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08 Aug 2018

Chris Grant steps down as CEO of Sported
BY Tom Walker

Grant (second from right) took over the role in February 2014

Grant (second from right) took over the role in February 2014

Chris Grant will step down from his role as chief executive of sports charity Sported next month.

Grant took over the role in February 2014 and under his leadership, the charity has significantly extended the services offered to more than 3,000 member clubs and groups across the UK.

He has been credited with playing a leading role in promoting the role of sport in policy making and building partnerships between sport and businesses.

After stepping down in September, Grant will take up a board position as a non-executive director and trustee of Sported. Current deputy CEO Tom Burstow will replace him on an interim basis.

"It’s been a great honour to work alongside this remarkable team," Grant said.

"They’re the most talented, committed and diverse group, and when you add our 300 remarkable volunteer mentors, and the inspirational leaders of our member groups, I feel privileged to be able to remain a part of this extraordinary community.”

Sported is part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy, and is one of the UK’s largest charities dedicated to supporting community groups using ‘sport for social change’.

The charity provides mentoring and a range of services and opportunities to the community clubs and groups, which are themselves mainly volunteer-led. Its main focus is to help young people facing disadvantage and challenges to fulfil their potential.

"I’ve been working with Chris for over ten years, the last four as Sported’s CEO, and I don’t know anybody who is more passionate or more knowledgeable about the power of sport to change lives," said Sir Keith Mills, founder and chair of Sported.

"His leadership and drive have taken Sported to a new level. My trustees and I look forward to continuing to work with Chris when he joins the Sported board after a well-earned break".



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