As another summer draws to a close, we’ve once again been kept busy by a wide variety of hugely enjoyable and fulfilling projects. Here are some of the highlights:
- Sarah and Neil have been working on behalf of UK Sport to research the viability of a number of different models for the delivery of the Skeleton World Class Programme in the cycle to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022. This followed on from Sarah’s review of the governance and management of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton programme in the build-up to the 2018 Games, also on behalf of UK Sport. The research was well received by UK Sport, who thanked us for our “patience, expertise, acumen and professionalism throughout … all acknowledged what a thorough piece of work you have produced”
- Also in connection with UK Sport, Sarah has continued to be part of the core delivery team working on Generation 24. This is an accelerated development programme for a cohort of selected individuals at the initial stage of their careers as coaches within elite Paralympic sport, who have been identified by their NGBs as having the potential to impact on medal-winning athletes in the 2020, 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games
- Sarah and Neil have conducted a review of Sport Wales’s model for supporting coaching, coach education and development, in preparation for the new Vision for Sport in Wales which was launched in July. After consulting with around 30 NGBs, community sports organisations, universities and other stakeholders, and comparing theory and practices in the other home nations and overseas, we drafted recommendations for a new model of engagement and support. These have been accepted by Sport Wales and will form the basis of an action plan which will be included within their new organisational strategy
- As in previous years we have delivered annual review processes for, respectively, the 14 England Rugby Regional Academies, on behalf of the RFU and Premiership Rugby Ltd; and of the ten Vitality Netball Superleague franchises, on behalf of England Netball. As we move into autumn, Neil will also be delivering the annual review of the 18 first-class cricket county talent pathways on behalf of the England & Wales Cricket Board
- Sarah has been working with Basketball England on the revision and development of their Player Development Framework – while also continuing to serve as a mentor and adviser to a number of Performance Directors and senior coaches within Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports
In among all this Neil found time to visit Australia, where he visited NRL, Super Rugby and Super Netball franchises – while Sarah climbed the Eiger! All in all, a very satisfactory summer: please don’t hesitate to contact us if any of the above makes you think that our experience and expertise might be helpful to you.