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Structure changes at English Federation of Disability Sport


Many of you will be aware that the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has undertaken a fundamental review of its operating structure and is in a period of consultation and restructure.  The central driver has been to shape our reduced resources in order to effectively support the growth of participation by disabled people in sport. 

We will continue to work closely with our core funder- Sport England to ensure we are in the best shape to drive up the participation of disabled people in sport.  We have created a new national Sports Development Team to ensure that EFDS continues to improve how we provide the necessary support to NGBs and our key delivery partners, creating the greatest possible impact. 

The new team will drive forward our work in key strategic areas as well as take responsibility for NGBs and local delivery partners- in particular CSPs.  It replaces three existing functional teams in EFDS (Regional staff, Partnerships team and the Playground to Podium team).

The team members are Ray Ashley (Senior Sports Development Manager) and Jess Cook, Kat Southwell, Ken Kelly and Marie Dixon (all Sports Development Managers).

This will take effect from 1 April 2011 and the team will be managed by Chris Ratcliffe, Director of Development. Although staff have been successful in achieving team posts, all appointments and work areas in the new organisational structure are subject to funding being agreed by Sport England.

During this time we will do our utmost to ensure that we continue to work effectively with our key partners.  In addition, EFDS will continually review its cost base - both directly and indirectly - to deliver further cost savings and process improvements over the course of the next financial year.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive at EFDS said: "My thanks go to all of my colleagues who have helped to deliver the outcome of this challenging process.  Although this is a period of change for the organisation, we are committed to providing support to all of our partners, so we can work together to increase and improve opportunities for disabled people in sport".

All queries should be directed to Paul Kinsella, Director of Corporate Services at EFDS.  Email or telephone 01509 227750.