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: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:11
With accusations of state-sanctioned doping levelled at Russia and some results from the 2012 London Olympic Games called into question, the integrity of elite global sport has rarely looked more fragile. The time has come to dump the piecemeal reforms and decide on a permanent venue for our flagship tournament; it would centralise control over events and even the training of the athletes.
Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:15
A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to speak at The Federation of Irish Sport event in Dublin to a gathering of Irish politicians, NGBs and others interested in the power of sport. The Federation - which represents 76 National Governing Bodies and 27 local sports partnerships - were launching their Manifesto for Irish Sport and I was part of a panel to set out the case, or not, for a government sports strategy.
Irish sport has come a long way since dedicated government investment commenced in 1997. Like in.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:23
As many readers may now be aware, earlier this year UK Sport judged that basketball was incapable of winning an Olympic medal in the foreseeable future, and that all funding should be withdrawn from its performance programme.
Basketball wasn't alone because a number of sports were told the same thing. Most were team sports who, incidentally, were given a chance to build through taking host places at London 2012. Most went into London 2012 not just to participate, but to compete; to go where they had never been.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:44
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 »
Posted: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:07
UK Sport's decision to withdraw funding from six Olympic sports recently has caused a furore amongst commentators criticising the 'No Compromise' approach to achieving Olympic medal success. It is argued that UK Sport's policy is disproportionate and exacerbates inequality among sports at the top level that may take decades to overcome. For the critics, the stand-out sport among those left behind is basketball, an accessible sport with growing popularity (the biggest grassroots base of any Olympic team sport).. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:20
The Sports Minister Hugh Robertson today set out the 2012 Legacy Plan in a written Ministerial Statement ahead of the Recess. Normally statements put out in this way are just to hit a deadline. I can imagine there was a desperate need to head into the September recess with some form of statement in the public domain.
What we have is enclosed in the attachment. We will try to analyse the document more fully but here is a quick assessment.
First we have to say it is not a strategy or a plan - but a list of what.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:03
Inspire a Generation – The Legacy of 2012
Much has been said of what the legacy should be from the London Olympic Games and how it should be developed. The motto of the games has been "Inspire a Generation". From the moment the opening ceremony introduced not only the world, but a generation of young people to an abridged version of our history, to Sir Steve Redgrave passing the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron on to 7 young athletes, this Olympic Games has captured the imagination of the next generation.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:10
It is now a week after the Olympics and stories have filled page after page in our national media. This week we have seen articles about the athletes (and their private lives in some) and the legacy. But the political pages have been full too of stories about school playing fields and the growth of self confidence in multi cultural Britain. There have been unexpected legacies from these Games.
Here are a few of the stories from today which have caught our eye.
In the NewStatesman Alan White has written an interesting.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:02
No one can deny that the London 2012 Olympic Games have been a resounding success for Team GB, and Great Britain as a whole. The upsurge in support and patriotism for Team GB, and the third place in the medals table, have given us all something to shout about and celebrate.
Inevitably, we now have politicians making announcements and statements on their thoughts and plans for the future, and of course we must welcome these if they are to create the crucial sporting legacy of increased sports participation, and.. Read More »