Leading powerbrokers in international sport inspire ILP 5Subscribe
UK Sport 04 May 2012
The 5th year of UK Sport's International Leadership Programme (ILP) concluded last week with inspirational sessions from two of the most influential postholders in international sport. Sir Craig Reedie, an IOC Executive Board Member, and Sir Philip Craven, IPC President and also a IOC member, offered their insights of successful leadership within international sport.
Sir Craig Reedie commented: "Developing the international sports leaders of tomorrow is imperative in safeguarding the interests of British sport in the governance of sport internationally. The ILP has and continues to equip British sport administrators with the skills and awareness to have an impact at international level. The ILP, coupled with the exposure and experience of hosting the Games this summer, provides a unique springboard for British representatives to have a greater influence over the decisions and issues affecting their sport."
The closing module for this year's programme took place in the prestigious surroundings of Marlborough House, the seat of the Commonwealth Secretariat in central London. This was the last of a five workshop programme, which began at Lords Cricket Ground in September 2011. Since Lords, the group has convened in Lausanne, at Twickenham Stadium and Dorney Lake near Eton where they have learnt about the international sport environment and developed the necessary skills to support them in their international work.
The final module of the programme provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on their learning from the past seven months and how they intend to apply it moving forward. The group were also addressed by Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission of ParalympicsGB and member of the ILP alumni.
Amanda Bond, CEO of British Dressage, said this of the programme: "The ILP has been instrumental in my continued personal development, but more importantly, it has equipped me with the skills to operate in the international sporting landscape. I have developed a new level of confidence through a better understanding, which in turn has led to my nomination for one of our international federation’s technical committees. I couldn’t have done that without ILP.'
Launched in 2006, the ILP is one of several UK Sport people development programmes and is part of UK Sport’s commitment to ensure that the UK is able to contribute to the development and governance of international sport. The programme is designed to equip participants with the skills they need to become effective cross-cultural communicators, able to operate successfully on the international stage and build relationships with International Federations and other key international sporting organisations.