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London Mayor Candidate proposes the city hosts 2026 Commonwealth Games

Posted: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:50

London Mayor Candidate proposes the city hosts 2026 Commonwealth Games

Gareth Thomas MP has joined the race to be his party's candidate for Mayor of London in 2016's election. This week he exclusively shares his vision for sport in London with the Sports Think Tank, specifically the 2024 Commonwealth Games.

It's ten years since London was awarded the Olympic Games and now it's time to start preparing a bid for London to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

We cannot take our capital's vibrancy and economic success for granted. A future Mayor needs to champion bringing major international.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Commonwealth Games, Policy. Elections

Keeping Up With the Changes: The Challenges for Golf

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:42

Keeping Up With the Changes: The Challenges for Golf

Even without the presence of the world's number one golfer, the Open Championship at St Andrews last week attracted somewhere in the region of 125,000 fans. And yet the game is said by some to be in crisis.

Rory McIlroy, arguably the best player this country has produced although still trailing Nick Faldo in Major wins, turned over his ankle while having a game of footie with his mates. The irony should not be missed. Football is now played by more girls/women than any other sports while golf, desperate to attract.. Read More »

Tags: Golf, Sport, Policy

Do we really need a 10 Year Sports Strategy?

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:59

Do we really need a 10 Year Sports Strategy?

Another government.

Another Sports Minister.

Another Sports Strategy.

Any 1st year sports studies student can probably predict with some confidence that it will include sections on participation, coaching, facilities, elite athletes, professional sport, staging major events and the structure of sports organisations.

Take a look back at Game Plan .This was the sport and physical activity strategy for Tony Blair's government published in 2002. Unsurprisingly it contains sections on the role of sport and physical activity.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, development

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:21

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

'Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity'

(John F.Kennedy, American President)

With the General Election now behind us and with both Ministerial Portfolios and spending reviews currently in the process of being updated and finalised, what real future is there for the one true non-sedentary subject of the national curriculum?

Five years ago, Government Ministers hastily pursued their targeted 10-25% cuts as part.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Legacy, PE, gove

It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:09

It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

I begin this narrative from a direct perspective and one that is prepared to look back as well as forward. In twenty years as a sports development practitioner in a number of roles, I have witnessed significant change in the way sport is funded, delivered and seen as a tool to deliver against various political agendas. It is sport as a political football that I wish to see changed.

Sport England do a fantastic job to support the grassroots delivery of sport. Working with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, sport england

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in sport and the shadowlands of sport business

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:34

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in sport and the shadowlands of sport business

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – any business with less than 250 employees (as defined by the European Council) – today command the attention of business policy-makers and national & regional business leaders. The small business sector is regarded as a fundamental ingredient in the establishment of a modern, progressive and vibrant economy, helping promote an element of local and regional control & accountability. Despite the fact that innovation in and through SMEs remains at.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:32

Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Played extensively in Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Guatemala, Padel* tennis was established in the UK and in Europe during the second half of the noughties. Holland, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Eire, and Portugal are now all Padel Tennis Nations. Padel tennis is . More recently the USA, India, and Monaco have also established Padel Tennis Federations.

*Padel is a form of tennis, played on a court approximately half the size of a traditional tennis.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 09:50

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

When it comes to protection of our football clubs, this country falls short. If you own a Listed Building, the Government quite rightly legislates to protect it. You can't just tear an old wing down and replace it with a new extension because it's "yours". Some of this country's most famous institutions are football clubs, yet they receive little in the way of protection from hostile owners.

Liverpool were only 24 hours away from administration under former joint owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette while the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 10:25

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

We live in an information age. The internet has meant that we now have a knowledge-based society, whilst recent technological innovations continue to ensure we live in an increasingly individualistic time. Access to goods, services, entertainment and information is available directly to individuals through their laptops, phones and tablets. With such direct access people are no longer dependent upon, or bound to, social or cultural institutions.. This has empowered individuals, giving them greater freedom and.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

New Sports and Short Formats

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:44

New Sports and Short Formats

With falling participation rates in many sports, including swimming, golf, badminton, tennis, squash and basketball, attention has turned recently to the formats of traditional games and how well they currently attract new participants and audiences. Prominent sports figures such as Rory McIlroy and John McEnroe have voiced concern over the pace of play and the length of matches in their respective sports, amid fears that both golf and tennis are losing their appeal to younger people. This need to attract new.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england, school sport