Phil Smith

As the Director of Sport, Phil Smith has responsibility for several areas of the Sport England business.

The sport team manages long term investments of several hundred million pounds in various sporting bodies and giving the subsequent advice to achieve results.

Those investments and programmes are aimed at retaining and growing the market for sports participation and helping people to enjoy the benefits of sport – whether physical, mental or social.

Phil’s team also leads Sport England’s work to develop sporting talent, which helps to find and develop successful England and GB athletes and teams, working closely with UK Sport and the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations.

In addition to helping people to play sport, Sport England is striving to make the sport industry better, which covers the good governance, financial sustainability and integrity of sports bodies. Phil and his team produces guidance and advice for leaders in sport to use.

Phil also has the responsibility for the workforce directorate, covering all the different types of roles essential for the sport and physical activity industry. This includes the needs of 7 million volunteers, 1.2 million coaches and 400,000 professional staff. Equality and diversity is of vital importance within that workforce so that function also sits within this team.

Phil has always worked in sport and joined Sport England in 2008 from The Football Association, where his professional career started after Euro ‘96 as the General Secretary of the County FA in Manchester. His football career took him through various roles in the game before becoming The FA’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, responsible for football industry policy in relation to Government in both the UK and international bodies.

Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Director of Sport
Sport England