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Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:52

Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

For over a year, there have been countless images of people enduring hardship and tragedy in Syria. Like those fleeing similar situations in places like Sudan, Eritrea, and Afghanistan, sport may be the farthest thing from refugees mind, but it still has an important role to play.

This aspect was explored at '"Refugees Welcome": Football fans and community in Europe', an event hosted by the University of Brighton in November 2015. Funded by a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award, the event worked in.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Sport and Development

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

Posted: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:53

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

Switch the Play's second conference and networking event took place at the Loughborough University campus at the Olympic Park in Stratford last month. The above title is a quote from the introduction by Rob Young, co-founder of this social enterprise aimed at helping people through and beyond sport; supporting, guiding and facilitating athletes in the transition into employment at the end of their careers.

With a growing list of high-profile clients including NGBs, as well as elite and professional clubs, Switch.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics, UK Sport

7 Steps to Measuring and Communicating Impact

Posted: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:25

7 Steps to Measuring and Communicating Impact

The Kia Oval in London was the venue for a joint conference with the Football Foundation and hosted by Sports Think Tank Director Andy Reed OBE - looking at outcome-based approaches to sports delivery and what this means to grassroots organisations in the sport sector.

The presentations and a panel-discussion outlined the 'seven steps' for the sector: Plan, Measure, Evidence, Communicate, Diversify, Innovate and Collaborate. The context for the issues in question was made clear: sports and PA (physical activity).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, development, Sport for development

Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:52

Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

In 2015, SAQ International were commissioned by Leicestershire Public Health to conduct a pilot research project on the impact of their structured movement programme on reception and Key Stage 1 children. The goal was to determine what difference movement training made to children's physical abilities, self-confidence, learning skills, behaviour, well-being and legacy.

The Pilot Project

The pilot project involved 14 schools, 7 of these schools as part of the intervention, with the remaining 7 part of a control.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE, gove

Coach Core: Providing Future Coaches and Linking Communities

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:18

Coach Core: Providing Future Coaches and Linking Communities

In 2012, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the Coach Core programme; a 12 month paid apprenticeship for 16-24 year olds living in challenging communities.

Our mission is simply 3 to address things:

1) We want to train our young people to give them the best education and experiences that will allow them to progress in life but we also want them developing personally as well as professionally. We help them understand that planning, resilience and self-motivation.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Sport for development, development, Sport and Development

Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables

Posted: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:13

Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables

The 10th of October 2016 was World Mental Health Day. To coincide with the occasion, the BBC published a precis of the recent national well-being assessment. The upshot (individuals' economic outlook has improved, while fewer feel that they belong to their neighbourhood) seems almost trivial when set against the iconoclastic foreground of the commentary: school league tables should publish students' well-being alongside exam results.

Few subjects provoke like mental health. It is the unseen illness endured by.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Sport for development

"Brexit Beyond The Premier League": The Future of UK Sport

Posted: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:48

"Brexit Beyond The Premier League": The Future of UK Sport

For those interested in the impacts on the sport sector following Britain's exit from the European Union, whether one variously considers those impacts as inevitable, likely or just a possibility, it is worth reading this two-part blog article by Marine Montejo at The Asser International Sports Law Centre. Montejo's article provides some of the basic facts about Brexit and some of the likely impacts of the new relationship between Britain and Europe once the divorce is complete.

Freedom of Movement

Montejo argues.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, UK Sport

Matching the Supply and Demand for Skills needed for an Active Nation

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:18

  Matching the Supply and Demand for Skills needed for an Active Nation

"I love the way the innovative approach the Black Country has taken, they have taken the bull by the horns getting on with skills…" Tara Dillon, Chief Exeuctive CIMPSA

Active Black Country Partnership and the Black Country LEP launched UK's first Sector Skills Action Plan (SSAP) for sport and physical activity in September 2016. The Plan highlighted the sector's workforce needs and evidenced the role sport & physical activity can play in driving economic growth.

The SSAP has provided leading insight.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

The Future of the Sport & Physical Activity Sector Workforce

Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:50

The Future of the Sport & Physical Activity Sector Workforce

The Sports Think Tank recently took part in the first of the series "Conversations with a Purpose", organised in collaboration with the UK Sport Development Research Network (UKSDN) and The Sport and Recreation Alliance. With leading academics, thought leaders and representatives of membership bodies, the roundtable discussion focused on workforce, training and employment in the sport sector. The debate was centred on the need for a specific workforce and training framework to complement the wider sports strategy.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:41

Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

"Sport is a very important subject at school, that's why I gave Quidditch such an important place at Hogwarts. I was very bad in sports, so I gave Harry a talent I would really loved to have. Who wouldn't want to fly?" - J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels

Even Greek mythology embraces the human desire to fly, as many of us might recall in the escape story of Daedalus and his son, Icarus, from Crete. He used wax and string to fasten feathers to reeds of varying lengths to imitate the curves of a bird's.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics