Rugby star Leon Lloyd to speak at active-net 2017

Former Leicester Tigers and England International rugby player, Leon Lloyd will tell active-net 2017 delegates how he made the difficult transition into the ‘real world’ when injury ended his career in 2008.

The now highly successful businessman will address delegates as the after dinner speaker at the two-day education and networking event, which takes place on 29-30 March at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham, a beautiful period property set in 26 acres of spectacular grounds.

Launched in 2014 and managed by Leisure-net, the leading customer insight provider for the active leisure sector, active-net brings together leading operators and suppliers for business-focused, pre-selected meetings, together with informative educational slots, networking lunches and an evening meal, where Lloyd will tell his inspiring story.

After playing rugby at the highest level with some of the world’s best players, Lloyd identified a number of transferable skills and relevant experiences that have lead to his new career as a highly successful businessman, public speaker, author of ‘Life After Sport’ and ambassador for both The Prince’s Trust and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, which works to alleviate child poverty in Vietnam and Mongolia.

Lloyd is also a Director at Switch The Play, a social enterprise that helps sporting organisations and individuals fulfil potential through and beyond sport. He said: “Retirement came unexpectedly for me and tore apart the world I knew. I wanted to share these experiences to make clear the issues such a huge shift in a player’s life can have on their mental health and well-being.

“When I met the guys at Switch The Play I realised what they were doing was far more wider-reaching than what I was doing by myself. Their unparalleled knowledge and industry experience into the dynamics around rejection and transition in sport means they can inform and shape policy, help organisations implement policy in the best way possible and work directly with athletes, players, students and support staff to deliver positive life-shaping outcomes.”

Dave Monkhouse, Director of Leisure-net Solutions and organiser of the event said: “Leon’s story is one that many young people at school and colleges dream of – the professional and the international element. Many will not achieve their dreams and as a sector we have a vital role to play in providing these passionate and talented individuals with the chance to still be part of a sport they love and give something back to their communities.

“Workforce development is a vital part of the continuous development of our sector. We are entering times of great opportunity and ensuring the workforce can deliver to our potential customers needs is a must.”

The educational element of the 2017 conference will be themed around workforce development and includes a panel discussion with Stephanie Maurel, the Strategic Lead for People at Sport England, CIMSPA CEO, Tara Dillion and Marcus Kingwell, Managing Director of AoC Sport.

For further information or to book your place contact Kirsty Reed at Leisure-net by emailing or visiting

Delegates already confirmed for 2017 can be found here:

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For further press information contact:
Abigail Harris at Big Fish Public Relations
Tel: 07738 331019

Editor’s note:
Leisure-net Solutions is the leading provider of Customer Insight, Business Intelligence and Consultation services to the UK’s active leisure, fitness and cultural services industries. Leisure-net helps leading industry organisations, local authorities and Trusts, as well as private sector operators and suppliers, to understand their customers’ and clients’ needs and aspirations, and to deliver innovative service and health improvement initiatives.

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