Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust Steve Grainger is to leave the organisation after 16 years, having secured an exciting new role as Rugby Development Director at the Rugby Football Union [RFU].
Steve has been with the Youth Sport Trust since 1995 and was part of the team that initially established the organisation. He has played a key role in the development and delivery of school sport and has worked extensively with successive governments in the UK and with several overseas governments supporting their work in sport and education. He will be part of new Chief Executive, John Steele's, new Executive team at the RFU from late June.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust will provide strategic leadership to the organisation on an interim basis until a successor is found. She said:
'Steve has played a central role in the development and success of the Youth Sport Trust and he will be greatly missed by colleagues and external partners alike. His energy, drive and passion have helped make the Youth Sport Trust what it is today. I personally could not have had a finer colleague or professional friend throughout the last 16 years."
Steve, who was awarded an MBE for services to school sport in 2006, said:
"I am delighted to have secured this new position at the RFU and I look forward to playing such an important role in the development of rugby union in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and to use this fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the sport. It is an exciting time for the sport and for the RFU as an organisation and I welcome the opportunity to work alongside John Steele, the new Executive team, the RFU Council and Management Board to open up the game to many more participants.
"It has been the most difficult decision of my professional career to leave the Youth Sport Trust. However, I leave knowing that there is a strong senior leadership team in place to continue the transformation of PE and School Sport and through this improve the lives of millions of young people.
"I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people at the Youth Sport Trust and those who work tirelessly in schools across the country to improve sport for young people. I will miss them all. However, as I look forward to a new role at the RFU, I leave the Youth Sport Trust knowing that school sport is in a very strong position."
On the appointment of the Directors of his new Rugby Department, John Steele CEO of the RFU, commented:
"Our restructure has given us the chance to attract the very best talent to the RFU for the future. Steve is one of the UK's leading experts in sports development and now the RFU has the opportunity to draw on that."
School sport has been transformed over the last decade and the Youth Sport Trust continues to be at the heart of the very latest developments.
The Government's proposals for a new School Games are taking shape, which will see schools across the country taking part in more competitive sport, Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week will see in excess of 14,000 schools celebrating sport this summer and the Sainsbury's UK School Games will see the country's future sporting stars compete against each other in Sheffield this September.
Alongside this, the Youth Sport Trust's partnerships with Sky, Matalan and Adidas among others will ensure that all young people continue to have the access and opportunity to take part, compete, lead, volunteer and officiate in sport.