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Dafabet secures branding rights for the T20 Finals Day

Sporting Group International are delighted to announce that we were instrumental in assisting our client Dafabet with extensive branding rights for the Vitality Blast T20 Finals Day, hosted at Edgbaston Stadium.

The iconic Dafabet logo featured prominently with over 75 metres of static advertising on the South Stand at Edgbaston, as well as featuring on the highly popular 501* box (one of the highest in-bowl media assets in sport).

Charlie Bannister, SGI’s sponsorship consultant adds, “Once again we were delighted to provide one of our clients with fantastic branding opportunities at one of the most prestigious sporting arenas in the world. With the sport of cricket becoming increasingly popular across the globe, this was a great opportunity for Dafabet to showcase their brand in front of a global audience.” With cricket becoming Dafabets’ fastest growing international sport, the opportunity was well aligned with their brand objectives and aspirations.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws were the eventual winners of the trophy. After a wash out on Saturday and three reduced games on Sunday, Ben Duckett scored a magnificent 53* to steer his side to a second T20 trophy with 16 balls to spare.

Sporting Group International and Dafabet urge those choosing to participate in gambling to do so responsibly.

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Vacancy – Store and Merchandising Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity to join their retail team and is looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to manage their Fan Hub and Stadium Stores.

The successful candidate will be available to work any five days out of seven, this will include all home match days.

Reporting into the Head of Retail, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the day to day running of the retail stores to the highest standard, maintaining a focus on sales, customer service footfall, events and merchandise whilst carrying out all aspects of the Stores and Merchandise Manager role.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using a commercially focused approach to continually maximize sales and profitability opportunities within Fan Hub and Stadium stores.
  • Creation and delivery of Fan Hub and Store marketing, liaising with relevant stakeholders on these to ensure seamless delivery.
  • Ensuring sales are maximised by actively seeking and organising a calendar of Fan Hub/Store Events throughout the year i.e. Player Signings, Penalty Shoot-Out competitions, Hub Talks, School Visits etc.
  • Delivering the retail stores P&L, controlling costs within agreed budgets.
  • Conduct buying visits to suppliers (excluding technical partner) alongside the Head of Retail proposing lines for purchase to ensure that retail product is kept fresh and stock levels remain at appropriate levels.
  • The role would ideally suit a candidate who is able to demonstrate previous experience in managing dual retail sites and retail events.

Other attributes include:

  • Effective time management and communication skills
  • Inspirational and confident approach
  • Strong commercial and retail knowledge
  • The ability to manage, develop and motivate a team
  • Positively represents the company Brand and operates with a high level of integrity
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Vacancy – Payroll Administrator

Our client has an exciting opportunity for a new team member to support the Payroll Manager in undertaking the payroll administration of the club and other associated business and client payroll, ensuring 100% accuracy of all records throughout the system.

They are looking for someone with strong attention to detail who can create and maintain employees’ records, calculation of wages and salaries and applicable deductions based on employee attendance & timesheet records.

Although advertised as a full-time role, there is the opportunity to discuss the flexibility of part time hours.


Role Responsibilities:

  • To undertake payroll administration ensuring the correct application, accuracy and timescales are met for the payrolls.
  • Calculation and payment of National Insurance, Income Tax, Pension, Attachment of Earnings Orders, SSP, SMP, Student Loans and Year End Returns in line with legislation.
  • Payroll administration including New starter/leaver administration, overtime payments, travel and subsistence and other emoluments, variations to pay, absences, bonus calculations, allowances and any other payments relating contractual payments.
  • Maintenance of the Company’s time and attendance and payroll systems.
  • Completion and maintenance of all relevant documents for payroll, accounting, and audit purposes.
  • To ensure all Payroll deductions are paid over accurately and on time
  • Preparation of HMRC payments & pension documentation, SSP1, etc.
  • Maintenance of Fleet records
  • Processing of Expense payments
  • Detecting & communicating anomalies
  • Assist in system configuration
  • To act as a point of contact for employees, dealing with a wide variety of queries, referring more complex queries to Payroll Manager
  • To produce monthly reports as requested on staff data
  • To ensure that all data is managed in accordance with statutory legislation and other guidance.
  • Year-End Returns Knowledge of Time & Attendance Systems


The following criteria are essential for the Role:

  • Previous experience within a busy Payroll Department
  • Experience in processing high volume varied payrolls & ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong knowledge and use of Microsoft packages
  • Excellent communication skills & professional effect with employees at all levels
  • Ability to work to tight deadlinesAttention to detail
  • Proactive can-do attitude
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of Sage Payroll
  • Willingness to learn
  • Have the ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential matters
  • Excellent telephone manner & interpersonal skills
  • High level of accuracy
  • Strong organisational skills & multi-tasking abilities
  • Knowledge of Time & Attendance Systems


The following criteria are desirable for the role:

  • Professional payroll qualification
  • AAT or relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of Time & Attendance Systems

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Vacancy – Junior Graphic Designer (no longer available)

Our client are looking to recruit an energetic and motivated Junior Graphic Designer to support and assist with fulfilling the various graphic design requirements throughout the Club, in particular the design and creation of the Club’s award-winning  matchday programme for every home game throughout the season.

Reporting to the Senior Graphic Designer, the successful applicant will work closely with the Publications Manager in assisting on each matchday programme, by designing all editorial and advertorial, as well as sourcing appropriate photography. The role will involve in assisting with implementing and adhering to the Club’s central brands and sub brands, to ensure they are consistently delivered.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential:

  • A-Level or above in Graphic Design
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Proficiency using Apple products
  • Proven experience in editorial design
  • Good understanding and experience of preparing files to print specification
  • Outstanding attention to detail

Other ideal attributes include:

  • Excellent communication and people skills, whilst also be able to work independently when required
  • Highly organised
  • Creative and innovative, looking at both football and non-football related design
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Vacancy – Graphic Designer ( no longer available )

Our client currently operating at the highest level in their field, based in the West Midlands are looking to hire a competent Graphic Designer. The position will assist with the delivery of high-quality creative across all Departments, working with both print and digital. Interpreting creative briefs, taking projects from initial briefing through to completion and ensuring all artwork created is consistent and complies with brand guidelines.Key Responsibilities • Manage multiple projects from initial stages to completion, for both print and digital• Lead on ideation and help to brainstorm ideas with the team• Campaign artwork roll out• Update and amend existing artwork• Supply print-ready artwork in the correct format to agreed timings and deadlines• To ensure all artwork is consistent and relevant for the target audience and complies with Club brand guidelines, highlighting discrepancies and correcting where necessary• Good understanding of print production and the ability to advise on best specification for printed collateral• To be aware of our Brand Values and consistently ensure that your actions and the work produced are in line and to champion those values at all times.• To be aware of our Company Policies/Procedures and ensure that your actions and behaviour are consistent with and champion the requirements of those Policies/Procedures at all        times• To work with the other Designers in creating and implementing best practices in artwork supply, effective file location, back-up and archive• Ensuring that all designs are kept confidential if necessary  Key Skills & Experience
• Educated to Design related degree level or equivalent
• Proven experience working as a Graphic Designer
• Excellent practical knowledge of Adobe Design related software: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
• Good knowledge of the print process
• Highly motivated with strong organisational and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication skills, able to articulate ideas and confidently explain creative concepts to a non-creative audience
• Can demonstrate confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles to deliver what is required
• The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
• Experience of Motion Graphics preferred
• Passionate about Design
• An interest in football or sport preferred

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SGI secures Cazoo for Aston Villa shirt sponsor deal

Midlands based Sporting Group International (SGI) are delighted to announce they have secured a new shirt deal for their client Cazoo with Aston Villa Football Club (AVFC)

The multi-year deal announced by the club yesterday, will enable Cazoo to increase UK awareness and exposure of their brand through the sponsorship at the iconic Midlands Football Club.

The deal illustrates Cazoo’s aspirations to grow their brand by entering high profile sports sponsorship market for the second time, having announced a deal with Everton Football Club earlier this month.

Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Aston Villa and supporting the Club’s men’s and women’s sides as well as their academy and charitable efforts.

The management team at SGI have over 15 years’ experience in sponsorship sales and working for both sides of the industry at clubs and brands, they understand the requirements of both parties to get a deal done.

Adrian Wright, CEO at SGI commented, “We were delighted to assist Cazoo with the negotiation of the deal, which was executed extremely efficiently by both parties.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Alex having previously agreed terms with him on a shirt sponsorship deal for Zoopla at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.”

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Vacancy – Academy Physiotherapist

Our client is looking to recruit a Full Time Academy Physiotherapist. The individual must be motivated and enthusiastic and looking to build a career in Football. The successful individual will be tasked with supporting our Sports Science and Medicine department and will be responsible for delivering assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries within the schoolboy age groups.

Reporting into the Lead Academy Physiotherapist, this exciting opportunity involves working 40 hours over the course of the week for the full time position with responsibilities at evenings and weekends during competitive fixtures and training, as well as tours and tournaments.

Your experience in physiotherapy will play a key role in the following;

  • Maintain high standard of medical care to all Schoolboy Academy players and trialists as directed by the Lead Academy Physiotherapist;
  • Deliver excellent standards of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries;
  • Liaise with the Head of Academy Athletic Performance and Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the treatment Academy players;
  • Communicate effectively with Sports Science and Medicine colleagues and liaise with relevant coaches with regard to injuries and player well-being;
  • To ensure all training and matches is adequately covered with suitably qualified medical staff with reference to EPPP Guidelines;
  • Be responsible for fully documenting injuries and maintaining confidentiality in accordance with governing body and EPPP guidelines. Additionally, help maintain records of maturation, well-being and match statistics;
  • In conjunction with relevant staff within the Sport Science and Medicine team, to complete phase specific profiling and assessments and use the information gathered to generate and implement injury prevention programmes to be carried out during the season;
  • To collect growth and maturation data to inform the Multidisciplinary team on individual player planning;
  • To contribute to the departments internal CPD programme; and
  • Assist any other member of the Medical team in any role deemed appropriate.

The role would ideally suit a candidate with the organisational skills and attention to detail to maintain an efficient working CAT 1 Academy of which aims to create an efficient environment for producing young professional football players.

You will need to have excellent communication skills to create strong working relationships both internally and externally, with staff, parents, and suppliers. It is also essential for you to have proven experience of time management and meeting deadlines for the fast paced and exciting working environment.

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to begin a career within the Academy at one of the most recognised Premier League Football Clubs.

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Vacancy – Academy Tutor ( no longer available )

Our client is looking to recruit a Full Time Academy Physiotherapist. The individual must be motivated and enthusiastic and looking to build a career in Football. The successful individual will be tasked with supporting our Sports Science and Medicine department and will be responsible for delivering assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries within the schoolboy age groups.

Reporting into the Lead Academy Physiotherapist, this exciting opportunity involves working 40 hours over the course of the week for the full time position with responsibilities at evenings and weekends during competitive fixtures and training, as well as tours and tournaments.

Your experience in physiotherapy will play a key role in the following;

  • Maintain high standard of medical care to all Schoolboy Academy players and trialists as directed by the Lead Academy Physiotherapist;
  • Deliver excellent standards of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries;
  • Liaise with the Head of Academy Athletic Performance and Lead Academy Physiotherapist in the treatment Academy players;
  • Communicate effectively with Sports Science and Medicine colleagues and liaise with relevant coaches with regard to injuries and player well-being;
  • To ensure all training and matches is adequately covered with suitably qualified medical staff with reference to EPPP Guidelines;
  • Be responsible for fully documenting injuries and maintaining confidentiality in accordance with governing body and EPPP guidelines. Additionally, help maintain records of maturation, well-being and match statistics;
  • In conjunction with relevant staff within the Sport Science and Medicine team, to complete phase specific profiling and assessments and use the information gathered to generate and implement injury prevention programmes to be carried out during the season;
  • To collect growth and maturation data to inform the Multidisciplinary team on individual player planning;
  • To contribute to the departments internal CPD programme; and
  • Assist any other member of the Medical team in any role deemed appropriate.

The role would ideally suit a candidate with the organisational skills and attention to detail to maintain an efficient working CAT 1 Academy of which aims to create an efficient environment for producing young professional football players.

You will need to have excellent communication skills to create strong working relationships both internally and externally, with staff, parents, and suppliers. It is also essential for you to have proven experience of time management and meeting deadlines for the fast paced and exciting working environment.

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to begin a career within the Academy at one of the most recognised Premier League Football Clubs.

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Vacancy – Tournament Director ( no longer available )

Our clients vision is to improve the personal and professional lives of its Members.  To assist with delivering its core objectives, our client is seeking to recruit a Tournament Director based at it’s regional office in Guildford.  Reporting to the Regional Secretary, the Tournament Director will be responsible for planning, developing and delivering the Regional Tournament schedule on a daily basis for Members throughout the Region, overseeing the administration, delivery and activation of events primarily within the region but occasionally throughout the UK and internationally as required. 

Principal duties include:-

Co-ordination of all pre-event arrangements such as:  promoting the event; conducting planning meetings; course inspections; compilation and distribution of meeting notes and reports; preparation of local Rules and all tournament paperwork; and schedule/organize adequate staffing for the event.Deliver the Tournament to ensure the standards of our client are upheld and the expectations of Members, host venues, golfers and partners/sponsors are met to include:  overall responsibility for ensuring adequate administration processes (ie registration, starting, recording, rulings);  organizing collation of/posting results;  conduct prize-giving and presentations;  manage all Press and PR; co-ordinate all resources (to include support staff and equipment);  ensuring customer service standards, quality and expectations are met;  ensuring health and safety, driving and working hours regulations are adhered to;  and occasional driving of tournament vehicles to/from events.Ensuring all events are adequately budgeted for and delivered within pre-agreed budgets.Responsibility for the operation of BlueGolf and ensuring the accuracy of all administrative and public facing information pre and post event.Supporting the Regional Secretary and office staff when not at tournaments.Telephone and digital communications with Members, Golf Clubs and Partners/Sponsors.Playing an active role in achieving regional KPI’s designed to meet our clients strategy in terms of Member engagement, financial targets, benevolence and welfare, communication and commercial and playing opportunities.

As well as having an expert knowledge of the game and structure of golf the ideal candidate will be a competent, knowledgeable player, having passed our clients exams.  Areas of experience will include: database management, IT, administration, communication, customer care and staff management.  Holding a basic first aid qualification and being able to spend time away from home is essential for the role.  

The key competences to succeed in this role include:  the ability to lead and manage a small team, being flexible, organized with the ability to plan and prioritize work against strict and often distant deadlines, being customer and business focused whilst being a confident public speaker and decision maker, being highly motivated to continuously improve standards, giving attention to detail and understanding the profile, needs and demands of the business.   As well as having a positive approach and attitude, the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate they are a good communicator (verbally and in writing), they are able to remain calm under pressure and able to make, give and follow instructions.   

Whilst this is a permanent, full time role with the core hours of the business being 9 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday a large degree of working outside of these hours is expected with some weekend and bank holiday working.  In addition to a competitive salary, our client is offering a company car, membership of the pension scheme and (after a qualifying period) membership of the private healthcare, company sick pay, group income protection and group life assurance schemes.

To apply please click herePosted on Wednesday Jan 9

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Sporting Group International announces partnership with Apollo Tyres

Sporting Group International India is delighted to announce their partnership with global tyre major Apollo Tyres for the 2019/20 season. Apollo Tyres has been actively involved in the promotion of football at the grassroots level, and is associated with Premier League giants, Manchester United Football Club as their Global Tyre Partner. Apollo is also associated with former ISL champions Chennaiyin FC, as their principal sponsor and the former I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC, as their title sponsor.

This partnership will see Apollo Tyres working with various SGI brands. Apollo Tyres would be title sponsor for the ‘Delhi Youth League’ and will be the principal shirt sponsor for SGI’s football academy ‘Youth Football International’. Apollo Tyres’ logo will be emblazoned across all the YFI’s training and match kit for the upcoming season.

A number of activations and outreach programme have been planned throughout the season, as part of this association between Apollo Tyres and SGI. As an indication of the brand’s commitment to collaboration and creativity, the colours of SGI kits would be seamlessly integrated with the Apollo Tyres logo.

Remus D’Cruz, Head of Sports Marketing at Apollo Tyres, said “This is another effort from our end to promote sports, especially football at the grassroots level. We believe that this association will help us connect, support and enable the youngsters to realise their full potential.”

Pranay Kapuria, General Manager of Sporting Group International India, said “This is huge for us, for a brand like Apollo Tyres to sponsor our academy and league program shows how far we have come. We are excited about this partnership.”

Adrian Wright, CEO of Sporting Group International, said “we are extremely proud of our grassroots football organisation in India, everyone involved works very hard to deliver a best in class football academy and League programs to children of all ages, walks of life and abilities in the heart of New Delhi. To partner with a brand of the magnitude of Apollo Tyres, illustrates the professionalism, hard work, commitment and strides we have made to establish this business as one of the best in India in this space.