UEL's London Lions contingent thrive as new partnership announced
Five elite women’s sports clubs have come together to grow female sport in the UK, in conjunction with the University of East London (UEL), with the formation of the Women’s Elite Sport Partnership.
The aim is to create a unique and powerful opportunity to bolster and sustain the development of women’s sport across three main areas: engagement, performance and commercial activity.
The five organisations include West Ham United, London Pulse Netball Club, basketball outfits Essex Rebels and London Lions and cricket team, Sunrisers.
UEL already boats existing partnerships with many of the elite women’s sporting organisations involved in the project, including West Ham and London Lions, with a host of athletes on dual-career pathways.
The University has invested heavily in both sporting facilities and resources over the past decade, and was one of the first to achieve dual-career accreditation with Sport England.
“It’s brilliant news for women’s sport, both in this region, but also nationally. I think we will see more of these types of models spring up across the country as clubs realise the value of working collaboratively,” said director of sport, Matt Tansley.
“We support around 160 sports scholars at UEL, and that is a big programme. A number of athletes involved with the clubs in the partnership study at UEL, and we’ll be supporting in terms of providing facilities, sports science and medical support.