Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02
The first Spending Review of this Parliament is upon us.
The sports sector gasps and takes a deep breadth.
Difficult for most, but put yourself in the shoes of George Osborne for the next few minutes.
Ahead of the Spending Review this week he has reached a deal with 11 Government departments, which will see cuts in real-terms funding of an average of 24% over the next 4 years, adding up to £4bn of savings by 2019/20.
The unforgiving statistician suggests otherwise.
Osborne has asked unprotected departments.. Read More »
Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?
Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:48
Participation in sport once a week is down to 35.5% of adults (The Guardian, 2015), local authority spending on sport and leisure has been cut from £1.4bn in 2009-10 to £1bn in 2013 (The Guardian, 2015). There is no wonder that the UK media are beginning to challenge the value, impact and legacy of the £9.3bn London Olympics.
The dismantling of the structures concerned with community sport, spearheaded by austerity-driven policy measures, have without doubt contributed to this demise in participation... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:16
I am in the lucky position of managing the Sport for Development portfolio for Scotland's biggest independent funder, The Robertson Trust. I regularly get enquiries from a wide range of sports clubs and organisations across Scotland seeking advice on funding for their work and I have a couple of questions that I always pose to help me get a sense of whether we might be an appropriate funder for them or not. The first question is "what do you do?" The second is "why do you do it?"
Organisations with a sports development.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:15
A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to speak at The Federation of Irish Sport event in Dublin to a gathering of Irish politicians, NGBs and others interested in the power of sport. The Federation - which represents 76 National Governing Bodies and 27 local sports partnerships - were launching their Manifesto for Irish Sport and I was part of a panel to set out the case, or not, for a government sports strategy.
Irish sport has come a long way since dedicated government investment commenced in 1997. Like in.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:04
While Stuart Lancaster was focussed on capitalising on home advantage at the start of the Rugby World Cup, Steve Grainger is the one tasked to create a lasting legacy from the third 'mega' sporting event hosted by the United Kingdom in the last three years.
The impact on the country shows the economic benefits of the tournament in the short term. However, there are also wider benefits that are expected to leave a lasting legacy. The various Rugby World Cup venues place host cities in a global shop window for.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:21
From Tele-text score updates to transfer hoaxes, record-breaking goals and regretful tweets on your timeline, sport and social media have an interesting future ahead.
After Wayne Rooney's (record-breaking) 50th England goal, he went into the dressing room and made a speech to his teammates. This time, the FA recorded a video and put it on Twitter. That tweet engaged over 3000 followers in less than an hour.
Two of the UK's most lucrative industries – football and digital media – are colliding. The.. Read More »
Posted: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:00
As usual September/October means heading into the conference season for the political parties and in the past the sport sector has followed them. In recent years however, for those of us who have been regulars at these events the number of people attending has certainly dwindled. So this week there was a hardy group of sports still represented at the conferences - us, The Sport and Recreation Alliance, Street Games and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to name a few we spotted.
In the electoral cycle the first conference.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:25
Today co-founder and chair of the Sports Think Tank Andy Reed OBE gives his thoughts on the Rugby World Cup Legacy, which kicks off at Twickenham this evening.
It may seem a little strange writing about the legacy from a tournament that hasn't even started yet, but for those of us who have been involved in issues surrounding the Olympic legacy we know it is never too soon to be planning and delivering these things.
We will do a proper analysis of the legacy some time after the tournament but, as the Rugby Football.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:30
In March of this year, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a largely unheralded report on the positive and varied impacts of sport and culture on society, A Review of the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport (DCMS, 2015, attached below). Much has happened since then: a new Conservative Government has been elected and a new Minister for Sport appointed, as well as the publication of more underwhelming participation figures and the announcement of a consultation on a new strategy for sport.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:27
For twenty years I've been writing about, commenting on and providing analysis covering the fitness industry. For most of these years I get first view of the results from the detailed annual audit so I can write the forward to the State of the Fitness Industry Report. It's been quite refreshing to write about the fitness industry over this period because the sector has been seen to be recession proof and apart from the flat lining in 2009 and 2010 has shown positive growth year on year.
This year, the fifteenth.. Read More »