British Cycling has announced the appointment of Andy Harrison as their new Programmes Director – his role will support that of Sir Dave Brailsford who in addition as serving as British Cycling’s Performance Director is Sky’s Team Principle. Harrison, who originally trained as a sports scientist at the University of Liverpool, is currently Performance Operations Manager for the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and will take up his new role in May.
Commenting on the appointment, British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake, said: ‘Andy Harrison’s experience as a performance support and management expert for several major sporting bodies gives him a solid grounding for our new Programmes Director role. This is about creating a sustainable structure from which Britain can continue on its journey to become a cycling nation at all levels. It’s going to be a challenge to ensure we can sustain the remarkable success that we’ve achieved so far… I’m confident that the addition of Andy to the team alongside Sir David Brailsford as Performance Director and Shane Sutton as Head Coach will give us the best possible chance of continued success.’
Harrison added, ‘Having worked alongside the GB Cycling Team during their last two successful Olympic cycles, I am looking forward to becoming more involved with them as they work towards Rio… I think my experience and learnings from the elite sports industry will help drive the momentum which the team has picked up and I’m happy to have this opportunity to work with the GB Cycling Team.’