Sports Podge has always celebrated the passion, the personalities and the friendships forged through sport.
For our fourteenth year our theme is First Women – celebrating the trailblazers who smashed ceilings, vaulted barriers and changed the sporting landscape. Often, in the early days, wearing insanely impractical kit. (One of my all-time favourite quotations points out that Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, ‘only backwards and in high heels’).
The day itself conforms to the familiar winning Podge format: catch up with old friends, make new ones, maybe even strike the odd deal, all while enjoying a superb lunch without the distraction of auctions, awards and overlong speeches.
Think of it as social networking but with living, breathing human beings – with a good chance you’ll be rubbing shoulders with actual sporting legends. As ever, the excellent food comes courtesy of the IoD’s award-winning chef, accompanied by fine wines from the IoD’s cellar. And, as afternoon turns to evening, bacon butties and veggie alternatives appear (as if by magic) at the bar.
Great venues, great food and a bar that never runs dry have always been at the heart of Podge (hence the name) so forget all that ‘body is a temple’ business and be ready to fill your boots, slingbacks or Mizuno Wave Riders. Podge is about expanding horizons and contact books. And your waistbands? Maybe a little…
Anyhow, come raise a glass to the women who came, swam, volleyed, sprinted, coached, presented and conquered.
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Coutts is a private bank and a wealth manager with three centuries of experience in the management of the banking requirements of our clients, many of whom have represented the great, the good and the successful, and all of whom have appreciated the fact that they are dealing with expert bankers who have always been there to provide them with objective and practical advice.Coutts.com
We are very grateful for the support of the team at Crowe LLP, experts in providing expert advice in audit, tax and advisory services to charities, not for profit, corporate business, professional practice, pension funds and private clients.
Their network extends to 167 accountancy firms in 109 countries, all driven by partner involvement and a focus on relationship. Podge events is one of their clients as are several of the Sports Podge guests.Crowe.com
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Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer at European Golf Tour & Ryder Cup Europe
A good friend had his wedding on Podge day last year, and this event is so good I genuinely stopped and thought, "Which should I go to?" It really is that much of an annual highlight.
Director Global Sector Head, Sport and Entertainment Practice at PSD Group
PSD have supported Sports Podge for many years and I always make a point of shaking hands on the next year's deal in the bar after the lunch. It’s a fab gathering of the great and the good and the unpretentious.
Leading digital transformation at UEFA
On my journey to UEFA I have been a big fan of the annual Sports Podge lunch, it’s always a great feeling when the invitation drops into my inbox and this year I will be flying in from Geneva to join the fun.
I flew in from New York in the morning of the lunch and had thought about phoning ahead to cancel. I am so glad I decided to attend what was a fantastic sporting lunch, I met some great people from the sports industry and would have no hesitation in recommending it to other leaders in the world of sport.
Managed England, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur
Just to say thank you very much for the invitation to Sports Podge. I really enjoyed the day. The food was delicious, and it was fascinating to meet such a vast array of interesting people. It was a very well organised function and it would be a privilege to be invited again.
I loved my first Sports Podge. Relaxed, refreshing and reassuring to know that people are the most fun to be with, it was the perfect antidote to a long night of watching election results. I had a wonderful time, drank far too much and realised I had when I suggested a floating stadium to a stadium designer. He was very sweet not to dismiss it out of hand.
Former Chief Executive, Special Olympics
I've only missed one Sport Spodge lunch in 12 years – it is a great networking opportunity for anyone with a passion in sport set in informal and fun surroundings – not forgetting the great food and amazing service of course!
I really enjoyed the Sports Podge lunch. It’s wonderful to have so many people from across the whole of the sports industry in one room for what is a relaxed, informal, and very enjoyable event. I’m looking forward to being there again this year.
Grand National & Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Sports Podge lunch, so much so that I am begging to be added to the list for next year! It was not what I expected and found myself in the company of an array of professionals from all walks of life & the time whizzed by which meant I almost missed my train. I would recommend it to everyone given the opportunity to attend.
Chief Executive, British Olympic Association
I always enjoy Sports Podge days, one of the benefits of returning to London is to be able to attend on a more regular basis. It’s a highly knowledgeable attendee group and the atmosphere is relaxed, convivial, being highly informative and productive.
CBE, Chairman, British Rowing
Sports Podge is one of the highlights of the year. Thank you again, I love the relaxed, fun atmosphere, great food and wine, and knowing everyone is as keen to catch up as to make new friends, and all are deadly serious about sport: makes it a must-do.
Dame Kelly Holmes
DBE, MBE (Mil.)
Thank you for the invite to the Sports Podge Event, it was very enjoyable. It was a real pleasure to meet people with such a variety of perspectives on sport, in a relaxed atmosphere, over an excellent lunch in an impressive venue. Thank you also for your support to Commonwealth Games England, it is very much appreciated.
Chief Executive, League Managers Association
The Sports Podge lunch is a fantastic event providing a great opportunity to mix business with pleasure! One of the best sports networking lunches that always lives up to expectations.
MBE, Olympic Gold & Silver Medal
My first time at the Sports Podge lunch will forever be ingrained in my memory, and I can't wait to return to experience many more. There are many sport and media events out there, but Sports Podge sets itself apart with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere where there is no hidden agenda. You have the opportunity to make new friends and contacts as you mingle with the unique attendees, while also getting the chance to meet old mates and catch up. It's always an honor to be invited and a pleasure to attend.
I’ve performed at Sports Podge twice now and every year they bring something so unique to the table. I’m a singer first and foremost but an incredibly passionate and competitive sportswoman, so to be surrounded by other like minded souls who are flying the flag for British Sport is not only important but infectious. The atmosphere at each event is fun and relaxed and I’ve made so many friends and contacts. If you’re in the business of sport, it’s an event not to be missed!