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New sports body hits the city

International Advisory Board on Sport launches in the city

Published on December 4th 2009.


New sports body hits the city

For all the sports lovers amongst us here’s a good news city press release about the launch of the International Advisory Board (IAB) on sport in Manchester (4 December 2009). This ties in well with the city’s aim to make itself a knowledge capital. Yes a Knowledge Capital (upper case please). We'll do an article about the latter very shortly.

British Cycling, England Squash, International Netball Federation and the Professional Footballers Association are some of the many national sports’ bodies based in Manchester. The formation of the World Academy of Sport International Advisory Board will ensure that key educational international sport decisions are made in the city

‘The World Academy of Sport’s education headquarters, based at Manchester Business School, has partnered with Manchester City Council and the University of Manchester to host the first IAB meeting at the Town Hall, ensuring that the city is recognised as a leading global centre of knowledge for sport, and ensuring key international education and sport decisions are made here.

‘The Chairman, Ex Director General of the International Olympic Committee, Mr Francois Carrard commented: “Manchester which is already an established world leader in major international sporting event delivery, will now also act as the international education hub for the IAB due to its excellent reputation for world class sports knowledge and education delivered through the University of Manchester.

“The IAB has two well defined mandates, one to establish global industry standards for global sport education and two, to identify and address projects of global significance in support of the industry standards. The IAB will endeavour to provide guidance and influence for industry growth through skills development, innovation and leadership. This will impact upon all federations/sectors of the sporting community in all corners of the globe.

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council said: "Manchester is renowned as a world leader for hosting major international sporting events and is extremely well placed to become the recognised international capital for sports knowledge. British Cycling, England Squash, International Netball Federation and the Professional Footballers Association are just a few of the many national sports’ bodies to be based in Manchester and the formation of the World Academy of Sport International Advisory Board will ensure that key educational international sport decisions are made in the city."’

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