Director of Sport chosen to sit on two national sports bodies

26 January 2016

Stephen Baddeley, the University of Bath Director of Sport, has been appointed to non-executive positions on two National Governing Bodies for Sport.

Baddeley, who joined the University in February 2010, has been elected onto the board of Great Britain Badminton and will sit, from February, on the Council of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), representing the Tennis Foundation where his remit is to represent the interests of the Higher Education sector.

The Council of the LTA deals with strategic and budgetary issues as well as guiding the LTA’s executive on how to grow the game locally and nationally.

Baddeley’s first Council meeting will be next month.

The tennis academy programme based at the University of Bath is one of the country’s beacon centres. Operating as Team Bath/MCTA the academy develops top junior players, supports some seniors who are seeking to break into the world’s top 100, has a set of strong University teams and offers recreational tennis to upwards of 1000 people each week from school age to senior citizens.

Baddeley is also uniquely qualified for the post with the Great Britain Badminton Board.  He is a former Commonwealth and European men’s singles gold medallist in this sport, was capped 143 times for his country and went on to manage Team GB’s badminton team at the 1992 Olympic Games.

He then had coaching roles in Scotland and Switzerland before becoming Performance Director at Badminton England in 1996 and then Chief Executive from 1998 – 2004. He moved on to Sport England from there and was their Director of Sport from 2004-8 which included 14 months as its Interim Chief Executive.

“I am proud to have been selected for these two voluntary posts and look forward to contributing to the development of  both tennis and to my own sport of badminton.

“I am sure my work with these two bodies will continue to enrich my awareness of sport, and the things that matter to sport, outside of our University environment.  This can only benefit the service we run for all sectors of the sports family based at Bath”.

For further information contact the Team Bath press office on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk

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