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18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

Tags: Rugby World Cup

Rugby The Winner

Posted: Sun, 01 Nov 2015 19:11

Rugby The Winner

Rugby The Winner

As the Rugby World Cup came to an end with a fantastic display form the All Blacks to retain the trophy there was universal acclaim that this had been the best World Cup.

"To make sure the excitement of the RWC is not lost there will be new initiatives and renewed vigour and promotion of the game. Having played for over 35 years my time on the pitch is coming to a close soon and I will be doing even more off the pitch to promote the game. More importantly I believe there are greater opportunities to use our game for social good – changing and improving people's lives through the power of sport, and particularly rugby."

Andy reed said "At Saje Impact we have been lucky to work in and around rugby for a long time from grass roots to national initiatives. As some projects draw to a close as the Rugby World Cup moves on to Japan in 2019 we will be using our time to go deeper into using rugby."

"Already we are involved with my own local club Birstall RFC where there may be exciting plans ahead, with the Area Legacy Group and the projects we have funded, through to helping the Leicester Tigers Foundation. I will be working more with Wasps Foundation work and the British Asian Rugby Association and the Asian Sports Foundation as we try to widen the base of the game in multi cultural Cities like Leicester, Nottingham and across the West Midlands."

"There are many great rugby charities doing great work and in particular I have been happy to help School of Hard Knocks and will get more deeply involved with a new role in the new year. I am working on the concept of the Sport Impact Fund primarily to help great innovations and charities to scale the work they do. I continue to support Premier Rugby and the community work they do not just at Leicester but across the 12 clubs & especially the Hitz Programme and Urban Rugby ideas.

I will remain very much involved in the Parliamentary Rugby Group and Team by helping it achieve its aims of promoting rugby and raising money for good rugby charities – like those supported by the RFU Try for Change. The Parliamentary World Cup in Japan in 2019 seems a very attractive proposition to be my last as a player?

"Through our partnership @GandGtweets we have help deliver the 'Fanzone' experience in Rugby and a seven week programme of events. We hope to build on te experience and continue to develop the 'Rugby' brand as well as take the lessons we learned to other major events. Sports events don't have to all be about the usual food and drink as we managed to demonstrate. we also hope to announce a new link with a rugby charity soon. "

"Through the NED role I have with EPpartners we will certainly be increasing our profile in the game as well as expanding through football and into the wider sports network. But both David Slemen and I are steeped in rugby culture and we know clubs and organisations want to deal with people who reflect those values. We certainly hope so.

"After chairing for the last couple of years I am also hoping the Churches across the UK will want to continue to be involved in connecting with rugby in so many different ways.. from chaplaincy to running #o2Touch!

"I am sure I have missed some of the things that we are likely to be doing in 2016 – but we are really looking forward to doing more rugby!

Tags: Rugby, Rugby World Cup, Sohk, Tigers Foundation, Wasps

Church Response to Rugby World Cup in Leicestershire

Posted: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:30

Church Response to Rugby World Cup in Leicestershire

Church Response to Rugby World Cup in Leicestershire

The Rugby World Cup is coming to Leicestershire and Engage2015 is helping the Church prepare.

The countdown to Rugby's biggest and most exciting event is on. This September, the best teams in the world will be touching down in England for a spectacular celebration of Rugby and everyone's invited. 2015 is going to be a massive year for Rugby and the Church.

The tournament kicks off on September 18th and concludes at the Final on 31st October at Twickenham.

Of course in rugby mad Leicester the tournament is coming directly to use with 3 games being played in the City. Teams will be based in the County too with both Tonga, Uruguay and Namibia at Loughborough University and Canada based at Leicester Grammar School. We hope events around the presence of the teams will bring the County alive during September.

There will be three matches in Leicester all hosted at the King Power Stadium – to be known as the Leicester Stadium during the tournament.

2.30 Sunday 4th October, Argentina v Tonga

5pm Tuesday 6th October Canada v Romania

12pm Sunday 11th October Argentina v Namibia

Many people will remember the amazing atmosphere created by the Olympics in 2012 and the work done by 'More than Gold' to encourage the Church to connect. In 2015 the organisers want to recapture some of that spirit again at the RWC, and at Engage2015 we want to encourage and equip the Church to do join in.

Andy Reed Chair of Engage2015 said "We aim to provide a resource to Churches to help them during this event. We know churches are already busy so we don't want to create unnecessary extra burden but we hope you can use the resources to add a rugby theme to some existing work – like Messy Church providing rugby resources or having a rugby themed guest event.

"We also have great ideas to help if you want to do more. We exist to share ideas and some resources but for the local church to work out what works best for them. But you could do

  1. Festivals – why not organise a community based rugby themed festival – we have training and resources available on the website and through Fusion who are heading up this work
  2. Hospitality – with over 500,000 visitors to the watch the tournament and games in Leicester there will be a great opportunity for us to show Christian hospitality for families and supporters.
  3. Children & Youth work – with a Rugby World Cup theme. Resources are being produced to share from Messy Church and Scripture Union for example
  4. Guest Events – with Christians in sport Sports Quiz , breakfasts with Christian Rugby players etc. Perhaps a Big Screen with some of the bigger games and a rugby festival/party atmosphere.
  5. Rugby – with the introduction of Touch rugby and family friendly versions Churches can be a fun way to showcase your church in the community. Resources and training are available and we are being encouraged by the RFU to get more families playing together. It is a great game for all ages. Honestly!

Over in Rugby, the birthplace of the game we are working with Hope14 to produce material to tell the story of Webb Ellis and Rugby School and its Christian heritage.

We hope Leicester will play host to another game – the Churches v a British Asian invitation side for example.

We are not limited by our ideas – we are here to encourage you to do whatever fits your community or congregation whilst the nation is going mad about rugby for a few weeks and to show we are connected to our communities.

You can keep up to date and share ideas with Engage2015 by signing up to the email newsletter, follow us on social media – twitter @engage2015 Facebook www.facebook/engage2015 or visit our website

Andy Reed OBE is Chair of Engage2015

Tags: Church, Engage2015, Rugby, Rugby World Cup

Rugby in Rugby in 2015

Posted: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:23

Rugby in Rugby in 2015

It has been another good week for the work we are doing in Rugby with our G&G Partners – helping Rugby BC to deliver a festival of Rugby to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales next September and October.

The Sponsors were in town this week to look at what 'activation' they might do in the Birth Place of the Game.

We believe Rugby will be a great destination for the hundreds of thousands of supporters from around the world who will be in England during the RWC and we want to ensure all parts of the local community engage in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tags: Rugby, Rugby Bc, Rugby World Cup

Supporting the Vision for @engage2015

Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:07

Supporting the Vision for @engage2015

Andy was presenting at a session today for Church leaders across London at the Saracens Allianz Park ground ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Andy is supporting Christians in Sport through '@engage2015' to help the church support local communities and involve themselves in rugby in, through and around the tournament.

"There is real enthusiasm for the Church to be supporting rugby and I was delighted with the positive response. By all working together I am sure we can make the 6 weeks of the Rugby World Cup a great national event"

Tags: Cis, Engage2015, Rugby World Cup

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