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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: Sohk

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

Rugby World Cup Referee Team Supports SOHK

Posted: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:52

Rugby World Cup Referee Team Supports SOHK

Rugby World Cup Referee Team Supports SOHK

SajeImpact teamed up with the Rugby World Cup Referees and their support team to get behind the School of Hard Knocks Charity at a reception in the House of Lords yesterday .

A special reception was held in the House of Lords to celebrate the contribution made by sports officials up and down the country every week who make sport possible for millions of participants. Amongst the guests will be one of the younger referees George Richardson from Leicestershire who is embarking on a career in refereeing after being forced out of the game through injury.

The twelve elite referees, their TMOs, Selectors,support staff and families were thanked at the event by host Lord Addington.

"During the 6 week Rugby World Cup the referees like to undertake a number of social and fundraising events" Andy said. "from my friendship with Wayne Barnes we chatted about showing off Parliament to the 12 international referees and Wayne agreed on their behalf that we could use the opportunity to promote a rugby charity. I have worked with "School of Hard Knocks" for some time and love what they do. Of course Nigel Owens is no stranger to SOHK as he has been heavily involved giving his time to referee their games. So this all tied together nicely. Nigel was great at running the auction!

SajeImpact have teamed up with Mark Ramsdale Events to put on the reception in the House of Lords to celebrate the role Referees play in our sport.

Andy continued "We know we are passionate about sport when we are still discussing a refereeing decisions for weeks. But we know we need to thank our refs for making our sport possible. As players we make mistakes on the pitch and so do refs. In the best tradition of rugby we play hard on the field and then move on. The event will give is a chance to hear from the team about their experiences at England2015 and what the future of our sport might look like in the years ahead after what we have seen in this RWC"

Guests included Members of both Houses, the parliamentary rugby team and other rugby fans connected to parliamentary rugby. The Parliamentary rugby team use their charitable aims to support rugby charities and have worked with SOHK for some time.

The event happened thanks to the kind support of Barry Howard, David Stalker, Area4 Legacy Partners, David Slemen (EPpartners) & Rob Booth.

Tags: Sohk, Wayne Barnes

School of Hard Knocks Back on our Screens

Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:59

School of Hard Knocks Back on our Screens

Great news – the next series of School of Hard Knocks is back on Sky Sport from September 12th.

If you haven't seen an episode of SOHK I can highly recommend an insight into the power of sport – especially in this case rugby – to be used as a tool to change the life opportunities of a group of young (ish) unemployed men. This comes with a slight health warning if you are not used to strong language being part of your everyday chatter! However, it is certainly within the context of the group the team work with.

For me the stars of the show are the lads wiling to share their emotional journey, ably supported by great input from Will Greenwood, Scott Quinnell and Paul Borross.

If rugby is not your thing it doesn't matter.

More importantly it is worth pointing out that SOHK now exists as a charity – not just a TV programme and the charity hopes to deliver more of what is on offer on the TV programme to hundreds of youngsters each year. But they need your support and help to do by that.

Tags: SOHK, rugby

School of Hard Knocks Scoop Beyond Sport Award

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:16

School of Hard Knocks Scoop Beyond Sport Award

Rugby charity School of Hard Knocks this week scooped a top prize at the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards in London.

School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) won the Barclays Employability Award for its work.

Andy said "I am delighted for the School of Hard Knocks. Hopefully they will gain greater recognition for the great work they do. Here at SajeImpact we will continue to grow our involvement over the coming year to help policy makers understand the power of sport and in particular the power of the programme put together and the lives it changes."

We look forward to working with SOHK to gain greater credibility.

Tags: Sohk

School of Hard Knocks

Posted: Wed, 08 May 2013 09:12

School of Hard Knocks

We are delighted to announce that we will be working with the 'School of Hard Knocks Charity' across their Public Affairs and stakeholder relations needs.

As a relatively new charity but with a high profile because of its work with the Sky Sports programme we understand the enormous potential it has to make a difference to people's lives. We hope to ensure all stakeholders understand the power of SOHK.

Andy said "This is a great opportunity to work with a new charity and in using rugby to change people's lives and opportunities. This fits in perfectly with the drive behind Sajeimpact - to help social transformation projects reach their potential. We look forward to a long relationship.

The School of Hard Knocks Website

Tags: Rugby, Sohk

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