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Celebrating 20 Years of the EIS

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This year (2022) is a special year for the English Institute of Sport, with it marking 20 years since our inception in 2002.

We have been on an incredible journey since we first started on a much smaller scale in 2002, growing cycle by cycle to a world leading organisation that employs nearly 400 people in 2022.

Over that time, we have contributed to over 1,000 British Olympic and Paralympic medals over four cycles and continue to deliver outstanding support that enables sports and athletes to excel.

This page has been created to celebrate and showcase how we are marking our 20th anniversary.

Our Journey


The EIS launched following a successful 18-month trial to help centralise science and medical services for Olympic & Paralympic sports.


The EIS becomes a subsidiary of UK Sport following the successful bid for London 2012. Services provided to sports by the EIS start to expand to include areas such as Performance Lifestyle.


Nigel Walker takes over leadership. He goes on to be awarded an OBE for his services to sport.


The EIS contributes towards 93% of medals won by GB in Rio. Following Rio, the EIS creates an Athlete Health team and assumes responsibility for a dedicated Innovation team.


The EIS is working with nearly 40 sports that will represent GB at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.


Matt Archibald becomes the new CEO of the EIS in the calendar year that marks our 20th anniversary.

Beijing 2022 was the tenth consecutive Games the EIS has supported, with around 15 practitioners travelling to the Chinese capital for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The future

Provide exceptional support through world leading experts, practitioners and partnerships, and grow recognition of the organisation’s value.

20 years of the EIS

A message from our CEO

Watch a video message from our CEO, Matt Archibald, who talks about the significance of the English Institute of Sport’s 20th anniversary and why it’s important to celebrate it.

20 Years of the EIS

How are we celebrating our 20th Anniversary?

We will be marking our 20th anniversary throughout 2022, which we will share on our website and social media channels. Our celebrations have already begun, with 20th anniversary lunches taking place across our EIS sites for staff members. We are also hosting an in-person Conference dedicated to our 20th anniversary in November.