Harper Performance was founded in 2015 by the performance-support practitioner; Tim Harper following over a decade working in elite sport in the UK and overseas. Tim had grown frustrated with the lack of performance-support available to vast swathes of talented athletes and the calm acceptance that athletes from large, rich countries enjoy benefits not available to those from poorer, smaller countries and regions. Tim rewrote his mission statement to make better use of his skills, of his experience and of his professional training and set about working with people and organisations that harboured all the talent and all the GRIT, but none of the performance support that they need to realise their true athletic and sporting potential.
HP Founder discusses the what, why and how of Harper Performance with Performance-Scientist and Supporting Champions Co-Founder; Dr Steve Ingham. Video courtesy of Supporting Champions.
With the help of like-minded practitioners and a genuinely world-class 'Advisory Board', a small group of sports scientists, strength & conditioning coaches, and sports medicine practitioners started pursuing opportunities to work with athletes and teams from all sports and disciplines with genuine aspirations to reach the top but who are hamstrung by logistical, financial and sociocultural barriers to performance.
HARPER PERFORMANCE was born, and with social enterprise certification awarded in August 2016 by SEUK, incorporation as a 'community interest company' in early-2018 and an ever-growing collection of clients and projects all over the world, things have snowballed from there!
HARPER PERFORMANCE exists with the express goal of becoming the go-to consultancy to deliver performance-transformation for aspirational, high performance sports organisations, clubs and individual athletes with limited resources, and to those hamstrung by logistical, financial and socio-cultural challenges.
HARPER PERFORMANCE fiercely champions the underdog to genuinely compete with the very best by providing accessible, relevant and sustainable performance-support programmes to some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised athletes on the planet. We believe that barriers to sporting excellence can be overcome through effective, totally bespoke and locally driven innovation when supported by up-to-date evidence-based theory, practice-based experience and proven delivery mechanisms.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Members States in 2015 provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all, in a global partnership. Our projects tackling inequality and democratising the scientification of sport are targeted and tailored to help deliver on SDG goals 4, 8 and 10. To provide the worlds population with quality education opportunities, to guarantee everyone the chance to secure decent work and to reduce inequalities within and amongst countries.
We seek an global sporting landscape where anyone with the required level of talent coupled with a genuinely aspirational mindset can strive to reach the very top of their sport of discipline on an equal footing to anyone else, whoever they are, wherever they come from and whatever their background.
Harper Performance CIC will be a global force and a partner of choice for sports organisations, team and individual athletes from disadvantage who aspire to compete on the world stage.
Harper Performance CIC will be known for our unshakable commitment to the idea of a ‘level playing field’ - that access to sporting excellence, as a form of expression and as the purest form of human endeavour is nothing short of a human right.
Meet Our Team
Our team of performance-support practitioners are some of the leading lights in elite sport, collectively boasting over 150 years working with some the world's leading teams and world champion athletes.