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Tennis Industry Association UK - Tennis Force

As a member company of the TIAUK, TrioPlus developed a proposal to help raise the profile of the organisation within the tennis network. Tennis Force was conceived and managed by TrioPlus to offer member products and services to a wider audience and to assist the drive to increase membership of the TIAUK, the voice of the industry for tennis in the UK.

Phillip Sandilands developed a marketing strategy for the TIAUK membership to offer its products to the tennis club sector which has been successfully implemented.

University of Ulster

TrioPlus was engaged by the University of Ulster to assist in the development of the £20million High Performance Centre and associated facilities at Jordanstown, near Belfast. The work involved research, strategic positioning, sport and performance objectives, detailed development, business planning, negotiation with internal and external stakeholders, and funding applications, including formal investment appraisal. The Centre was opened by Lord Coe in November 2008.

Similarly, for Sports Institute Northern Ireland (SINI) TrioPlus carried out the original strategic planning, performance planning, corporate governance and business planning, and funding applications. SINI has since contributed to medal successes for performers representing Northern Ireland, Great Britain, and Ireland.

TrioPlus was subsequently reappointed by the University through competitive tender to develop a comprehensive Sports Facility Strategy across all campuses.

Dr Nigel Dobson, Head of Sport and Recreation Services at the University, comments: "David and Bob's commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism were fundamental to moving the High Performance Centre and Sports Institute Northern Ireland forward."

Caversham Lakes

The Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lakes opened in 2006 and was built to provide a training base for elite rowers as part of the amateur Rowing Association Performance Plan and is a key component of Sports England's Elite sports venues. The project consists of a 2000m rowing course with coaching bund and a boathouse that includes athlete support services. A complex construction project necessitated creating a single lake from two quarries, removing islands, the relocation of a marina and the efficient use of on-site minerals to crate the necessary civil works. The project also included a number of environmental improvements for the area including the creation of a nature reserve.

TrioPlus was called in mid-construction to provide project management expertise and governance to ensure the project was completed within the limited budget set. TrioPlus managed the resolution of complicated legal arrangements and the requirements of a number of adjacent landowners and interested parties and dealt with the stipulations of the statutory authorities.

The project was completed within a fixed and limited budget and there were complex negotiations with third parties to resolve and key cost and legal issues that posed significant risks to the successful outcome. The venue has become a successful home for elite rowers who are seeing a continual improvement in their high performance culture due to the specialized facilities provided and their ability to access world-class facilities whenever they need them.

"Phil acted as project officer for nearly four years. At the beginning, the scheme was over budget and impossible to build as originally intended owing to legal disagreements and planning difficulties. The fact that the project was eventually completed on budget with an architecturally exceptional clubhouse is a huge tribute to Phil's skill and leadership." Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of Caversham Lakes Trust.

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