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Food for Thought: ‘No Compromise’- Where is the Value in Medals?

Posted: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:07

Food for Thought: ‘No Compromise’- Where is the Value in Medals?

UK Sport's decision to withdraw funding from six Olympic sports recently has caused a furore amongst commentators criticising the 'No Compromise' approach to achieving Olympic medal success. It is argued that UK Sport's policy is disproportionate and exacerbates inequality among sports at the top level that may take decades to overcome. For the critics, the stand-out sport among those left behind is basketball, an accessible sport with growing popularity (the biggest grassroots base of any Olympic team sport).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Olympics, 2012, UK Sport, Sport for development

Street Games and Cebr report: The UK’s Inactivity Time Bomb

Posted: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:49

Street Games and Cebr report: The UK’s Inactivity Time Bomb

Counting the cost: This latest report summarizes the projected financial impact of inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, and the potential savings to be made by moving people into activity. This is not just about obesity, the research is there that points to benefits in academic attainment, social skills, mental health, employability and the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. As Dr. William Bird says in his foreword it's better to be overweight and active than a normal weight and inactive. This is.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, PE, sport england, school sport, Sport for Development, community sport, Olympic legacy


Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:06


By Wayne Morris, Head of Community & CSR, Premiership Rugby

There's been a lot of talk focus on the Olympic legacy, recently. Rightly so. The taxpayer must be sure the money has created a lasting impact.

But in all the talk, one key legacy has been unfairly overlooked: our expertise in Sport for Development.

Too few realize (let alone acknowledge) that the UK is an intellectual and practical powerhouse in the sport for development field.

We have top quality academics, coaches, charities, policy makers, sports.. Read More »

Tags: Premiership Rugby, TRY Rugby SP, Olympic legacy, Brazil

Minister and the 'F' Word

Posted: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:46

Minister and the 'F' Word

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 »

Tags: Helen Grant, Sports Minister, Women, Sport

UKSport No Compromise Under Fire Again?

Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:52

UKSport No Compromise Under Fire Again?

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 »

Tags: Uksport, London 2012, No Compromise

Same old arguments but a different world!

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:12

Same old arguments but a different world!

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 »

Tags: martyn allison, sport for all, Surrey RFU

Sport England 'Mixed Economy' Approach

Posted: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:49

Sport England 'Mixed Economy' Approach

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 »

Tags: Sport England, Lottery Funding

Challenges for 2014

Posted: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:58

Challenges for 2014

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 »

Tags: 2014, Manifestos, 2015 Election, Legacy, Sport England, Uksport

School Sport Premium - early evidence?

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:53

School Sport Premium - early evidence?

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 »

Tags: School Sport, Primary Premium

Betting Integrity - Sport and Policy

Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:42

Betting Integrity - Sport and Policy

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 »

Tags: S&RA, betting integrity, UKAD