HR Hartley

first_imgHR HartleyOn 13 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Sport needs help out of starting blocksWhy oh why are we Brits so bad at sport? We flunked at the footie, gotthrashed at the tennis, ruined the rugby, and collapsed in the cricket. Excusesfor failure are trotted out ad infinitum – the ref was mad, wrong type of rain,severe fatigue. Let’s just get down to brass tacks – we need to pour a lot moreinto sport, and we definitely have to pump much more investment into training. The Government could help more. Did you know that the British OlympicAssociation has to raise £4m just to get our athletes to Athens and on to thestarting blocks? Blue Arrow is trying to help. It is holding fundraising events, at whichyou’re emotionally blackmailed to dig deep into your pocket (I was willinglybankrupted at the last one). But better than that, the company is calling formore organisations to employ elite athletes and to cut them deals whereby theyget plenty of time off for training and events. Blue Arrow itself is sweet-talking many employers to do just that for the 20elite athletes it currently has on its books. It is having some success, but warnsmany more athletes will be looking for jobs post-Athens. “It’s tough for them. They have to work to find the money to train.Employers have to help them,” says a spokesman. He is right. We employersshould stop whinging about the score and help to do more to improve it. Anyone who wants to support our Olympic team by employing athletes ordonating some cash should call 0845 0755008. Hartley is an HR director at large Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more