Childs steps down as Premiership Rugby CEO

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Premiership Rugby have today confirmed that Darren Childs is to step down from his role as Chief Executive of the organisation. Picture: PPAUK/Premiership Rugby

By Paul Morgan

Premiership Rugby have today announced that Darren Childs has decided to step down as Chief Executive and will leave the organisation over the coming weeks.

As Chief Executive, Darren has led Premiership Rugby through a challenging period for all professional sports, steering the league’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this period, Premiership Rugby achieved the successful completion of the 2019/20 season, working closely with the Government to provide £88 million of support for member clubs, concluded the extension of its long-standing broadcast partnership with BT Sport and has reached agreement to extend PRL’s involvement in the European competitions ‘Champions Cup’ & ‘Challenge Cup’ via EPCR for the next 10 years.

After leaving his current position, Darren intends to focus on a wider range of business interests and will act as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners, which has been in partnership with Premiership Rugby since 2018. Details of Premiership Rugby’s leadership succession plans will be communicated in due course.

Darren Childs said, “After a huge effort by the whole team, I am pleased that we have managed to navigate the many challenges of COVID-19 and that Premiership Rugby is able to look ahead with real optimism. While now is the right time for me to step back and focus on a wider range of business interests, I will remain a committed and enthusiastic supporter of club rugby as the sport completes its recovery and returns to growth in the years ahead.”

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