Tags: London 2012
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 »
Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:52
As you can see from our news section UKSport have made their funding decision for the Rio Cycle as part of their No Compromise approach to elite funding.
There has been an understandable argument in the media over the last few days from those sports that hoped to retain or gain funding up to 2016. There is also a wider but less vocal sports world outside the Olympics who want to know why as a country we only value Gold medals.
In response to some of this criticism the following was quoted in MVP magazine about.. Read More »
Posted: Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:05
We have become obsessed by the word 'Legacy' since the end of the Olympics and Paralympics. Here at the Think Tank we are aware of the wide range number of initiatives that make up our attempts to create that legacy and over the coming months we hope to showcase some of the best projects so that we can replicate them across the country.
However, the poll released today by the Sport & Recreation Alliance shows just how much work there is to do match the policy headlines with the experience on the ground.
I.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:37
London 2012 has been spectacularly successful. Aside from Team GB's stunning medal-winning exploits, the Olympic naysayers have been confounded by the infectious enthusiasm of the crowds and the thousands of volunteers, the streamlined organisation of the Games and the tremendous dignity with which most competitors have greeted victory and defeat alike. As one newspaper editorial commented, the Olympics have produced an unprecedented, shared sense of 'national good feeling', celebrated in all corners of theUnited.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 08:04
The secrecy surrounding the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony caused a great deal of media attention. So how wonderful it was to see 7 young potential future Olympians light it on behalf of the past stars. "Inspire a Generation" has been the selling point for these Olympics - right from the start when the bid was won in Singapore with a compelling story of inspiring children from across the globe to participate in sport.
So we are sold. Indeed I have resold the line a million times - the inspirational.. Read More »