About Sport:80

Designing, delivering and supporting innovative technologies that enable the growth of sport

At Sport:80, we are first and foremost sports people. We have been involved in amateur and professional sport, delivered major international sporting events and have worked within national governing bodies of sport. 
 

We now apply our passion for sport in combination with another passion of ours – technology. We use our expertise to deliver innovative technology solutions that make a significant difference to the way the world of sport works. Solutions that enable sports organizations, governing bodies, clubs and event organizers to work in more efficient, engaging and profitable ways. 


Our story started during the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Members of our Leadership Team were involved in the delivery of the largest test event for the Games; the ISSF Shooting World Cup. They were tasked with providing event management services for the three week event that saw more than 2000 coaches, officials and athletes travel to London to compete.
 

The project was a huge challenge, particularly given the small team that was tasked to deliver it. In order to meet the high expectations of a major international event, we looked to technology to automate management and admin processes so we could devote more time to delivery. However, we quickly found that there was very little that catered for the idiosyncrasies of a sporting event, so that answer was to build something ourselves. 
 

We built a technology platform that would complement our role in the project. It would automated everything from invitations, entries, payments, accommodation and travel to visas, communication, accreditation and licences. It was a huge success and spurred us on to develop something even more powerful that would enable governing bodies, sports organizations and event organizers to overcome their shared challenges.

 

Today that vision is a reality with the Sport:80 Platform.

Meet our leadership team

Simon Clegg
Chairman
Simon Clegg CBE is one of the UK’s most experienced sports businessmen and leaders. He has been Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, CEO of Ipswich Football Club and the European Youth Olympic Festival. Simon was Chief Operating Officer of the inaugural 2015 European Games which were held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Gary Hargraves
Chief Executive Officer
Gary is the founder and CEO of Sport:80 and has more than 20 years of experience working at board level in the sport sector. Having worked within commercial managerial positions at both Brentford and Crystal Palace Football Clubs, Gary went on to work with a variety of governing bodies of sport and major event organizers.
Garth Palmer
Finance Director
Garth began his career at Horwath Chartered Accountants (now part of BDO) and has gone on to work for numerous large companies across a range of industries including Apple. More recently, Garth has been working with AIM quoted companies, predominantly within the mining and resources industries.
Jonny Turner
Chief Operating Officer
Jonny leads the operational team that manages project delivery, client support, marketing and business development. Jonny holds a first class degree in Sport Event Management and has extensive knowledge in the practical application of operational technologies in to the sport sector, having managed many of the company’s projects to date. 
Harry Bunting
Head of Sofware & Development
Harry heads-up Sport:80’s software & development team and has managed and delivered the development of the Platform since its inception. He is an experienced and exceptionally talented software developer with an innate understanding of the sport sector, and holds both an Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.