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 »
Posted: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:25
The Kia Oval in London was the venue for a joint conference with the Football Foundation and hosted by Sports Think Tank Director Andy Reed OBE - looking at outcome-based approaches to sports delivery and what this means to grassroots organisations in the sport sector.
The presentations and a panel-discussion outlined the 'seven steps' for the sector: Plan, Measure, Evidence, Communicate, Diversify, Innovate and Collaborate. The context for the issues in question was made clear: sports and PA (physical activity).. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:52
In 2015, SAQ International were commissioned by Leicestershire Public Health to conduct a pilot research project on the impact of their structured movement programme on reception and Key Stage 1 children. The goal was to determine what difference movement training made to children's physical abilities, self-confidence, learning skills, behaviour, well-being and legacy.
The Pilot Project
The pilot project involved 14 schools, 7 of these schools as part of the intervention, with the remaining 7 part of a control.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:18
In 2012, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the Coach Core programme; a 12 month paid apprenticeship for 16-24 year olds living in challenging communities.
Our mission is simply 3 to address things:
1) We want to train our young people to give them the best education and experiences that will allow them to progress in life but we also want them developing personally as well as professionally. We help them understand that planning, resilience and self-motivation.. Read More »
Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables
Posted: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:13
The 10th of October 2016 was World Mental Health Day. To coincide with the occasion, the BBC published a precis of the recent national well-being assessment. The upshot (individuals' economic outlook has improved, while fewer feel that they belong to their neighbourhood) seems almost trivial when set against the iconoclastic foreground of the commentary: school league tables should publish students' well-being alongside exam results.
Few subjects provoke like mental health. It is the unseen illness endured by.. Read More »