Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:34
There are only 10 weeks of campaigning left to what political pundits are calling the most unpredictable General Election in living memory. But whoever takes office has been tasked by us at the Sport and Recreation Alliance to raise the heartbeat of the nation over the course of the next parliament.
With important issues such as the financial deficit, economic growth and our place as a nation in the world at the forefront of election discussions, there may not be as much said as we would like about the role the.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:28
The latest Sport England Active People Survey shows a drop of over 120,000 disabled people being active once a week. But what do the numbers really tell us?
- Over the eight years of measurement there has been a marginal growth in disabled people's participation – just ahead of the rate for non-disabled people. However, that still means that over 80% of disabled people do less than 30 minutes activity per week.
- From such a low base, we should be greatly concerned about any drop but need to be more focused.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:12
"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."
Gordon Gekko, Wall Street
The sports and physical activity sector has changed a great deal over the last two decades. One of the most significant changes is in its collection and use of data.
Just a few years ago, there was a dearth of useful data in the sector. However, over the last 10 years, there has been a considerable increase in the data available on participation and activity: The Active People Survey (APS), begun in 2005, now provides an annual overview.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26
With less than three months to go, bookmakers are offering odds of 20/1 on any coalition involving The Green Party. In the current broadening of the UK's political landscape sport has a unique opportunity to widen its support-base and to understand and influence the sports policies of the smaller parties. A visit to their policy website reveals welcome information on the The Green Party's philosophy on sport and its role in society. A link to the policy website is given below, with some of the highlights detailed.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:07
A review of the paper: "'Is it Worth it?' A Qualitative Study of the Beliefs of Overweight and Obese Physically Active Children" by Kiara Lewis, Claire Fraser, and Martin Manby, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11, 1219-1224, @2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.
This paper gently challenges much of the highly politicised contemporary rhetoric that has been spawned in the lead up to the London 2012 Games about how we motivate our children to be more active. The research illustrates how by taking a refreshing.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:27
A conference of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) in October highlighted how external threats are endangering the integrity of sport, from match fixing and betting to terrorism and cyber-crime. The sport security industry is expanding rapidly as mechanisms to mitigate such threats are demanded both by nations and cities that host major sporting events and by the bodies that award them, such as the IOC and FIFA.
But all the security systems in the world will not save sport if its core asset –.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:13
What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?
By Dr Dan Parnell
Sport and leisure, and by its very nature physical activity, has been a key element of Local Authorities (LAs). Some would say, it is now a part of our cultural heritage. Certainly, for me, LA provision allowed for access to football (social inclusion projects) and extra curricular sport based provision (under the guise of '8-15s' years provision – which included the formidable "wet, wild and wobbly" attraction at the Oval leisure.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:24
Back in October I took part in a panel discussion at the Battle of Ideas (http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/) at London's Barbican Centre. The event was titled: "What Makes a Great Sporting Leader?" And I was part of a panel of 5 speakers from the worlds of social commentary and journalism. Many aspects of this question interest me and it was a lively and high-quality debate among panellists approaching the question from diverse perspectives. The content was punctuated of course by many mentions of Alex Ferguson.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"
The sports and physical activity industry is a young and constantly changing one, which covers a variety of areas. It encompasses the fun and excitement of the sports sector and the growing importance of the health and wellbeing sector. It crosses the public, private and third sector, and works across a number of Government departments. It attracts political interest (particularly when it suits politicians).. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:26
A year ago the Government was telling us that the annual cost of obesity was around £5bn. Specialists who had a better grip on the overall economic consequences of the issue were working to a figure of between £25 – £30bn. In November, however, the "true" figure of £47bn was published by the internationally respected consultancy, McKinsey Global Institute. It caught everyone on the hop. It was an alarm call and, crucially, government did not dispute the figures. In the run up to.. Read More »