As the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast draw to a close, we’ve been reflecting on some of the work that we’ve done over the past few years and the performance legacy that it has generated over the last couple of weeks. In particular, we’ve been delighted to see the following:
- Wales achieving a second consecutive Games-best medal haul – 36 with 10 golds, following on from the same overall total in Glasgow in 2014. We conducted a review of performance and excellence sport in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government in 2009. The following year we worked with Sport Wales to translate the recommendations of the review into an Elite Sport Strategy which set out the way that international performances would be driven and supported at the highest levels over the next decade. The implementation of that strategy has now produced back-to-back bests for Wales in Commonwealth Games – which we were thrilled to see
- England winning netball gold. We first worked with England Netball in 2003 to review their performance system and make recommendations to improve it after that year’s World Netball Championships. We did similar reviews after the 2007 and 2011 WNC, and also examined the Under-21 programme after the 2009 World Youth Netball Championships – working with several of the players who won gold in 2018. At the same time we helped to overhaul the competition structure at all levels within the game, including the introduction and development of the Netball Superleague, to create a pathway and an environment in which the best players could progress from domestic to international levels – a supporting role that we’re continuing into this year. We couldn’t be prouder to see the products of this system now competing with the best in the world – and winning
- England winning two bronze medals in hockey. We’ve conducted reviews with Great Britain Hockey after each of the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, which sought to debrief players and staff, reflect on performances, and capture learnings for the subsequent cycle. We were absolutely delighted to see the women win gold in Rio – and it was great to see both of the England teams continuing the medal-winning habit in Australia
- England winning two bronze medals in Rugby Sevens. We were commissioned by the Rugby Football Union to research a Sevens strategy for the elite, talent development and recreational sectors in 2015 – one which was subsequently adopted by the Union to develop and support the growth of the game. Again, we were thrilled to see Simon Amor’s programme starting to produce consistent medal-winning performances at major events on the back of this strategy and its recommendations
- Beach volleyball being staged at the Games – and England and Scotland players competing with distinction. We worked with the British Volleyball Federation in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games to get competitive Great Britain teams on court in indoor, beach and sitting volleyball – and it was wonderful to see some of the players identified and developed through that programme not only representing their countries on the Gold Coast, but challenging seriously for the podium
Success rarely happens overnight – and it’s been fantastic for us to see these and other clients past and present reap the benefits of the strategy work that they’ve done with us over the past 10-15 years. If you’d like to discuss how we might help you in a similar way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the contact details on our website.