11 May 2007



British sport’s progress towards its Olympic and Paralympic ambitions for 2012 will be more effectively monitored and evaluated than ever before thanks to a major new project announced today by UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency.

‘Mission 2012’ has been developed to help each Summer Olympic and Paralympic sport understand how it is progressing against certain key criteria and identify anything that might stand in the way of success in 2012. The information will be published quarterly on a sport by sport basis.

The new system monitors the essential three core areas of investment and activity:
• Athlete success and development
• The Performance system and structures
• Governance and leadership

UK Sport also outlined its proposals for recognising a network of ‘Elite Training Centres’ around the UK. The concept reflects the conclusion that the UK’s athletes need to have a clearer sense of location for their world class ambitions than is often currently the case. Such Centres must offer an environment in which athletes can experience a seamless integration of world-class coaching and training in appropriate facilities together with scientific and medical support, all backed-up with lifestyle and educational support systems that ensure their wider development.

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