November 14, Normandy, France~ Laurent Cellier will be joining the organising committee of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 as Sports Director from January 1st, 2012.
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, Cellier will be in charge of the overall organization of the competition and will be working along with the logistics and planning teams. “Obviously, it was vital for us to find someone who had first-hand, in-depth knowledge of the sport at the highest level but who, at the same time, had already proved their ability to manage financial constraints and teams”, explained Fabien Grobon, managing director of the organising committee.
The nomination of Laurent Cellier was a joint decision made by The French Equestrian Federation (FFE) and The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).
“We know Laurent Cellier very well, added Serge Lecomte, Chief Executive of the FFE, during his 4 years with us, he reached the position of Acting National Technical Director for the Federation which allowed him to gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of all the equestrian disciplines ».
The FEI welcomes the arrival to the organising committee “of a seasoned professional who knows the sport from A to Z and who will be more than capable of anticipating the difficulties of managing the disciplines that are part of the biggest event in the equestrian world “.
After working with many actors in the industry, Laurent Cellier now works for a local governing authority. As such, Laurent Beauvais, President of Normandie 2014 organising committee and of the Lower Normandy Region is particularly glad to see the arrival of someone « who not only understands how local governing authorities work but who can also appreciate how important it is for them to be associated with an event of this size”.
A sports management team organised per equestrian discipline, combining experience and long term potential for French horse riding.
“The arrival of Laurent Cellier and ultimately of a further ten people, will mean that the sports management team will be able to set up a fully-workable organization, explained Fabien Grobon. His first task will be to recrute managers for each discipline in association with the FFE and the FEI”. Along with Laurent Cellier, they will guarantee the correct running of each event and will ensure that all regulations are complied with.
A full-working team as of 2012
With the arrival of Laurent Cellier and the creation of the sports management team, the organising committee has given itself a strong and complementary team so that they may stage a first class sporting event.
Laurent Cellier’s professional experience
A recognized professional of the equine world, Laurent Cellier, aged 43, is also a qualified sports coach and teacher of sports coaches. He was Regional Technical Adviser for equestrian activities at the head of the Regional Sports Governing Body in Reims and also worked for 2 years as a sports inspector for the same body in Lyons. He is currently Managing Director for the local governing body of Riom-Limagne, in the region of Auvergne.