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Alumni selected as International Leaders

Two University of Birmingham alumni, World 1500m silver medallist Hannah England and Olympic hockey player Simon Mantell, have been successfully invited onto the UK Sport International Leadership Programme, which aims to prepare athletes for careers in governance at an international level.

Following an illustrious class of graduates in recent years, Hannah and Simon will be given insight and exposure to contacts at the very top of sports governance worldwide, enabling them to develop their knowledge, expertise, skills and relationships to operate effectively in – and make a tangible and positive impact on- the development and governance of international sport.

Both Hannah and Simon were sports scholars at Birmingham from 2006-2010 and have had long senior international sporting careers since graduating. Hannah, 2011 World Championship 1500m silver medallist and three-times National Champion in 1500m, is the current UK Athletics Athlete Commission Chairperson and has been elected on the European Athletes Commission too – operating at a board level within athletics in the UK. She is also on the British Gymnastics athletes commission and is working for UK Sport on sports culture health checks.

“I am delighted to be a part of the 2019 UK Sport International Leadership Programme. I have loved the opportunities and experiences competing in sport has bought me and I am excited to start exploring the landscape of working in sport in the future. UK Sport is the driving force behind our country being a world contender across so may sports and to have the opportunity to learn from this organisation is invaluable. I look forward to sharing this experience with fellow University of Birmingham alumni and fellow sports scholar Simon Mantell.”

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Bronze Commonwealth Games medallist and two-time Olympic hockey player Simon was also a member of the England squad that finished fifth at the 2006 Men’s Hockey World Cup. During this time, Simon still found time to gain experience in the finance sector while still competing – including completing a number of internships and a part time role in an investment bank alongside training, balancing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Birmingham with his sport.

Representing their sports alongside 13 other talented individuals, Hannah and Simon will take part in a year-long programme of tailored modules covering major themes including the international sporting landscape, building powerful relationships, negotiating and influencing techniques, cross-cultural working, sport governance and communicating effectively with international audiences. It is a fantastic opportunity to inspire, develop and guide the next generation of international sport, and a brilliant achievement. Read more here.


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