Expansion for Newcastle sports agency co-founded by former Sunderland striker
A sports management agency in Newcastle has welcomed new shareholders and revealed plans for expansion.
Quantum Sport, which manages some of the country’s top sporting talent, is looking to grow its footprint in London and Scotland after attracting new clients in football, cricket and rugby.
Big names on the firm’s books include England cricketers Mark Wood, David Willey, Mark Stoneman, Jamie Porter and Graham Onions, and Premiership rugby players Alex Lewington and Scott Steele.
In football, Quantum represents Duncan Watmore, Callum Guy and Rory Watson.
To support its expansion into the rest of the UK, Louise Fellows, Pete Cormack, Martin Smith and Ben Woods have become share shareholders in the business.
Ben Woods played professional rugby for Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers, where he won three premierships and scored in the 2009 Heineken Cup final.
Martin Smith previously worked for football agency Base Soccer and is a former professional footballer, having playing for Sunderland AFC, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town.
Louise Fellows has worked in the industry for more than 10 years and was one of the UK’s first female sports agents.
Peter Cormack, son of Liverpool legend Peter Cormack, was among Kevin Keegan’s first signings at Newcastle United when he was 18. He has a wealth management business, Cormack Wealth Management, and 17 years’ experience as an advisor.
Quantum’s founder and director, James Welch, said: “I am personally delighted to announce the expansion of our team.
“We have enjoyed a period of sustained growth and success recently and our new structure will bring the right balance of experience, expertise and drive to take our plans to the next level and beyond.”
He continued: “I would also like to thank personally Ian Watmore for his unwavering support in our development. He has been our chairman since the outset and made a huge contribution.
“Ian has now stepped down following his appointment as an independent non-executive director of the English Football League.”
Quantum was co-founded by Marco Gabbiadini, former Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Derby County footballer.
Marco commented: “We pride ourselves on our personal client relationships and management and it is therefore very important to us that we have representation in areas close to our clients.
“Having agents based in and around London, the North East and Scotland will now allow us to achieve this and also give us the desired and personal invested interest within our business and competitive edge in our goal to become a market leader in sports management.”
Quantum Sport has offices in Newcastle, London and Edinburgh.
Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP advised the company on its new structure.
Muckle solicitor Luke Donockley said: “We are delighted to have advised Quantum Sport on their new structure. Going forward QS now has the desired balance of personal interest and expertise within their business, which will allow them to continue to develop their client base and to compete at the highest level regionally and nationally.
“Marco, James and all the new team are a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with them on their legal matters going forward as their business and client base continue to prosper.”
The header image shows (L-R) Quantum Sport’s Louise Fellows, Peter Cormack, Marco Gabbiadini, James Welch, Ben Woods and Martin Smith with Sam Roberts and Luke Donockley from Muckle LLP.
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