Sport England appoint Tim Hollingsworth as new CEO

Sport England appoint Tim Hollingsworth as new CEO

Getty Images

Tim Hollingsworth has been appointed as the new chief executive of Sport England.

His appointment to the UK sports funding body comes after Jennie Price announced her departure from the role back in May, leaving a position she had held since 2007. Hollingsworth, currently working under the same job title at the British Paralympic Association (BPA), will start his new role in November.

On being selected for the role, Hollingsworth said: “Sport England is a vitally important organisation helping more people get active and play sport.

"The organisation is one I know well and its vision and strategy have never been more important as we seek as a nation to maximise the ways in which people from all areas of society are attracted to, access and benefit from sport and physical activity.”

The move brings his seven-year association with the BPA to an end, after enjoying a successful period which included the Paralympic Games in London and Rio de Janeiro.

BPA chairman Nick Webborn lamented the loss of Hollingsworth to the organisation but backed the outgoing chief executive to flourish in how new role.

“Tim Hollingsworth has been a key figure in the huge growth of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the British Paralympic Association is now widely recognised as a world leading National Paralympic Committee,” said Webborn.

"He harnessed the once in a generation opportunity presented by London 2012 which helped transform perceptions of disabled people in this country.”

UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch added: "Tim is a fantastic appointment by Sport England and I am sure he will do a great job in leading the organisation and continuing the implementation of the government's world leading sport strategy - encouraging more people to get involved in sport and physical activity for the positive impact it can have on their lives.”