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Amanda H

I get such a buzz from your conferences and it is so uplifting to be in a room full of such dynamic and inspirational individuals.

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David M

What a fantastic day, thank you so much for including me. I really enjoyed it and found so much good content, really inspiring.

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Bruce F

Thank you very much for organizing an outstanding session with Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat. It was an excellent day. Very insightful and a really good reminder of the benefits of trying to keep it simple in a complex and fast moving environment. I was really impressed (and inspired) by Paul and his team. They were incredibly generous with their time and hospitality.

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FLS Workshop and Team Ditcheat

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FLS Workshop and Team Ditcheat

Breakout session

Several previous FLS workshops had been attended by Geoff Derham, brother-in-law of Paul Nicholls, and a friend of his, Simon Panes,who was previously in charge of sport at Filton College. They had said how horse-racing was seen to be very different to other sports, yet the issues remained the same. They suggested to me that Paul might be interested in being involved in a workshop Paul had been champion trainer 10 times in the past, but not in the two previous years, so he was beginning to harbour doubts and concerns. Thus it was that FLS, in conjunction with the British Horse-Racing Authority, held a small workshop on May 9th, around the subject of ‘Winning’.

The day started with a guided tour of Paul’s stables at Ditcheat in Somerset, and then the workshop itself took place in the village hall.

What a wonderful day it turned out to be. A highlight was a conversation between Paul Nicholls and England rugby coach, Eddie Jones, steered beautifully by Richard Hytner. ‘Team Ditcheat’ staff were then involved in a panel discussion, which demonstrated the value in horse-racing as in other sports of a strong culture and healthy core values. Members of a second panel then shared their own ideas and experiences from sport, business and the military. The workshop ended with a customary sharp and  relevant summing up by Frank Dick. 

The day ended with many of the delegates attending Wincanton races as guests of Paul in his box.

 As always, all the workshop content is here on the FLS website in the members secure area. It is well worth spending some time looking at it

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FLS Workshop, Ashton Gate Stadium

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FLS Workshop, Ashton Gate Stadium

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On March 11, a very successful workshop was held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate stadium. The theme was ‘Taking control of emotion in sport, business and the military’. Frank Dick and Claire-Marie Roberts gave inspiring presentations on the subject, Frank basing his more on practical experience and Claire-Marie on research in the field. Their talks led to a great deal of discussion among the delegates.

A discussion panel, comprising sporting Internationals Eboni Usoru-Brown and Elenor Snowsill, plus Lt Col Justin Baker, Mark Evans and Gordon Lord provided fresh insight based on their own experiences.

Recordings of the workshop will appear in the members secure section of this website.

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Annual FLS Conference

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Annual FLS Conference

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The annual FLS conference, held in conjunction with Loughborough University London, took place at Twickenham on November 6th.

The theme ‘Turning followers into leaders’ proved to be of great interest to a wide range of members and others. David Marquet, whose book, ‘Turn the ship around’ has been a worldwide best-seller, came over specially from the USA, and enthralled the audience with his experiences in turning a ‘failing’ submarine into the best performing vessel in the US Navy. The discussion panel that followed provided excellent conversation involving Richard Hytner and leaders from sport, business and the military.

The afternoon was equally interesting. James Kerr, author of ‘Legacy- Lessons on Leadership from the All Blacks’ provided insight into what he learned having spent a long period in the company of the most successful sports team in history.

Clips from the conference can be seen on the FLS Resources - Videos page, with more comprehensive coverage in the secure members section.

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FLS - Loughborough Conference

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FLS - Loughborough Conference

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'HOT OFF THE PRESS’
The annual FLS conference at Loughborough University in London will be held on November 6. The theme will be ‘Turning followers into leaders’, and the main contributor will be someone who has written perhaps the most interesting book on leadership in recent years, David Marquet. ‘Turn the Ship Around’, about his time as Captain of the US Nuclear submarine, is one of the best detailed examples of leadership under pressure. The conference will address how David’s experience might help in changing the leader-follower relationships in sport. More information will be released by the end of August.

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LORDS CRICKET GROUND

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LORDS CRICKET GROUND

Rod talked about his time at British Airways and how leaders have to be able to deal with pressure, not least that cause by unanticipated events. His account of how major decisions had to be made on 9/11 with planes in the air heading for North America was compelling. He used one pertinent example to remind us how important it is to acknowledge and respect people at all times and at all levels. When many B A planes were diverted to Newfoundland on that fateful day, there were hundreds of people potentially stranded at a military airfield. Local residents took people in and cared for them. Rod told us that he personally wrote to everyone who had helped in this way- a slightly different take on leadership, but hugely important.

The discussion group that followed Rod’s talk included James Kerr (author of ‘Legacy’ about the All Blacks), Maj Justin Baker (i/c Army Leadership programme), Helen Weir (CFO Marks and Spencer), and former Army Chief of Staff, Gen Sir Peter Wall.

This was followed by a group discussing the business of sport, led by Simon Halliday (Chairman of European Rugby) and including Rob Andrew (CEO Sussex CCC), Richard Bevan (CEO Football League managers Association), Mark Evans (Former CEO of Harlequins Rugby Union and Melbourne Storm Rugby League, now Chair of netball Super League), Polly Handford (Legal and Governance Director, Football Association) and Bill Sweeney (CEO British Olympic Association).
Finally, those attending were involved in a fascinating discussion about the changing world of sport from a playing and coaching point of view.  Fascinating contributions were made by Alastair Hignell (ex County cricket and International rugby), Frank Dick (Former GB Athletics Head Coach), Gordn Lord ( RFU Coach development manager), James Farndon (performance adviser, UKSport) and former England cricketers, Vic Marks and Chris Tavare.

Such a high-powered group of people was bound to produce important and meaningful debate, as indeed it transpired. Brief highlights can be seen here, with the whole workshop available in the members only section of this FLS website.

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FLS - Saracens Rugby Club

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FLS - Saracens Rugby Club

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The workshop at Saracens gave Nigel Wray, Director of FLS, the opportunity to show delegates some of his remarkable sporting memorabilia collection. This is said to be the largest and best such collection in private hands in the world.Nigel, the Chairman/owner of Saracens, has a selection of his collection on display at the club.

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Workshop at Accolade Wines, Bristol

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Workshop at Accolade Wines, Bristol

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The theme of this workshop was ‘Creating and Developing the Culture for Sustained High-Class performance in Sport and Business’.

Accolade Wines is not well-known by this name, but the company owns many pf the most famous Southern Hemisphere brands such as Hardy’s and Kumala. It is the biggest wine distribution centre in Europe, filling, capping, labeling and packing one million bottles every day. What is hugely impressive about the company is the employee engagement, along with the vision and purpose which appear to be understood and supported by staff at all levels. The morning was spent finding out about Accolade, initially via Richard Lloyd the General Manager and then via a guided tour, during which delegates had the opportunity to talk with many members of staff.

The afternoon was richly rewarding, with inspirational presentations from Pat Lam, Head Coach at Bristol Rugby and from Jess Thirlby, Anna Stembridge and Eboni Beckford-Chambers of Team Bath Netball.  They all provided inspirational stories regarding their journey towards creating the culture they seek in order to be leading clubs in their field.

England rugby coaches Russell Earnshaw and John Fletcher provided an entertaining vision for creating a learning culture for long term involvement and enjoyment of sport. 

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September 15, 2nd Annual Conference

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September 15, 2nd Annual Conference

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Loughborough University’s Olympic Park campus was again the setting for the LUL/FLS conference. This year’s theme was ‘Staying at the top- Challenging from the Front’.

A distinguished group of experts from sport, business and the military provided an entertaining and informative day. Keynote speakers were Danny Kerry, coach of the Olympic gold medal winning Womens Hockey team, and England Rugby coach Eddie Jones.

They provided insights into the issues associated with sustaining success.

Other contributors included Chris Casper, Sporting Director of Salford City FC, Kate Richardson-Walsh, GB Hockey captain, Sarah Hunter, England Rugby captain and Premier League rugby player, George Robson.

From the worlds of military and business we had Lt Col Lucy Giles (Commander New College Sandhurst), Andy Cosslett (RFU Chairman), Harry Keogh (Managing Director Coutts Bank), Richard Gray (Commercial Director, Grays of Cambridge).

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