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Global Congress to Address Spirituality and Ethics in Sports

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:51

Global Congress to Address Spirituality and Ethics in Sports

Why do many premiership footballers cross themselves when they run on to the pitch, or point to the sky when they score a goal? Does religious belief impact upon psychological states, performance and athlete well-being? What is the role of chaplains in professional sports teams and at mega-events, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Can sport-faith projects be used to facilitate national peace and reconciliation? Historically, how has the Church and sports interacted and what are the differences, if any,.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, development, Sport and Development

The Coming of Age of Women’s Football

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:51

The Coming of Age of Women’s Football

"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back … play for her." – Mia Hamm

On Sunday morning, July 5, 2015, one of the most beautiful cities in the world prepared to host the final match of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It is an event that has brought Vancouver, British Columbia one more time to Center Stage in the global world of sport.

On that day, a golden haze from.. Read More »

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

Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:02

Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 welcomes the publication of the government's new strategy for an active nation.

Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government's approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

As.. Read More »

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

A single, permanent Olympic site would help us reclaim the integrity of sport

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:11

A single, permanent Olympic site would help us reclaim the integrity of sport

With accusations of state-sanctioned doping levelled at Russia and some results from the 2012 London Olympic Games called into question, the integrity of elite global sport has rarely looked more fragile. The time has come to dump the piecemeal reforms and decide on a permanent venue for our flagship tournament; it would centralise control over events and even the training of the athletes.

My idea of a permanent Olympic site has been accused of being unrealistic or impractical. However, with every major sporting.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, Olympics, 2012, Paralympics, Olympic legacy

A new superfood for athletes?

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:21

A new superfood for athletes?

Pulses (like lentils) can enhance performance, naturally. Will the International Year of Pulses raise the profile of this food with sports nutritionists?

Lentils, chickpeas, beans, and field peas are low-fat legumes called pulses that are being promoted as a "superfood" for athletes, because they are high in protein and low-glycemic index carbohydrates. Low-glycemic index carbohydrates are slowly digested, providing a sustained source of energy to muscle over several hours. Low-glycemic index carbohydrates are.. Read More »

Tags: Sport

Government Launches Sports Strategy

Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:28

Government Launches Sports Strategy

The Government formally launched its sports strategy today - "A New Strategy for an Active Nation."

We had the chance to read through the entire document in the last 24 hours and to reflect on many of the things we were looking forward to seeing after the publication of our own survey findings about what the sector wanted to see with 'fresh thinking'

We will publish a series of responses to each of the sections of the Strategy but at this stage we are keen to hear from you! We are monitoring your responses on.. Read More »

Tags: Sports strategy, Tracey crouch

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

The government announced its long awaited Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) last month with expectations for cuts across the board for sports bodies funded by DCMS. At the time cuts of 30% had been heavily trailed.

The Sports Think Tank responded to the early details announced by the Chancellor on the Wednesday evening.

Andy Reed said, "As always it is right to be cautious in the immediate aftermath of a Budget or Spending Review. The statement in the House only covers a fraction of the details that have been.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, school sport, London 2012, Local Government, Olympics, sport england, UkSport

Sport, Physical Activity and Workplace Productivity

Posted: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:18

Sport, Physical Activity and Workplace Productivity

After a previous article on the Economic Impact of Sport in the West of England (http://bit.ly/1PIxr49), I had the opportunity to present on the impact of health on productivity at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Annual Conference on the 12th November, 2015. Appearing alongside business leaders and academics, I wondered whether the message I had would stand up.

It did.

I followed Professor Andrew Graves (BathUniversity and MIT) discussing productivity and challenges regarding UK manufacturing,.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Sport and Development

The Future Starts Now

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02

The Future Starts Now

The first Spending Review of this Parliament is upon us.

The sports sector gasps and takes a deep breath.

Difficult for most, but put yourself in the shoes of George Osborne for the next few minutes.

Ahead of the Spending Review this week he has reached a deal with 11 Government departments, which will see cuts in real-terms funding of an average of 24% over the next 4 years, adding up to £4bn of savings by 2019/20.

The unforgiving statistician suggests otherwise.

Osborne has asked unprotected departments to.. Read More »

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

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:48

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Participation in sport once a week is down to 35.5% of adults (The Guardian, 2015), local authority spending on sport and leisure has been cut from £1.4bn in 2009-10 to £1bn in 2013 (The Guardian, 2015). There is no wonder that the UK media are beginning to challenge the value, impact and legacy of the £9.3bn London Olympics.

The dismantling of the structures concerned with community sport, spearheaded by austerity-driven policy measures, have without doubt contributed to this demise in participation... Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, London 2012, Legacy, Sport for development, Olympic legacy