Time to Move on

You will by now all have heard the disappointing news that the UK Sport board considered all of the factors we presented in our representation but concluded that we still did not merit being placed in Band 3 and as such the original decision not to fund wheelchair rugby remains. We felt we had presented a strong performance based case and with continued funding believe we had a high chance of medalling in Tokyo. For much of today I have been dealing with questions from the ...
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Super Series Success for Canterbury

So Canterbury came out on top in a closely fought battle with Burn to head the Division 2 Super Series 2 weekend. Steve Brown, taking a break from presenting his feature on BBC’s ‘The One Show’, led his team to a 43-41 victory against Burn, now coached by recently retired GB veteran Alan Ash. The league continues to see a big upward trend in the quality of competition with some very close results. Another GB athlete who has just retired is also making an impact following his move into coaching - Mike Kerr is now a player/coach with Crushers where he helped the team improve game on game to end the weekend with a one goal win over Liverpool RGC. I’m told their wild celebrations on doin...
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Business As Usual

It’s been an important week. On Monday we submitted our representation to UK Sport giving our reasons why we believe that the decision to cut all of our funding should be reversed. The document we presented is the result of a great deal of detailed work. I would like to thank Professor Vicky Tolfrey who many you will know as the Director of the Peter Harrison Centre at Loughborough University, Dr Viola Altmann who many will also know as an IWRF Classifier, Tim Reid our solicitor from Hogan Lovells, and our Trustee Simon Le Fevre, all of whom helped Lorraine and I put together what I believe to be a very strong case. We now wait until 7 February when we will present the substance of that ca...
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Embrace Diversity…

My daughter gave me a wonderful book for Christmas called ‘If I could tell you just one thing…’ It is by Richard Reed and it is a rich selection of encounters with remarkable people in which they give their best piece of advice. As Richard says in its introduction ‘it covers the full spectrum of human experiences and emotions’ and has contributions from ‘presidents and popstars, entrepreneurs and artists, celebrities and survivors’. I am only a quarter of the way into the book at the moment but I am already inspired by some of the advice. One of the early pieces that I have been struck by is that of Harry Belafonte Kingsman. For those not familiar with him, he is the 89 year ol...
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CEO Blog: Overwhelming Support

With everyone’s thoughts turning to Christmas I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the wave of support we are seeing from many individuals and organisations who are aghast at the UK Sport decision to cease our funding from 31 March 2017. It is not just our friends in the wider sports sector that are raising their hands and supporting us, but as the general public and the media get to hear and understand the implications of this decision they too are crying ‘foul’. Today our lawyers informed UK Sport of our intention to represent our case for the decision to be over-turned. In addition, we are looking at ways in which we can get our team to Germany in June so that we can defend...
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Confidence in Our Sport

You will have woken this morning to our sport very much in the media. First the great news that our Sport England investment plan has been fully funded which is an incredible result and recognises the outstanding development work that has been achieved over the last 4 years. Kirsty, her team and the many volunteers who have helped deliver our programmes, as well as all of you who have made your clubs a welcoming place for new participants can share in the success of our bid which will help us further grow the game. The £2.4M is the full amount we asked for and is a significant increase in our funding from the last cycle – one of the only sports to have achieved this. We also bid for £300...
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