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
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.
very much hope that you enjoy this edition, and look forward to hearing your
views and comments….
Head of Global Sport
2015....Driving Participation in Rugby – Team, Tournament and
Changing Tides – Growth
and Innovation within British Rowing
United and the Olympic Stadium; A unique partnership platform
The volume of
discussion regarding women in sport is certainly louder than ever.
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?