McGuigan to lead on roundtable discussion
Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan, one of Kick It Out’s leading ambassadors, is headlining a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Representing Players in Sport: Bargaining for a Fair Deal for Athletes in an Olympic Year’ at Birbeck Sport Business Centre on 27 March.
Joined by Tony Higgins, an executive board member of FIFPro Division Europe, the world football players’ union, and Walter Palmer, the General Secretary of the European Athletes Association, Barry will be addressing students at the college about the media portrayal of elite sports personalities, and how all professional athletes are believed to live privileged lives by way of comparison with the rest of the working population.
The working reality is that most professional athletes are very far from the popular stereotypes. Most athletes are comparatively modestly paid, and have very insecure employment conditions despite the enormous personal and professional commitment required to engage in a career as a professional athlete.
From their different vantage points, the panel will discuss how the organised voice of elite players can be more effectively incorporated into the governance of global sport to improve the quality of the sporting environment for all – players, participants, administrators, and commercial and public sector partners.
Running from 6-8pm, the event is being hosted by Sean Hamil, a lecturer at the University of London, and Alan Irwin, founder of the Educational Sports Forum, and is open to all.
There is very strong demand for places. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Sean Hamil at email@example.com to confirm your place.
The roundtable discussion will be followed by a drinks reception from 8-9pm.
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