DOCIAsport is an established award winning consultancy started in 2017 by MD Ian Braid. DOCIA – duty of care in action – is at the core of the work of the business. It not only addresses the responsibility to the participants in high performance or community sport and activity but also to ‘the people looking after the people’ – coaches, administrators, and officials. If the sport and activity sector is to meet its obligations to broader society through contributing to the health and wellbeing of the nation.
Through collaborating with the key stakeholders and influencers in the sector DOCIAsport offers advice, support and guidance to deliver sustainable culture change with social and economic impact.
The work and influence of DOCIAsport has been recognised by the business winning the Mental Health Consultancy of the Year 2020 during the pandemic and the Global Business Awards, Best Sustainable Sport and Activity Provider 2022.
Ian is a member of the inaugural ‘Inside Out Leader Board’ for work tackling the stigma of mental health in sport, a member of Mental Health First Aid England, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Professional Body of Sports Leadership and UK Coaching, a member of the UK Coaching – as Coaching Advisory Panel, and Chair UK Coaching Duty to Care Committee.
As an athlete, administrator, official, coach or volunteer, everyone in sport should expect a duty of care. Yet, with football referee numbers on the decline and increasing investigations into performance sport, change clearly is needed. DOCIAsport helps to reinforce strengths and address weaknesses in the way that Duty of Care is applied.
Ian Braid M.Sc.
Celebrating 6 years of helping the people who help the people
The sport and activity sector has always had a unique position to make a difference to society – from inspiring people through high performance sport to more general activity helping people with their wellbeing.
Sport is at a crossroads. In terms of performance this is because of a series of damaging allegations and protracted investigations into the culture at the top. With participation numbers continuing to decline, this will have an adverse effect on society with decline in physical and mental health. Without volunteers and officials sport will struggle to survive and these valuable contributors must be developed and grown, so these key stakeholders must be recruited and retained and also feel valued and safe.
The challenges to create a sustainable solution are many and DOCIAsport has a track record of being able to help by:
Working in collaboration with others to deliver sustainable effective solutions.
Giving independent advice, support and guidance on all aspects of duty of care in sport
Supporting and empowering clients to take responsibility to be more effective
Years of personal experience, knowledge and collaboration with professionals in the sports sector
Understanding the challenges of the next generation of leaders
Training these leaders so they carry on this work based on their own experience, insight and culture
Helping grow the understanding the key role sport or physical activity plays in positive mental health
Providing a sustainable and effective solution to the sport and activity sector
“Its sometimes difficult to know where to go for expert, independent, confidential advice. Especially when the culture within your own sport makes you too frightened to speak up. As a Rio podium athlete I had struggled on alone- not really knowing who to turn to or what to do. My mental health had suffered. I was advised by someone in a different sport to talk to Ian Braid. From the start Ian was really approachable and professional and by the end of our 1st meeting he had confirmed that the problem wasn’t in my imagination. He also said he could help me. As promised he came back to me the next day with a clear plan working towards a solution. I felt that the weight of the world had lifted from my shoulders. Ian was amazing. He genuinely made me feel like I was his only project as he conscientiously liased with my sport on my behalf while also supporting me. Thanks to Ian I’m now a happy athlete and my sport has made many governance changes ensuring that the next generation will benefit from excellent duty of care.”
Anne Usher MBE
I cannot speak highly enough of Ian. An incredible subject knowledge born from experiences that are not only real but are told with such passion. We all have a duty of care and Ian definitely ensures you will bring this into action.
A tremendous tutor, presenter and educator – highly recommended.
John Mehrzad KC
I first met Ian two years ago and have worked alongside him for six months now. We have been collaborating on a mental health project in a sporting context. Ian has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both domains. He also has a broad network of contacts. The introductions he has made have been beneficial on this project and others I am involved in separately. On a personal level he is optimistic, encouraging, and supportive and he has been invaluable in my own personal development. I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Ian.
Dr Richard Sille
Psychologist , Isle of Man Sport
I look forward to the next projects that we work on together.
National Clubs Manager, The Ruyby Football League
Rob Young MBE
CEO, Switch The play Foundation.
Chairperson at Salford City Roosters ARLFC.
DOCIAsport is delighted to partner with selected organisations.
The companies and their leadership share common aims and values with DOCIAsport in wanting to create sustainable change in the sport and activity sector making involvement in any way a safe and enjoyable experience.
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