EIS round up of 2018: Part I

By Lucy Lomax | 20/12/2018

It has been another jammed packed and exciting year at the English Institute of Sport, with many exciting projects, workshops, and achievements made with important initiatives being driven forwards by many teams and disciplines, as we edge ever closer to Tokyo 2020.

In the first of two articles for our end of year review, the EIS looks back at just some of the main stories that have happened over the first six months of the year.

In January the EIS Performance Pathway team, along with UK Sport, launched talent identification programme #DiscoverYourGold, aimed at identifying talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions. Previous campaigns had produced remarkable results with Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold coming through the GirlsforGold scheme in 2008.

Since the launch at the beginning of the year, numerous testing days and trials have taken place across the UK with selected athletes currently being finalised within different sports.

At the end of January, the EIS ran another hugely successful Skills4Performance (S4P) programme designed to provide an insight into the elite sport environment and seek out talented individuals looking to develop their careers in high performance sport.

Watch the video below as EIS practitioners and S4P participants explain why S4P is so important in developing careers and what the participants took away from the workshop.

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang ran from 9th-25th February with a highlight being the EIS-supported British Skeleton programme returning with three medals. We spoke to EIS physiotherapist Louise Turner who worked with the team throughout the Games to get her thoughts on working with the athletes, including double Olympic Champion Yarnold. Read the Q&A here.

EIS chairman John Steele also gave his reflections on the competition and described it as “two weeks of remarkable, intense and unpredictable sporting drama.” Read John’s thoughts here.

At the beginning of March, for the fourth year running the English Institute of Sport was recognised as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit organisations to work for, coming in 56th position. This ranking was based on eight factors including workplace engagement, leadership, the company itself and personal growth.

On Thursday 8th March, the EIS celebrated International Women’s Day 2018, recognising the day by celebrating women employees and highlighting the organisation’s gender diversity and the flexible and part-time working options on offer to staff.

We focussed on two women in leadership roles who job share the Head of Physiology post; Emma Ross and Esme Matthew, and how the EIS has worked with them creatively to enable them to keep working in the Institute in senior roles, whilst having young families. Read more.

Continuing the theme of celebration, in April on National Biomechanics Day, we spoke to EIS Biomechanics Project Lead Cat Shin about the work of the discipline inside the EIS, and the way biomechanics interacts with other disciplines to produce performance improvements.

A busy first half of the year drew to a close with ABSORB, an online platform enabling 24/7 multi-modal knowledge access and acquisition for EIS physiotherapists and doctors, reached its one-year anniversary recording over 2,000 logins. Read more about the platform and watch the video on the impact it has had here.