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SPORTS CHIEF MOVES ON

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Sport England today announced that Roger Draper will be joining the Lawn Tennis Association as Chief Executive. Ste...
Sport England today announced that Roger Draper will be joining the Lawn Tennis Association as Chief Executive. Stephen Baddeley, Sport England's Director of Sport, has been appointed interim Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.

Mr Draper joined Sport England in 2002 as Chief Operating Officer before being appointed Chief Executive in January 2003. He has led Sport England through an extensive modernisation programme and helped focus the organisation on increasing participation in sport, through developing and promoting community sport.

Lord Carter of Coles, Chair of Sport England said: 'Roger deserves a great deal of credit for all his hard work and commitment. Under his leadership, Sport England has made considerable progress including the setting up of our regional structure and working with the National Governing Bodies of Sport to modernise and improve performance.

'Many of the changes made to the organisation have been challenging and sometimes difficult. Yet they were an essential and necessary part of making Sport England a more effective organisation for the future. We are now in a strong position going forward to focus on delivery at a community and grassroots level.

'I am in no doubt that today Sport England is in far better shape than it was before Roger joined us, and we wish him well at the LTA.'

Mr Draper said: 'It has been a fantastic four years in one of the most exciting jobs in sport. I would like to thank all the people at Sport England for their support over the years and I look forward to continuing to work with the organisation in my new position at the LTA.

'So much has been achieved across the world of sport in recent years. As a nation I firmly believe that we are in a great position to become one of the most active sporting nations in the world. Early indications show that participation in sport is on the up and that the strategy across the country is beginning to show positive results.'

An open recruitment process will be held for the position of Chief Executive at Sport England in the near future.

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Sport England promotes and invests in community sport. Our aim is to encourage people of all ages to start, stay and succeed in sport at every level and make England the most active and successful sporting nation.

Sport England has nine Regional Sports Boards, each made up of experts from areas such as local government, business, sport, health and education. The RSBs provide the strategic lead for sport in their regions and distribute investment for grassroots sport.

Sport England has invested more than£2.2bn of Lottery funds into sport across England and around£550m from the Exchequer.

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