The Sporting Club

The Sporting Club was founded by the multi-award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Ian Stafford, in April, 2017.

Ian has built up a lifelong reputation as:

  • a successful national and international writer
  • an interviewer
  • a host
  • a TV and radio presenter/guest

He is also known for his black book and the many relationships he has with leading sports figures that has seen him:

  • play football for Everton
  • rugby for the Springboks
  • cricket for Australia
  • fight Roy Jones jnr
  • race Michael Schumacher
  • play with Tiger Woods

Ian’s vision was to create a modern, diverse club for business professionals to use, via the numerous Sporting Club venues to:

  • work
  • meet 
  • network
  • client entertain

As well as enjoying many live events with big name sports stars and benefiting from a truly proactive community of good people producing good business.

Throw in other benefits such as Hospitality and special offers on leading brands and link it all together with the world’s greatest common denominator – sport – and that is the essence of the Sporting Club.

Mr Ian Stafford Founder/Chairman of The Sporting Club gives us an insight into the world of sport, business and networking.

“Good people, good business, good fun.”



Welcome to Sporting Club Hospitality, our very own hospitality division designed to create high-class, unique and bespoke packages for you and your clients in the world of sport.

No matter what or where the event is we are here to design unforgettable custom-built experiences to suit the corporate or private sectors or, indeed, individual needs.

We will attend to every detail and leave no stone unturned in our desire to provide you with an amazing, tailor-made experience focussing on an end-to-end itinerary of national and international premium sporting events. 

This includes:

  • Meet and be entertained by celebrity guests from the world of sport.
  • Take you behind the scenes with exclusive access to create once in a lifetime experiences.



Welcome to Sporting Club Lifestyle, our in-house, Lifestyle & Concierge division – a premium subscription service, included within your Sporting Club membership.

Our procurement team have scoured the globe, forging partnerships with some of the World’s most luxurious, in-demand brands curating high-class, exclusive packages for you and your clients to enjoy.

Our range of Experiences includes:

  • Fine Dining
  • UK Breaks
  • Overseas Vacations
  • Theatre
  • Concerts

In addition to our ever-growing range of off-the-shelf, exclusive club member experiences, we also provide a bespoke search and tailor-made booking service that provides VIP levels of access and privileges, usually reserved for a select few.

Whether you’re looking to set up a memorable experience for clients, colleagues or for your personal enjoyment, get in touch with our Lifestyle team for the latest offers and let us help make it special.

A market-leading range of VIP Lifestyle Experiences, with full Concierge service, all at unbelievable Members-only rates.



Sport and wine – two of our top passions!

What would a sporting celebration be without flinging around the fizz and given the clutch of vineyard-owning golfers, cricketers launching wine labels, rugby heroes leading cycling groups via vineyards across Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany, the Medoc Marathon – 26 miles of wine tastings in claret land – and football managers making £millions from their fine wine collections.

We know sport and wine go together and what’s not to enjoy?

TSCWS Members benefits include:

  • Unique Wine & Sport experiences
  • Wine tastings and education
  • TSCWS wines delivered to your home
  • Collecting and Investing in fine wine


Discover The Sporting Club

Birmingham – Leeds – Liverpool – London – Manchester

Members benefits include:

  • You will have full use of 4 London clubs: L’Escargot in Greek Street,Soho, M in Threadneedle Street and M in Victoria, The Athenaeum in Mayfair. Plus M Canary Wharf coming soon.
  • You will have full use of the Manchester Sporting Club at The Regency Club in Deansgate, Manchester and 5 days access per month at The Colony Club, Wilmslow, Cheshire.
  • Plus The Ambler Club in Leeds, 501 Lounge Edgbaston in Birmingham and Exchange Flags Liverpool coming soon.
  • You can meet up with 5 non members at any one time. First opportunity to attend Sporting Club lunches, breakfasts, Book Signings and many other events.
  • Discounts and special offers with very many high end brands.
  • Part of an exclusive business network which you can maximise by using the proactive networking mechanism via the clubhouses, events, introductions and exclusive Members Area with members directory, internal messages and noticeboard.
  • Plus members access to our Wine Society and Hospitality & Lifestyle division.

Annual membership is £1000 + VAT payable in one lump sum or monthly

Mr Ian Stafford Founder/Chairman of The Sporting Club gives us an insight into the world of sport, business and networking.

“Good people, good business, good fun.”


Ian Stafford
M: + 44 (0) 771 0124 780