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Tags: London 2012

Inclusion: A Whole New Ball Game

Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:40

Inclusion: A Whole New Ball Game

The London 2012 Paralympic Games, the fourteenth Summer Games, set a new benchmark for Rio and Japan.

With 4,302 athletes from 164 countries taking part in 503 events in 20 sports, it was the largest Paralympics ever. Great Britain, as host nation, sent 294 athletes to compete, the largest delegation, followed by China with 284 and United States with 223. Russia and Brazil both had 181; Australia, 160; France, 158; Germany, 152; and Japan, 135.

The Paralympic movement has grown since the first ever organised sporting.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, Paralympics

A single, permanent Olympic site would help us reclaim the integrity of sport

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:11

A single, permanent Olympic site would help us reclaim the integrity of sport

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.

My idea of a permanent Olympic site has been accused of being unrealistic or impractical. However, with every major sporting.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, Olympics, 2012, Paralympics, Olympic legacy

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

The government announced its long awaited Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) last month with expectations for cuts across the board for sports bodies funded by DCMS. At the time cuts of 30% had been heavily trailed.

The Sports Think Tank responded to the early details announced by the Chancellor on the Wednesday evening.

Andy Reed said, "As always it is right to be cautious in the immediate aftermath of a Budget or Spending Review. The statement in the House only covers a fraction of the details that have been.. Read More »

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

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:48

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Participation in sport once a week is down to 35.5% of adults (The Guardian, 2015), local authority spending on sport and leisure has been cut from £1.4bn in 2009-10 to £1bn in 2013 (The Guardian, 2015). There is no wonder that the UK media are beginning to challenge the value, impact and legacy of the £9.3bn London Olympics.

The dismantling of the structures concerned with community sport, spearheaded by austerity-driven policy measures, have without doubt contributed to this demise in participation... Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, London 2012, Legacy, Sport for development, Olympic legacy

A lasting legacy or an inspired generation?

Posted: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:04

A lasting legacy or an inspired generation?

While Stuart Lancaster was focussed on capitalising on home advantage at the start of the Rugby World Cup, Steve Grainger is the one tasked to create a lasting legacy from the third 'mega' sporting event hosted by the United Kingdom in the last three years.

The impact on the country shows the economic benefits of the tournament in the short term. However, there are also wider benefits that are expected to leave a lasting legacy. The various Rugby World Cup venues place host cities in a global shop window for.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Legacy, London 2012, Olympics, Olympic legacy

Cooperation in the sport and physical activity industry

Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00

Cooperation in the sport and physical activity industry

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"

Henry Ford

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 »

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

Elite Funding and British Basketball

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:23

Elite Funding and British Basketball

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 »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Legacy, community sport, Olympics, Policy, 2012, UkSport, UK Sport

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

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

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