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Ian Stafford

Founder/Owner of The Sporting Club

Speaker, Interviewer, Host, Broadcaster, Journalist

London, UK

Speaker, Interviewer, Host, Broadcaster, Journalist
Ian Stafford
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Ian Stafford’s Biography

Ian Stafford is at the forefront of the British media and sporting scene, covering every global sporting event since 1988 and interviewing most of the world's top sports stars, for publications including The Times, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and more.
He penned the popular "The Player" series of participatory features for Esquire including a Chef for Gordon Ramsay, an Edinburgh Festival Stand Up Comedian, a Shaolin Monk, a Polar Explorer with David Hempleman-Adams, a DJ with Virgin Radio and more.

He has won Sports Interviewer, Sports Magazine Writer and Sports Reporter of the Year among nine national awards.

Stafford has 16 published books varying from official diaries like England Rugby 2003 World Cup Winners and 2005 Ashes Series to the official Formula One Opus.
His best-known books cover playing with the greatest global stars. "Playgrounds of the Gods" became an international best-seller and its three sequels, "In Your Dreams," "In Search of the Tiger" and "Who Do You Think You Are....Michael Schumacher?" followed suit.

Stafford has many broadcasting credits including BBC TV Sport's Grandstand and Sportsnight, Going Live, the Big Breakfast, Newsround, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Channel 5 News. He has written and narrated three sports documentaries for BBC Radio 4, featured regularly on BBC Radio Five Live, and his own interview show on Talksport, "Talking 2," and presented "Press Pass" throughout 2019.

Stafford is a sought-after event host and live interviewer of stars. Recent clients include Balfour Beatty, Saga, Canary Wharf Group and M Restaurants. Events include conferences with Sir Clive Woodward and Judy Murray, an evening with Sir Bradley Wiggins. In 2020 he hosted podcasts and streamed TV shows with celebrities for Saga.

In 2017 he launched The Sporting Club, a networking club with permanent venues in London, Manchester and Leeds staging events featuring sporting A-listers.

Ian Stafford’s Newsfeed

Visit Birmingham
The Sporting Club: Botham's Ashes 40th Anniversary

Sir Ian Botham performed sporting miracles not once but in three consecutive Test matches. 40 years on, The Sporting Club are proud to be staging a dinner at Edgbaston.

The Business Desk
Edgbaston Events teams up with The Sporting Club

Edgbaston Events, the conference and events business of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium, has announced a partnership with The Sporting Club to stage events and create a Birmingham-based business hub.

Ian Stafford’s Background

The Sporting Club
Founder and Owner
Feb 2017 - Present
London, UK
Founder, Co-owner and Managing Editor
Mar 2010 - Jan 2017
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Ian Stafford’s Gallery


Ian Stafford Media
London, UK
Click the icon to be redirected to Ian's website and his rolling newsfeed, detailing latest engagements.
Owner Ian Stafford caught up with Sporting Club ambassador Ian Bell on the weekend at the #ENGvNZ Test!
Jun 2021
Birmingham, UK
Sporting Club owner, Ian Stafford, in conversation with ambassador, Ian Bell, at the England v New Zealand test match at Edgbaston.
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The Official Formula 1 Opus
Jan 2012
London, UK
The biggest book on Formula One ever produced, The Official Formula One Opus tells the history of the sport in fine detail. Comprising of exclusive interviews and breathtaking imagery, numerous racing legends feature including Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. Sewn and bound by hand in the finest leather, each copy is personally signed by Bernie Ecclestone.
Playgrounds of the Gods: A Year of Sporting Fantasy
Sep 2000
Edinburgh, UK
Ian reflects on the nine injury-affected months during 1998 when he followed his personal sporting dreams and played sport with some of the world's greatest teams and individual sports stars. Shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
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Awards & Endorsements

British Sports Journalism Awards
Highly Commended - Sports Interviewer of the Year
London, UK
British Sports Journalism Awards
Highly Commended - Sports Interviewer of the Year
London, UK
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Charitable Interests

Dallaglio RugbyWorks
London, UK
Formed after legendary rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio lost his mother to cancer in 2009, Dallaglio RugbyWorks aims to engage people through the sport of rugby. Hundreds of individuals on the verge of exclusion from mainstream education have benefitted, with a chance to succeed provided and the potential to progress onto further training and education.
Sporting Chance
London, UK
Founded in 2000, Sporting Chance is a British charity, first established by former Arsenal captain Tony Adams to provide a specialist addicition and recovery facility for athletes. The organisation provides support, treatment, counselling and aftercare to athletes struggling with alcoholism, gambling and drug abuse.
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Press Releases

Hospitality and Events North
Press Release
Aug 2021
Upcoming events hosted by The Sporting Club include Botham’s Ashes 40th Anniversary Dinners in Manchester and Leeds as well as October dates featuring Frank Bruno and David Haye.

Ian Stafford’s Education

King's College London
Bachelor of History
1982 - 1985
Stamford School
1973 - 1982

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