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"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:05

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

This time of year managers, coaches and players from across the country await the dreaded inevitable. Whether it be via an email, text message or a social media update, the crushing words "postponed due to pitch conditions", not only dampens the spirit of many, it reduces the amount of time people play. Even if a solitary game is squeezed in between the bleak weather conditions, the pitches are in such a poor condition that any notion of the beautiful game or the trending tiki-taka approach to football are well.. Read More »

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

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:29

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

As always and quite rightly with the 2015 General Election looming ever nearer, the sport and physical activity sector is debating how to influence the policy-making processes to permit investment into improving community sporting opportunities. The relationship between sport and broader health policy is an obvious point of debate, especially given that health policy will be, along with education, a key battleground at the Election. It shouldn't, however, take an election to bring those debates to the fore... Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

Budget gyms, affordable fitness and the arrival of no-frills chic!

Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:35

Budget gyms, affordable fitness and the arrival of no-frills chic!

Bridging the gap between the desire for a healthy body and the allure of modern ease, convenience, and instant gratification – the health and fitness industry has shrugged off years of restructuring and retrenchment, a less than happy flirtation with public markets in the noughties, and a mixed relationship with private equity to emerge leaner and more responsive amid the uncertainty of the current economic climate (Financial Times, 2013). That being said, while the proportion of Britons with gym memberships.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:01

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

At the Youth Sport Trust our aim is to ensure every child has the opportunity to take part in high quality PE and sport opportunities at school. To achieve this, we work with a number of partners; whether it's securing corporate funding from Sky, Bupa and Matalan to deliver interventions, using individual donations to get our Girls Active work up and running, or working with government to deliver programmes such as the Sainsbury's School Games and Change4 Life Clubs.

Working across such a wide range of partnerships.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, Policy, PE

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:34

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

There are only 10 weeks of campaigning left to what political pundits are calling the most unpredictable General Election in living memory. But whoever takes office has been tasked by us at the Sport and Recreation Alliance to raise the heartbeat of the nation over the course of the next parliament.

With important issues such as the financial deficit, economic growth and our place as a nation in the world at the forefront of election discussions, there may not be as much said as we would like about the role the.. Read More »

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

To get more active disabled people – we can all do better!

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:28

To get more active disabled people – we can all do better!

The latest Sport England Active People Survey shows a drop of over 120,000 disabled people being active once a week. But what do the numbers really tell us?

  • Over the eight years of measurement there has been a marginal growth in disabled people's participation – just ahead of the rate for non-disabled people. However, that still means that over 80% of disabled people do less than 30 minutes activity per week.
  • From such a low base, we should be greatly concerned about any drop but need to be more focused.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Paralympics

Data Collection in The Sport & Physical Activity Sector

Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:12

Data Collection in The Sport & Physical Activity Sector

"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."

Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

The sports and physical activity sector has changed a great deal over the last two decades. One of the most significant changes is in its collection and use of data.

Just a few years ago, there was a dearth of useful data in the sector. However, over the last 10 years, there has been a considerable increase in the data available on participation and activity: The Active People Survey (APS), begun in 2005, now provides an annual overview.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE, sport england, Policy

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

With less than three months to go, bookmakers are offering odds of 20/1 on any coalition involving The Green Party. In the current broadening of the UK's political landscape sport has a unique opportunity to widen its support-base and to understand and influence the sports policies of the smaller parties. A visit to their policy website reveals welcome information on the The Green Party's philosophy on sport and its role in society. A link to the policy website is given below, with some of the highlights detailed.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Olympics, Local Government, PE, gove

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:07

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

A review of the paper: "'Is it Worth it?' A Qualitative Study of the Beliefs of Overweight and Obese Physically Active Children" by Kiara Lewis, Claire Fraser, and Martin Manby, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11, 1219-1224, @2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

This paper gently challenges much of the highly politicised contemporary rhetoric that has been spawned in the lead up to the London 2012 Games about how we motivate our children to be more active. The research illustrates how by taking a refreshing.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, PE

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