What Everyone Can Learn from Tony Bloom

tony bloom albionTony Bloom is a household name especially in the seaside resort town of Brighton in England. This self-made businessman, investor, football club chairman and philanthropist wears several hats at once and juggles more roles than most of us can have in a lifetime but he does it and with utmost success.

It is therefore of no wonder that a lot of people look up to him and wish to achieve success like he did and continues to do so. He is no doubt a force to be reckoned with. If we could learn something from Tony Bloom and his life which we could apply on our own, these would be them.

  • Stock up on your skills before taking the plunge.

Tony went to Lancing College for his primary education before taking a mathematics degree at the University of Manchester. After which, he worked as an options trader at accountancy firm Earnest & Young. He did all these, learned, honed and sharpened his skills before he went full on into his entrepreneurial and investment ventures. He made sure to stock up on his knowledge and skills set and invested in himself first.

  • Take risks but “calculated” risks.

Tony Bloom is known for his risk taking but what many people don’t realize is that this man takes a lot of considerable time to calculate and gauge his actions before diving head on. A wise investor may not win all the time but they make sure that they’ve considered all options and factors in every decision.

  • You don’t have to outgrow childhood dreams.

Born to a football loving family, it was no surprise that Tony became a huge fan himself not only of the sport but also of the Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. He would often watch matches at the Goldstone Ground with his family as a kid. He’s also wanted to be part of the club and true enough he did by the year 2000 as he became one of its major investors and stockholders. In May of 2009, he bought majority share and became its newest and current chairman pioneering major projects such as the construction of the American Express Community Stadium (Amex) and the American Express Elite performance Centre.

  • You earn more by giving back.

We can’t end this article without mentioning Tony Bloom’s entrepreneurial works. In 2011, he founded the Bloom Foundation in a bid to help end poverty and later on the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with his wife Linda.

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Tony Bloom and the Different Hats He Wears

tonyhatIs it possible to wear several hats? Yes sure it is, but how about all at once? For most people two is already pushing it but to Tony Bloom, he can definitely do more. And what makes it all the more commendable and astonishing is that he manages to not drop a single hat. He juggles them well and yes all at once.

This Brightonian born was a child of the seventies, a graduate from the Manchester University with a degree in mathematics and a massive football fan. It’s safe to say that he plays a lot of roles but for the sake of this article, we’ll summarize them to four as follows.

  • Businessman-Investor – After graduating from the Manchester University, Tony went to pursue an options trading job at the accounting firm Earnest & Young. But soon after, he left the position to fully focus on and pursue his goals in business and investments, a move deemed worthy as it helped him build the equity he enjoys today.
  • Football Club Chairman – In the year 2000, Tony became amajor investor and stockholder to the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. By May of 2009, he became its chairman after having bought majority share. His contributions were nothing short of magnificent. In fact, they were considered history makers. With the construction of the American Express Community Football Stadium, he ended the 12 year run of the club without a home basis. He later followed this up with the opening of the American Express Elite Football performance Centre. These projects earned him the love and praise of the citizens of Brighton earning him a Most Outstanding Citizen Award.
  • Philanthropist – In 2011, Tony Bloom built a foundation that seeks to fight poverty which he named the Bloom Foundation and has been in operations since with target areas in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa. Together with his wife, he also co-founded and is a trustee to the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
  • Family Man – It’s no secret that Tony is huge on family. In fact, his love for football was somehow inherited from his relatives who were massive lovers of the sport themselves. They’d even often go out on trips to watch matches. Despite being busy with his entrepreneurial ventures, football chairmanship, and philanthropic projects, he remains a loving husband to his wife Linda to whom he has a son with.

Ever wondered how Tony Bloom does it? Oh boy, we do too!

Fun and Interesting Football Facts and Trivia

South Africa Guatemala WCup SoccerFootball is the world’s most popular sport. The statistics are there to prove it, case in point the 2010 FIFA World Cup where 3.2 billion people all over the world tuned in for at least a minute. That’s not including the reruns.

But even something as popular and well-loved as football isn’t a completely open book. There are things about it that even some of the biggest and most die-hard fans may not know of. Care to challenge yourself?

Check out the following fun and interesting football facts and trivia and see how much you’ve already got down your arsenal.

  • The largest ever football tournament happened in 1999 during the second Bangkok League Seven-a-Side Competition. No less than 5,098 teams competed with a total of 35,000 participating players.
  • It wasn’t until 1913 that goalies wore a different colored jersey from their teammates.
  • The earliest balls were made of an inflated animal’s bladder, often a pig, which is placed inside a leather case. They were easy to find and were durable enough at the time. It wasn’t until Goodyear discovered vulcanization that allowed for rubber balls to be used in sports including football.
  • It’s no secret that Europe is the most football loving continent and they’re pretty competitive about it too. So much that European Teams have reached every single World Cup finals, except in 1930 and 1950. That’s just twice since the FIFA World Cup began in 1930.
  • There are more FIFA member countries than there are in the UN. That would be 211 versus 193 nations.
  • Only Canadians and Americans refer to the sport as soccer. The rest of the world calls it football. But ironically, it was the British that first coined the word in early England as a result of a slang term that the youth would often use.
  • In a tragic incident in 1998, an entire team was killed by lightning during a match between the villages of Bena Tshadi and Basangana in Congo, Africa.
  • Even football clubs loved the British pop group the Beatles. The proof? There are about 27 professional football clubs that take a Beatles song as their nickname. There’s the Yellow Submarines of Villarreal, Spain to name one.

Any other interesting and fun football facts and trivia you think we missed? How did you score with this list?

Tony Bloom’s Charities and Foundations

tony-bloom-hoveBusiness and football aside, Tony Bloom is a passionate philanthropist too. He has built and co-founded two foundations each with their own goals and advocacies namely the OMS Foundation and the Bloom Foundation. Today, we get to know the tow.

The OMS Foundation, which stands for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, was founded by Tony’s wife Linda, an Australian-born psychologist. He is a massive supporter and a fellow trustee of the charitable institution that seeks to help patients with the condition make better informed decisions and improve their way of lives to take the disease under control and not the other way around.

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a degenerative condition that targets the central nervous system. A rare disease, it affects only 0.035% of the entire world’s population with only 100,000 cases recorded in the UK alone. Based on statistics, it affects more women than men, aged 20 to 40 who live in cold regions and climates.

Although studies have been done regarding MS, no definite cause or cure has been found making it particularly difficult to treat. Moreover, its signs and symptoms which includes dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, balance problems, bladder issues, muscle stiffness, spasms, slurring, speaking problems, emotional instability and depression to name a few are unique per patient. Their combination, frequency and gravity can vary from one person to the nest. Plus, they occur in relapses. In order to raise awareness and funds for the charity, Tony ran the Brighton marathon twice, first during its inaugural run in 2011 and another in 2015.

Initially the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, the Bloom Foundation was founded in 2011 with four other trustees namely Linda Bloom, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks. With headquarters in London and income from voluntary pledges, donations and investments, it seeks to fight poverty and its effects. Its target areas include the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing nations of Africa and Asia.

As stated in its charitable objects, their cause focuses on “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient; to promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict.” On that light, the foundation, led by Tony Bloom himself, has since offered and made grants to causes, projects and similar organizations with the same objectives.

 

The Role of Sports in Preparing for Adulthood

sportsSports mean more than just fun and games. It may sound a little far-fetched and unusual but these physical activities can hone not only the mind and body but also an individual’s personality, social skills and individuality. Apart from contributing to overall mental and physical health, it also plays an integral part in preparing children and teens for adulthood.

But how is this possible? How can something governed by physical activity and muscle coordination prepare anyone for the real world?

Leadership skills and teamwork are two important aspects to playing any kind of sport. This teaches kids cooperation, listening skills, compromise, understanding and initiative. It even demonstrates the concept of responsibility and giving credit as well as acknowledging the fact that people play different roles not only in these games but in life and society in general.

Sports also instill confidence and self-acceptance. It shows children and teens the value of acknowledging not only one’s talents but also that of others. It even allows them to accept one’s weaknesses and shortcomings while finding ways to improve them as time goes by. This helps them better understand not only themselves but others too.

Because playing sports will require stamina and strength, it requires players to be of optimum health. This in turn encourages them to practice and adopt a healthy lifestyle even at a young age. They will be introduced to the importance of exercise and good nutrition.

Also, let us not forget that sports enhances a number of vital skills such as focus or concentration, creativity and decision making which come at play in every game whether for plain leisure or competition. Most if not all of these activities require one to demonstrate quick thinking skills and problem solving abilities.

Because no one is born a master of any sport, it requires practice and constant improvement. This demonstrates and teaches kids and teens the value of persistence and hard work. It helps instill in them the fact that in order to achieve a goal, one has to dedicate time and effort in the long run.

Last but not the least, sports teaches children and teenagers (even adults) the concept of celebration regardless if it ends with victory or defeat. It demonstrates sportsmanship too and that in life you have to celebrate even the smallest of victories and to gracefully accept defeat treating it as a learning point instead of a negative thing.

You see, sports are a truly remarkable thing. Who knew these activities offer so much more?

 

How Tony Bloom Brought the Albions Home

tony bloom albion chairmanTony Bloom, the famed business magnate, successful investor and passionate philanthropist, has one more thing to add to his portfolio. We all know that he’s been the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman since 2009 but if we could add another item to the list it’ll have to be “wish granter”. Or Santa Claus? You decide.

But of all things, why this accolade? It has been a long and grueling twelve years for the Albions. Goldstone Ground in Old Shoreham Road used to be the club’s base for almost a century. From 1902 to 1997, it had admitted 22.9 million fans to 2,174 games. But in April 26, 1997, the last match was held. Brighton and Hove Albion F. C. may have beaten Doncaster Rovers but it was bittersweet. They had to officially say goodbye to their home.

Then chairman Bill Archer, his chief executive David Bellotti together with the support of the board of directors sold the Goldstone Ground to try and clear the club’s debts. It was a highly controversial move as it did not prove profitable at all and only left the Albions homeless since there was no planned alternative ground.

Thereafter, the team shared the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham from 1997 to 1999. It was a goof 70 mile drive from the seaside resort town of Brighton. From 2000 to early 2011, they played at Withdean Stadium which was a general sports ground for various activities and events.

When Tony Bloom became a major investor and stockholder to the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club in 2000, he already had his eyes on a goal. As a kid who grew up loving both the sport and the club and being born to a family of avid fans and supporters, he knew that he had to contribute something monumental. As he sat as chairman in May of 2009, he sought to follow through with all his endeavors

Tony Bloom’s first project was to bring the Albions home. He helped personally fund the construction and development of then Falmer Stadium. Designed by the London-based architects KSS Design Group and constructed by the Buckingham Group, it has been renamed as the American Express Community Stadium. Known more popularly as the “Amex”, it sits a maximum capacity of 30,750 people and is valued to have cost £93 million in total. It officially opened its doors in July of 2011 and signaled the end of a homeless football team after 12 long years.

 

Tony Bloom and His Charities

tony-bloom-with-lindaTony Bloom, esteemed and beloved chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., has more to his sleeves than what people assume. Apart from being a businessman and successful investor, he has likewise put considerable amount of time in his charitable ventures namely the Bloom Foundation and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

First known as the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, the Bloom Foundation was founded by five trustees: Tony, his wife Linda, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. Its charitable objects state its goals and efforts in “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”

The foundation has successfully made grants to various institutions, causes and projects aimed at fighting poverty and its effects in Europe and the developing countries of Asia and Africa since 2011.

The OMS Foundation which stands for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis was an effort began by Tony’s wife Linda who suffered from the condition some 15 years ago. Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. It chiefly disrupts the flow of information in the brain and between it and the rest of the body causing failure in several bodily functions, the first oftentimes being movement and vision.

It’s quite a rare disease too without an absolute known cure or cause. It occurs in relapses with frequency, timing and symptoms that varies from one patient to another making it particularly difficult to diagnose and treat. It’s most common signs would often include a combination of vision problems, balance issues, stuttering and speech difficulty, dizziness, fatigue, vertigo, muscle stiffness, spasms, bladder issues, emotional instability, depression and memory incapacity among others.

Both Linda and Tony Bloom has set up the foundation in the hopes of helping patients take control of their condition and guide them in making better informed decisions and lifestyle changes. Linda has fortunately gotten back in shape from someone who could not lift a pen to regaining her strength. The OMS Foundation wishes to do the same to others.