Tags: London 2012
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, 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that basketball was incapable of winning an Olympic medal in the foreseeable future, and that all funding should be withdrawn from its performance programme.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: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01
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 »
Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:05
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 »
Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:59
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 »
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 »
What does a city need with a velodrome? Sporting facilities and legacy: the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, 1970 and 1986
Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:26
As we move through the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the talk of the commentariat inevitably shifts towards what the competition's legacy will be. Host nations and cities of major competitions increasingly tout the value of legacy when attempting to justify the costs of such tournaments, despite subsequent targets with regard to sporting performance and tourism rarely being met. So one of the more tangible aspects of legacy involves the building of facilities that are deemed to be 'world-class', ones which.. Read More »
Major Sporting Events: Why are we so keen to host them and do they bring the benefits we’re led to believe? Part 2
Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:59
A recent Commonwealth Games evaluation report produced by the Scottish government found that preparation for the games has boosted Scotland's economy by £52m each year and that £257m worth of contracts relating to the Games have been won by Scottish companies. Encouraging figures, but are they significant numbers when considering the wider and longer-term economic impact of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games? Recalling the words of Georgios Kavetsos and Stefan Szymanski, it's worth remembering that the.. Read More »
Major Sporting Events: Why are we so keen to host them and do they bring the benefits we’re led to believe? Part 1
Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:37
Last week, Brazil unveiled its $10 billion infrastructure budget for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Here in the UK, it's coming up to two years after the London Games and, with the football World Cup in Brazil and The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow both imminent, it's more reason to reflect on the impacts of inviting one of the world's great sporting circuses to pitch its Big Top on your village green. We're only too aware of how precarious our own Olympic legacy is at the moment, approaching two years.. 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 »