New name and structure for organisation behind Team England
The Commonwealth Games Council for England was today re-named Commonwealth Games England (CGE) as part of an on-going and strategic review of the body that leads Team England to the Commonwealth Games.
Under the guidance of Sir Andrew Foster, appointed 18 months ago as the organisation’s first external Chairman, the CGE will have a new-look board and governance structure and will upscale its marketing efforts.
At a meeting in London today the Council also received a presentation on progress to date towards the Delhi Commonwealth Games, due take place in October 2010, from Mike Hooper, the Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive.
The importance of the Commonwealth Games experience, through England and the other home nations, was underlined by Peter King, cycling’s Chief Executive, who talked to members of how important the 2006 Games had been to his sport. “We had the ability to offer a significant multi-sport competition opportunity to our complete squad. They might have worn different shirts but it was an opportunity for them to go all out against each other as well as against the rest of the world”.
Cycling, of course, went on to experience its most successful Olympic Games of all-time in Beijing. “It was hugely important for us to be at the Commonwealth Games”, said King who is heading a group within the CGE that is working closely with the member sports to improve England’s Games’ delivery.
Sir Andrew Foster, whose business acumen, as well as his knowledge and love of sport, is already having an impact on the CGE also outlined the process by which board members will be selected in future with open adverts due to be issued shortly.
“I am sure that we will be the subject of intense focus in 2010 in Delhi as the nation builds to the staging of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. The Games will be seen as a barometer of progress across the Olympic sports. I am sure we will see new names emerge at those Games. It’s important that we deliver our core services to the usual high standard but equally important that we create the right profile and level of support”, added Sir Andrew.