27th September 2021 — Mill Hill School is one of an initial small group of private and state schools and Academy Trusts across the country to have partnered with the newly-launched Podium Analytics, founded by Ron Dennis CBE, which aims to address the issue of sports-related injury in young people.
The NGO was officially launched in Downing Street on Wednesday night and has announced its major focus and investment in addressing the issue of sports-related injury in 11-18-year-olds.
With a clear mission to reduce the incidence and impact of sports injury in young people, Podium has secured a series of high-profile partnerships to help create a safer world of sport. These partnerships include this integral group of schools, each of which has demonstrated a passion and desire to be pioneers in closing the gap in research. The programme will expand to a minimum 200 schools over the course of this academic year.
Andy Hunt, CEO of Podium Analytics commented, “Mill Hill was one of the first schools to partner with Podium Analytics and has played a key role in the development of our platform and the shaping of our schools programme. We look forward to working with the team more closely to drive pioneering research into youth sports injury, which will not only support Mill Hill’s own incredible sports programme but will also see us working together to bring learnings and best practice to a wider community of schools and clubs.”
Other schools and Academy Trusts currently involved included the David Ross Education Trust, United Learning Group, Bohunt Educational Trust (City Academy Norwich), Wellington College, Repton School, Magdalen College School and Dean Close School.
Other collaborations include the establishment of ‘The Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford’, a first-of-its-kind institute focused on 11-18-year-olds and sports safety for lifelong health rather than performance, significant endorsements from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education, and collaborations with England Hockey and the RFU, with the aim of extending partnerships with other sport bodies over the coming months.
‘At Mill Hill we are committed to excellence, whether this be in the classroom or out on the training field. Working in partnership with Podium will allow us to track, monitor and support our pupils through injury ensuring we can develop our best practice and keep players safe.
This partnership will help to strengthen our sports pedigree, granting further insight into the safety of our pupils, and creating a safer world for sport so that our pupils can enjoy it for a lifetime. ‘ Aaron Liffchak Director of Sport, Mill Hill School
Read more about Podium’s pioneering research and watch our very own Mill Hill pupils Tolu (Fifth Form, Priestley), Lachie (Upper Sixth, Winfield) and Chloe (Lower Sixth, Murray) speak about their own experiences of sports-related injury, here.