Shona McCallin

OPRO teams up with hockey golden girl Shona McCallin MBE

ESRG are today celebrating with their investment sports management company as OPRO, the world’s leading sports mouthguard brand, announced Emerge Sports Management’s and GB Hockey’s golden girl and athlete Shona McCallin MBE as its new brand ambassador.

Shona, is an inspirational figure whose integrity, passion and enthusiasm for sport are infectious. A member of GB Women’s National Field Hockey team and an Olympic Gold Medallist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she will lend her voice to an exciting programme of activity over a three year period as the brand enters a major growth phase.

Founder of the OPRO GROUP Dr Anthony Lovat BDS commented, “We are very much looking forward to working with Shona. She is a great young talent who has only just begun her journey, despite having already achieved so much. Shona will play a key role in engaging, educating and inspiring people at a grass roots level through personal appearances, training sessions, talks and digital content. We are excited that the OPRO brand will be growing alongside her.”

Currently on duty in South Africa for the Women’s Hockey World League  Shona said: “I’m really excited to be on board with the very best mouthguard makers” David Evans ESRG Group Executive Chairman said “I’m delighted for Shona and OPRO Group – a great partnership has been formed that will grow from strength to strength.”


The ESRG Group unveils investment company Independent Sports Group (ISG)

The ESRG Group recently unveiled a new addition to its investment portfolio, having confirmed an agreement with the full-service sports management agency, Independent Sports Group.

With a business forecast reaching across a full range of sport, Independent Sports Group is initially focussing its strength on managing the needs of sportspeople within the world of rugby. The company offers a full range of services, from financial planning, managing contractual negotiations and commercial rights deals, to media representation and PR. Quality of service and professionalism is guaranteed by maintaining a small and elite client base, ensuring the needs of clients are consistently foremost and consistently fulfilled. Independent Sports Group currently represents: 21 Premiership players, 6 Pro12 players, an England 7s player, and 7 Championship players.

Independent Sports Group was established by former Leicester Tigers rugby player Billy Clark, who transitioned into coaching following early retirement through injury. Having successfully transformed the Gloucester Rugby and London Irish academy programmes he moved into player representation, noting a space in the market for experienced individuals who understand the career progression of professional players, the nature of pitfalls en route to becoming an established player, and a proven track record in guiding young players to premiership and international rugby. The business prides itself on working with young players through their transitional academy years into senior rugby, guaranteeing the right advice, support and playing programmes are in place to ensure they then thrive as senior professional players.

ISG’s most recent success was announced in April, when London Irish winger Joe Cokanasiga was awarded a position in Eddie Jones’ 31-man England squad for the two-test tour to Argentina in June. Cokanasiga, 19, was part of the winning England Under-20s side in the U20 Six Nations Champions, and has scored five tries in eleven appearances for the Exiles this season.

For more information on ISG or Joe Cokanasiga please contact Billy Clark on 07703 5601332

Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is back!

ESRG are delighted to announce that 28th March sees the return of the very successful Annual Wheelchair rugby tournament, taking place at Sedgefield Community College. The event has been organised by the Darlington Mowden Park Community Scheme sponsored by ESRG Group.

It will see Mowden Park 1st Team players take on teams from the NE Bulls WRC, Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Support from ESRG has enabled the event to run again this year.

Wheelchair rugby is a wheelchair based sport for disability affecting all four limbs. It is a growing sport which is developing every year as more people become associated with it. As one of the only full-contact disability sports, it is little wonder wheelchair rugby, aka ‘murderball’ was one of the biggest hits of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The North East Bulls, who compete in Division 1 of the BT Super Series, are the only wheelchair rugby club based in the North East of England and compete in fixtures Nationwide.  Graeme Smith from the Bulls said “Life doesn’t end after disability, and through this friendly tournament we hope to show just that. Able-bodied athletes and disabled athletes competing together on a level playing field, each as competitive as the other” He also added “We want to thank DMP for making this tournament happen again, and we are proud of our ever-growing relationship with the club. Also thanks to Irwin Mitchell and ESRG for the funding support to allow these tournaments to take place”

The Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre provides unique courses and tailored support to recovering wounded, injured and sick veterans, serving personnel and their families to help them achieve their long-term goals and aspirations. We are delighted to be facing their team in the tournament again this year.

David Evans from ESRG comments “The competition is a great way to continue our partnership with DMP. This is a popular event in their calendar which is enjoyed by all involved. It’s a fantastic celebration of the diversity of Rugby.”

DMP would like to say a huge thanks must go to ESRG for sponsoring this event with special thanks for their continued support as Principle Sponsor of the Mowden Park Community Scheme.”

Supporters are encouraged and very welcome at the tournament. It will take place on Tuesday 28th March (6pm – 9pm) at Sedgefield Community College (TS21 3DD).

ESRG Developments set to bring Roslin House to market

ESRG Developments are delighted to announce the market premiere of the Roslin House apartments within the next two weeks, with Hearnes Estate Agents.

Roslin House presents a rare investment opportunity, offering a range of studio, one, or two bedroom properties in a beautiful conservation area, surrounded by stunning established gardens.

Roslin House is set in a large corner plot in the heart of one of the most desirable locations in Bournemouth, Dorset. The beaches of Bournemouth are a mere 9 minute drive away, with the exclusive Sandbanks in Poole just 20 minutes away.

Sales and rentals in Bournemouth are currently very strong for apartments, second homes, and holiday homes. Hearnes therefore anticipate high market demand for the Roslin House development. For those looking to invest, gross rental yields are expected to be between 5.5% and 6%.

Neil Grinnall, director of ESRG Developments, commented – ” we are delighted with this development, and the progress that ESRG Developments are achieving overall. This is an exciting development for Bournemouth. It provides spacious living spaces with generously oversized apartments, and will be a fantastic opportunity for people to own property in one of the most desirable coastal locations in the UK.”

Birmingham development Fifty Two Degrees released

ESRG Developments raise the property bar yet further this week, with the sale of another stunning development site to the investment market. Fifty Two Degrees is sited in the grounds of the acclaimed and listed former college buildings of Crocketts Lane, Smethwick and is comprised of planning permission for beautifully designed family houses. Situated at the heart of the country, Fifty Two Degrees is situated in one of the most picturesque conservation zones in Birmingham.

Possibly the most exciting U.K. city in terms of growth, Birmingham is strengthening its international position with more foreign investment projects than any other English regional city, is home to five major universities and four major colleges, and provides convenient transport links – the train to London in 80 minutes, Oxford in 69 minutes, or Manchester in 88 minutes. Birmingham International airport offers both short haul and long haul international flights.

With a strong market in sales and rentals, Birmingham is the ideal opportunity for those looking to invest. Gross rental yields are expected to be between 6% and 7%.

Neil Grinnall, director of ESRG Developments, commented – ” we are delighted with this development. This is an exciting development for Birmingham, it provides spacious luxury living, and will be a fantastic opportunity for people to own property in one of the most up and coming cities in the UK.”

ESRG Development plans in for Birmingham City Centre Regeneration

ESRG Development plans in for Birmingham City Centre Regeneration

Planning has been submitted for 400 new apartments on two derelict industrial sites in Digbeth, Birmingham.

ESRG’s plans include partial demolition, refurbishment and erection of new buildings at 234-236 Bradford Street, to create 162 one-bedroom and 131 two-bedroom flats and six ground floor commercial units. There will also be parking for 61 cars and 292 bikes in a complex ranging from four to eight storeys.

In a second project, the team are planning to carry out further demolition before constructing 148 apartments, three ground floor commercial units and 11 parking spaces at nearby 250 and 251 Bradford Street and its corner with Alcester Street. This element will range from four to nine storeys and comprise 91 one-bedroom and 57 two-bedroom apartments with parking for 150 bikes.

Neil Grinnall, Director commented, “The vast investment in recent years in Birmingham city centre has changed the face of a once industrial city. Digbeth will be the subject of ongoing redevelopment and the scale and location of proposed buildings and associated commercial and amenity spaces reflect this city aspiration.

Both schemes add to ESRG’s current project portfolio which includes major residential and split use developments in Poole, Birmingham and the USA.

Eight Ray Music

ESRG Group announces venture funding deal with Eight Ray Music

The ESRG Group announces another venture funding deal, with an investment in Eight Ray Music. Established in 2011, and led by Jayson Jaurigue (Director), the agency provides live music entertainment to the world’s most prestigious private, corporate and resident-venue events.

With an extensive network of collaborators, Eight Ray Music has the ability to secure bookings ranging from 11-piece show bands, jazz, swing and classical acts right through to beat boxers, burlesque, rock and pop artists and DJs. Eight Ray Music are quickly cementing themselves as the go-to agency for discerning event professionals, with the success of the company attributed to both its unparalleled choice of acts and its exceptional service from initial enquiry to final performance.

Eight Ray’s musicians are all exemplary professionals, having met the stringent selection criteria; the agency evaluates performers not only on their talent, but also on their professionalism. To appear on the company roster is a guaranteed seal of quality within the industry. Many of the agency’s musicians regularly perform alongside music’s biggest names, including tours with, for example, Adele, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, John Newman and Ellie Goulding.

The exceptional service offered by Eight Ray Music has seen the agency cultivate an illustrious client list, including Keith Prowse, Soho Farmhouse, Arsenal FC, The Savoy, The Dorchester, Quintessentially and Impresario Festivals among others.

David Evans, speaking on behalf of the ESRG Group, commented “investing in Eight Ray Music is a prudent step for the Group. We have already seen great success with other music-based venture funding, and Eight Ray really is emerging at the forefront of its sector. I look forward to seeing the company raise its high profile yet further. Music and events are both areas of growth; Eight Ray taps into both, with an admirable reputation, contact base, and high standard of delivery”.

ESRG Group

The ESRG Group announces a restructure within the senior leadership team

In response to changing business needs, following an incredible period of success, the ESRG Group is pleased to announce a restructure within the senior leadership team. The new composition will enable the Group to move forward and maintain its momentum of growth within Venture Funding, in line with its next-stage business plan.

David Evans, former Group CEO, now holds the role of Executive Chairman for the Group. He is superseded in the position of Group CEO by Tony Copsey, who originally joined as ESRG Sport & Leisure Managing Director in 2014, becoming Group Director in early 2016.

Taking on the mantle of Group Directors are Jonathan Rehbein (ESRG Group Director – Head of Funds), and Stuart Stobie (ESRG Group Director – Head of Business Development).

Richard Cunningham is welcomed as a newly appointed member of the ESRG Group; he brings over 16 years of professional experience to his new role as Head of Finance, having previously worked for renowned companies such as Baker Tilly and Deloittes.

The position of Business Support Manager has been successfully assigned to Gill Faulkner.

Executive Chairman David Evans summarises the new appointments as “essential for the next phase of ESRG growth. We have seen unequivocal success across the Group to date, but the key to progress is knowing how and when to equip the business for the challenges ahead.  The Group benefits from the vast experience held by every single director and manager – we felt it was appropriate to reorganise key senior responsibilities at this stage, for maximum effect. I know with certainty that Tony Copsey follows my vision for the Group, and will take the role of Group CEO in his stride – as will all the newly appointed directors and managers. This heralds a very exciting new phase for the ESRG Group.”

Jordan Nobbs

ESRG Ambassador & EMERGE athlete Jordan Nobbs named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016

Huge congratulations to ESRG Ambassador and EMERGE Sports Management athlete Jordan Nobbs, who was named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016 at last weekend’s FA Women’s Football Awards.

The 23-year-old vice-captain beat teammates Karen Carney, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott in a public poll to win the award.

The Arsenal Ladies’ midfielder has already secured 33 senior caps for her national side and played a central part in the team’s unbeaten Euro 2017 qualification campaign, which saw the Lionesses’ top their group with seven wins from eight and scoring 32 goals, conceding just once.

The team will now face Scotland, Spain and Portugal in the group stages of the tournament, which kicks off in the Netherlands on 16 July.

Managed by EMERGE Sports Management, the female-focused talent management agency launched by ESRG Sport & Leisure earlier this year, Nobbs has enjoyed a successful 2016 both on and off the pitch.

In February, she signed a new contract with Arsenal Ladies whilst playing an integral role in the side’s Women’s FA Cup campaign, which resulted in a 1-0 win over rivals and holders Chelsea to win the final in May.

Off the field, EMERGE brokered a new long-term sponsorship deal with Nike for the international midfielder; ESRG Group also extended its sponsorship agreement with Nobbs, which sees her continue in the role as ESRG Group ambassador into 2017.

Voted for by the public, the Vauxhall England Player of the Year Award is one of several accolades that make up the FA Women’s Football Awards, which celebrate the best of international and domestic football including player, manager and club achievements across The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) and FA Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Commenting on her award, Nobbs said: “It’s a real honour to be named player of the year, especially as so many of my team-mates played so well this season.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and for everyone’s support for the England team this year. We have a massive year ahead of us and we’re determined to go to the Euros next summer in the best possible position to do well and make all of our supporters proud.”

ESRG Group CEO and EMERGE Chairman Tony Copsey said: “Jordan has had a fantastic year and we’re delighted for her to see her hard work and achievements being recognised by the public.

“Jordan was up against some tough competition so to win the award is a huge accomplishment. She’s an incredibly talented footballer and her attitude and dedication to the sport is reflected both on and off the pitch and we are very proud to work with her. Huge congratulations to Jordan on behalf of everyone at ESRG!”

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