Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50
One of the basic requirements of a civilised society is that the law and enforcement agencies will protect the innocent and ensure that right and justice prevails.
That is until it comes to one of the scourges of the modern age, fly tipping: when a third party can break into your property, claim squatters rights and then proceed to dump tonnes of domestic building waste. Meanwhile because the police are apparently powerless to intervene you have to spend precious time going through the courts to acquire the necessary.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:24
The Paralympics have been a huge success for disability sport. The fact that initiatives such as The 4 All Games are gaining traction is testament to the new profile that disabled athletes enjoy. However, in the words of Sport England: "there is more to be done".
The last Active People Survey revealed that a person with a disability is half as likely to participate in sport as someone without a disability. Society needs to challenge and push the inclusivity dialogue on; to do this, we must first appreciate where.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:29
On International Women's Day, Laura Holloway from Basketball England reflects on what we can learn from young female basketball players about the diverse female sporting community.
There's so much to celebrate in women's sport at the moment. From This Girl Can successfully getting more women and girls active, to a victorious Kadeena Cox on the podium in Rio, to women's WBBL basketball on the BBC red button, it feels like there's more interest in women's sport than ever.
But if those of us working in sport and.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17
Physical education (PE) in the UK is in a poor state. A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood highlights this ongoing issue with the goal of starting a process of realising changes to PE that will allow every school pupil the chance to achieve a healthy, lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity.
According to the report, in what will no doubt be familiar lamentations, to achieve the current public policy outcomes, PE as a subject must overcome a raft.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:05
Debating whether to join a gym or a team to exercise this winter? A new LSE study suggests that by playing sport in a team you will not only gain the health benefits of exercise, but you may also be happier.
In a large-scale survey of athletes, those who reported greater team satisfaction also reported being more satisfied with their lives overall. Data was analysed from 459 athletes between 12 to 20 years of age who were recruited from a diverse range of sports such as swimming, athletics, basketball and cycling,.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:18
As a relatively fair-weather sport aficionado – who doesn't necessarily subscribe to the tribalism of fandom – I have asked myself on more than one occasion: "why do I care about sport? It's just a bit of fun, right? It doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things!" After all, there are more important things to be worried about aren't there?
The argument against sports' blind loyalism seemed a pretty simple one, and if this were a debate, a pretty easy argument to win. However, recent events.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:13
Against some pretty stiff competition, the concept of 'fake news' was one of the most depressing phenomena to emerge from 2016.
Fuelled by the desire to attract ever more viewers and consumers, we've finally got to the point where it doesn't matter if news is true or not.
As a former national sports editor raised and educated on the fine traditions of the Press Association and the BBC, I feel we've sunk pretty low. To the point where people in Cornwall and north Wales are voting en masse to get rid of their EU.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05
In the first throes of a new year the tendency is to look toward the future: my protean resolutions related to accommodating new habits, diets or a career change still retain some of their integrity (at the time of writing). However, like a man opening the fridge on Boxing Day and being faced by a Tupperware Hadrian's Wall, allow me to recall previous indulgences briefly.
In quantitative terms, I find it difficult to articulate how 2016's sporting apogees have influenced the landscape of 2017. The successes of.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:52
For over a year, there have been countless images of people enduring hardship and tragedy in Syria. Like those fleeing similar situations in places like Sudan, Eritrea, and Afghanistan, sport may be the farthest thing from refugees mind, but it still has an important role to play.
This aspect was explored at '"Refugees Welcome": Football fans and community in Europe', an event hosted by the University of Brighton in November 2015. Funded by a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award, the event worked in.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:53
Switch the Play's second conference and networking event took place at the Loughborough University campus at the Olympic Park in Stratford last month. The above title is a quote from the introduction by Rob Young, co-founder of this social enterprise aimed at helping people through and beyond sport; supporting, guiding and facilitating athletes in the transition into employment at the end of their careers.
With a growing list of high-profile clients including NGBs, as well as elite and professional clubs, Switch.. Read More »