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Transforming the way your industry works

When games are won and lost by inches, overlook sports dietitians at your peril

Posted by in Elite Performance, Steve Moser, USA

Despite the arms race of strength and conditioning in sports in recent years, many teams have yet to harness the power of a registered dietitian whose expertise can mean the difference between winning and losing. SRi’s US-based high-performance consultant Steve Moser spoke to one such elite sports dietitian to find out how big of a difference dietetics can make. Just a decade ago there were only 13 colleges in the US that employed full-time sports dietitians, and that number was then more than all of the professional sports in the…read more

Developing the high performance sports model in the USA

Posted by in Canada, Elite Performance, Steve Moser, USA

As US pro and collegiate sport continues to go from strength to strength, there are some fascinating developments happening behind the scenes. Steve Moser, SRi’s High Performance Consultant for North America, takes a closer look. For many years, sport in the USA has adopted an insular approach when developing patterns of coaching, fitness, nutrition and commercial structure. It has been for good reason, too. The big five sports leagues – football, baseball, basketball, hockey and, more recently, soccer – have led the world in developing professionalism and sophisticated commercial operations….read more

Ensuring success at Tokyo 2020

Posted by in Board Level, Elite Performance, Management, Stewart King

Stewart King, Senior Consultant for High Performance at SRi, spoke with close to 40 national governing body CEOs and Performance Directors from all over the world during the Olympics in Rio de Janiero. King was keen to establish how they will review Rio 2016, what the biggest challenges are ahead of Tokyo 2020, and what they will now do to ensure success in Japan. King found that a number of common themes arose: 1. Every Olympics is different and performance structures that were successful in Rio won’t necessarily work in…read more

The clock is ticking for Tokyo – time to assess whether your Board is fit for purpose

Posted by in Board Level, Commercial, Digital, Elite Performance, Management, Media, Mike Squires, Sponsorship

The warm glow of a remarkable Rio Olympics has enveloped British sport. UK Sport, has, quite rightly, been given due credit for the successful implementation of its long term investment strategy but, with the build-up for Tokyo 2020 already started, this is no time to rest on ones laurels. At SRi, we have the advantage of seeing the global success of Team GB, with offices in Australia, Singapore, China, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and the US offering an outside vantage point. In each market and across many sports including rowing, cycling,…read more

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Post-Rio succession planning

Posted by in Elite Performance, Management, Stewart King

The action in Rio isn’t just on the field of play – succession planning will be on the lips of all senior stakeholders. Stewart King, SRi Senior Consultant in Elite Performance, is the latest selection announced for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, Stewart won’t be setting records on his bike or in a rowing boat; he will be sitting down with administrators from all over the world to discuss a vitally important facet of the Olympics – succession planning. The performance of the athletes in Rio will…read more

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Showing Olympic vision – the view beyond Brazil

Posted by in Alistair Milner, Board Level, Elite Performance, Management

For many athletes, all focus is on Rio as the culmination of a four-year cycle of hard work and graft comes to a climax at the 2016 Olympic Games. Those in the boardrooms of sports governing bodies, however, have long been looking past the Games and into the future, writes Alistair Milner, head of SRi’s Elite Performance Practice. In the weeks and months leading up to an Olympic Games, there are very different questions being asked of athletes, in comparison to the leadership of their country’s sports administration. For competitors,…read more

The Director of Football is back…but it never went away

Posted by in Elite Performance, Europe, Management, Stewart King

Tarnished in the past, but making a modern resurgence, the director of football is a position that left the headlines, but continues to play an important role in modern football organisations, says Stewart King, elite performance specialist at SRi. There’s a quiet revolution happening in English football where – whisper it – the role of Director of Football (DoF) is becoming ever more important to leading clubs. To the public consciousness, the DoF represents everything that’s wrong about continental techniques which have invaded the Premier League; it may be how…read more

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The sporting landscape of the Middle East

Posted by in Elite Performance, Middle East, Stewart King

From Egypt to the Emirates, the Middle East is a region where sport is undergoing significant change and where opportunity is expanding, says Stewart King, a specialist in elite performance at SRi. The Middle East can be an attractive location for professionals interested in bringing about great change. Sporting clubs and bodies across the region have ambitious plans, and the ability for individuals to work in an environment where they can develop a legacy is genuinely exciting. I recently travelled to the Middle East to meet key figures in the…read more

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Six Sports Industry Trends Dominating Recruitment in China

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Digital, Elite Performance, Helen Soulsby, HR

In 2015, one thing became clear: China led the way in sports business growth across Asia. New entrants, new commercial arrangements and new investors flooded the broad sports business landscape. The China sports industry promises more growth in 2016 and the war for talent is getting fierce. Smart companies know that great people will give them the edge. Below we’ve briefly outlined six key trends (in no particular order) dominating recruitment within the Chinese sports industry. 1. Talent Identification and Transfer With increased sophistication across all aspects of sport, many organizations now…read more

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2020 Vision: Building Beyond Brazil

Posted by in Alistair Milner, Elite Performance

Whilst all athletes, coaches and supporters have their eyes firmly focused on the 5th August and the Rio 2016 Olympics, many Chairs and Chief Executives are currently spending just as much time thinking about what lies beyond for their sport. It is inevitable that the Olympics provides a natural watershed in a performance cycle and history teaches us that there is often significant turnover post Games time amongst performance directors and within performance departments. We believe that over the course of the next six months, each organisation will need to…read more