Services provided for footballers at all levels include:

ON THE PITCH:
  • Personal Career Management
  • Club Contract Negotiation
  • Transfers / Temporary Loans
  • UK Trial Opportunities Arranged
  • Career Ending Protection Policies
OFF THE PITCH:
  • Tax Consultancy / Mitigation Schemes
  • Investments / Wealth Management
  • Image Rights / Sponsorship Deals
  • Public Relations / Media Training
  • Social Media Content / Monetisation
AT HOME:
  • Family Liaison / Settlement Service
  • Household / Motor Insurance
  • Lifestyle Concierge Services
  • Family Legal Advice / Crisis Management
  • Post Career Planning / Business Start-up

From the FIRST minute….

First Sport Management Limited was established with a clear vision to provide career representation that supports both the player and the person within.

This company ethos allows clients with outstanding ability, and the winning attitude to match, to concentrate more on their performances on the pitch without the need to worry about day-to-day or contractual distractions off it.

So whether you are:
  • Taking your first steps as an elite Academy prospect
  • A young professional already at a League club
  • A more experienced first team player
  • Or playing in another country

Our dedicated team can provide for your professional, financial and personal needs.

…until the very LAST minute!

When you hang up your boots for the last time it should be with the confidence of financial security, having always received good advice along the way. This means that future career diversification can then be out of choice rather than the necessity to maintain earnings.

In addition to the usual options of coaching and media work, when that time finally comes our unique company structure as part of ESRG Group enables us to provide clients with:
  • Personal business support and capital funding for your own commercial ventures.

This pursuit of a passion or interest can even be implemented during your playing career to help establish and promote the new company using publicity from your sporting profile.

It can form part of the overall marketing strategy of generating additional revenue streams from advertising, endorsements and product branding that is appropriate to your image and career responsibilities.

A Game of Two Halves

Football is now a global industry that crosses all cultures and continents, and as a result of this we can adapt to players’ differing requirements and circumstances by either:

Providing long term career management for Premier and Football League players on the basis of an exclusive Representation Contract lodged with The FA.

Or in addition

Building relationships with overseas players and agents under a short term Mandate of Authorisation to facilitate the brokering of deals into or from UK clubs.

European Partners

As well as receiving specialist advice on tax and investment structures, agents working in conjunction with First Sport Management can also benefit from transacting further business with us and the Premier League.

Players from all over the world are offered to clubs in England. However, many don’t quite meet the entry criteria, or once here are unable to establish themselves at first team level. Using trusted contacts we can provide a passport for them into other top leagues.

The End Goal

First Sport Management can therefore advise and assist your career whether you are:

An agent / intermediary or a professional player

A youth prospect or regular in the first team

UK based or currently playing overseas

At league or international level

“Our goal is for you to have a successful and rewarding career as part of a winning team”

First Sport Management Team

  • Mike Drew

    DAVID RODWELL

    FA Registered Intermediary

    DAVID RODWELL

    > David has been well known and even better connected in football circles for many years and has long-standing personal relationships with legendary players such as Alan Hudson and a friendship with Harry Redknapp for over 30 years. His easy manner and football knowledge makes for good dialogue with club managers, staff and officials while providing access to a network of influential business associates.

    This myriad of contacts at all levels of the game has seen him involved in big money transfers going back to those of Niko Kranjcar in 2009, while still always retaining a passion and love for the game by counselling younger players just starting out on their journey.

    David’s status includes approval by the Football Association to advise and represent U-18 players.

    Phone: +44 (0)7778 045611 Email: david@firstsportmanagement.com

  • Mike Drew

    ANDY FORD

    FA Registered Intermediary

    ANDY FORD

    > Andy was previously part of the CIS Ltd team who negotiated shirt sponsorship deal with former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers in the 1996-97 season. In 2006 he combined his two roles as a UEFA 'B' coach and FPC qualified financial adviser to pass his exam to become an FA Licensed Agent, thereafter providing career guidance and representing many players and clubs in contract negotiations and transfers.

    Building upon an extensive knowledge of the Academy system, his initial focus was the identification of promising young players such as Wilfried Zaha. Several others of those he signed have also since kicked on higher to play at Championship, Premier League and full international level.

    Andy’s status includes approval by the Football Association to advise and represent U-18 players.

    Phone: +44 (0)7904 027570 Email: andy@firstsportmanagement.com

  • Mike Drew

    PAUL MULLALY

    FA Registered Intermediary

    PAUL MULLALY

    > Paul is a former detective who in 2007 joined Portsmouth FC as one of the first appointed Premier League Player Liaison Officers with responsibility for the welfare and relocation issues of a multi-national first team squad of 26 players and their families. To this day there are many former and current players who are appreciative of his diligent ‘out of hours’ service and discretion.

    He was later seconded onto the FA’s 2006 Quest enquiry to advise Clubs and Licensed Agents regarding the matter of transparency in relation to financial payments in transfers. He now performs a vital role for First Sport Management by arranging insurance, legal advice and visa applications for players through his trusted network of personal contacts.

    Paul’s status includes approval by the Football Association to advise and represent U-18 players.

    Phone: +44 (0)7824 885838 Email: paul@firstsportmanagement.com

  • Mike Drew

    FAISAL “PAT” KASHMIRI

    FA Registered Intermediary

    FAISAL “PAT” KASHMIRI

    > For many years now Pat and David Rodwell have been close associates working together on deals involving the transfer of players and representing the interests of owners and consortiums in the sale and purchase of football clubs.

    As part of the successful ‘Strata Sports Marketing’ family business they have represented players, been match agents and tournament organisers for over 35 years and Pat’s experience and day-to-day contact in the office is much valued in areas of mutual business with the FSM team.

  • Mike Drew

    LYNDON LYNCH

    Youth / Non-League Scout

    LYNDON LYNCH

    >Lyndon has the honour of following in Sir Alf Ramsey’s footsteps and prior to the recent U17 success was the only England football manager to have won a World Cup since 1966. He led the England Learning Disability team to victory in 2002 and was also the head coach for the Cerebral Palsy Paralympic football team in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

    Previously Director of Sport at Leytonstone Business and Enterprise Specialist School in East London, he is a respected scout among young players and having managed at Conference level he monitors non-league football while recruiting and mentoring U16-U18 talent for FSM.

    Phone: +44 (0)7798 550066 Email: lyndon@firstsportmanagement.com

  • Mike Drew

    CARIN ZAHA

    FA Registered Intermediary
    / International Scout

    CARIN ZAHA

    >Prior to recently attaining his own regulatory status Carin already worked closely with Andy Ford in the role of International Scout, identifying and providing introductions to French speaking players at European clubs as well as to Ivory Coast internationals.

    Now an Intermediary himself, the scouting department has been further strengthened with the addition of Morris Ayissi and Mat Monhon alongside him to liaise with home based players and those from Cameroon, Ghana and other African countries.

  • Mike Drew

    MAURIZIO BENI

    Italian Football Consultant

    MAURIZIO BENI

    > Maurizio’s background is as a security adviser to influential public figures and organisations. As his business reputation grew he soon became a trusted confidante of club Presidents and a familiar face within the boardrooms of Italian football. He has built up many contacts at clubs in Serie A, and he is a close friend of many Azzurri legends and current managers, including Roberto Mancini.

    Since being based in London, he has become a valued member of the First Sport team and is able to use his wealth of connections that have spread right across the world to broker introductions to agents, players and coaching staff for facilitating deals in Europe and the UK.

  • Mike Drew

    WILL HOY

    Commercial Consultant

    WILL HOY

    >Will has worked in sport for over 20 years and was previously Head of Sales and Marketing at Norwich City Football Club where he was responsible for advertising, retail licensing agreements and the negotiation of sponsorship deals. These included the long-standing association with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society that was extended for a further 5 years in 2012.

    As part of ESRG Marketing he works with many top sports personalities for product development and brand allegiance and this expertise also enables our players to benefit from advice on how to monetise their social media content through another in-house company KICCA Media.

ESRG GROUP

Headed up by Executive Chairman David Evans, ESRG has specialist experience of taxation and investments with wide exposure to the media and sporting sectors. In addition to being Group CEO former Wales rugby international Tony Copsey drives the business forward on a day-to-day basis as Managing Director of ESRG Sports and Leisure.
Companies within that include a grass roots football initiative whereby a talented team of prospects for tomorrow is selected by online supporters, and an agency representing female footballers and athletes. The Group’s interests also include a rugby agency, a community sponsorship deal for Mowden Park and the services of former St Helens and GB Rugby League captain Paul Sculthorpe MBE as a high profile Ambassador.
Similar commercial deals and opportunities to benefit football development are currently in discussion using the First Sport team’s growing presence and boardroom connections.

 

 

 

 

 

The First Sport Management model will provide players the perfect platform from which to enhance their careers, safe in the knowledge that these guys have their best interests at heart…

I believe this is how it should be and I wish them every success.”

Harry Redknapp

CONTACT US

David Rodwell

FA Registered Intermediary

+44 (0)7778 045611
david@firstsportmanagement.com

Andy Ford

FA Registered Intermediary

+44 (0)7904 027570
andy@firstsportmanagement.com

Paul Mullaly 

FA Registered Intermediary

+44 (0)7824 885838
paul@firstsportmanagement.com

Lyndon Lynch 

Youth / Non-League Scout

+44 (0)7798 550066
lyndon@firstsportmanagement.com