite with the fans during his 2 year spell with Newcastle Falcons.
The next 3 seasons were a different challenge due to battling through MRSA whilst recovering from a routine ankle operation, this took his career down an uncharted path which has now seen him retire from rugby in August 2013 and take up a position as the Events Management Coordinator 2015 rugby world cup for Gloucestershire.
Will James - Current Glouc Player & Welsh International
A Wales international rugby union player. He currently plays for Gloucester Rugby, and has also played for Pontypridd RFC and Cornish Pirates. His usual position is second-row forward.
A Wales 'A' international James made his international debut for Wales in a friendly match against England at Twickenham in August 2007. He was selected for the Wales squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup held in France. On 2nd April 2013, it was announced that James had signed a one year contract extension to keep him at Gloucester until the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Simon Bailey - Chairman of Volunteers representing Gloucestershire based Charity - Rugby for Heroes
Mike Tindall (of Gloucester & Engalnd) is Patron of RUGBY FOR HEROES (Headquartered in Gloucester) which a charity formed by a group of professional rugby players in order to show their support for our military servicemen and women in recognition of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who serve Queen and Country.
Catering Sponsor for this event is:
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is plenty of parking on University Campus itself and parking is free at the main car park after 5pm.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
If you cannot make it then please either notify us so we can release your ticket to someone on the waiting list (there are only 80 tickets available). Or if you are sending someone in your place, again let us know as we will have pre-printed name badges prepared for the event, to help networking.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes login and update them any time up until 24 hours before the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but if you want to as confirmation please do. We'll have name badges ready for you on the evening.
When & Where
Hosted by WSI-eMarketing
The team at WSI have taken on the responsibily for organising the RBN events in Gloucester/Cheltenham & Bristol, with help and input from Kim Chang
Rob Thomas - MD @ WSI-eMarketing
Rob is passionate about Rugby & Business and runs a Digital Marketing agency in Gloucestershire.
Rob is also MD of Mix Conferences and a Certified Social Selling Coach.
Nadine Thomas - Director @ WSI-eMarketing
Nadine is also passionate about rugby and is heavily involved with Dursley Rugby Club, coaching and refereeing at grass roots mini and youth level.
Kim Chang - Senior Business Development Manager at University of the West of England
Extensive sport management, public, private and third sector business development and partnership building experience in Australia and the UK.
Comprehensive experience in multi-sport international events having held managerial positions at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2000 Paralympic Games, 2001 Goodwill Games.
Specialist knowledge in community and high performance sport having worked for the Australian Rugby, New South Wales and Queensland Rugby Unions, 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2001 British & Irish Lions Tour.
If you would like to host or sponsor any of the events please contact WSI on 01454 261111