United voice for sports facilities management unlikely

Talks collapse on institute alliance

Hopes for a united voice for sports facilities management have been dashed. A year of negotiations between the Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management (ILAM), the Institute of Sport & Recreation Management (ISRM) and the National Association for Sports Development (NASD) ended when ISRM trustees told a meeting between the groups at ILAM House they intend to remain as an independent organisation until 2010. ISRM chief executive Ralph Riley said: “We were always going to look at this if it was feasible, but there are more important things to be getting on with. We found we could achieve better things through strategic alliances. If we had wanted to join ILAM we could have done so 10 years ago. “We are a professional body for standards and qualifications in sport. ILAM has a wider mandate.” ILAM council chairman David Evans said: “The ending of these discussions is a disappointment. ILAM believes the interests of the profession would be served most effectively by one body to resolve the problems of duplication, fragmentation and lack of a strong, unified voice for the sector.”

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