Kevin Sinfield MBE

Former Professional Rugby Player

Former English professional rugby player Kevin Sinfield MBE had a successful career playing his entire career predominantly with Leeds. Deemed one of the most successful players in Super League history, he has captured the attention of the public and press alike. Now acting as the Director of Rugby for the Leeds Rhinos, Kevin knows what it takes to take charge and maximise peak performance.

Kevin began playing rugby at the Waterhead ARLFC, a club which has produced many other talented players such as Barrie McDermott and Lee Jewitt. After playing in the amateur league for a period of time Kevin signed for Leeds RLFC in 1997. Kevin’s debut for the team came in the match they played against the Sheffield Eagles, and Kevin was only 16 years of age. By the end of 1999, Kevin had made an impressive 21 appearances for the team and scored two tries.

The 2000s brought Kevins next big break in the world of rugby, he was selected to be a member of the England 2000 Rugby League World Cup squad. His most successful game in the cup was England’s victory over Russia where he managed to score a hat-trick of tries, helping England to claim the 76-4 victory. After his performance in the world cup, he was selected to play in a number of other significant games for England. He played in the 2001 Kangaroo Tour, 2003 Challenge Cup final, 2003 Kangaroo Tour, 2004 Super League grand final and the 2005 World Club Challenge. In 2005 Kevin notably played in the 2005 Challenge Cup, with such an impeccable performance that he was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for Man of the Match.

Kevin continued to play in a number of other significant games for his team, continually contributing to their victory. He was a powerful player that was able to maintain his peak performance time and time again. After retiring from rugby Kevin didn’t want to leave his passion behind, so he took on the role of the Director of Rugby at the RFL. His responsibilities lie with reviewing and developing a performance strategy for the England team, with the ultimate goal of helping them to reach the 2021 World Cup.

In 2014, Kevin was awarded the honour of an MBE which was awarded during the 2014 Birthday Honours for his services to rugby. Kevin was the first rugby league nominee for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, unfortunately, he was narrowly beaten by Andy Murray and claimed second place.

Now working as a popular rugby speaker, Kevin is able to provide a wide range of audiences with entertaining and inspiring after-dinner tales. He is the perfect addition for any corporate event, function or conference and is guaranteed to light up your next event.

To book Kevin Sinfield MBE as the rugby or after-dinner speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Kevin is known to cover:

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Event Host
  • Peak Performance
  • Leadership
  • Team Management

“Kevin’s story & learnings worked on so many levels from leading at home, being humble, driving excellence and much more. Every one of our team were truly inspired and throughout the rest of our evening together were all talking about different events in their own lives that relate to what Kevin had to say. Please pass on our immense gratitude to Kevin and hopefully we can work together at some stage in the future.”Philip, Tesco