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Violence and Abuse of Athletes - 'the enemy within' modern sport

Posted: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:27

Violence and Abuse of Athletes - 'the enemy within' modern sport

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics

What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:13

What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?

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 »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government

Reflections on: What Makes a Great Sporting Leader? At the Battle of Ideas

Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:24

Reflections on: What Makes a Great Sporting Leader? At the Battle of Ideas

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Cooperation in the sport and physical activity industry

Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00

Cooperation in the sport and physical activity industry

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"

Henry Ford

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 »

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

Enjoy Exercise, Feel Fit and Fight Flab

Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:26

Enjoy Exercise, Feel Fit and Fight Flab

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 »

Tags: Sport, school sport, Policy, PE

What are County Sports Partnerships for?

Posted: Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:19

What are County Sports Partnerships for?

What are County Sports Partnerships For?

Introduction

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 »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Local Government

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 future of local authority sport and leisure services: sport and/or health? A new integrated provision model

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 »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government, sport england

Elite Funding and British Basketball

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:23

Elite Funding and British Basketball

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 »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, community sport, Olympics, Policy, 2012, UkSport, UK Sport

Troubling Times for School Sport?

Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01

Troubling Times for School Sport?

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 »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, school sport, Policy, PE, gove

Swimming Against The Tide

Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49

Swimming Against The Tide

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 »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE