Terry Monnington retires from the University on 14 September 2012. Terry has worked at Warwick since 1971, when he was appointed as a Lecturer on Physical Education. He has been Director of Sport and Physical Education for 14 years.
Ken Sloan, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, said:
Having championed sports participation and sporting excellence for over 40 years and helped so many to achieve their goals, Terry will be much missed by staff and students at Warwick and colleagues in the local community, and we wish him the very best for a happy and fulfilling retirement.
There will be an 'open house' in the Sports Centre Reception at 11am-12pm on Friday 14 September if any colleagues or students would like to pop in for a coffee and say goodbye to Terry.
Terry has overseen the development of impressive new sporting facilities including the opening of the Indoor Tennis Centre in 2008 which provided the University and the City of Coventry with their first ‘Excellent’ BREAM rated building - the first sports facility nationally to gain such a rating. He has also overseen the creation and development of Warwick Sport – an innovative and highly successful collaboration between the University and Students’ Union to manage sports participation, including teaching classes, casual sport and club activities. This organisation currently manages over 70 sports clubs with approximately 11,000 student and staff members.
During his time here, Terry has acted as Chair of the Regional Sport Partnership and, within the Coventry and Warwickshire region, has enabled a diverse range of individuals and groups such as schools, youth groups, retired people, disability groups and elite athletes to benefit from the facilities and expertise available on campus. This includes his long established relationships with local sports clubs and in particular, Godiva Harriers Athletics Club, which has its home on Westwood campus.
Terry has always been at the committed to bringing a number of national and international events to campus and the city of Coventry; including the International Children’s Games in 2005, the UK Schools Games in 2007 and the British Transplant Games in 2009. In summer 2012 the University hosted the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Schools Games and in 2013 over 4,000 competitors will be coming to Coventry for the Corporate Games, with the majority of the events taking place on campus. Terry was also instrumental in bringing the International Olympic Committee to Coventry to lead to the city hosting London 2012 volunteer and training events and Football Training.
In the months leading up to his retirement, Terry has taken lead responsibility for the development of a long term strategic plan for the future development of sport at Warwick to ensure his experience and strategic vision secure a long term legacy for the University.