Scott Field (The FA)

(WFI) English FA head of media relations Scott Field will be joining the British Olympic Association in February, replacing Miriam Wilkens who is leaving to pursue another communications role.

Field, recruited by The FA in 2009, joins the BOA at a critical time in the build-up to the Rio Olympics. He brings experience of working on the London 2012 Olympic football tournament.

He said he was “extremely proud and very excited to be joining the BOA as Team GB enter this exciting period in the build up to the Brazil games”.

Field joined The FA from Watford FC, having previously worked for West Bromwich Albion.

He added: “Having worked at World Cups and European finals in football there are few other arenas I would swap this for, but the Olympics is a unique and special opportunity. It will be a very different experience to that of London, but it will be a great challenge to prepare for and deliver success in Rio.

“I look forward to engaging with my colleagues across sport, as well as with our partners and, of course, the athletes that provide us with so many compelling stories.”

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said he was “disappointed” Field was leaving the football federation but thanked him for his “commitment and hard work at The FA”.

Field added: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at The FA and have had the privilege to work alongside some fantastic executives, coaches and players. I truly believe that working at The FA is the pinnacle of jobs in football and I leave behind an organisation that has a great future ahead under the leadership of Martin and the senior management team.

“Having worked in football for 15 years I am excited by a new challenge within sport, but I will always remain a champion of The FA and all that it stands for. I wish Roy and the team all the best for the European Championship finals in France.”

The FA has launched a search for Field’s replacement.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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