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UK Athletics

David Moorcroft steps down as Chief Executive

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David Moorcroft has resigned as Chief Executive of UK Athletics (UKA). The UKA Board announced that David has decided after nine years as Chief Executive the time is right for him to step aside and allow his successor ample time to prepare for London 2012.


David Moorcroft took over a fledgling UKA in 1997 at a time when the previous federation was bankrupt. He led the establishment of a new governing body, restored financial stability and guided the sport’s restructure through the Foster Review of 2004. He leaves a financially strong and robust organisation in place and has played a leading role in the implementation of the new regional structure of track and field which is now in an excellent position to move forward.


He said today:  “I am convinced that I am taking the right decision at the right time. Athletics now has the system, funding, facilities and most importantly the people in place to take the sport into the next phase of its development. I have been Chief Executive for nine challenging and rewarding years and I have decided it is the right time to let someone new take the helm and lead the sport through to 2012.

“I am proud of the UK Athletics I am leaving behind. The programme of support for athletes at every level is better than it has ever been. It has also been hugely encouraging to see a number of young talented athletes emerging on the international scene over the last year. These athletes will be in their prime in 2012 and athletics in the UK is now in a terrific position to support their Olympic aspirations.”


The UKA board respects David Moorcroft's decision, and is pleased he will be staying on to ensure the transition of leadership is managed smoothly. With the sport about to enter a crucial period of development we recognise it is important to make the most of this opportunity presented by a change of CEO. We want to move forward quickly, but we intend to take the time to fully review our situation.


Lynn Davies, President of UKA, commented: “Dave has given so much to athletics in this country. He has secured the financial solvency of the sport and played a key role in its restructuring. 2012 represents a new chapter in our sport and although I am saddened by Dave’s resignation, I admire his professionalism in wanting to give the incoming CEO enough time to oversee the next phase.

'The whole of the athletics community now needs to come together and collectively step up and meet the biggest challenge in our sport’s history. I sincerely hope that Dave can continue to fulfil a role in the sport. His commitment and passion remains a wonderful example to all our aspiring athletes.”