Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

Back of the net: Council strike four-year deal to keep world-famous Soccerex football event in Manchester

Back of the net: Council strike four-year deal to keep world-famous Soccerex football event in Manchester

By Ben Burrows

World-famous Soccerex European Forum will be held in Manchester for the next four years, after a deal was struck by the City Council.

The convention, which is Europe’s leading football business event, has been held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex for the last three years.

The council has now agreed to the funding of the event for the next four years at least which will equate to an outlaying of over £2million.

In last month’s executive council meeting Manchester City Council noted the importance of events such as Soccerex as a key driver of the city’s economic transformation.

They also acknowledged the direct and indirect economic impact of attracting such major international conferences and business conventions to the city.

The event provides unprecedented business opportunities for Europe’s football industry elite for two days of debate, networking and socialising.

Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill said: “I think it is a very good platform for business for everyone involved, whether it be on the club side, on the organisation side, UEFA etc, the exhibitor side, just the football industry generally.”

This year football heavyweights such as UEFA’s Gianni Infantino, the National Football Centre’s David Sheepshanks, and former Premier League managers Terry Venables and Rafa Benitez were all present.

United’s own Rio Ferdinand and former Red and current England coach Gary Neville were also prominent attendees back in March.

The 2013 Soccerex convention will take place on April 10 and 11. For more information visit here.

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