International search begins for new Director of Sport

The global search is underway to find a new Director of Sport to head up one of the leading university sports departments in the UK.

The University of Bath is recruiting a new director following the departure of former head Ged Roddy MBE last month to take up a role with the Football Premier League.

Adverts detailing the high profile role have been placed as far afield as Australia to ensure the best possible candidates are found for this crucial position in the University.

The University's sporting success, under its TeamBath brand, has been based on the expertise and dedication of staff and its world class facilities which are used by students, staff, the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

Together this has created a truly inspirational environment in which students can fulfil their sporting potential alongside some of the nation's sporting elite.

A University of Bath spokesperson said: "We are looking for a natural leader with an obvious passion for sport. They will harness the energy and dynamism within the Department of Sports Development and Recreation to develop the resources and capability around the 'focus sports', ensuring our students continue to deliver outstanding results in the sporting arena and beyond.

"They will also lead the department's efforts to continue providing first-class recreational facilities for all our students and staff, and the local community."

Whoever steps into the role will be expected to hit the ground running in what is a particularly exciting and challenging time for sport at the University.

Bath has already been chosen as the venue to host the Paralympics GB team's preparations in the run up to London 2012, and discussions are still ongoing about hosting an Olympic team.

A number of sports have their national or other high performance bases at the University including modern pentathlon, bob skeleton, badminton, beach volleyball and judo as well as the University being one of only five Intensive Training Centres for British swimming.

Olympic athletes who have trained at the University include medal winning pentathletes Steph Cook and Georgina Harland; gold medallist sprinter Jason Gardener; former world 110m hurdles world champion Colin Jackson; one of the most successful British swimmers of all time Mark Foster; and Paralympic medallist Ben Rushgrove.

The Sports Training Village often hosts top-flight sporting action. Last week was especially busy with thousands packed in to watch England's netballers take on World Champions Australia and Commonwealth Champions New Zealand. Later in the week the venue played host to England's badminton players as they faced Japan in an international match.

Further details about the role, including an online application form, are available on the University job website

The closing date for applications is 29 October.

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