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Pioneers in Sport

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:21

Pioneers in Sport

Pioneers in Sport was set up two years ago with a simple, but ambitious mission: to reinvigorate the sports industry by bringing together the leaders of tomorrow to help shape the business integrity, policy & future of sport.

Too often for young professionals working in sports administration, client and business contact is with people who have been in their jobs for far too long and are resistant to dynamic, forward-thinking ideas.

This is particularly damaging during a period in which much of the industry.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Integrity, Governance, Diversity

We’ve always done it, so why don’t we measure it?

Posted: Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:46

We’ve always done it, so why don’t we measure it?

Speaking at the Healthy Stadia conference, Nancy Hey shared the findings from the research of Samir Singh Nathoo, Community Development Officer at Arsenal in the Community and Clore Social Leadership Fellow. Samir spent three months as part of his fellowship at the Centre, talking to community organisations in Islington.

Download Samir's sector perspective: a wellbeing lens in the third sector.

When I became a Clore Social Leadership Fellow, there were two questions I wanted to answer.

Having worked for a decade.. Read More »

Tags: Wellbeing, Football, Community, Social Capital

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:55

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

"Sporting success in elite sporting events like the Olympics provides fantastic theatre but does that mean we can maintain or increase funding when there are so many more important priorities?"

Following the recent Sports Think Tank article on the discussion hosted by Pro Bono Economics in support of their report on the Olympic legacy, you are advised to read this recent essay by Martyn Allison, Chris Cutforth and Steve Wood in the Leisure Review that continues the debate over the funding balance between elite.. Read More »

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

The Core of Coach Core

Posted: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:55

The Core of Coach Core

When the Sporting Future paper was released in late 2015, we celebrated the intention to focus on 'quality coaching' over sheer numbers coached. We also lauded the fact that the Government intended to focus on apprenticeships, addressing the stigma around them in some industries, then we revelled in Sport England's proposal to bring the wider physical activity sector under one umbrella with sport.

Why? Because since 2012, The Royal Foundation's Coach Core programme has strived to provide young people aged 16-24.. Read More »

Tags: Coaching, Apprenticeship, Learning, Development, Community, Education, Sport England

Tech Will Shape Our Industry

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:29

Tech Will Shape Our Industry

Gerald Ratner, in 1991, achieved notoriety in the UK after making a speech in which he jokingly denigrated two of the jewellery products sold by his company. The so called 'Ratner Effect' caused the company's near collapse. In the USA the hashtag #DeleteUber started trending in January and so far, 2017 for Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO, it's been annus horribilis.

Although Kalanick has stepped down from Trump's advisory council, prompting another mea culpa, the embattled ride hailing company is still surrounded.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Padel Tennis in 2017

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 07:53

Padel Tennis in 2017

I have been the President of the UK governing body for padel tennis since 2013. It was two years ago that I wrote for the Sports Think Tank about why this sport has such a huge potential for encouraging activity and fitness in the UK.

Such incredible things have happened since, and this update focuses on a few selected news stories illustrating the UK's growing standing as a padel-playing nation.

At the end of 2015 British Padel sent a team of eighteen junior boys and girls spanning three age categories to Mexico.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 5

Posted: Mon, 22 May 2017 08:48

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 5

It's now a year since I wrote the first of these blog articles and the Prime Minister has lit the fuse on the Article 50 petard by notifying the European Parliament of the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

In order to get to this position we've had rulings in both the High Court and the Supreme Court which established that the decision to leave the EU can only be taken by Parliament.

The Supreme Court ruling avoided the thorny issue of whether the fuse on Article 50, once lit, can be extinguished (the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

Posted: Mon, 15 May 2017 11:25

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

April 6th was the International Day for Sport and Development. Following the inaugural 2016 debate (covered by the Sports Think Tank here), to mark the occasion, six influential people from the sport and development arena convened to debate the motion: "Corruption in elite sport undermines the potential to promote development and peace through community sports."

The event was hosted at Australia House in London, an appropriate venue considering the next Commonwealth Games in 2018 will be hosted by the Gold Coast.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Legacy, Olympics

Supporting the Transition Away from Elite Sport

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 10:27

Supporting the Transition Away from Elite Sport

It was a real privilege to be invited up to Leeds recently to discuss all things Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds Rhinos.

The occasion was made even more special by the presence of Jonathan Pendlebury, who I'd last seen 9 years earlier when we were team-mates at Premiership rugby union side, Gloucester. Our paths have taken very different directions since hanging up our boots, but rugby and the welfare of the next generation saw us reunited.

I was invited to deliver a short masterclass around a typical career journey.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, UK Sport

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 07:58

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

The news is currently full of the frightening statistic that more than 20 million people in the UK risk heart disease and other illnesses because they are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation.

At Spirit of 2012, the funding charity that I am proud to lead, this was – alas - not surprising news. It is one of the reasons we are committing our National Lottery funding to the battle against inactivity across the UK.

Last year, we launched Get Out & Get Active (GOGA),.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, London 2012, Legacy