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Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:32

Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Played extensively in Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Guatemala, Padel* tennis was established in the UK and in Europe during the second half of the noughties. Holland, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Eire, and Portugal are now all Padel Tennis Nations. Padel tennis is . More recently the USA, India, and Monaco have also established Padel Tennis Federations.

*Padel is a form of tennis, played on a court approximately half the size of a traditional tennis.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 09:50

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

When it comes to protection of our football clubs, this country falls short. If you own a Listed Building, the Government quite rightly legislates to protect it. You can't just tear an old wing down and replace it with a new extension because it's "yours". Some of this country's most famous institutions are football clubs, yet they receive little in the way of protection from hostile owners.

Liverpool were only 24 hours away from administration under former joint owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette while the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 10:25

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

We live in an information age. The internet has meant that we now have a knowledge-based society, whilst recent technological innovations continue to ensure we live in an increasingly individualistic time. Access to goods, services, entertainment and information is available directly to individuals through their laptops, phones and tablets. With such direct access people are no longer dependent upon, or bound to, social or cultural institutions.. This has empowered individuals, giving them greater freedom and.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

New Sports and Short Formats

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:44

New Sports and Short Formats

With falling participation rates in many sports, including swimming, golf, badminton, tennis, squash and basketball, attention has turned recently to the formats of traditional games and how well they currently attract new participants and audiences. Prominent sports figures such as Rory McIlroy and John McEnroe have voiced concern over the pace of play and the length of matches in their respective sports, amid fears that both golf and tennis are losing their appeal to younger people. This need to attract new.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england, school sport

The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:16

The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

A couple of years ago I was taken by an item on BBC breakfast 'Girls and sport: Schools urged to make PE more attractive to girls'. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17873519). Suddenly the memories filled my brain of the years I was studying for my PhD and of the literature I was reading back then (2000-2003). I remember it like it was yesterday even though nearly 14 years have passed since then and suddenly we are still discussing the same issues of gender gap in participation in PE and sport; but somehow.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, PE, school sport

Getting Fitter - Fat Chance!

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:25

Getting Fitter - Fat Chance!

Obesity is one of the top three social burdens generated by human beings and costs the world as much as the number one - war, armed violence and terrorism - and number two, smoking. Yet existing evidence indicates that no single intervention is likely to have a significant overall impact in reducing it.

That's just one of many depressing conclusions of the recently produced McKinsey Global Institute report. The report recommended widespread intervention including restructuring urban and education environments.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:05

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

This time of year managers, coaches and players from across the country await the dreaded inevitable. Whether it be via an email, text message or a social media update, the crushing words "postponed due to pitch conditions", not only dampens the spirit of many, it reduces the amount of time people play. Even if a solitary game is squeezed in between the bleak weather conditions, the pitches are in such a poor condition that any notion of the beautiful game or the trending tiki-taka approach to football are well.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government, sport england

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:29

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

As always and quite rightly with the 2015 General Election looming ever nearer, the sport and physical activity sector is debating how to influence the policy-making processes to permit investment into improving community sporting opportunities. The relationship between sport and broader health policy is an obvious point of debate, especially given that health policy will be, along with education, a key battleground at the Election. It shouldn't, however, take an election to bring those debates to the fore... Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

Budget gyms, affordable fitness and the arrival of no-frills chic!

Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:35

Budget gyms, affordable fitness and the arrival of no-frills chic!

Bridging the gap between the desire for a healthy body and the allure of modern ease, convenience, and instant gratification – the health and fitness industry has shrugged off years of restructuring and retrenchment, a less than happy flirtation with public markets in the noughties, and a mixed relationship with private equity to emerge leaner and more responsive amid the uncertainty of the current economic climate (Financial Times, 2013). That being said, while the proportion of Britons with gym memberships.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:01

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

At the Youth Sport Trust our aim is to ensure every child has the opportunity to take part in high quality PE and sport opportunities at school. To achieve this, we work with a number of partners; whether it's securing corporate funding from Sky, Bupa and Matalan to deliver interventions, using individual donations to get our Girls Active work up and running, or working with government to deliver programmes such as the Sainsbury's School Games and Change4 Life Clubs.

Working across such a wide range of partnerships.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, Policy, PE