10th August 2012
When we announced last year the “3G” strategy – Green, Grow, Gold - we said there would be Board reviews of progress, as appropriate, including a Performance Review by the Board after the 2012 Olympic Games. On behalf of the Board, let me set out how this key task will now be conducted. I must first pay tribute to the management, staff and all athletes for their untiring and professional efforts – they have our thanks and support
The present Board is clear that this requires a robust, thorough but speedy review, with necessary decisions on the way forward by the new Board when in place in October. Then, the new Board will also be advised by the interim CEO Peter King, who has great experience of the journey from planning to podium. Much will depend of course on the resources available to us from UK Sport. Our review will form part of the 2013-17 funding discussions with UK Sport in October/November.
As a first step, the Board expects Alex Newton and her coaches to provide their internal report on the results and lessons of the Programme over the last four years. They and the Board will get independent advice from performance experts - the Board is considering the right people (in consultation with UK Sport) and will announce the names soon.
During August and September, I will also hold three Roadshows - in the North, Midlands and London - to hear member views directly. We shall announce details of dates and venues very soon. I hope all of you with strong views and ideas will come and join the debate.
We all remain committed to developing world class fencers in these islands. We have learned much from the last four years - we must now review, reassess, and seek the right next steps to raise resources and standards, to get on the “Gold” trail.
Chair, British Fencing