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NISA response to UK Sport Funding Announcement

The National Ice Skating Association (NISA) is disappointed with the decision made by UK Sport today to move the management of the funding for the GB Short Track World Class Programme to the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

From 1st October 2015 the programme will now be managed by EIS working in conjunction with UK Sport.

The reasons behind the decision have been explained to NISA as follows:

  1. The NISA membership recently voted against changes proposed by the Board of Directors to modernise the Articles of Association and governance of the organisation;
  2. The recent loss of 2 of the 3 independent non-executive directors;
  3. The behaviour of one of the current directors;
  4. The uncertainty regarding the potential resignation of the current Chief Executive

 

At the same time NISA is pleased to see the continuation of the current funding of the six skaters on the World Class Figure Skating Programme.

Commenting on the announcement, NISA Chief Executive, Nick Sellwood said:

“Both I and the Board are obviously disappointed with the decision reached by UK Sport, but given the resistance to change by some within the NISA membership we can understand why they have come to this conclusion.

“We have worked tirelessly to plan and execute a programme of change to modernise the organisation and bring it in line with other national governing bodies of sport in this country. Unfortunately, the action by a small minority of the membership has led to this decision being reached.”

NISA will continue to work with UK Sport and colleagues at EIS to ensure the programme is delivered to its maximum potential. At the same time NISA will continue to drive forward with changes to improve governance within the organisation and its membership with the expectation that funding will be brought back into management by NISA in the near future.