World in Motion Newsletter – November 2019

World in Motion have released the very first edition of our new quarterly newsletter! The newsletter contains news, features and events from across the business; communicating the ever-increasing growth of the company, as well as highlighting the main achievements from our amazing roster of sporting talent.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of the newsletter and please look out for the next instalment.

World in Motion acquires Phoenix Sports Management

World in Motion have acquired rugby agency Phoenix Sports Management in a deal that will see the former industry leading firm become a major force once again within rugby in the northern hemisphere. World in Motion have acted on behalf of the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Tom Croft, Leigh Halfpenny, Courtney Lawes, Dean Richards, Geordan Murphy, Ashton Hewitt, Dan Biggar, Warren Gatland and many more. With the acquisition, World in Motion plans to attract some of the world’s top players and coaches and build on Phoenix’s already strong presence in the rugby market.

World in Motion was established in 1997 by chairman Andy Evans and now runs offices out of London, Cardiff, throughout Europe and North and South America. World in Motion CEO Charles Mountifield has a strong background in rugby, having represented many international players and coaches and who was the first Chairman of the Association of Rugby Agents. There is an in- house statistics department as well as a strong commercial offering as part of the company’s multi-sport agency that includes a client base spanning football, cricket, boxing, golf and rugby. Commenting on the deal, Andy Evans said ‘We have had a long-standing relationship with Phoenix and are delighted to be able to formalise our relationship and build the World in Motion brand with the acquisition of a reputable and successful business.’

Phoenix Managing Director, Tom Fowler, has built the business up to becoming a major force in Europe. Commenting on joining forces with World in Motion, Tom said ‘We are very excited to be joining forces with World In Motion and looking forward to being part of a dynamic, multidiscipline sports management company. World in Motion’s commercial offering and global reach will open doors for our clients and we will keep striving to offer the professionalism and boutique service that we are renowned for.’

World in Motion Foundation pledges support to Nantymoel RFC Juniors

World in Motion, through its charitable arm, the World in Motion Foundation, are delighted to pledge their support to the Nantymoel RFC Junior sections for two rugby seasons from September 2019.

Nantymoel R.F.C. was founded in 1885 / 86 and celebrated its 125th season in 2010 / 2011. The club was formed by men who came to the Ogmore Valley to work in the mines. During this time, it was known as the Nantymoel White Stars, a name it kept for several years. The club has endured many ups and downs over the years and will compete in WRU National League 3 West Central A in the 2019/20 season. For a small club, a good number of its players have gained Welsh representative honours at age group level, with one full Wales international having previously played for the club, prop Boyo James in the late 1960’s. 

In recent years, the club has found itself in increasingly challenging times and the offer of support from the London based sport management agency who also have offices in Cardiff and throughout Europe came at just the right time. The reasoning behind this connection comes as a result of the Chairman and owner of World in Motion, Andy Evans, whose father and grandparents were born and raised on Station Road in Nantymoel. As a result, after spending many happy times visiting Nantymoel and the Ogmore Valley, he consequently has a strong affinity with the area and has always wanted to one day be able to assist the local rugby club in a positive way.

Having been established for more than twenty years,  World in Motion has built a reputation as one of the leading multi-sports management agencies in the country and has represented some if the biggest names in rugby over the years.  Andy was only too happy to help his old town club by pledging an investment in the youth section of the club.  Evans said, ‘I’m delighted to be able to help the club through the youth sections now some 40 years after coming back to visit my grandparents regularly in the school holidays and I hope that with our help we can get the club thriving again.’

The support will come in the form of kit and equipment supply for both the newly formed U7 and U11 sections as well as help towards other playing related costs and coaching. A small rugby festival is also in the planning to really galvanise youth rugby in the village again, with the possibility of one or two rugby personalities showing up over the course of the seasons to offer some help and advice to the children of the club. Nantymoel RFC Chairman Adrian Trowbridge said ‘We are delighted to be associated with World in Motion and greatly appreciate the interest in the club shown by Andy and his team. Their support of grass roots rugby is most welcome and is aligned with our ethos of encouraging the involvement of young people and developing rugby across all age groups.

WORLD IN MOTION joins the soccer aid for Unicef great big kickabout

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Through the World in Motion Foundation, staff at World in Motion are grabbing a ball and getting together for a Great Big Kickabout to raise vital funds for Soccer Aid for Unicef on 14 June.

Andy Evans, World in Motion Chairman, will be leading the World in Motion team on behalf of Soccer Aid and said: “As a result of the unfortunate passing of Adam, a former member of staff, we set up the World in Motion Foundation with a view to contributing to worthwhile causes and the Kickabout provides a wonderful opportunity for all at World in Motion to do something fun whilst raising funds for Unicef.”

Donations, which will be passed on to Soccer Aid, can be made through the World in Motion Foundation page on the World in Motion website or directly through this link: https://www.worldinmotion.com/foundation/

World in Motion seals loan deal for Martin Hinteregger

Deal number two of transfer deadline day!

Austrian International, Martin Hinteregger has signed with Eintracht Frankfurt on loan until the end of the season.

The the 26-year old previously played for RB Salzburg before making his switch to the German Bundesliga, where he has played for the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach & FC Augsburg.

World in Motion brokers deal for Philip Heise

World in Motion brokers the transfer of Philip Heise from Dynamo Dresden to Norwich City on a 3.5 year contract. Norwich City are looking to bolster their promotion hopes with the signing of the German Left-Back.

The 27 year old defender began his career with Fortuna Düsseldorf and has also played for Münster, Heidenheim and Stuttgart before joining Dresden in January 2017.