About

Arena Search was set up in early 2017 to service clients within the sporting and financial industries.

We understand the focus of our clients on their chosen careers, and our service allows them to invest in property without the distractions.

Meet The Team


Our management team has a combined 100 years of property industry experience and a vast network of contacts.

We are constantly analysing market trends and local data, to ensure we always spot the best opportunities for our clients.

Errie Claassens

Director & Co-Founder [email protected]

During his career as a professional rugby player, Errie had a very keen interest in property investment, advising and helping colleagues to purchase buy to let property in the UK.

After retirement through injury, he began to build and manage his own buy to let portfolio, gaining valuable experience, knowledge and contacts in the UK and London residential property market.

Having also worked in the financial industry for 2 years post rugby, Errie now holds the position of Head of Search at Arena Search.

Richard Acosta

Director & Co-Founder [email protected]

Richard has worked in the property industry for over 20 years, gaining vast experience in all areas and building a large network of contacts.

Over the years, Richard's reputation has grown, allowing him to become a trusted adviser to many sports stars and high net worth individuals.

After spending 3 years as a director at one of the leading search agencies, he now holds the position of Head of Business at Arena Search.

Michael Claassens

Head of International Investment [email protected]

Michael has played professional rugby for 14 years, achieving 8 caps for the world famous South Africa Springbok team.

During his 6 years in the UK playing for Bath in the Aviva Premiership, he became interested in property investment.

Michael is now back in South Africa playing for the Sharks, having previously spent 2 years at Toulon. With a degree in Finance, he is now making his first foray into the property industry and heads up our overseas team.

Matthew Batt

Head of Digital [email protected]

As an experienced web developer and director of an established digital agency, Matt heads up all our digital operations, which includes the planning and management of our revolutionary online client support system.

Sarah Fox-Clinch

Mortgage Broker

Sarah is a whole of market Mortgage Broker and a director of Fox Davidson Mortgage Brokers, a relationship based mortgage brokerage set up in 2013. Sarah has been in the banking industry since 1999 and has been a whole of market broker since 2005.

Sarah likes to take on complex cases such as contractors, large loans, foreign nationals and ex pat mortgages and she is also a member of the NACFB (national association of commercial finance brokers) and therefore also advises on commercial, development and bridging finance.

Bryan Rennie

Hong Kong Associate

Bryan enjoyed a successful career as a professional rugby player, playing 82 times for the Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership.

Since retiring from playing and now based in Hong Kong, he is now the General Manager of Hong Kong Scottish RFC.

Using his vast network of contacts, Bryan is our Investment Associate in Hong Kong.

Jason Costellow

Project Manager [email protected]

As an experienced Project Manager, Jason is the link between our clients and our refurbishment team.

With a 15-year background in construction, he fully understands the refurbishment process and ensures that good communication is maintained between all parties.

Daniel Lees

Head of Lettings

Daniel is the author of The Accidental Landlord, an Amazon bestselling guide to letting out your property with complete peace of mind, and has been quoted by media including The Sunday Times.

Daniel founded Swift, a specialist lettings agency, in 2010 after friends asked him to rent out their London properties while they moved abroad.

Swift now lets the London properties of owners living in 13 countries and has teamed up with Arena as its lettings partner.

We have the experience, knowledge and network to provide clients with a highly valuable advantage when investing in residential and commercial property