On the 24th of January, Ed Griffiths, who was the chief executive of Saracens Rugby and the current manager of South African cricketer AB de Villiers, came to speak for the first Corinthian society of 2017. He chose to talk about the role of money in sport, using various examples, whether the wages of footballers, the television right issues in cricket or the extortionate amount of money put into F1.
Mr Griffiths talked about the driving force for sportsmen nowadays not being the Corinthian values. Instead to make money. Yet he also linked this to areas outside of sport explaining that one’s driving aim should not be to earn money but to do what you enjoy and the rest will fall into place.
At the end, Mr Griffiths shared an insight into his work at Saracens and how concentrating on the training process and not the results led to their recent successes. All who went to the talk enjoyed the diversity and depth of knowledge which Mr Griffiths gave and were engaged through the interactive atmosphere he brought.
Report by Benjamin Broughton, J Social, 6.1