Fabulous Support from Leicester

Leicester has always been a big sporting city, boasting top rugby with Tigers, and Premier League football with Foxes, both teams currently in 8th position in their respective leagues. Who can forget the Foxes famously winning the Premier League in 2016? Or the rich history that Tigers can boast with so many greats that have worn the Tigers shirt from Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson through to the Youngs brothers today.And that is not forgetting basketball with the Riders currently topping the BBL – a big thanks to them as we will be hosting the Quad Nati...
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CEO Blog: Lots to get excited about in 2018

A very happy new year everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and that 2018 has started well. We have such an exciting year ahead of us and I am incredibly optimistic that this is going to be a year to really remember! Yesterday I spent the day with GB’s Head Coach Paul Shaw and Team Manager Lee Stutely and we finalised all of our planning for the GB team this year. The success of our fundraising in 2017 means that we are able to invest a little more in support for the team as we seek to take on the best this year starting with the Quad Nations in Leicester in Marc...
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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Hope and faith lies at the heart of the Christmas message and whether or not you buy into the Christmas story, living a life with hope and faith allows us to look ahead with optimism and a sense of trust and confidence. This time last year, I had just taken the call from the CEO UK Sport with the news that we were not to be funded for the Tokyo cycle. It was a huge blow and we all felt bruised, angry and rather let down, but we never felt finished. I remember writing my blog at the time reminding myself as much as anyone, that as a sport we are much more than our GB team, even though we w...
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Is Leicester the Rugby Capital of the UK?

In my last blog I spoke about how we were powering towards the end of the year, well the pace hasn’t slackened and we have had some fantastic activity over the last couple of weeks. The Lloyd’s of London fundraiser for the GB squad was a huge success and raised around £195k which is incredible and will allow us to prepare against the best in the world ahead of the World Championships in Sydney next August. This will start with the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations which I mentioned in my last blog. Since then the competing teams have been confi...
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CEO Blog: Powering Towards 2018

It really feels as if we have upped our pace over the last few weeks and are now powering towards 2018 with a host of activities between now and the end of year. My last blog was a few days before our fundraising weekend at Sevenoaks rugby club. I am sure you will have seen the press release on the website which was picked up in this month’s edition of ‘Touchline’ the monthly magazine of the RFU. It was just such a fun event, especially the Sunday which saw all the various youth age groups from U7 through to U11 break from their games to get in a chair and tr...
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Appointment of Compliance & Membership Officer

When I wrote to you last week I outlined some of the issues we have experienced in our head office and apologised for the impact that is having on the NGB. You will understand that I am very prudent with the number of people I employ to manage the business of the NGB. There is, however, a balance to be had with keeping our costs, and thus number of employees to a minimum, whilst having enough people with the right skills to do the jobs necessary to ensure we meet our obligations as a Limited Company and a Charity, meet the requirements of our funders and partners, and provi...
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