“We have a World Class Performance Strategy endorsed by our Board and I will work hard to deliver that strategy on behalf of all members,” said Colin Nicholson at the Annual General Meeting.
On Monday, the Chairman and Chief Executive sat down with representatives of the English Regions at the London headquarters of Sport England and reviewed plans for the implementation of a new Talent Pathway. On hand to support and advise were representatives of Sport England.
Said the Chairman, Malcolm Morley, “The Talent Pathway is the lasting structure that will feed through our home-grown wrestlers of the future to the World Class Programme.” In parallel to England’s planning, Home Nations will be consulted on how their development structures and the new Talent Pathway can each be tweaked to fit seamlessly together.
The Talent Pathway is an important feature of British Wrestling’s strategic plan which was endorsed by the Board just last Thursday and the Talent Pathway improvements are planned for January 2012.
The London meeting also worked up the detail of a new British Wrestling project, funded by Sport England, that focuses on Club Development. Up to twenty clubs across England will receive direct support from dedicated project leaders who will work with them to improve their structures with a view to recruiting and retaining more members. As well as dedicated assistance, it is intended that some limited financial support from Sport England may be available to these clubs (up to £1,000 – why not get in touch!).
Sport England Director Phil Smith, interviewed on Radio 5 live on Monday evening, confirmed the additional Sport England funding for the Club Development project saying “Wrestling is demonstrating progress and these additional funds are a good investment towards sustaining a legacy for wrestling.”