The fifth edition of Rugby Expo, the world’s leading conference and exhibition for all members of the international rugby community, will take place on Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 November at Twickenham Stadium.
With the positive feedback from 2012 and reputation for the event continuing to build, Rugby Ventures, the management team behind the event, is delighted to confirm its continued partnership with Twickenham Experience, as the home of the 2015 RWC final plays host to Rugby Expo for the third time.
In a series of upcoming announcements, Rugby Ventures has also confirmed changes to the structure of the content on day one (professional game focus) with Rugby Expo set to host three new master class summits focusing on stadia and ticketing, social media and marketing, and commercial and sponsorship.
The summits will run alongside main stage plenary sessions where delegates will hear from some of the biggest names in the sports industry, which, at Rugby Expo 2012, included the RFU’s chairman Bill Beaumont and CEO Ian Ritchie, Aviva Premiership CEO Mark McCafferty, sports entrepreneur Barry Hearn and European PGA Tour CEO George O’Grady.
The conference programme will form an integral part of the first day, which is designed exclusively for all those involved in the professional game including clubs, leagues, rights holders, brands, agencies and other suppliers to the sport.
Day two will switch its focus to the grass roots game, following 2012’s format with plenary sessions and a series of workshops scheduled. Throughout both days Rugby Expo will also host an exhibition showcasing many of the sport’s most innovative products and services.
Explaining the changes to content, event director, Jonathan Wilson said, “As we move the event forwards, we find ourselves in constant dialogue with the clubs, brands and other stakeholders involved in the sport and so we recognise the challenges and also the areas of greatest opportunity.
“The new summits allow us to combine a series of themes, creating a set of specialist events that enable more people to engage in their key areas of work with leaders in their respective industries. This is in addition to the main event of Rugby Expo, the plenary session debates, the networking and the chance to meet with key individuals in the sport.”
The event continues to work with and be supported by many of the sport’s most influential organisations including the International Rugby Board, Premiership Rugby, ERC and all home nations. In 2012 Rugby Expo attracted more than 1,000 attendees, as well as a sold out exhibition floor for the second consecutive year and hosted more than 300 grass roots clubs.
Commenting on the launch of this year’s event, John Hockey, chairman of Rugby Ventures, owners of Rugby Expo said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm our return to Twickenham for 2013. The venue offers the ideal location, facilities and set up for Rugby Expo as the event combines a comprehensive conference and workshop programme and exhibition floor.
“The event has been well supported by the RFU and Twickenham Experience and we are already engaging with a number of key organisations. With further announcements soon to follow, Rugby Expo 2013 will undoubtedly be the biggest and best instalment yet.”