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WE MAY NOT BE THE BIGGEST AGENCY BUT WE LEAD VERY INTERESTING LIVES – HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN UP TO LATELY.

Last week saw the sports industry convene in Liverpool and Manchester as part of the International Festival for Business. Martin was on the ground for ENS’ and he networked, debated and conferenced with figures in the worlds of media, brand, cities and sport.

Whilst rugby union is on its summer hiatus, their league counterparts are in mid-season and on Saturday ENS was front row to watch the London Broncos take on the Wigan Warriors.

As a guest of the Super League, ENS’ rugby league advocate, Victoria, mingled with the sport’s finest before taking her seat at a try-filled – if rainy – match, which saw the Warriors claim victory.

Whilst the Bronco’s weren’t quite bucking that afternoon, the pre-match hospitality was rocked courtesy of league legends Martin Offiah, Mike Ford and Shaun Edwards.

ENS’ relationship with US initiative, the Foundation for International Education, means that we have a rolling internship for American students. They teach us about things like Football (ie not soccer), Hockey (ice not field) and Chik Fil A whilst we give them valuable insight into football (not US), netball and tea drinking. This quarter we welcome Olivia Dunn, from Florida who is as crazy for football (ours not theirs) as we are – just don’t mention the Belgium result.

Over the course of the World Cup ENS has been working with Airton Risk Management to devise and promote a selection of stats surrounding the world’s most famous tournament. Airton, a division of Paddy Power, has produced a plethora of probabilities concerning goal scorers, clean sheets, group positioning and unlikely winners and we have secured coverage in The Sun, FourFourTwo and FC Business. For daily stats check out Airton’s Twitter: @airtonrisk 

Monday saw ENS celebrate its 12th anniversary (a few days late), with our routine status meeting invaded by copious amounts of cake and champagne. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way, as well as the long list of quality brands who have put their faith in our services. Here’s to the next twelve!

Last week saw ENS clients, Martin Corry, Kyran Bracken and Phil Vickery head from Bolton to Le Mans in the Audi / Daily Telegraph 'Road to Le Mans Challenge'. The three World Cup stars were pitted against Olympians Amy Williams, Kelly Sotherton and Lizzy Yarnold in two new Audi A6 Ultras. The contest saw the teams take part in a number of challenges en route, including a quiz whilst hurtling around in an Audi R8. To see who emerged victorious, head to www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/motoring/road-to-le-mans/?WT.mc_id=605805&source=EditorialTwitter

Despite his busy business schedule, Women’s International Cricket League Director and CEO, Shaun Martyn, took time out from his whistle-stop UK tour to come to ENS’ and tape the Sports Marketing Show Special for iSportConnect TV.

Shaun covered a range of topics from the League’s proposed IPL-style tournament, to the growth of women’s cricket worldwide. With the increasing popularity of women’s sport and the growth potential of women’s cricket, the WICL has a very enlightened view of how to develop the game. Keep an eye on iSportconnect TV over the coming days to see the full interview.

It was a bank holiday weekend filled with finals; never to be left out, ENS headed down the M4 to see the last ever Heineken Cup.

Victoria took her place in the crowd (much to the envy of everyone else here) and saw Toulon claim their second title and Johnny Wilkinson say farewell. The game itself lacked the magic you’d expect from two of the best teams in Europe but a Johnny Wilkinson drop goal, two well-worked Toulon tries and a handful of big-hits, one of which was the respectable feat of upending Billy Vunipola, added to the Cup-Final excitement.

Many of the crowd, regardless of their national or team allegiance, were fans of the legendary Mr Wilkinson; substituted after 77 minutes, the entire crowd rose to salute the fly-half’s exit. It was truly moving and once more ENS can say ‘We were there’. 

The City AM Financial Fair Play round table took place last night at BT Sport in Central London. Over 150 sports journalists, lawyers, accountants and senior football officials converged to debate one of the game’s most controversial initiatives. Having helped organize the event, ENS was delighted as the panel - Keith Harris, Andrew Jolly, Trevor Birch, Paul Barber, Ian Lynam and Javed Khan - dissected the issues facing both leagues and clubs. The audience certainly took their chance to question and contribute not least of all Former FA boss, Mark Palios.

It was a busy Thursday morning for ENS with Rebecca, Martin and Victoria all out at events across the capital. Rebecca and Martin were invited down to the Emirates Stadium for the inaugural Global Sports Symposium, where Jacksonville Jaguars President, Mark Lamping and Arsenal Chief Commercial Officer, Tom Fox, stole the show with thier insight into the differences between  US and UK sport’s commercial strategies. Victoria was in attendance at the PRCA’s event on owned vs. earned media where B2B content, the future of publishing and the PR-journalist relationship were all hot topics.