Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30
So it's 24 June and the country has voted for Brexit and the Prime Minister has said that firstly, he will notify the European Council immediately of Britain's withdrawal from the EU and secondly, that he will remain in office to negotiate the withdrawal settlement.
There are good reasons to think that neither of these is likely.
Firstly it would not be in the UK's best interests to notify the Council of Europe immediately because it sets the 2-year exit clock ticking and given the sheer complexity of the exit.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:54
With just under 2 years to go before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, over 100 people gathered at South Africa House in London to attend the 2016 Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development, an inaugural debate to mark April 6th 2016 as the third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Six expert panellists debated the motion: "To maximise the contribution that sport can make to sustainable development, governments should focus investment on sport for health."
The debate was a lively affair.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:09
Don't you just love those David Attenborough natural history programmes where he passionately describes the plight of another endangered species? And following the programme the charity promoting the cause is inundated with donations from people like you and me who want to see the species protected forever. Playing fields are a bit like that but no-one is making emotive television programmes campaigning against their loss. This is strange considering how much they play a part in people's lives.
For those of us.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:43
The very nature of the sports technology industry means that it is fast-paced but, in recent years, one sector has stood out as perhaps the most booming – wearables. With the market set to reach $31bn by 2020 and with an annual growth rate of 35%, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing a lot more handy gadgets on our wrists and in our kit bags.
Wearables is a broach church that currently divides into two distinct areas; the in-depth monitoring demanded by elite sport, versus the behavior-change products.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:25
It is well-recognised that levels of physical activity (PA) in the UK are not only too low, but are also contributing to the growing health crisis. While obesity and PA are often linked, we still await the Government's long overdue Obesity Strategy to understand how important PA will be in Government plans to tackle this particular issue. In any case, the evidence is clear, PA is good for your health and therefore also for our much-overloaded NHS.
With global bodies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO),.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:49
So what effect will Brexit have on British sport? Sport has a special relationship with society – we refer to it as the 'specificity' of sport – we acknowledge and value the role of sport in engendering national pride, promoting social integration, in education, in the health and wellbeing of the nation, young and old.
We accord sport organisations special tax concessions, we underpin sport with expenditure from the public purse and we encourage investment, enterprise and philanthropy with the purpose.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:40
The London 2012 Paralympic Games, the fourteenth Summer Games, set a new benchmark for Rio and Japan.
With 4,302 athletes from 164 countries taking part in 503 events in 20 sports, it was the largest Paralympics ever. Great Britain, as host nation, sent 294 athletes to compete, the largest delegation, followed by China with 284 and United States with 223. Russia and Brazil both had 181; Australia, 160; France, 158; Germany, 152; and Japan, 135.
The Paralympic movement has grown since the first ever organised sporting.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:23
The debate around a possible UK exit from the EU has not been something that appears to have been overly gripping the sports industry the length and breadth of the country.
While the cry of 'keep politics out of sport' is a well-worn, if misplaced phrase, we know that at a range of levels, the world of sport is of course saturated with politics.
From displays of outpourings of collective national identity at international sporting events, through to the politics that surround the governance and integrity of sports.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:59
The fitness sector has seen significant changes over the past years and it will continue to change like so many industries do - technology will be a key driver. The rapid advancement of smart technology is giving consumers more choice and convenience than ever before. The driving force behind this transformation is today's digital consumer. The modern fitness member expects and demands flexibility as well as solutions crafted and delivered at their fingertips anytime and anywhere.
Wearable devices, health and.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:00
First we shape our industry and afterwards our industry shapes us.
This aphorism is perhaps the least quoted exposition of the relationship between people and their fitness (and health). In a year when we should be celebrating, I want to question, as a critical friend, why we're not achieving more.
First the good news. The industry has shown itself to be recession proof and is back in positive headline growth, year on year. This year's State of the Fitness Industry Report infographics are excellent at showing.. Read More »