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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!

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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

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