English Institute of Sport
The EIS is UK Sport’s, science medicine and technology arm. Working alongside the other Home Country Sports Institutes, it is the team behind many of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic sports. Its employees have more than 1,100 years of collective experience, working across more than 10 areas of expertise to provide a range of sport science and medical services to improve the health, fitness, training, preparation – and ultimately the performance – of athletes.
In the 2009-13 London cycle, the EIS worked with 86% of the athletes and 27 of the 29 sports that won a medal for Team GB at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These included Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Nicola Adams and Katherine Grainger to name but a few.
The EIS is funded by a grant of £60 million over four years from UK Sport and income generated by providing services to sport national governing bodies (NGBs); in the current cycle, NGBs will have invested £27.6 million in EIS services.
The EIS’s practitioners work with coaches and Performance Directors to help improve the performance of their athletes’ by delivering services that enable them to optimise training programmes, maximise performance in competition and improve health and availability to train.
It also has a dedicated team of scientists that work with coaches and Performance Directors to feed the pipeline of talent into sports. Delivered in partnership with UK Sport, the EIS’s talent development work aims to identify, recruit and progress the most promising young athletes and put in place the systems, pathways and support to facilitate their transition from talented junior to elite international performer.
The sport science and sport medicine services delivered by the EIS are underpinned by leading-edge technology and engineering.
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