The BAC was established by a group of athletes in 2004 owing to an increasing awareness that there was a real need for an independent body in the UK to both represent the views of all British athletes as well as ensure that athlete welfare and wellbeing was central to all decision making in high performance sport.
Under new leadership in 2017, UK Sport undertook an independent review of Athlete Voice and Representation in the system and concluded greater investment needed to be made in this area if improved support was to be provided to athletes. The BAC built the foundations of its new strategy off the back of this athlete review and as a consequence, it received a much greater investment from UK Sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle. The BAC is now focused on providing its entire membership (circa 1400 athletes) with world class advice and support, together with ensuring the collective athlete voice is listened to and used to influence future decision making.
The BACs priority over the next couple of years is to ensure it is firmly embedded within the high-performance system and is seen as a fair and independent organisation that adds value not only to athletes, but to the system as a whole. The BAC is passionate about ensuring that equality of opportunity exists within the high-performance system, that athletes are not discriminated against for any reason and that all athletes have equal opportunity to fulfil their dreams and sporting potential. In order to achieve this the BAC is committed to building strong relationships on the ground with athletes so they have accessible and readily available opportunities to seek help and advice, as well as educating and empowering athletes to support their peers and take up leadership roles in their sport, such as becoming athlete representatives.
The BAC will also provide expert and professional support for all athletes should they want to pursue formally any concerns that they may have. If necessary, the BAC is also able to provide athletes with pro bono legal advice and support to challenge inappropriate or discriminatory behaviour.
For information on the role please follow the link provided. To apply for this role please email your covering letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting BAC ASM APPLICATION as the subject. The deadline for applications is Friday February 28th.