The Leicester Tigers Business Club is back for 2019 and the second event of the season welcomes Special Forces turned TV star Ant Middleton to Welford Road on Tuesday, January 22.
Best known for his role as chief instructor in Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ant will be talking to business leaders from across the region about his life and time in the military as well as the lessons that can help in any walk of life.
Rugby fan Middleton follows former Tigers’ wing Leon Lloyd as guest speaker in the second of three Business Club events held at Welford Road throughout the season.
Speaking ahead of next week's event, Ant said: “As the years have gone by I’ve been more drawn to rugby and I think it’s down to the ‘old school’ gentleman’s rules associated with the sport.
“Being a military man there’s similarities in values – discipline, respect, strength, camaraderie - and I love the atmosphere when going along to watch a game.”
Supported by club partner Mattioli Woods, members of the Business Club are treated to a two-course lunch, places to hear from our guest speakers as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded companies.
“The business world can be a high pressure environment and it can take a certain calibre of person to be able to deal with that. In the forces you learn to overcome the fear of failure or fear of conflict.”
Middleton is no stranger to challenges having served with the Army, Royal Marines, and Special Boat Service and most recently, tackling Mount Everest.
“Psychologically, you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature at that altitude, there is no one there to rescue you. You have the challenge of the altitude, the condition, and the physical demands – that’s the reason why it’s the most dangerous mountain in the world.”
Welford Road has been the battleground for many a Tigers side, and there’s similarities between the game and going into combat.
“Rugby is almost like the modern day Colosseum. For those eighty minutes you and your team mates are facing an opponent. You’re out there for them and, in sporting terms, it probably is the closest to that combat environment.”
Due to popularity, the event will take place in the Directors Lounge in the Holland & Barrett Stand and places are available to join Ant as well as attend our final Business Club event on April 3.
Priced at £100 + VAT per person for both events, contact our corporate sales team on 0116 217 1215 to book your place.