Rugby Business Network


The British & Irish Lions – what are the team building lessons for your business?

Tuesday 16 May 2017 – 7.00 pm

at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow Road, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RR

The next event of Reading Rugby Business Network is only weeks before the New Zealand tour by the famous British & Irish Lions. These tours are a unique challenge to players, team managers and coaches, as they only happen every four years and the squad is drawn from all four Home Nations. Within a few days, they have to be welded into a powerful force that can play seven strong provincial teams before facing the ultimate challenge, three Tests on the final weekends of the tour. This is a team building mission like no other!  Our speakers are: 

Tim Stimpson

Played fullback and gained 19 caps for England and toured with the 1997 Lions to South Africa. Impressive Premiership career with Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers. Now runs a financial services business called Sporting Partnerships.

Thinus Delport

Another fullback, capped 18 times for the Springboks. Two stints with English Premiership sides, Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors. Now using his skills as a Business Manager for Adjacency Recruitment and a Sky Sports pundit.

We are excited to be using a new venue for us, the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey. At various times this has been home to men’s and women’s rugby squads right up to senior international level, as well as many other representative sports including hockey, tennis and football. The rooms we are using are located in the centuries-old Abbey, set in gardens running down to the Thames.

The evening will start with welcome and drinks, move into a Q & A session with our speaker guests and finish with networking. Light refreshments will be provided, along with a full guest list to support development of new contacts. Regulars to the Rugby Business Network will recognise the benefits and enjoyment of our events, so we look forward to seeing you again. If you’ve not attended before, this is your chance to make useful connections for new business, find out about job opportunities and meet alternative suppliers.

Additional offer – site tour of Bisham Abbey NSC: if you register for the main event, you will also have the option of arriving early and getting a look behind the scenes of this fantastic facility. Check in at 6.00pm for the tour, which will start promptly at 6.15.   

The event and the site tour are FREE to attend but please book in advance, through RRBN event 16 May or via the Eventbrite website: where you search for ‘Rugby Business Network’ and ‘Reading UK’.  Any questions, call Stuart on 07774 235381. Hope to see you there.

Stuart Spindler – Founder & Co-ordinator, Rugby Business Network Reading



Updated 28th April 2017

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