New chief executive of Sport England a great appointment for inclusive sport
Posted: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:56
Sport Birmingham welcomes the announcement that Tim Hollingsworth is to become the new Chief Executive of Sport England, the organisation responsible for grassroots sport in England.
As the current Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) Tim has been at the forefront of the work that has increased the profile and success of the Paralympic movement in the UK. Prior to this he had a very successful media career before a leading role with UK Sport responsible for strategic direction and major event delivery.
Sport Birmingham Chief Executive, Mike Chamberlain said "Tim's appointment is good news for sport and all those who value the power of sport and physical activity to make a positive difference to people's lives. His experience suggests to me that we will have an even greater opportunity to help make Birmingham a more active place to live, learn work and play.
"With an incredible 4 years ahead of us leading up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we are committed to create a momentum that will see more people leading active and healthy lives, and communities that are more inclusive and more integrated.
"We are particularly interested in the connection between Tim's experience with the BPA and one of our main areas of work which includes the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum and Inclusive Sports Festivals; our focus on inclusion is one of four main strands that we are committed to expanding during the 4 years leading to the Games, as well as volunteering, community games events and youth engagement.
Hollingsworth was awarded an OBE in 2017 and is also a board director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, and member of the International Paralympic Committee Paralympic Games Committee.
From November, Hollingsworth will replace Jennie Price, who is stepping down after 11 years in the role.
Sport England fund Sport Birmingham to provide strategic leadership in the region with a particular focus on inactivity which is estimated to be 30% of the population of Birmingham doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity each week; this level is even higher amongst ethnic minority populations, and under-represented groups such as those with a disability. They will focus and support any organisation wishing to help deliver safe, accessible and inclusive sport for people across the city.
Sport Birmingham Chair, Paul Faulkner said "This looks like a very timely appointment by Sport England and a fantastic opportunity for Sport Birmingham to work with Tim and his team; to increase activity levels in Birmingham, helped by making the very most of the Commonwealth Games journey over the next 4 years".