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Better Understanding Together

17 January 2013

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) and The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) have signified their commitment to advancing the practice and understanding of Paralympic Sport Science by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together across a broad range of research areas.

The agreement, for an initial term of four years, formalises an already close working relationship and will see both parties seek to encourage and develop collaborative research and initiatives with the aim of enhancing Great Britain’s future Paralympic medal prospects.

The EIS provides a range of Sport Science and Medicine services to Paralympic sport, with 91% of ParalympicsGB gold medallists at London 2012 having received significant support in the 6-12 months leading into the games.

The PHC, based at Loughborough University, contributes significantly to research and practice in disability sport and over the coming years will focus its research into three main strands: Sports Performance, Performance Health and Psycho-social Health and Well-being.

Under the agreement both parties will co-operate in areas such as disseminating research outputs, sharing of technical support and facilities and working together to deliver education and development opportunities, such as The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sport Science and Sports Medicine, also in collaboration with the British Paralympic Association (BPA), due to take place in May 2013.

EIS Head of Sport Science and Sport Medicine for Paralympic Sport Nik Diaper said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to formalise what is already a close working relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will see us work with the PHC throughout the Rio 2016 Paralympic cycle and hopefully far beyond.

“By sharing our Paralympic specific expertise I hope we can achieve our aim of enhancing Great Britain’s Paralympic medal prospects even further.”

The PHC Director Dr Vicky Tolfrey said: “This MoU strengthens our already established partnership with the EIS, and will foster even closer links between EIS practitioners and researchers at Loughborough University working within Paralympic Sport. We have an exciting time ahead and one of our first collaborations with the EIS is the launch of The UK High Performance Conference for Paralympic Sports Science and Sports Medicine, also in collaboration with the BPA, which is funded by the Peter Harrison Foundation.”