The English Institute of Sport (EIS)
The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance – impacting support that enables UK High Performance System sports and athletes to excel.
The EIS is the world’s leading provider of Sports Science, Medicine, Technology and Innovation to high performance sport. It is unlike any other organisation in high performance sport, with an unrivalled network of experts in their fields delivering people-first solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic Sports. Established in 2002, and now a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the EIS has been providing support to Olympic and Paralympic sports for almost 20 years and is now one of the largest organisations in high performance sport globally.
At the EIS we have around 400 high performing and highly motivated staff and work in a complex environment of external stakeholder relationships.
The EIS sits in a pivotal role in the UK within high performance sport. On a day to day basis EIS people provide outstanding support services to sports in our elite training centres. It is also at the heart of leading innovation across sport as well as being a key voice in the world of sports science and technical and medical challenges that will face our world of sport over the coming years; mental health, doping, safeguarding, concussion – to name just a few.
The Head of Olympic Performance Support plays a critical role in steering the work to deliver the EIS performance planning strategy. As we enter the Paris and Los Angeles planning phase for the Olympic Games, we will continue to evolve our understanding of performance support, starting with structured and embedded performance planning that optimises the value of investment; employing world-leading innovation, and driving a culture of excellence in our day-to-day delivery across 10 disciplines. Our approach to our work encompasses our values of excellence, innovation, collaboration and care in particular in focussing on ‘how we win’.
The EIS's Performance Planning strategy is at the centre of the EIS future strategy and aims to enable all Olympic and Paralympic sports to pursue excellence in performance planning and high-performing team working, that is connected to and highly valued by coaches. It was through this strategy that 26 Heads of Performance Support (HoPS) were recruited and embedded in sports at the beginning of the Tokyo cycle to have a critical strategic impact on the science and medicine capability of each sport’s Senior Leadership Team, and to provide better alignment between What It Takes To Win (WiTTW) and Performance Support team working.
Looking forward we will enable strategic excellence in sports' performance planning through increasing the system’s capability in this area and the development of resources to support sports. The EIS will develop a world-leading model of high performing teams working in sport and support sports to deliver this framework. Sports’ performance plans will form the basis of the EIS partnerships with them to allow better alignment of support and effective use of resource to enable athletes and sports to excel.
This role works closely with the equivalent Head of Paralympic Performance Support. It plays a key role in the organisational leadership of the HoPS community who are either EIS or National Governing Body (NGB) employed. All HoPS are directly line managed by their respective World Class Programme Performance Directors and for those who are EIS employed, the Head of Olympic Performance Support acts as the EIS prime internal point of liaison for Performance Directors to ensure that HoPS have access to appropriate support and leadership as EIS employees.
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The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Thursday 23 September 2021.