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- 13 August 2014 00:00
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London Sport has unveiled Peter Fitzboydon as the new CEO the County Sport Partnership following an extensive interview process.
London Sport is an amalgamation of five County Sport Partnerships in London which were Pro-Active Central, Pro-Active North, Pro-Active South, Pro-Active East and Pro-Active West.
London Sport also brings together the work of the Mayor of London, Sport England, London Councils which represents all 32 London boroughs and the City of London and others.
Fitzboydon takes up the high-profile position with a wealth of experience working in sport.
He has spent almost ten years at the Football Foundation, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at the organisation.
London Sport Chair Kate Hoey, who is also the Mayor of London's Commissioner for Sport, is confident that Fitzboydon will ensure the success of the prominent County Sport Partnership a success.
"Peter has a wealth of experience in sport and specifically in the sports landscape across the capital,” explained Hoey.
"London Sport is being set up to ensure all Londoners benefit from more opportunities to get involved in grassroots sport.
"Having hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London has a set of new world class venues available for community use and we are hosting a series of major sports events.
"Our existing sports legacy programmes are helping to ensure that more people than ever are taking part in sport in London.
"We want London Sport under Peter’s leadership to build on these achievements and get even more Londoners active.”
Fitzboydon will officially take up the role next month on 29th September with the current Interim CEO Marcus Kingwell set to continue leading London Sport until that time.
"I feel honoured to be taking on the role of London Sport's Chief Executive at such an exciting time for the organisation,” said Fitzboydon.
"Sport has been a lifelong passion, and I have witnessed at first hand its potential to create opportunities and change people's lives.
"I am looking forward to leading the team to help increase participation in sport and physical activity across the capital.”
London Sport is an independent company and like all County Sports Partnerships, is funded by Sport England to deliver a range of sports programmes via networks of local organisations that are committed to increase participation in sport and physical activity.
"The appointment of Peter Fitzboydon as CEO of London Sport is a very positive step,” said Sport England CEO Jennie Price.
"Sport England is a strong supporter of London Sport and its plans to strengthen grassroots sport in the capital.
"While we’ve seen an increase in the number of people playing sport since we won the bid to host the Games in 2005, we know there is still much to do and I am confident that, under Peter’s direction, London Sport will rise to that challenge.”