Next Chapter in Sport for Rounders Development Director

Rounders England would today like to express its thanks and best wishes for the future to Dan Newton, Rounders England Development Director, as he prepares to move to a new role as the Chief Executive Officer of Parkour UK.

Dan has been with Rounders England for nine years and has made a significant contribution in developing the game. As part of Rounders England’s commitment to the continuous professional development of staff, the last five months have seen Dan supporting Parkour UK in developing its strategy for the future. This work has resulted in Parkour UK receiving additional support from Sport England to take its work to the next phase as a young National Governing Body.

Commenting Dan Newton said,

“For nine years Rounders has been a significant part of my life, and though I am pleased to be moving on to the next adventure, I will remember fondly the time here and the brilliant people that I have worked with and the progress we have made. The Development Director role at Rounders England has provided me with a platform to lead participation within a sport, influence Sport England and other national partners and share and learn best practices within other NGB’s.

“I am grateful to Rounders Chair Katherine Knight, Chief Executive Natalie Justice-Dearn and the board for their support in my initial secondment; they have demonstrated the forward-thinking leadership that characterises the Rounders team and how it cares about its people and community. Rounders England will go on to continue to improve people’s lives and prove that as a nation ‘we are all Rounders’.”

Steve Mitchell, Chair of Parkour UK, added,

“I would like to extend my thanks to Katherine Knight, Chair at Rounders England, for facilitating the initial period of Dan’s professional development and creating a game changing opportunity for us to appoint an incredibly passionate and experienced CEO who will lead our executive team and the wider Parkour community through the next phase of the sport’s development.”

Natalie Justice-Dearn, CEO of Rounders England also commented,

“We would like to thank Dan for doing such a great job at Rounders England. He has continually shown dedication and loyalty to us and helped us develop Rounders into the much-loved sport it is today. Whilst we are very sorry to be losing Dan, we wish him every success in his new role at Parkour UK.”

Dan will take up his new role at Parkour UK on the 1st July 2020 and recruitment for a new Development Director has now started. Please see here for recruitment information on this role.

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