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Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:13

Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

The attainment gap in education is as persistent as it is striking: 6 in 10 young people from low income backgrounds leave school without a minimum of 5 GCSEs – A* to C.

Within this bigger picture, the problem is particularly acute amongst young men from white British and black Caribbean families.

The reasons for this persistent underachievement are varied and complex – however, research shows two clear factors which underpin this gender gap. Boys are consistently less engaged with learning than their.. Read More »

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

Give us goal posts, not gold medals

Posted: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:03

Give us goal posts, not gold medals

A recent report from Pro Bono Economics re-ignited debate over the funding balance between grassroots and elite sport in the UK. This issue is ongoing and has seen increased coverage recently due to the news of UK Sport offering sustained funding to Olympic hopefuls for the Tokyo Games, their 'no compromise' policy and the associated funding cuts for seven Olympic sports including badminton, table tennis and wheelchair rugby.

To support the report, Pro Bono held a lecture and debate at The Royal Institution in.. Read More »

Tags: grassroots, elite sport, UK Sport, legacy, sport, development, playing fields, facilities, physical activity, lifestyle

2017: the year that Golf addresses its gender imbalance

Posted: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:26

2017: the year that Golf addresses its gender imbalance

The US Masters has kicked off. A bit like when people dust of their racquets at the beginning of the Wimbledon fortnight – it marks the traditional start of the year for the avid golf fan and spurs regulars to pick up their clubs. However, the glamour and profile of the professional game risks masking major challenges at the grassroots, with participation and club membership in long-term decline in most mature golf markets.

Our sport needs to be shaken out of its traditional, conservative mindset and appeal.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Wearable technology: does the evidence suggest its time for another solution?

Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:11

Wearable technology: does the evidence suggest its time for another solution?

More than 165,000 health-related apps are available on the Apple store and it is estimated that one in seven UK adults now own some sort of wearable tech (Mintel). In a sector that is currently dominated by fitbit, and followed closely by the Nike Fuel Band and Apple Watch, fitness trackers serve as a constant and increasingly affordable health monitor on our wrists feeding data directly into our smartphone. Their growing popularity can be attributed to their ability to combine fun and data collection in one.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Technology, Health, Fitness

No More Rubbish Excuses

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50

No More Rubbish Excuses

One of the basic requirements of a civilised society is that the law and enforcement agencies will protect the innocent and ensure that right and justice prevails.

That is until it comes to one of the scourges of the modern age, fly tipping: when a third party can break into your property, claim squatters rights and then proceed to dump tonnes of domestic building waste. Meanwhile because the police are apparently powerless to intervene you have to spend precious time going through the courts to acquire the necessary.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

The "Normal" Body: implications for disability sport dialogue

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:24

The "Normal" Body: implications for disability sport dialogue

The Paralympics have been a huge success for disability sport. The fact that initiatives such as The 4 All Games are gaining traction is testament to the new profile that disabled athletes enjoy. However, in the words of Sport England: "there is more to be done".

The last Active People Survey revealed that a person with a disability is half as likely to participate in sport as someone without a disability. Society needs to challenge and push the inclusivity dialogue on; to do this, we must first appreciate where.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Paralympics, sport england

All girls can: Insight into women and girls’ sport participation

Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:29

All girls can: Insight into women and girls’ sport participation

On International Women's Day, Laura Holloway from Basketball England reflects on what we can learn from young female basketball players about the diverse female sporting community.

There's so much to celebrate in women's sport at the moment. From This Girl Can successfully getting more women and girls active, to a victorious Kadeena Cox on the podium in Rio, to women's WBBL basketball on the BBC red button, it feels like there's more interest in women's sport than ever.

But if those of us working in sport and.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

A Multi-Axis Approach to Physical Education

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17

A Multi-Axis Approach to Physical Education

Physical education (PE) in the UK is in a poor state. A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood highlights this ongoing issue with the goal of starting a process of realising changes to PE that will allow every school pupil the chance to achieve a healthy, lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity.

According to the report, in what will no doubt be familiar lamentations, to achieve the current public policy outcomes, PE as a subject must overcome a raft.. Read More »

Tags: Policy, school sport, PE

Team sports bring life satisfaction

Posted: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:05

Team sports bring life satisfaction

Debating whether to join a gym or a team to exercise this winter? A new LSE study suggests that by playing sport in a team you will not only gain the health benefits of exercise, but you may also be happier.

In a large-scale survey of athletes, those who reported greater team satisfaction also reported being more satisfied with their lives overall. Data was analysed from 459 athletes between 12 to 20 years of age who were recruited from a diverse range of sports such as swimming, athletics, basketball and cycling,.. Read More »

Tags: sport, physical activity, government, PE, health, fitness, lifestyle, team sports

At least the scoreboard won’t lie to me

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:18

At least the scoreboard won’t lie to me

As a relatively fair-weather sport aficionado – who doesn't necessarily subscribe to the tribalism of fandom – I have asked myself on more than one occasion: "why do I care about sport? It's just a bit of fun, right? It doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things!" After all, there are more important things to be worried about aren't there?

The argument against sports' blind loyalism seemed a pretty simple one, and if this were a debate, a pretty easy argument to win. However, recent events.. Read More »

Tags: Sport