What is Sports Hospitality? Corporate Entertaining with Ryan Kinnear
Take a look behind the scenes of sports and event hospitality with Ryan Kinnear of sector experts www.corinthiansports.co.uk
As Ireland Account Director, Ryan oversees the delivery of hospitality packages for a wide range of corporate and individual clients.
During our ProfileTree video Business Leaders interview, he explained the fascinating work of his company but also outlined his route to such a unique role.
“At Corinthian Sports we do high quality corporate hospitality for companies. We provide five star events and venues. We have the best food, the best drink and the best celebrity guest speakers.”
How did Ryan find his way to Corinthian Sports?
“Growing up in Belfast around the seventies and eighties there wasn’t much entertainment, so all we did was play sports. We played football, rugby, karate and even made up our own games. My family is very competitive, my father was a rugby player and managed the Ulster European Cup winning team in 1999. If we weren’t playing sports we were watching it.
“I wasn’t academically bright at school, but I was a grafter. After school I went to Manchester to do a law degree. I didn’t want to be a solicitor, I always wanted to go into sales. I was a sportsman and sales is very like sports. You always want to do your best, there’s competition and you have good and bad days.
“I was offered the role at Corinthian Sports in March 2018. I met the directors, who have been in the hospitality industry for 60 years between them. They’re what I call visionaries of the industry.
“When I went over for the interview, they already knew they were going to be gold partners of The Open 2019, which is going to be the biggest sporting event in Northern Ireland’s history.”
Ryan explained the range of services available from his company, which can be designed around a range of interests and budgets.
“We Corinthians offer five star quality events, and what clients want now is bespoke and boutique hospitality at these events.
“An example could be: a client of mine might want to go and watch the Ireland rugby game next week, which is a blockbuster event. They could watch it from a box, have the best gourmet food and have the best celebrity speakers for them.
“We also have very good relationships with the likes of The O2 and Wembley. So we also do concerts and, believe it or not, one of the best sales days for us in 2018 was the Spice Girls reunion.
“Our premium product is the Corinthian yacht for watching the Monaco Grand Prix. The yacht is actually positioned yards away from the track. There’s also a boat party on the Friday night with champagne on tap and gourmet food.”
To find out more about Corinthian Sports, sports hospitality and corporate hospitality, watch our full video.
Corinthian Sports – https://www.corinthiansports.co.uk/
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