UK Sport recognises eight innovation partnersSubscribe
Jessica Whitehorn 03 April 2008
UK Sport have announced eight industry and university sector organisations that are to receive Innovation Partner status in recognition of their ongoing support of UK Sport’s Research and Innovation team since its establishment in 2004.
The UK Sport Research and Innovation department works to deliver bespoke performance solutions for sports’ national governing bodies in collaboration with the best British expertise in the fields of engineering, technology and human sciences.
Projects can involve anything that affects athletes competing on the world stage, from developing measurement equipment for use in training to coming up with optimal hydration and recovery strategies. The primary focus of research is on sports with high potential to win medals at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Head of Research and Innovation at UK Sport, Dr Scott Drawer said: “Gold medals can be won or lost within fractions of seconds, and our job is to ensure that athletes are in the best possible position to take advantage of those tiny margins.
The knowledge and expertise that our Innovation Partners contribute is critical to our work and we look forward to our working relationship going forward. The eight partners selected will inevitably make a significant contribution to the success of British athletes in the future.”
In receiving Innovation Partner status, the eight organisations are recognised by UK Sport as providing services that meet the world class standards of excellence in performance science and innovation required to make an impact on the UK’s best athletes and coaches.
The eight Innovation Partners are: BAE Systems, epm: technology group, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute, the Sport and Exercise Science Department at Portsmouth University, the Centre for Sport and Engineering Science at Sheffield Hallam University, TotalSim and the Wolfson Unit.
Of the eight, UK Sport has awarded BAE Systems ‘Podium Innovation Partner’ status in recognition of the fact that they are supplying their unique expertise on a value-in-kind basis. BAE Systems are supporting UK Sport's Research and Innovation programme in this way due to their collective desire as an organisation to contribute to the UK’s international sporting success.
To find out more about the UK Sport Innovation Partners click here. If you think your organisation has the world class expertise required to assist UK Sport in ensuring our athletes are performing at the highest level on the world stage, and therefore the potential to become a UK Sport Innovation Partner, email Alison Neall in the Research and Innovation team (firstname.lastname@example.org).