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London is more than just a capital city – it’s also a centre for technology, creativity, digital leadership – and of course is also home to some of the world’s most successful and iconic sports teams.

From the creative agencies and international marketing companies of Soho to the innovative start-ups of East London Tech City, London has a long history of leading not just Europe, but the whole world when it comes to dynamism and progress. Tonnes of international sports marketing agencies already have headquarters in London, especially in Soho, alongside numerous creative, PR and communications agencies – all of which can work alongside your sports marketing agency to achieve great things.

Of course, London is also a sporting mecca – three of the four teams represented in this year’s European football finals (Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League and Tottenham vs. Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League) hail from the capital.

Added to this is the open, international outlook that London has. It’s something that, because of the city’s global nature and the importance of this both to its own economy and that of the rest of the UK, is unlikely to change. People want to invest in London, because of its position as a leader both in Europe and the world.


Sports marketing London: a tech hub that’s looking to the future

So, what has this got to do with international sports marketing?

A lot, as it turns out. London is amongst the world’s capitals when it comes to sports marketing, due to the huge numbers of businesses based here, the creative and international outlook of the city, and its young, tech-savvy, ambitious population.

The UK has an important sporting tradition and, along with the USA, is the place where sports marketing was born and eventually began to grow up. Now, London’s innovation is driving international sports marketing forward, as the London-based Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign portraits.

Think also about the many AR and VR opportunities that are being presented by London’s dynamic tech start-ups, and how they might intersect with, influence and guide the sports sponsorship activations that you could develop if this technology was on your doorstep. Sports sponsorship agencies in London are already, and will continue to be, at the forefront of this innovation – and will be the first in the world to benefit from it.

What successes have sports sponsorship agencies in London had?

London sports marketing agencies are consistently working with huge brands – see Octagon’s work with x Tottenham Hotspur, Chivas Regal x Manchester United and WarChild for strong examples. Farringdon-based Mongoose’s Make Your Mark campaign launched England Cricket’s new kit alongside New Balance. WePlay works with the Betfred Super League, FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC and the PGA European Tour, amongst many others. CSM manages the partnership between HSBC and the World Rugby 7s tournament. Earnie worked on campaign identity for the 2017/18 NFL season. The list of London sports marketing agencies that are working on innovative campaigns goes on and on.

A word on MotoGP sponsorship

Motorsport is our game here, so we couldn’t end without noting a recent win for Fifty Digital. The London agency (Discover the Sports Marketing Agency London) has been named as the lead social and digital agency for Gulf Oil International, which includes the Aprilia Racing MotoGP team. It’s certainly a boon for an agency that was only founded in 2016. If that doesn’t prove our hypothesis that London sports sponsorship agencies can take on the world, we don’t know what does. 

If you want to discuss or find out more about international sports marketing, sports sponsorship agencies in London or UK sports marketing in general, contact RTR Sports Marketing today using 


Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo nasce a Giulianova, si laurea in legge all’Università di Bologna e decide di fare altro, dopo un passaggio all’ ISFORP (istituto formazione relazioni pubbliche) di Milano si sposta in Inghilterra. Inizia la sua carriera lavorativa a Londra nelle PR, prima da MSP Communication e poi da Counsel Limited. Successivamente, seguendo la sua insana passione per lo sport, si trasferisce da SDC di Jean Paul Libert ed inizia a lavorare nelle due e nelle 4 ruote, siamo al 1991/1992. Segue un breve passaggio a Monaco, dove affianca il titolare di Pro COM, agenzia di sports marketing fondata da Nelson Piquet. Rientra in Italia e inizia ad operare in prima persona come RTR, prima studio di consulenza e poi società di marketing sportivo. Nel lontanissimo 2001 RTR vince il premio ESCA per la realizzazione del miglior progetto di MKTG sportivo in Italia nell’anno 2000. RTR tra l’altro ottiene il maggior punteggio tra tutte le categorie e rappresenta L’Italia nel Contest Europeo Esca. Da quel momento, RTR non parteciperà più ad altri premi nazionali o internazionali. Nel corso degli anni si toglie alcune soddisfazioni e ingoia un sacco di rospi. Ma è ancora qua, scrive in maniera disincantata e semplice, con l’obiettivo di dare consigli pratici (non richiesti) e spunti di riflessione.
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