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Troubling Times for School Sport?

Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01

Troubling Times for School Sport?

With the average Primary School in England receiving over £9000 per year as part of a £750million Government drive to increase the number of children participating in sport, it certainly seems that the London 2012 "legacy" is in place with a healthy future beckoning for our next generation.

However, behind the political headlines, issues persist in the sector:

Baroness Sue Campbell, chairman of the Youth Sport Trust and former head of UK Sport, recently criticized the delivery of PE lessons in UK state.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, school sport, Policy, PE, gove

Swimming Against The Tide

Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49

Swimming Against The Tide

This joyous picture will be one of the enduring images of the 2014 Ryder Cup: the victorious team celebrating with their captain at the very moment that one of the analogies they had used, geese flying in formation, appeared overhead.

As Head of Sport for United Learning, a national group of independent schools and state academies, I am often asked what it is that I do. This image from the Ryder Cup is both a useful metaphor and a reminder of one of our greatest challenges.

In one sense, the schools and PE/sport.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE

10 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Liberal Democrats Conference 2014

Posted: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:18

10 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Liberal Democrats Conference 2014

The Sports Think Tank was present in Glasgow for the final party conference this Autumn – the Liberal Democrats. We attended a number of fringe events and speeches and drew the following observations from the overall event.

1. Transport, but not sport

CTC, the national cycling charity and proponents of the Get Britain Cycling campaign, hosted a fringe with transport representatives from the Liberal Democrat Party (as they did for the Labour and Conservative Conferences), but perhaps most significantly with.. Read More »

Tags: Liberal Democrats, Conference, Policy, Manifesto

10 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Labour Conference 2014

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:42

10 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Labour Conference 2014

The Sports Think Tank were present in Manchester at the Labour party conference to witness the party's plans for sport in the next parliament and to see some partner organisations meeting and debating with Shadow Minister of Sport, Clive Efford MP.

1. Sport's absence from the main stage

It was disappointing for the sector not to see sport mentioned from the main conference stage. This was despite that the Shadow Sports Minister having published his initial plan for school and community sport in the More Sport.. Read More »

Tags: Labour, Sport, Legacy, community sport, Conference

8 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Conservative Conference 2014

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:05

8 Sporting Reflections from the Annual Conservative Conference 2014

As in Manchester with the Labour Party the week before, The Sports Think Tank were present in Birmingham at the Conservative party conference to witness the party's plans for sport in the next parliament and to see some partner organisations meeting and debating with Minister of Sport, Helen Grant MP.

1. Unlike in Manchester the topic of sport received some significant mention on the main stage. Though sport has slipped down the agenda since the London Olympics, moving the DCMS agenda to the main conference stage.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Olympics, Policy, Local Government, community sport

Sport and the Scottish Referendum

Posted: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:41

Sport and the Scottish Referendum

With the historic vote on the Scottish Referendum on independence only a day away we know one thing: that whatever the outcome politically the UK will never be the same again. While the impact of a 'no' vote is likely to have little impact on sport in the longer term, divining the likely consequences to sport from a 'yes' vote is not easy. As like most other issues in the debate, any divorce will be a messy business, especially when one party has, so far refused, to accept the situation and look to the future.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, UkSport, Paralympics, Olympics

Welcome to the Dissident Games

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:59

Welcome to the Dissident Games

In the end, even Usain had a good time. But despite the unqualified success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, many will continue to question the purpose of the event and its role in an ever more crowded sporting calendar. Comparisons with the Olympics are inevitable. How can the so-called 'friendly games' – an anachronism of Empire – ever compete with the International Olympic Committee's multi-billion dollar sporting monster? The smart answer is not to copy the Olympics, but instead to lead.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, community sport, UK Sport

Major events in the UK: Does soft power come into play for the next decade of sports policy?

Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:44

Major events in the UK: Does soft power come into play for the next decade of sports policy?

From the picturesque landscape of the Yorkshire Dales in the Tour de France, to John Barrowman clasping a man's face and kissing him on the lips during the Commonwealth Games ceremony in Glasgow: the implications for Britain's obsession for major sporting events are there for the billions of viewers worldwide to see. Yet these magificant sporting spectacles have another equally significant impact. As the recent House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power states, in the view of the British Council, 'sport has.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, 2012, Policy, UkSport, Olympic legacy, Paralympics

Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:34

Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Alan Bairner

With London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 now events of the past, it is a good time to consider whether we British should be patting ourselves on our collective backs or if it is time to consider the possibility that, in the quest for Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, something may have gone missing. In the course of such deliberations, we may also wish to consider what we can learn from some of our nearest neighbours.

The claim that sport matters more to people in the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, community sport, Policy, UkSport, sport england

Dan Corry and New Philanthropy Capital

Posted: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:47

Dan Corry and New Philanthropy Capital

Like many people I am passionate about sport – indeed passionate enough about wanting it to be taken more seriously that in the early 2000's I tried with colleagues to get Sportsthinktank.com going. While that put its head gingerly above the ground with a few reports and events it then faded away due to lack of attention from over-busy founders. Luckily, Andy Reed has now taken up the cudgels and is doing a fine job.

I now head an organisation, NPC, that tries to help people think about how we can use the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Sport for development, community sport, development, Sport and Development, Policy