New RELAYS Sports Business Fellow announced

Issue date: 02 February 2009

Kim Chang Kim Chang has just been appointed Sports Business Fellow, hosted by the University of the West of England, as part of the RELAYS project. RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) is a £3.1 million project which will create a legacy of engaged and skilled young people in the South West of England in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Kim will take the lead on business engagement linked to the RELAYS project and undertake research into the impact of sport, physical activity and culture on health and well-being in the community.

He said, “RELAYS represents a unique opportunity to build upon relationships through sport between universities, communities and commercial businesses in the South West region and develop legacies from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Kim has extensive experience in sport business having held leadership roles in several of the world's largest multi-sport events, including the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, several leading Rugby Union organisations in Australia as well as the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2001 British and Irish Lions Tour.

“We are delighted to welcome Kim to UWE,” said Stephen Hagen, Director of Research, Business and Innovation. “He comes with a wealth of experience from the professional sport and multi-sport event industries. He will make a vital contribution to our development in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

UWE is looking forward to helping create a lasting legacy for the South West. “Our involvement with RELAYS and the appointment of Kim is an indication of our commitment to work with partners within the South West and the key stakeholder role we play in the delivery of sport within the region. Kim will work closely with UWE's Centre for Sport and the various projects we are engaged with linked with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Stuart Vanstone, Head of Sport at UWE.


Notes to Editors:

•The regional RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) is a £3.1 million project which will deliver an ambitious, flexible programme of linked cultural and sporting events. The project is grounded in education and aims to inspire a generation of young people and diverse communities throughout South West England. RELAYS is run by HERDA-SW in conjunction with its partners Lyme Regis Development Trust, The Works and Watershed. The project is funded by Legacy Trust UK and HEFCE.

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