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VSI Life After Sport Summit


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice.


Ben Purkiss

Ben is a professional footballer for Swindon Town FC having previously represented Port Vale, Walsall, Oxford United and York City. He is the current chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association and chairman of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

Goldie Sayers

Goldie is an Olympic bronze medallist, three-time Olympian and British record holder for the javelin. She is a former Great Britain Athletics Team captain, most notably at the 2014 when the team won the most medals at a European Championships in British athletics history. She won 11 national titles and represented Great Britain at five world and three European championships.

She is a passionate advocate of athlete representation in order to drive sporting performance. Goldie has been a board member of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission for the past eight years, having been re-elected for a second term by her Olympic peers. She was also voted to serve on the British Athletics Athletes’ Commission and was deputy chef de mission for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary last summer.

Having retired from professional sport in 2016, Goldie has set up a very successful property investment business which she has managed to grow quickly using the transferrable skills she learnt through her sporting career. She strongly believes that elite athletes have all the necessary skills to be successful entrepreneurs and should be encouraged. Goldie also works as a tutor on the England Athletics coach award and is studying for a master’s degree in sporting directorship.

She is passionate about athletes reaching their full potential and developing interests outside of sport, not only to make retiring more comfortable but to enhance their sporting performance. She is a passionate advocate of the “all-round athlete and person” and encourages this as a philosophy with the young athletes and coaches that she mentors.

Goldie believes that education and awareness are the first steps to preparing athletes for retirement, which is why she is fully supporting the Life After Sport Summit.

Ed Slater

After leaving school, Ed moved to Australia to combine playing rugby with study and travel. After three seasons of rugby, Ed was given the chance to travel back to the UK and take up a one month trial at Leicester Tigers whilst also appearing for Nottingham. He was later offered a full time professional contract and had seven successful seasons, winning a Premiership title and captaining the club for two seasons. After a move to Gloucester, Ed chose to further his education by studying an MSc in sports directorship.

Ed is passionate about sports and sports management. With eight years of leadership and professional sports experience, he is keen to educate himself further in order to pursue a career in sports management once his rugby career finishes.

Sara Bayman

Sara is an international netball player with 84 caps for England. A Commonwealth Games and World Cup bronze medallist and winner of four UK Super League titles, Sara has also played in the New Zealand league for Central Pulse. Having captained England at U21 and senior level, Sara is a firm believer in sport providing the key skills required to succeed in post-playing careers. She holds a Sport and Exercise Science degree from the University of Bath and credits the balance of always having interests outside of netball for her success as an athlete.

Lee Radford

Lee is the head coach of Hull FC in the European Super League. A former rugby league player representing both Hull FC and Bradford Bulls, Lee won every trophy in the domestic competition and went on to represent England at international level.

Matthew Hoggard

Matthew was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year Honours for his contribution to England’s 2005 Ashes series win. He was also named one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in April 2006.

In March 2006, Matthew was officially ranked as the fourth best Test match bowler in the world as a result of his man of the match performance against India in the first Test match at Nagpur. In May that year he became the tenth England bowler to take 200 Test wickets.

In 2015, statistician Andrew Samson calculated that Matthew was England's best ever bowler, based on the batting averages of the batsmen he had dismissed in his career.

Charlie Fogarty

Charlie Fogarty suffered a severe brain injury after being hit by an overtaking car whilst crossing the road in March 2012. Following the accident, Charlie was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, placed in an induced coma and spent eleven uncertain days in intensive care. He was then transferred to a neuro ward where he spent the next four months in the early stages of recovery. Charlie completed a six month rehabilitation programme in Surrey Children’s Trust where he learned to eat, walk and talk again. He finally returned home in February 2013.

Shortly before the accident, Charlie had finished a four-year contract at Birmingham City FC’s academy and was trialling for Milton Keynes Dons. Previously a bright boy at school, tests taken after the accident at the rehabilitation centre showed that Charlie’s educational memory in Maths and English were between level one and two, Charlie went back to his previous school in Solihull with one-to-one support and is now about to complete a degree in Sports Science.

Charlie started playing football for the West Midlands Centre of Excellence Cerebral Palsy team in July 2013 and was selected for the Northern Ireland CP team in January 2015. Charlie has since travelled to Denmark to play in the Intercontinental CP Championships and has also played in two CP World Cups, in England and Argentina.

Charlie’s determination to battle back to fitness and to inspire others earned him an MBE in 2018 New Year Honours list.

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