Sport England today announced the appointment of two directors who will lead the organisationâ€™s work with National Governing Bodies of sport, a relationship that sits at the heart of Sport Englandâ€™s new strategy.
Phil Smith joins Sport England from the Football Association where he has been Head of Public Affairs since 2003. Having been involved in amateur football for many years as a player and volunteer, his professional career with the FA began in 1996 as the General Secretary of the County FA in Manchester.
Lisa Oâ€™Keefeâ€™s appointment is an internal promotion. Most recently, Lisa has been Interim Head of National Sport. Previously she was Deputy Regional Director of our South East Region. As well as championing sport in her professional life, Lisa has herself been a sporting champion â€“ representing Scotland at rugby union. She also captained Richmond womenâ€™s rugby team for three years and has coached Premiership and regional representative sides.
Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said:
â€œWe are delighted to have attracted a key player from one of sportâ€™s largest governing bodies to join Sport England. Philâ€™s knowledge and experience will be a great asset as we put governing bodies at the heart of delivering our new strategy for community sport. Combined with Lisaâ€™s excellent track record within Sport England and the experience she has already gained of leading our new commissioning process for NGBs, I am confident that they offer the best blend of skills for this key area of our work.â€
Notes to Editors
Sport England is a non-departmental public body and National Lottery distributor. We are committed to creating a world-leading community sports development system and increasing participation in sport. Sport Englandâ€™s annual budget (lottery and exchequer) is cÂ£250m.
Sport Englandâ€™s new strategy was launched on June 10th and commits Sport England to deliver on a series of demanding targets by 2012/13:
â€¢ one million people doing more sport
â€¢ a 25% reduction in the number of 16-year-olds who drop out of five key sports
â€¢ improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports
â€¢ a measurable increase in peopleâ€™s satisfaction with their experience of sport â€“ the first time the organisation has set such a qualitative measure
â€¢ a major contribution to the delivery of the five hour sports offer for children and young people.
For more information please contact the communications team: Jane Clarke on 020 7273 1800, Peter Dickinson on 020 7273 1822, or Andrew St Ledger on 020 7273 1593.
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