British Athletics has announced that Peter Stanley has been appointed to the post of Head of Field and Combined Events. The recruitment of Stanley completes the three specialist roles reporting to British Athletics’ Performance Director Neil Black.
Barry Fudge was confirmed as British Athletics’ Head of Endurance in December and Stephen Maguire as Head of Power (sprints and sprint hurdles) last month.
Stanley will remain in his current post as Head of Coaching and Development at British Athletics/England Athletics and Commonwealth Games Team Leader for England Athletics until the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games, after which he will assume responsibility for all jumps, throws and combined events.
Based at the British Athletics Performance Institute at Loughborough, Stanley’s remit will be to support, facilitate and influence the athlete coach pairs with a view to improving performances and winning medals. The role also supports event development through the event groups and Home Countries as well as linking up with the talent ID programme.
Neil Black said: “This appointment is the final piece in the Olympic Performance Programme restructure that is preparing British Athletics for Rio 2016 and beyond.
“Peter was the stand out candidate during the recruitment process and he brings to the table the skills, attributes and experience that we were looking for. Peter’s reputation in coaching and coach development is second to none.”
Stanley added: “I am thrilled to be given the position of Head of Field and Combined Events.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to work with elite British athletes and coaches as well as helping clubs and coaches develop the next generation. There is an abundance of British talent in each area of jumps, throws and combined events and I’m looking forward to working alongside the athletes and their coaches as we head towards Rio 2016 and London 2017.”
Niels de Vos, Chief Executive of British Athletics, said: “Peter has been central to the progression of our coaching and development strategy during the past 18 months. He will complete his review of the formal coach education system before he moves on in the autumn to ensure continuity of service to the coaching community across the UK.”
Chris Jones, Chief Executive of England Athletics, said: “We are pleased Peter will continue in his current post until after the Glasgow Commonwealth Games because the England Athletics team at the games will benefit hugely from his leadership.”