British Wrestling is embarking on an exciting journey to review its governance structure, with the aim of finding the most suitable model for the organisation moving forward. This initiative, driven by the commitment to excellence and progress, aims to ensure that the governance of British Wrestling aligns with the evolving needs and challenges of the sport, our community and modern governance standards.
Instructed by the Board, the project is an integral part of a Doctoral thesis entitled ‘Exploring Organizational Response to a Change in Governance Structures in British Wrestling: A Needs Analysis, Intervention, and Evaluation’ being delivered by Darren Bernstein.
Chair Steven Esom said, “This project provides us with the opportunity to scope the future governance structure of British Wrestling with a view to achieving our vision of being a world-class governing body for a successful, inclusive, and sustainable wrestling family.”
Researcher Darren Bernstein said, “ I’m really thankful to the British Wrestling Board for providing me with this opportunity and the huge responsibility that goes with it. I’m excited to be working with everyone to ensure the most appropriate way forward for the sport.”
Consisting of three distinct phases, the project is rooted in academic research, emphasising an objective and impartial approach. As part of a Doctoral thesis, it will be conducted in good faith, without preconceived notions about the eventual outcomes or recommendations. This ensures that the research process remains unbiased and is committed to identifying the most beneficial changes for British Wrestling.
The first phase of the project, taking place in 2023/24, will focus on conducting a comprehensive review. This review will serve several critical purposes:
This phase will be pivotal in shaping the direction of the project, as it will provide a clear understanding of the current state and potential areas for improvement.
The subsequent phase, phase 2, will come into play in late 2024 if the results of Phase 1 determine that a change in governance structure is indeed needed. Phase 2 will concentrate on the practical aspects, particularly:
The final phase of the project will focus on measuring the impact of any changes that have been implemented. This evaluation process is crucial for continuous improvement. It ensures that British Wrestling can adapt and refine its governance structure as needed in response to real-world outcomes.
While the project is divided into three distinct phases, it should be viewed as an iterative process, where the outcomes of one phase inform and shape the next. Throughout the project, British Wrestling and the researcher will maintain a collaborative approach, periodically reviewing the project to ensure their ongoing relevance and effectiveness.
British Wrestling’s commitment to reviewing its governance structure demonstrates our dedication to the sport’s growth and development. This project, undertaken in conjunction with a Doctoral thesis, ensures a rigorous, objective, and thorough examination of the organisation’s governance needs. As each phase unfolds, it will mark a milestone in British Wrestling’s journey toward an even more effective and responsive governance model. This project promises to usher in a new era for British Wrestling, where the organisation can thrive and excel in the ever-evolving world of sport.