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"Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym"?

Posted: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:06

"Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym"?

I recently heard Woody Allen's riff on the famous line in George Bernard Shaw's 'Man and Superman' via a friend who works in a secondary school, deep in London's leafy suburbia. When we were discussing my work - with sports practitioners in schools, to drive sport for development programmes - her trite response was:

"You work with them! Really?! How on earth do you manage?! I don't envy you!"

Upon closer inspection, the root of her polemic – and seemingly that of many teachers – emanates from an 'us.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 3

Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:24

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 3

As I write this blog I'm sat in a queue at Eurotunnel with one convoy of England/Wales football supporters and another of saloon racing cars. Two independent sets of British sports people enjoying freedom of movement into the EU for the purpose of pursuing their sporting passion. Un 23 June 2016 that freedom could begin to come to an end.

How could brexit change their lives?

Well there are essentially two Brexit possibilities:

  1. Leave on the Norway model – maintaining membership European Economic Area (EEA).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

The new sports strategy and the outsourcing of Primary Physical Education

Posted: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:35

The new sports strategy and the outsourcing of Primary Physical Education

The new sport strategy ensures that outsourcing of Primary Physical Education (PE) will continue until 2020, meaning that external providers will access the PE and Sport Premium funding for the duration of the this period. As this context is set to continue It is now more important than ever to take a moment, reflect and in football terms, 'get our heads up' and see what is in front of us.

In recent research by Parnell, Cope, Bailey and Widdop (2016) published in the peer-reviewed journal Sport in Society, a.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, PE, school sport

New research shows rugby instils character in pupils

Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 22:40

New research shows rugby instils character in pupils

"Showing great strength and character" – a phrase often used by pundits to praise a great sporting comeback or world beating achievement. But what if professional sport could build character traits in our schools, rather than just express it through our televisions sets?

In the Government's first all-encompassing sports strategy for 13 years, which was widely praised in many circles for pledging broader support for a range of policy priorities, including health, tackling crime and education, Prime Minister.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, school sport, Sport for development

Are you Square Fit?

Posted: Mon, 09 May 2016 21:46

Are you Square Fit?

Report from IHRSA (International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association), March 2016 Orlando, Florida, USA

Almost two years to the day, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network had purchased the virtual reality start-up Oculus Rift, for around $2 billion, the VR units appeared at IHRSA and Mark's sister Randi Zuckerberg was a keynote speaker.

Sponsored by Matrix Fitness, Randi's Keynote, 'It's Dot Complicated' was the first IHRSA keynote to use social media channels to broadcast.. Read More »

Tags: Sport

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 2

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 2

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy

2016 Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development

Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:54

2016 Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Sport for development, development, Sport and Development

We All Want a Level Playing Field

Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:09

We All Want a Level Playing Field

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, development, Sport for development, Local Government

You won't be caught napping with wearable sports tech

Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:43

You won't be caught napping with wearable sports tech

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 »

Tags: Sport

Global Comparisons of Physical Activity and Inactivity

Posted: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:25

Global Comparisons of Physical Activity and Inactivity

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 »

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