Posted: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:46
One word can make all the difference. The 'F' word used by the Sports Minister, Helen Grant yesterday certainly caused a storm into what was otherwise a good news story about trying to attract more women, and particularly girls into sport.
The result of the 'F' word scored somewhere on the scale between 'unfortunate' and 'shocking'. The offending 'F' word of course being "feminine"
Out of context, it could be seen as shocking but Ms Grant was responding specifically to a question about trying to engage image conscious.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:52
As you can see from our news section UKSport have made their funding decision for the Rio Cycle as part of their No Compromise approach to elite funding.
There has been an understandable argument in the media over the last few days from those sports that hoped to retain or gain funding up to 2016. There is also a wider but less vocal sports world outside the Olympics who want to know why as a country we only value Gold medals.
In response to some of this criticism the following was quoted in MVP magazine about.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:12
Guest Blogger Martyn Allison takes up the issue of 'winners & Losers'
Over recent weeks the media have featured many interesting debates on the importance and value of sport and physical activity particularly for children, but it was the story this week about the RFU's new rules on mini rugby that caused me to tweet my frustration after a pointless breakfast TV debate! The telegraph headline typifies the nature of the debate " Rugby joins the ranks of the politically correct with 'no winners ' rules for children",.. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:49
The announcement yesterday by Sport England of a more mixed approach to delivery of its strategy would have come as no surprise to those who have been watching closely over recent months. The language towards NGBs has become much tougher and the idea of allowing others within sport to deliver participation growth has been signalled fro a long time.
We will be taking a look at the expansion of this policy and what it will mean for 'sport' - which of course does not just mean NGBs. The history of funding for sport.. Read More »
Posted: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:58
January is always a good time to talk about sport and physical activity. We al know that millions of people make those new year resolutions to change their lives - from taking up learning the piano to the most popular of course to lose weight and 'get fit'.
Yet we all know (and the gym membership model seems to work on it) that those January good intentions very rarely last the a few months never mind a whole year!
However, is it good enough for us all in the sector to shrug our shoulders and just admit defeat?.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:53
The debate around school sport has been one of the most hotly contested since the cut to the SSPs in the 2010 Budget. The lack of an alternative left the government open to massive criticism as the legacy from the Olympics became the the next big topic!
The House of Commons Education Select Committee looked at this issue in depth and the report can be found on this site here.
As the title of the report suggested there is a general feeling that this issue can become a bit of a 'political football' All too often.. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:42
Sadly sport is in the spotlight this week for the wrong reason - betting integrity.
There is a Sports Betting Group administered by the Sport and Recreation Alliance who have been informally coordinating the response from the sector on behalf of the government. For some time they have been calling for a UKAD for the betting world of sport. Their argument is that Betting has the power to damage the reputation of sport in the same way as drugs have and therefore there should be an equivalent body!
Below is their.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:16
In a piece written for the Sport and Recreation Alliance on the launch of a new guide for understanding the health & wellbeing agenda Andy Reed argues that the sports and recreation sector can help deliver on this agenda too.
Sport and Recreation Alliance Chair, Andy Reed OBE, talks about the public health agenda and why our members must be involved.
One of the reasons I have always been so passionate about sport is its importance at so many levels.
Sport brings fun, enjoyment (and tension, sometimes) into.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:45
Broadcasters appear to have an insatiable appetite for sports rights. Sports sponsors salivate at the chance to build engagement with fans through sports content. And so the money pours in. The big sports all seem to be in good nick. But what about the smaller sports? For those without the fans to drive big audiences the financial future seems less certain.
Or is it? Will internet TV and the impact of technology actually allow smaller sports to drive up the value of the sport to sponsors, broadcasters and others?.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:23
It is party political conference season again and for sports policy makers this used to be a great time to make sure the sports voice was heard amongst the political class. But two things have happened. The nature of the party conferences has changed and the sports policy people have decided that conferences no longer offer good value for money.
Don't get me wrong sports has not fully abandoned the conferences - a number of NGBs had a fleeting presence. The FA organised their usual football games and Supporters.. Read More »