New Sports Chief For West Midlands

New Sports Chief For West Midlands

Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn today announced the appointment of Rauf Mirza as the new chair of Sport England’s West Midlands Regional Sports Board. A pharmaceutical consultant, founder and vice chair of MBA Staffordshire, Mr Mirza takes over responsibilities from departing chair Derek Anderson CBE.

Mr Mirza will lead existing Board members with the aim of increasing participation and widening access to sport and physical activity in the region through effective community investments.

Through strong regional partnerships established at a county and local level the Board will invest around £22 million over the next three years supporting the priorities laid out in the regional plan ‘Sign up for Sport’.

This investment will support the continued development and modernisation of community sports facilities as well as putting more professional coaches, clubs and volunteers into communities with the greatest need.

The Board plays a critical role in helping to shape sport in the region, influencing decision makers and highlighting the important part sport plays in improving health and education, regenerating communities and reducing crime.

Welcoming Mr Mirza’s appointment, Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, said:

“Mr Mirza’s entrepreneurial spirit and visionary character will help drive forward the strong sporting tradition and success that the West Midlands has already experienced. I believe he will make a truly valuable and innovative contribution to Sport England as it works with the Government to get more people in the West Midlands involved in sport.”

Lord Carter of Coles, Chairman of Sport England, said:

“Mr Mirza is a valuable appointment to the West Midlands Regional Sports Board, now well established and embracing its role in getting the region active; improving access for local communities and rising talent to quality clubs and coaches.

“As a high profile member of the business community, he will no doubt help strengthen the Board’s expertise and enhance the role it will play in ensuring a lasting legacy for all sectors of the community leading up to and beyond the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.”

Mr Mirza said:

“I am delighted to be appointed to be the position of Chair of Sport England West Midlands Regional Sports Board. This is indeed a real challenge but one which I will take on with enthusiasm and determination to make a positive difference. My everlasting passion for sport will ensure I also enjoy this role!”

Mr Mirza has been an active competitor in a number of sports including representing Staffordshire in Badminton for over 11 years winning many county and national titles. He has represented clubs in high-level league cricket in Staffordshire and Lancashire and he is a club standard squash player.

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