The BAC was established by a group of athletes in 2004 when it was identified that there was a real need for an independent body in the UK to both represent the views of all British athletes as well as ensure that athlete welfare and wellbeing was central to all decision making in high-performance sport.
In the early days of the BAC, limited resources meant that it didn’t have the capacity to be as impactful as it had the potential to be. Under new leadership in 2017, and following a UK Sport independent review into Athlete Voice and Representation across the system greater investment was made in the BAC, funding a new support strategy for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle (2018-2021).
The BAC is now focused on providing its entire membership (circa 1200 athletes) with world-class advice and support, together with ensuring the collective athlete voice is listened to and used to influence future decision making. The BACs priority over the next couple of years is to ensure it is firmly embedded within the sports system and seen as a fair and independent organisation that adds value to both the athlete and high-performance system as a whole.
It is passionate about ensuring that equality of opportunity exists within the high-performance system, that athletes are not discriminated against for any reason, and that all athletes have equal opportunity to fulfill their dreams and sporting potential. In order to achieve this, the BAC is committed to building strong relationships on the ground with athletes so they have accessible and readily available opportunities to seek help and advice, as well as educating and empowering athletes to support their peers and take up leadership roles in their sport, such as becoming athlete representatives.
The BAC membership now stands at approximately 1200 athletes from across 40 sports (Olympic, Paralympic, Tennis, and Netball).
In the video below, BAC Athlete Support Manager, Ofure Ugiabe talks about the services available to athletes: