About the EIS [32kb]
The Team Behind Britain's Olympic Team
Who we are
At the EIS we think of ourselves as the team behind the team, delivering a range of performance impacting sport science and sport medicine services to Olympic and Paralympic sports along with a select number of non-Olympic sports including Premier League Football, Premiership Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket.
Over the past cycle, the EIS delivered approximately 4,000 hours of sport science and medical support to over 1,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes every week. Working with 93% of medal-winning sports competing at the London 2012 Games, the EIS worked with 86% of all the Olympic and Paralympic medallists.
What we do
Improving performance is at the core of everything we do and our practitioners work daily with coaches and athletes as part of their elite performance programmes. We work in multi-disciplinary teams to provide a holistic service that supports coaches and Performance Directors (PDs) in helping to improve the training, preparation and performance of their athletes.
What we do enables athletes to optimise training and practice; assists athletes to achieve peak performance at major tournaments, enables athletes and coaches to prevent, reduce and manage injuries; helps athletes and coaches to manage pressure and stress; and deploys performance enhancing technology, insight and analysis to enable athletes to develop strategies and tactics for competition.
“Being able to work with sport science and medical staff both locally to my training as well as at camps and competitions through British Swimming and the EIS helped me feel prepared for the challenge of a home Games. I knew we were all working towards the same goal and felt the team around me were focused on helping me achieve the best performance I could.”
- Claire Cashmore, Paralympic silver and bronze medallist, Swimming
How we do it
The services we provide are guided by the technical programme needs of Performance Directors, coaches and athletes. The mix of practitioners we select to work with a sport is based on delivering the precise blend of skills and expertise to meet these requirements and contribute to performance improvements.
Having a network of practitioners and a host of external associates that work daily with high-performance sport means the EIS possesses an unrivalled web of expertise. It enables practitioners to seek advice, share knowledge and call upon capabilities from inside and outside of the organisation to help them address issues or problems and develop performance solutions.
We work with athletes and coaches daily at high performance centres around the country and also travel the world with them to provide sport science and sport medicine support at training camps and championships.
The benefits of working with the EIS
As the winning margins in elite sport become increasingly smaller and athletes and coaches search for the extra 0.01% that can secure a place on the podium or be the difference between silver and gold, the EIS has a proven track record of working alongside coaches to help athletes improve performance and contribute to the delivery of medal success.
In our most recent feedback survey, 94% of sport governing bodies that work with EIS said the work of our practitioners had “significantly impacted positively on performance at international competitions”.
"Sport science and medicine are inextricably linked to performance and are areas that British Cycling have continued to embrace. However, analysis by statistics and technology whilst important, are not as fundamental as their interpretation and the creative use of such information.
Over the past 10 years the English Institute of Sport and Olympic sports have leapt ahead and are leading the way in the appliance of expertise and this is down to the breadth of experts they employ, many of whom have been young graduates employed in specific roles."
- Dave Brailsford, Performance Director, British Cycling
EIS Equality Action Plan
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) understands the issues and barriers faced by under-represented groups. It is the responsibility of the organisation to identify and address any such areas where under-representation is an issue and ensure it is doing everything in its power to address these issues and barriers.
The EIS has demonstrated it's commitment to Equality by attaining the Preliminary level of the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport.