Following England's poor performance in the latest Ashes series, the national team has turned to British Cycling to help get its program back on track. Ken Schofield, who is leading an independent investigation from the England and Wales Cricket Board, has been in contact with British Cycling's president Brian Cookson for advice, after the British track cycling squad returned from the Track World Championships in Spain with an impressive seven gold medals.
"It certainly seems that our reputation as a sport is indeed growing," Cookson says on his blog. "We had a long conversation about the reasons for the current levels of success that we are enjoying as a sport, the structures and focus that lay behind it, and the strategy that leads it. No less a person than Sir Clive Woodward, manager of the World Cup-winning England Rugby Union team had referred him to us.
"Sir Clive, in his new role as Performance Director for the British Olympic Association has of course been working very closely with our Performance Director Dave Brailsford, and has been given first hand experience of the methods and approach developed by Dave and the superb team of experts he has built up and leads so well," added Cookson.