UKAD is working in partnership with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) to deliver mandatory anti-doping education to staff.
All front-line technical and operational staff will be required to undertake UKAD’s Online Advisor Course to become an Accredited UKAD Advisor. In addition, all staff across the organisation, whether employed or contracted, will be required to sign-up to an EIS Anti-Doping Code of Conduct.
This new collaboration represents a positive step forward in ensuring that Athlete Support Personnel (ASP) understand their enhanced role and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, which came into force on 1 January 2015.
The EIS works to improve sporting performance through the delivery of science, medicine, technology and engineering. Delivering over 4,000 hours of support a week to over 1,700 athletes from over 30 sports, the EIS represents a significant percentage of the ASP across the high performance system.
Under the 2015 Code, ASP are required to be knowledgeable and comply with all anti-doping policies and use their influence positively, helping to develop ethical standards, strong values and foster anti-doping attitudes. ASP also have a role to advise athletes on the need, risks and consequences in relation to supplement use.
EIS National Director Nigel Walker said: “EIS has always been fully committed to clean sport and this new online training for our staff and contractors is of the utmost importance to ensure that everyone knows what their duties are so we can deliver the very best support to our elite athletes.”
UKAD Interim Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead added: “We are delighted that EIS has decided to introduce this training for their staff and contractors. It demonstrates a robust commitment towards clean sport and a realisation that everyone has an important role to play in protecting themselves and the athletes they support.”