Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:53
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 »
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:42
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 »
Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:16
In a piece written for the Sport and Recreation Alliance on the launch of a new guide for understanding the health & wellbeing agenda Andy Reed argues that the sports and recreation sector can help deliver on this agenda too.
Sport and Recreation Alliance Chair, Andy Reed OBE, talks about the public health agenda and why our members must be involved.
One of the reasons I have always been so passionate about sport is its importance at so many levels.
Sport brings fun, enjoyment (and tension, sometimes) into.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:45
Broadcasters appear to have an insatiable appetite for sports rights. Sports sponsors salivate at the chance to build engagement with fans through sports content. And so the money pours in. The big sports all seem to be in good nick. But what about the smaller sports? For those without the fans to drive big audiences the financial future seems less certain.
Or is it? Will internet TV and the impact of technology actually allow smaller sports to drive up the value of the sport to sponsors, broadcasters and others?.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:23
It is party political conference season again and for sports policy makers this used to be a great time to make sure the sports voice was heard amongst the political class. But two things have happened. The nature of the party conferences has changed and the sports policy people have decided that conferences no longer offer good value for money.
Don't get me wrong sports has not fully abandoned the conferences - a number of NGBs had a fleeting presence. The FA organised their usual football games and Supporters.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:49
Over the last few weeks we have seen a range of reports which confirm that barriers still exist for so many groups in society to our sporting landscape. The reports highlight what I think we all know is happening - yet have not been able to tackle despite the high profile of these campaigns and funded organisations. What is to be done?
What we see is the continual under representation of women, black and ethnic minorities, disabled foe example in all of the statistics and reports we can gather. Added to this.. Read More »
Posted: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:46
There will be lots written this week about the 'Legacy' from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The Independent has been covering the story all week in a special feature and on Thursday the Government and London Mayor produced their report
"Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games"
Our question today is to test the claims made in the report and many of the claims made in the series in the Independent. There are no shortages of blogs, reports, column inches devoted this.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:59
Our Patron Tanni Grey Thompson has today launched her long awaited report into PE and sport in Wales. In a groundbreaking tradition the 'Report' only has one recommendation. Tanni explained in a recent interview before the launch of her report that this was an attempt to prevent the report being ignored.
One of the best explanations of what this means for Wales comes from one of our previous contributors Prof Laura McAllister who wrote this over at Sport Wales:
The publication today of the report of the Task and.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:58
Mes que un
club. More than a club. That is the Barcelona motto, the
slogan on the biggest banner present at every home match at the Camp Nou, the
mantra that is instilled in every player and every employee of the club, and
also - perhaps most pivotally - the synthesised version of the philosophy upon
which the club's identity is now constructed.
Although this year has seen a relative dip in their immediate
fortunes in terms of trophy-winning metrics (due to a complex mix of reasons),
the general forward march continues.. Read More »