FLS Workshops and other Activities

 (Notes from most of the previous workshops can be found in the members only section of the FLS website)

June 25, 2018 - 'Modern Leadership in the Changing Worlds of Sport, Business and the Military'

At The Writing Room, Lords Cricket Ground

Presentations, discussion and panel groups.


April 4, 2018 - 'Creating and Developing the Culture for Sustained High Performance in Sport and Business'

At Saracens Rugby Allianz Park

Presentations, conversations and panel debates exploring The Saracens Way.


September 15, 2017 - ‘Staying at the top- Challenging from the front in Sport and Business’ Second annual conference

At Loughborough London University

A mix of presentations, panel debates and interactive discussion.


June 17, 2016 - 'Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows'

At Lords Cricket Ground

Richard Hytner, founder of creative management consultancy, beta baboon, and former worldwide deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, ran a session for Foundation for Leadership in Sport on how to inspire leadership contributions from those who work for and alongside the out-and-out leader.


April 14 2016 - Emotional Intelligence and its’ Importance’

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal, led by David Whitaker


March 25, 2015- ‘Identifying and developing leaders in the Army, and how this might be relevant to Sport and Business.’

At the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Sandhurst Commandant, General Skeates, along with senior colleagues, and involving officer cadets, provided an enlightening workshop on the Army’s approach to producing leaders, and where this may be relevant in other settings.


May 14, 2014- ‘Developing the right culture and the right leaders in sport, business and the military’.

At Manchester United FC

Kevin Roberts (CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide) and General Sir Peter Wall, Army Chief of Staff, presented and then led discussion on leadership development. By now, participants were of the view that sport, business and military can each learn from the other and should seek to do so.


November 11, 2014- FLS ‘Think-tank’.

At Saatchi and Saatchi, London

Involving many of those who attended earlier workshops, this workshop addressed where we now were in terms of understanding leadership in, through and of sport, and where FLS should be focusing future activities.


October 11, 2013- ‘The Relationship between the culture of high performance in organisations and the sustainability of excellence in sport. Can sport learn from business?’

At Lords Cricket Ground.

Ric Charlesworth, Former Australia Hockey head coach and High Performance manager of New Zealand cricket; Author of the book ’Staying at the top’, led discussion with sporting and business leaders from Saatchi and Saatchi, Dell Electronics, Jaguar Landrover, Vauxhall Motors, Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Richard Hytner (Vice-Chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi), James Kerr (Author of ‘Legacy’) and David Whitaker (Author of ‘The Spirit of Teams’ and a renowned expert on emotional intelligence, made excellent contributions.


Jan 16, 2013 - ‘Sustaining Success- Winning after winning’.

At the RFU, Twickenham.

The likes of Andrew Strauss, Stuart Lancaster, Andy Flower, Josh Lewsey, Stuart Pearce, Kevin Bowring and Toni Minichello discussed what is needed to stay at the top. The consensus was that organisational culture has to be strong, and if any team is to be world-leading in the long-term, the parent body also needs to be world-leading.


Programmes for specific groups

FLS Directors Vic Luck and Bob Reeves have been developing leadership activities for targeted groups, believing that systematic programmes can be of real benefit to individuals and to organisations.

These have included -

- directed study with student leaders and coaches at Loughborough University led by Vic Luck

- 'Learning to lead' with the following groups led by Bob Reeves:

- Sixth Formers at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster and Gordano School, Bristol

'The leadership talk from Bob Reeves was very interesting. I expected it to be mainly about how to lead in a sporting sense, but really it was about being a leader in all walks of life. Much of the talk was also linked to how leaders should treat others and what their values are, which I also thought was important. I'd definitely say it was a useful talk.' - Lewis

-  Academy Players at Bristol Rugby

- 'Coaching to develop leaders' with the following groups led by Bob Reeves:

Hurlingham Polo Association coaches

University of Bristol Sports Coaches

Rugby Coaches at Oxford University Conference

- 'Leading to improve performance' - workshops taken by Bob Reeves

- for managers of Ian Williams Ltd.

- for MBA students at the London Business School

 It is intended that these will be rolled out to more groups in the future.

Vic has also done work with students on the MBA in Sports management at Loughborough University.

Vic has initiated programmes for academy coaches and players at Wasps and Saracens Rugby Clubs.


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