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Making the Podium

Welcome to "Making the Podium" - a fortnightly podcast for ambitious, bold & daring business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sports, health & wellbeing industries. With over 25 years experience in the leisure industry, your host, Chris Sharman, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Topodium Group, has been lucky enough to work with businesses across the globe developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for the links of Virgin Active, David Lloyd, Challenger Sports, Thomas Cook & Disney. He's seen plenty of trends and initiatives emerge, though what remains at the core of growth in our sectors is the passion to impact and motivate people. Each episode we'll get to the heart of topics on all marketeers minds from the development of new technologies such as AI, AR & VR, to the challenging demands of consumer expectations. At each turn, we'll be getting under the skin of successful campaigns and marketing strategies that are revolutionising and shaking up the status quo. Expect to hear from game changing individuals from leading health and fitness brands who are navigating the way, breaking barriers & experimenting with new techniques to build their customer base, increase sales and engage with new audiences. Links & references at: Get in touch:


The Best of Series 2 with Topodium Group's Chris Sharman, Ryan Grimshaw & Charlotte Owen #S2E10 73:04 03/10/2022
Preserving the Magic from Disney to David Lloyd with Head of Spa, Family & Lifestyle at David Lloyd Clubs, Stephanie Holland #S2E9 60:26 02/24/2022
Leading Hampshire FA’s Innovative Growth with Chief Executive, Neil Cassar #S2E8 46:04 02/10/2022
How a Goalkeeper’s Growth Mindset Catalyses Business Success with Founder of Soccer Parenting, Skye Eddy #S2E7 52:41 01/27/2022
Innovating Events & Connecting Communities with Managing Director of ReesLeisure, Chris Rees #S2E6 60:08 01/13/2022
The New Age of Sports Gamification with CEO of LYMB.iO, Markos Kern #S2E5 46:29 11/18/2021
Evolving the Family Club Format with Founder of ‘GetSetGo!’, Claire Harrison #S2E4 47:49 11/04/2021
Boosting Retention & Enticing ‘Health Seekers’ with Director of GGFit, Guy Griffiths #S2E3 50:52 10/21/2021
Inspiring an Authentic Fitness Community with Eyal Booker, Fitness Influencer & Founder of Empower By Eyal #S2E2 51:55 10/07/2021
Hybrid Fitness & Leaving a True Legacy with ukactive CEO, Huw Edwards #S2E1 45:42 10/07/2021
Welcome to Making The Podium Series 2 #S2E0 02:27 09/30/2021
The Best of Series 1 with Topodium Group’s Chris Sharman, Ryan Grimshaw and Charlotte Owen #S1E10 56:19 06/03/2021
Inspiring the UK‘s Sporting Youth with COO of Junior Adventures Group UK, Craig Jones #S1E9 61:50 05/20/2021
Launching a global FitTech community with Founder of FitTech Summit, Natalia Karbasova #S1E8 41:59 05/06/2021
Developing the World’s Leading Reaction Training Startup with Founder & CEO of BlazePod, Yaniv Shneiderman #S1E7 41:22 04/22/2021
Growing a globally-acclaimed franchise from scratch with Founder & Chairman of Little Kickers, Christine Kelly #S1E6 55:09 04/08/2021
Making women's sport visible, viable and unstoppable with Women’s Sport Trust Co-Founder, Tammy Parlour MBE #S1E5 44:41 03/25/2021
Revolutionising Fitness Clubs with Virtual Innovation with CEO of Wexer, Paul Bowman #S1E4 63:38 03/11/2021
Creating authentic, engaging content to upscale your audience with Food Blogger and Influencer James Wythe #S1E3 45:21 02/25/2021
Starting a leisure revolution with Gravity Co-Founder & COO Michael Harrison #S1E2 44:43 02/25/2021
Futuristic fitness at your fingertips with "Refine With Alfi" Co-Founder, Zoe Bertali #S1E1 51:41 02/25/2021
Welcome to "Making the Podium" - Trailer 02:06 12/18/2020