Posted: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:27
A conference of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) in October highlighted how external threats are endangering the integrity of sport, from match fixing and betting to terrorism and cyber-crime. The sport security industry is expanding rapidly as mechanisms to mitigate such threats are demanded both by nations and cities that host major sporting events and by the bodies that award them, such as the IOC and FIFA.
But all the security systems in the world will not save sport if its core asset –.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:13
What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?
By Dr Dan Parnell
Sport and leisure, and by its very nature physical activity, has been a key element of Local Authorities (LAs). Some would say, it is now a part of our cultural heritage. Certainly, for me, LA provision allowed for access to football (social inclusion projects) and extra curricular sport based provision (under the guise of '8-15s' years provision – which included the formidable "wet, wild and wobbly" attraction at the Oval leisure.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:24
Back in October I took part in a panel discussion at the Battle of Ideas (http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/) at London's Barbican Centre. The event was titled: "What Makes a Great Sporting Leader?" And I was part of a panel of 5 speakers from the worlds of social commentary and journalism. Many aspects of this question interest me and it was a lively and high-quality debate among panellists approaching the question from diverse perspectives. The content was punctuated of course by many mentions of Alex Ferguson.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"
The sports and physical activity industry is a young and constantly changing one, which covers a variety of areas. It encompasses the fun and excitement of the sports sector and the growing importance of the health and wellbeing sector. It crosses the public, private and third sector, and works across a number of Government departments. It attracts political interest (particularly when it suits politicians).. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:26
A year ago the Government was telling us that the annual cost of obesity was around £5bn. Specialists who had a better grip on the overall economic consequences of the issue were working to a figure of between £25 – £30bn. In November, however, the "true" figure of £47bn was published by the internationally respected consultancy, McKinsey Global Institute. It caught everyone on the hop. It was an alarm call and, crucially, government did not dispute the figures. In the run up to.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:19
What are County Sports Partnerships For?
What is the purpose of a County Sports Partnership (CSP)? This is a question that I asked myself 3 years ago, when I was asked to become involved with a newly created CSP. The answer did not come as clearly as I assumed it would and especially as there are 40 or more of them and they have been around since the millennium.
In general they were created as hosted organisations, i.e., established as semi-autonomous organisations embedded within County Councils,.. Read More »
The future of local authority sport and leisure services: sport and/or health? A new integrated provision model
Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:42
The thought piece below is a comprehensive assessment of the future of the UK's local authority sport and leisure sector by Martyn Allison. With over 40 years spent in local government, Martyn is former Assistant Chief Executive of Leicester City Council and a former national advisor for culture and sport with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID). He is currently Chair of Trustees with the Big Difference Company and the Director of Management Improvement.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:23
As many readers may now be aware, earlier this year UK Sport judged that basketball was incapable of winning an Olympic medal in the foreseeable future, and that all funding should be withdrawn from its performance programme.
Basketball wasn't alone because a number of sports were told the same thing. Most were team sports who, incidentally, were given a chance to build through taking host places at London 2012. Most went into London 2012 not just to participate, but to compete; to go where they had never been.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01
With the average Primary School in England receiving over £9000 per year as part of a £750million Government drive to increase the number of children participating in sport, it certainly seems that the London 2012 "legacy" is in place with a healthy future beckoning for our next generation.
However, behind the political headlines, issues persist in the sector:
Baroness Sue Campbell, chairman of the Youth Sport Trust and former head of UK Sport, recently criticized the delivery of PE lessons in UK state.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49
This joyous picture will be one of the enduring images of the 2014 Ryder Cup: the victorious team celebrating with their captain at the very moment that one of the analogies they had used, geese flying in formation, appeared overhead.
As Head of Sport for United Learning, a national group of independent schools and state academies, I am often asked what it is that I do. This image from the Ryder Cup is both a useful metaphor and a reminder of one of our greatest challenges.
In one sense, the schools and PE/sport.. Read More »