Away from the numbers

The Football Collective began with a group of regionally local people meeting up to discuss research and socialise. In 2020 and moving forward, we want to bring a little more of that back. Therefore, we are doing some networking and social events to make “get togethers” more common and in doing so ensuring these small group meetings are accessible financially and geographically. Of course, this is the first year and there will be a lot to learn (as there always is!), but we hope you can join us on this journey at some point during the year at an event, as well as the annual conference.

The events will vary from a talk and walk to organised research presentations followed by a social. A key aspects of the event are that they are small, social, local and free. There are more details to follow, however below is a preliminary heads-up on some of this year’s activities.

If you are interested in hosting or organising a social or networking event with The Football Collective, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For people interested in getting involved, please keep an eye on this page for updates as we will post the details on how to sign-up throughout the year.


POSTPONED – Location: Brett Building, University of Liverpool Management School. Details: Eleanor Drywood @ewdrywood (University of Liverpool, UK): The global football industry’s recruitment network and the rights of the child. Jan Ludvigsen @jaludvigsen (Liverpool John Moores University, UK): Mega-events and ‘security’: the Euro 2020, outlooks and meanings. Presentations followed by refreshments. Organised by Dan Parnell and supported by the University of Liverpool Management School, and the Centre for Sport Business. To attend please confirm your place directly with Dan Parnell on email:

POSTPONED – Location: Lake District National Park. Details: The Football Collective will be holding an outdoor/adventure social in the Cumbrian mountains on Wednesday 25th March 2020 (during the international break). There will be a walk up a mountain, a swim in a lake and maybe some paddle boarding. You will get wet, so please dress (prepare) accordingly. Food and drink will follow. The meeting point will be at the home of Joel Rookwood. Please arrive as early as you like, but no later than 10am. Directions: Those arriving by train should change at Oxenholme Lake District (on the London-Edinburgh line) and then take the single track line in the direction of Windermere, alighting at Burneside. From there, cross the track, turn left and walk through the kissing gate, across the field and over the stream, passing through a gate and over the road to the converted barn / farm opposite (The Hollins). If you’re arriving by car, leave the M6 at J36, and take the A591 in the direction of Windermere. Go over the Kendal roundabout and once you pass the Lake District National Park sign take your first right (Hollins Lane). Pass the stately home on the left and turn right into Hollins Farm (The Hollins). If that’s too complicated, the postcode is LA95SG. (No.3). If it’s crowded, free parking is available at the cricket club opposite. The walk and route will depend on numbers, so please email to confirm you will be coming. We may walk straight from the house, or drive to a starting point, so those willing to drive others will be especially welcome.


April 2020 – Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Details: To follow. Organised by Jeff McCarthy.

22nd April 2020 – Location: London. Time: 7pm. Details: Meet in the Zeitgeist in Vauxhall. Confirm your interest with Jon MacKenzie and Steve Sharman on:;


Postponed – Location: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool. Details: Peter Millward, LGBTIQ fan networks event.

June / July

June / July 2020 – TBC.


September 2020 – Liverpool. Details: Two research presentations on the Football Business Industry followed by a social. Further details to follow. Organised by Dan Parnell


October 2020 – Snowdonia, North Wales. Details: Walk and social. Organised by Jonathan Ervine and Jeff McCarthy.


November 2020 – University of Portsmouth. Details: The Football Collective Annual Conference.


Monday 14th December 2020 – Liverpool. Time: 4:30pm. Details: Dan Parnell, social. Meet at 16:30 in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms (36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX) followed by a meal at 19:00 in Remora (4 S Hunter St, Liverpool L1 9JG).

Contact for social events will be provided as necessary on this page. If you have a general enquiry or if you are interested in hosting an event please contact Dan Parnell 07538500348

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