Welcome to the latest edition of Sport InFocus featuring an impressive selection of topical articles from leaders across the sector.


With memories of the Rugby World Cup fresh in the minds of many, this edition kicks off with a very interesting article by Ben Lowe, Head of Rugby Growth at the RFU. Despite the failure of the host nation, the tournament itself was a huge success for many reasons and Ben provides a fascinating insight in the work taking place at grassroots level to drive increased participation in the sport. 

Already we are counting down to the Olympics in Rio next year and there are high expectations of a significant medal haul within rowing. Across the whole sport however, Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing is spearheading considerable growth and innovation and in an interview with PSD, he discusses his vision for the organisation's future success.

2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup. With 3 West Ham Players in the starting XI that day, it is perhaps fitting that next year also sees the Club relocate to the iconic Olympic Stadium. Angus Kinnear, Managing Director, West Ham United, provides a view from behind the scenes as the Club prepare for their historic move.

The theme of “Women in Sport” has gained huge momentum throughout 2015 with various initiatives to improve gender diversity on Boards to increased levels of participation through the Sport England's - “This Girl Can” campaign. Kate Bosomworth of Speed Communications discusses how this continues to build and the positive effect it is having within Sport.

PSD are delighted to welcome Daniel Ritchie to our Sport Practice. An ex GB Rower, Dan has a natural insight in to the work of National Governing Bodies and following the recent funding announcement, in this final article, echoes his views on whether it will in fact benefit the whole sporting community.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only our illustrious contributors, but all of our clients and candidates around the world for their continued commitment and support. PSD Sport continues to go from strength to strength, winning and successfully completing an impressive range of assignments across the sector.

I very much hope that you enjoy this edition, and look forward to hearing your views and comments….

Kit Taylor
Head of Global Sport

Articles

Beyond RWC 2015

Beyond RWC 2015

Beyond RWC 2015....Driving Participation in Rugby – Team, Tournament and Legacy

Changing Tides

Changing Tides

Changing Tides – Growth and Innovation within British Rowing

A unique partnership platform

A unique partnership platform

West Ham United and the Olympic Stadium; A unique partnership platform

Turning Up The Volume

Turning Up The Volume

The volume of discussion regarding women in sport is certainly louder than ever.

THE FUNDING DILEMMA

THE FUNDING DILEMMA

UK Sport were recently awarded an increase of 29% in funding as part of the government's autumn Spending Review, but is it good for the community of Sport?