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Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:41

Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

"Sport is a very important subject at school, that's why I gave Quidditch such an important place at Hogwarts. I was very bad in sports, so I gave Harry a talent I would really loved to have. Who wouldn't want to fly?" - J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels

Even Greek mythology embraces the human desire to fly, as many of us might recall in the escape story of Daedalus and his son, Icarus, from Crete. He used wax and string to fasten feathers to reeds of varying lengths to imitate the curves of a bird's.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics

After the Olympics, could recent scandals impact on the integrity of sport?

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:17

After the Olympics, could recent scandals impact on the integrity of sport?

After the close of The Olympics last month, last night saw the closing ceremony for The Paralympics-- the pinnacle of sporting success for so many, yet the build-up was dominated by stories of scandals, corruption and state-sponsored doping.

We are hoping that (clean) sport will make the headlines over the next few weeks, not the unethical decisions of athletes and back room staff, but we appreciate that not everyone loves sport as much as we do at HPI Proactive!

So what does the general public think? We carried.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 4

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:29

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 4

So now we all know about Article 50. It has the character of a clause written on the assumption that it would never be invoked but with that prospect now ahead of us the consequences of its use are becoming apparent.

My view is that Article 50, when combined with UK Constitutional requirements and the careless drafting of the Brexit referendum question, creates a number of binds for the UK & the new PM. I've articulated these as follows:

Catch 22.

Article 50 cannot be triggered until the 'future relationship.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Opening up sport to new markets: The Impact of Technology

Posted: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:33

Opening up sport to new markets: The Impact of Technology

Modernising the way people search and book sports is essential to opening up sport and physical activity (PA) to the mass market. Innovative approaches to the ordering process in services like takeaways, taxis and accommodation have grown these markets exponentially. Learning lessons from these examples will have a big impact on grassroots sport.

Sport England's new strategy for an active nation hinges on the role sport plays in changing lives. Attention has shifted to concentrate on the benefits of leading active.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, sport england

Can Sport Help Address Civil Society's 'Brexistential Crisis'?

Posted: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:37

Can Sport Help Address Civil Society's 'Brexistential Crisis'?

Can Sport Help Address Civil Society's 'Brexistential Crisis'?

The EU referendum fallout has become a terrifying and bewildering spectre. Economic instability, political tumult and a resurgence in the most convulsive wave of nationalism since the nadir of the 1980's makes the current climate feel like a bad dream. In a reverse of the healing tolerance that our society experienced between the 90's and the 00's, the anti-immigration stance adopted by some in the Leave campaign and some of their supporters threatens.. Read More »

Tags: BREXIT, sport, community cohesion

"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