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What’s the Deal with Tony Bloom

tony-bloom-brightonEnglishman Tony Bloom was voted and awarded with the Most Outstanding Brightonian Award and to those who may have only heard of the name now, it’s hard to not get curious. What did this man do to deserve such praise and accolade?

Born in the ‘70s, Tony grew up in a family who loved football and who greatly supported the Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. Not surprising as his grandfather Harry was deputy chair in the same decade while his uncle Ray was a director ten years later. They would all watch matches at the Goldstone Ground, something that young Tony always looked forward to.

He was schooled at Lancing College before taking up a mathematics degree at the University of Manchester. After graduation, he landed a job at accounting firm Earnest & Young as an options trader. But Tony Bloom was one who has always had his eyes set on business and investments. He later left the post in the 90s to build his own and started off investing in various ventures. It was quite a risky move for the young man but one that proved fruitful as they proved profitable and built the equity and wealth he enjoys today.

By the year 2000, Tony wanted to fulfill his childhood dream which was football. But instead of being the man behind the ball, he became the man behind the team. He first started off as a major investor and stockholder at the turn of the millennium and just 9 years after, he bought majority share and proceeded to succeed Harry Dick Knight as the Brighton & Hove Albion’s newest and current chairman.

His first project was the construction of the £93 million 30, 750 capacity Amex (American Express Community Stadium) which opened in 2011. The move ended the 12 long years of the club without its own home base after the controversial sale of Goldstone Ground by the Bill Archer and David Belloti back in 1997 which left the club in a mess. Tony Bloomed followed this up with the special and fully equipped American Express Elite Football Centre that began operations in 2014.

Moreover, he founded the Bloom Foundation, previously the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, with its advocacies and projects on poverty. He also co-founded the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation with his wife Linda who previously suffered but has currently recovered from the condition.

Tony Bloom and His Kick-ass Achievements

tony-bloom-amexMany people are go getters but not a lot are goal-diggers. They’re the type to set their eyes on a prize and commit themselves to achieving it. They’ll stop at nothing to get to their destination. Tony Bloom is one such man.

Anthony Grant “Tony” Bloom was born in the English seaside resort town of Brighton and Hove, more simply known as Brighton, in England in the seventies. He attended Lancing College and proceeded to take a degree in mathematics at the University of Manchester. Upon finishing his degree, he became an options trader in 1993 at the accountancy firm, Earnest and Young.

If you look at it, Tony seems to already have things going for him. He attended elite institutions and worked for one of the country’s prestigious companies. But we’re only getting started.

After working as an options trader, Tony realized that he wanted to try his luck with business and investments. He made several endeavors which all bore fruit. Eventually, he left Earnest and Young to start his own career as a businessman.

The projects he took were very successful so much so that he got the financial freedom and equity to support one of his first loves: football.

In the year 2000, Tony Bloom became one of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s major investors and stockholders. By 2009, he bought majority share and succeeded Harry Dick Knight as the club’s chairman. He then proceeded to end one of the club’s biggest dilemmas, one that has lasted for over 12 years. He gave them a home.

The Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. has its own share of misfortunes in the past. Not only did it manage to avoid relegation by a smidge but it also lost its previous home, the Goldstone Ground, after then directors sold it without profits to pay off debts. Since then the Albions were left without a home.

Tony, as one of his first projects as chairman, helped financially support the construction of the American Express Community Stadium, a £93 million project that sits 30,750 people and is now the team’s newest home. To top things, he also had a fully equipped training facility built called the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. Both projects were opened to the public in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

And then there’s Tony Bloom’s philanthropic works as seen in two of the foundations he built and supports the “Bloom Foundation” which fight poverty and the “OMS Foundation” which helps patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Tony Bloom’s Road to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

tony-bloomA lot of football fans can boast about the best games they’ve seen, the countries they’ve been to for FIFA and their slew of sports memorabilia but nobody can do it like Tony Bloom. The man has quite the achievement under his belt. This sports aficionado has not only been to the best games the world has ever seen but he too is chairman to one of the United Kingdom’s football clubs: the Brighton and Hove Albion.

But before he became its chairman back in 2009 and before he was awarded as Brightonian of the year for the contributions he has given to both the sport and the club, who is Tony?

Back in the year 1970, a bouncing baby boy named Anthony Grant was born to the Bloom family. He would later on be more popular by his nickname Tony. The Blooms since then have been avid fans of the sport and the Albions. They are known to actively support them not only by being present in almost every match but also financially. As a matter of fact, two family members from two earlier generations have already been affiliated with the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.

Tony’s grandfather Harry, a well-known motor trader and hotelier, was deputy chair to Mike Bamber in the 1970s, a post he held for seven years. It was during this time when the club rose from the old Third to the First Division. His uncle Ray and Harry’s youngest son holds a minority share for the past 24 years. In 1984, he became one of the club’s directors after finishing his nine year stint at Worthing as managing director.

Tony Bloom attended Lancing College, a co-educational English independent school founded in 1848 and considered to be one of the UK’s most exclusive. He proceeded to study at Manchester University where he took up and finished a degree in mathematics. By 1993 and fresh out of college, he worked for accountancy firm Ernst & Young as an options trader. But this simply wasn’t the road for him. He eventually resigned and proceeded to go into various entrepreneurial ventures, most of which became very fruitful.

Such businesses and investments proved to be very rewarding that Tony Bloom managed to buy majority share of the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. from then chair Harry Dick Knight. At present, he has already contributed a £93 million 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium and a fully equipped American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, both already functional.

Why Tony Bloom Ran the Brighton Marathon Twice

tony-bloom-marathonThe Brighton Marathon is a road race run that was initially organized by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor which first took place on April 18, 2010. Like its inaugural run, it takes place every April of each year in Brighton, a seaside resort and the largest part of the City of Brighton and Hove situated in East Sussex, England.

Infamous chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and renowned entrepreneur Tony Bloom has run the said marathon twice but not for the reasons that many participants do and most people would assume.

Tony was part of the marathon’s inaugural run back in 2010 as well as in 2015 for the same reason and that was to raise both awareness and funds in aid for the charity set up by his wife called the OMS Foundation.

Australian-born Linda, who is a psychologist by profession that specializes in counseling and hypnotherapy, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than a decade ago. At 28, she initially felt numbness in her limbs accompanied by a lesion in her spine. She suffered nausea and dizziness for most of the day and would find it hard to even lift a book.

She was able to bring it under control with the help of George Jelinek, a Professor and Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He developed an evidence-based lifestyle approach called OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) that greatly impacted Linda’s recovery that she came sprinting back. Although MS is known for its relapses, Linda Bloom has since been very well and healthy with the help of the OMS approach, proper diet, exercise, meditation yoga and self-hypnosis.

The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation was built to spread awareness of the said method as well as help patients with the same condition make better informed decisions to improve their lives. At present, MS remains to be a very rare condition that affects only 0.03% of the entire population affecting more women than men and are more prominent in countries with colder climates.

Tony Bloom has since and continued to support his wife Linda’s charitable foundation not only by running and thus helping raise awareness by virtue of the Brighton Marathon but also by standing as one of OMS Foundation’s set of trustees.

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The Bloom Foundation

Tony BloomAnthony Grant Bloom or simply Tony is perhaps most known for being the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club chairman and for helping personally fund the American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. But what many may not be well aware is that he is in fact a philanthropist too.

He set up the “Bloom Foundation” which was formerly called the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” together with four other trustees including his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks.

In March of 2015, the charity has reported a total of £3.1 million worth of income coming from voluntary donations, pledges and investments and a £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, investment management and governance. The foundation has its headquarters in #34 Jamestown Road, London, NW1 7BY.

The Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects state that it caters and works for “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 main focus of the foundation involves a number of cases in relation to poverty relief. This includes among others: education, employment, economic and community development, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, overseas aid, famine relief, prevention and relief of poverty, and other charitable purposes.

Areas of concern include that of Europe, the United Kingdom as well as various developing countries in Asia and Africa which are known to immensely suffer from great bouts of poverty and inequality. Many of the afflicted are even women, children and the elderly.

Tony Bloom, together with the other four trustees, evaluates, searches, offers and makes grants to various organizations, causes and charities that have the same goals and objectives as the Bloom Foundation does. These grants are geared towards causes as mentioned earlier and primarily in the pursuit of improving people’s way of life by virtue of providing help in areas that are most needed like water, food, livelihood, education, employment, health and safety.

Who is Tony Bloom?

Tony BloomAnthony Grant but more popularly known as Tony Bloom is a man of many accolades. His name will certainly ring a bell as his achievements and works have seriously come a long way. Today, we shall get to know more about him and who he really is.

A Son of Brighton

Born in the seaside resort town of Brighton in the United Kingdom on the 20th of March in 1970, Tony was quite the charmer as his folks would recall. But more than the birth right, he has earned for himself the “Brightonian of the Year” award in 2009 for his numerous contributions to the town, particularly towards its football club.

A Family of Football Fans

His folks are famous for their ardent love and support for the sport. As a matter of fact, more than three generations and forty years of Blooms have aided football in various ways and measures and we don’t only mean this in the emotional and fan level. For one, their family has provided various financial supports to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Also, many of them have even held posts with his uncle Ray as a previous director and his grandfather Harry a vice-chairman during the 1970s.

The Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Chairman

Football will perhaps be forever stuck to his name but not for reasons that many would assume. Although Tony loves the game, he is no player in the team or a coach for that matter but just like his uncle and grandfather, he holds a very crucial position as the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman. He was appointed back in 2009 and succeeded Dick Knight who held the post since 1997.

But apart from being chairman, he has long been one of its major investors and stockholders since the year 2000. Perhaps his greatest contributions would have to be two massive structures all of which he helped ‘personally’ finance. One of them is the American Express Community Stadium also called the “Amex” and which was previously called the Falmer’s Stadium. The second one would have to be the training center called American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. The two opened their doors in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

A Philanthropist

Tony Bloom established and founded the “Bloom Foundation” together with his wife Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester as the trustees. The charitable institution focuses on activities that involve economic and community development, employment, training and education, overseas aid, famine relief, health improvement and prevention or relief of poverty. He also supports the cause and foundation set up by his wife called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis).