Thinking

The pressure of being a superstar athlete

Kudos to Simone Biles for prioritising her mental health over simply "pushing through" and performing because that's what everyone expects her to do. It really does feel like things have changed recently, with top athletes being more open about the pressures of doing what they do. None of us can really imagine what it's like … Continue reading The pressure of being a superstar athlete

Are young people more concerned about social responsibility?

On the back of the Ronaldo/Coca-Cola issue this week, and also NZ Rugby/Ineos, I've seen quite a lot of chat about how sport needs to adapt to a "Gen Z" or "Millennial" audience that is increasingly concerned about environmental issues and social responsibility. Thought I'd check out the data on this. I've broken the 16-24s … Continue reading Are young people more concerned about social responsibility?

Anatomy of a European football fan

With Euro 2020 almost upon us, I wanted to take a look at the demographics, interests, brand and media preferences of football fans from across the continent. I've used GWI data to paint a picture of football fans from England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Turkey. Here are some … Continue reading Anatomy of a European football fan

Do rugby fans moisturise?

The Lions just announced a partnership with skincare brand Dove Men+Care for the upcoming tour of South Africa. According to the announcement, the activation theme will be about ‘respect and caring’ - and specifically showing how the players balance rugby with parenthood. “Dove Men+Care will work with brand ambassadors and the Lions to showcase what … Continue reading Do rugby fans moisturise?

ESL and the ‘fans of the future’

So the proposed European Super League has caused quite a stir. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a proposal be met with such universal disapproval from fans, media, NGBs, federations and governments. Putting aside the general debate on whether this is good for the game as a whole (I don’t think it is), does the … Continue reading ESL and the ‘fans of the future’