First of all a very happy New Year to all our friends – we wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2016, a year which promises much what with Olympic and Paralympic Games, a new national sports strategy, and many other things within the sporting landscape to get excited about. A quick update on what we’ve been up to in recent weeks and months:

  • Neil has continued to work with the RFU across the university and women’s sectors. In the former, discussions have progressed towards the establishment of multidimensional partnerships between the Union and a number of institutions – while in the latter, proposals have been researched, formulated and presented to the Women’s Premiership clubs for a revamping of their competition, with a view to supporting the ambitions of the England national 15- and 7-a-side teams in future years. Both projects continue to develop towards fruition in 2016
  • Neil and Sarah have been commissioned by the Golf Union of Ireland to conduct a review of their national and provincial coaching structures, with a view to creating an aligned athlete and coach development model which leads from first beginnings in the sport through to the fulfilment of potential. The project, which is due to report around Easter, involves a range of consultation with players, coaches, volunteers and executive staff across several different platforms
  • Sarah has been seconded to work with UK Sport in support of their Tokyo 2020 planning process, with a primary brief to support currently unfunded summer sports in the development of their applications for World Class Performance Programme funding. This role fits around her other, ongoing commitments to UK:Athletics and as a mentor within the high performance coaching programme, and will extend until March
  • Simon has continued to support Ice Hockey UK in the ongoing modernisation of their governance structures, through the revision of their M&As and the recruitment of independent directors to their Board of Directors. He has also continued to work with Derbyshire Sport on the review of their governance structures, with findings and recommendations to be presented and discussed at the end of this month

All in all, a busy time for the three of us – and with new and repeat business in the pipeline for the next few months. Watch this space for a further update, and other news, as our year develops.

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