The Soccerex European Forum 2011 in Manchester Central attracted 1,400 delegates and 68 exhibitors, Chief Executive of Soccerex Duncan Revie told CN as the two-day show closed 31 March.
Revie said the Forum had made “a significant amount of money”, while the broader Soccerex portfolio, he said, was now worth £30m.
“The Manchester show is up 25 per cent for exhibitors, great growth on last year’s first edition and we anticipate this will keep going in years three and four.”
Ex-Manchester United and City footballer Denis Law officially opened the event 30 March. Law was one of a long list of football celebrities at the show that included Ossie Ardilles, Kolo Toure, John Barnes, Bryan Robson and Carlos Alberto Torres.
Revie told CN his own stand-out performance pick was Bryan Robson; the former England captain flew in from Thailand for the Forum, just weeks after an operation for throat cancer. “A stellar effort,” Revie said.
Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein told the opening session the Forum was worth “hundreds of thousands of pounds in economic impact” to the city. “The legacy around sports investment will become an increasingly important topic,” Sir Howard added, giving the example of the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in the city.
Soccerex events have taken place in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas and provide a great opportunity for delegates to see what products are on the market,” Stephen Akers (pictured, left, with Bryan Robson), Vice-President of Locktons insurers said, and pointed out: “Demand for specialist insurance products for football players, their clubs, had never been higher”.
The flagship Soccerex Global Convention will take place in Rio de Janeiro each November until 2013, although Revie told CN that it was possible that the European Forum could move to Russia before 2013, provided Manchester agreed to an early move.
Revie added that 10 cities were now under consideration for the various Soccerex Forums and Conventions.
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