Champions History

2003: Business Start-Up

From their family home, Champions Olympic Speakers’ founders, John and Matthew Hayes launched the business.  

In their first year, the father and son powerhouse grew the company to include two employees.

We were quickly recognised as the 2003 Business of the Year in Leicestershire & Rutland, a testament to our core family values. 

2003: Business Start-Up

2008: Growth

In the first five years of our services, the Champions brand grew exponentially.

We required more space for our expanding team, so commissioned a purpose-built office building next to the house where it all started. 

2008: Growth

2009: Facility Opening

It took a year to construct the office building, so in 2009 it was officially opened by the Right Honourable Ken Clarke.  

The extra space allowed our 250-strong team and network of loyal clients to continue innovating, creating and booking exceptional Olympians and Paralympians. 

2009: Facility Opening

2010: Industry Recognition

Within a matter of years, our staggering growth was recognised with such awards as the Insider Growth100 Table, The Sunday Times' FastTrack100 (57th), The Telegraph 1,000 Britain's Brightest Businesses and Leicestershire's Top 200 Companies, to name a few. 

2010: Industry Recognition

2013: Champions Re-Brand

To mark the first decade of the Champions Olympic Speakers Agency, we launched a re-brand. We maintained our family values while strengthening the core traits of our award-winning service.  

In response, we were listed in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, an impressive feat for our Midlands-based family business. Champions also achieved RAR Recommended Status. 

2013: Champions Re-Brand

2014: More Awards

In 2014, the Champions brand was named the Santander Breakthrough 50 awards winner and our Managing Director, Matthew Hayes, was named the Haysmacintyre Top Gun at the Young Guns Awards. 

Adding to our collection of awards, we were immensely proud of the continued success that Champions Olympic Speakers achieved.  

2014: More Awards

2015: Rapid Growth

As the market continued to expand and our client list grew, we commissioned another office building to house our large team of booking agents, creatives, accountants and more.  

On the 25th of September, the building was opened by the Right Honourable Ken Clarke – six years to the day he opened our original office building.  

2015: Rapid Growth

2017: Brand Refresh

With another re-brand on the horizon, the Champions Olympic Speakers Agency launched their Perfect 10 values. 

Defining our unique approach to business, the list of standards ensured our can-do attitude, creativity and innovation across each department.  

2017: Brand Refresh

2019: Further Expansion

One of the most exciting developments in our history was the construction of our research and media centre. We invested £1 million in the state of the art building, which today houses our exciting digital experts and creators.

Again, our digital hub was opened by the Right Honourable Ken Clarke - the third grand opening in our partnership with the former MP!

In 2019, we were listed 3rd in the Insider Growth 100 Awards, in celebration of our expanding growth.

2019: Further Expansion
Operating In 50 Countries

Our team have hired Olympic and Paralympic speakers for events across the world, from London to Hong Kong and back again! This experience has equipped us with practical knowledge of travel and accommodation for international events.  

100+ Employees

Our team of experienced, dedicated booking agents are well equipped to book a speaker on your behalf. With their can-do attitude, your agent will manage the entire booking, from contracts to travel arrangements.  

Over 2500 Speakers

With thousands of speakers on our roster, we are confident that your perfect speaker is right here, on our website. Whether you require an inspiring Paralympian, resilient Winter athlete or legendary Olympian, contact a booking agent to find out more. 

20+ Years of Experience

With over 20 years of experience on the speaking circuit, the Champions Olympic Speakers Agency has served clients across the globe. Our team are leading experts - your event is always in safe hands with one of our booking agents. 

London Stock Exchange Top 1000 Company

Champions Olympic Speakers was named in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Among our other achievements, including being named 57th in The Sunday Times’ Fast Track 100, the achievement was a testament to our hard work and dedication. 

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Enquire today to secure your perfect Paralympian or Olympian! Here at Champions Olympic Speakers Agency, we are confident that your event will be in safe hands with one of our professional booking agents. Click below to find out more.

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Corporate Social responsibility

As a company, we feel a deep responsibility to our community. Through our events, our team and clients have raised a staggering amount of money for charity, particularly for the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough. 

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Why Choose Champions Olympic Speakers?

Working across the globe to book thousands of speakers per year, we are an international business with offices from London to Dubai. Family values are at the heart of everything we do. Having debuted as a father/son duo, we continue to remain true to what matters most, trust, honesty and transparency. 

Featuring in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, the Telegraph 1000: Britain’s Brightest Businesses and in The Sunday Times, Fast Track 100 – Champions Olympic Speakers is a forward-thinking business. 

We understand that the demands of our clients are ever-changing and invariably high, which is why our team of booking agents are utterly committed to you, your business and your event.

Gareth Davis, Chairman of two FTSE 100 companies and former CEO of Imperial Tobacco, said about Champions:

“Champions is a unique and exciting business. With unparalleled access to the best sports personalities, not only in the UK but internationally too, they’re undoubtedly the best people to speak to if you’re looking to create impact for your brand or event.” 

Sir Chris Hoy

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Meet Our Team

Our success is credited to our team, which includes the best booking agents, accountants and creatives in the business! We are proud of our achievements over the past two decades, particularly growing Champions Olympic Speakers to the team of industry professionals it is today. 

Follow the link below to see our full list of team members on-hand to book your perfect Olympian or Paralympian. 

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We pride ourselves on our five-star service, to ensure a perfect match for your sporting events, charity events, corporate galas, endorsements and product launches.  

With an array of sporting legends and personalities available, as well as our Gold-standard customer service, we will put your event on a pedestal with the right sporting speaker. 

Browse and book from our extensive range of international Olympic and Paralympic speakers today! For more information, get in touch with our team at Champions Olympic Speakers via our online form or call us at 0207 1010 553

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What We've Achieved

Breakthrough 50 Awards
RAR Digital Awards 2018
RAR Recommended
Accelerate 250
1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
The Telegraph 1000