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Tags: London 2012

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:55

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

"Sporting success in elite sporting events like the Olympics provides fantastic theatre but does that mean we can maintain or increase funding when there are so many more important priorities?"

Following the recent Sports Think Tank article on the discussion hosted by Pro Bono Economics in support of their report on the Olympic legacy, you are advised to read this recent essay by Martyn Allison, Chris Cutforth and Steve Wood in the Leisure Review that continues the debate over the funding balance between elite.. Read More »

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

Supporting the Transition Away from Elite Sport

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 10:27

Supporting the Transition Away from Elite Sport

It was a real privilege to be invited up to Leeds recently to discuss all things Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds Rhinos.

The occasion was made even more special by the presence of Jonathan Pendlebury, who I'd last seen 9 years earlier when we were team-mates at Premiership rugby union side, Gloucester. Our paths have taken very different directions since hanging up our boots, but rugby and the welfare of the next generation saw us reunited.

I was invited to deliver a short masterclass around a typical career journey.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, UK Sport

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 07:58

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

The news is currently full of the frightening statistic that more than 20 million people in the UK risk heart disease and other illnesses because they are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation.

At Spirit of 2012, the funding charity that I am proud to lead, this was – alas - not surprising news. It is one of the reasons we are committing our National Lottery funding to the battle against inactivity across the UK.

Last year, we launched Get Out & Get Active (GOGA),.. Read More »

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

On sport and the media

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:13

On sport and the media

Against some pretty stiff competition, the concept of 'fake news' was one of the most depressing phenomena to emerge from 2016.

Fuelled by the desire to attract ever more viewers and consumers, we've finally got to the point where it doesn't matter if news is true or not.

As a former national sports editor raised and educated on the fine traditions of the Press Association and the BBC, I feel we've sunk pretty low. To the point where people in Cornwall and north Wales are voting en masse to get rid of their EU.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, London 2012, Olympics, Local Government, Sport for development, sport england

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

Posted: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:53

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

Switch the Play's second conference and networking event took place at the Loughborough University campus at the Olympic Park in Stratford last month. The above title is a quote from the introduction by Rob Young, co-founder of this social enterprise aimed at helping people through and beyond sport; supporting, guiding and facilitating athletes in the transition into employment at the end of their careers.

With a growing list of high-profile clients including NGBs, as well as elite and professional clubs, Switch.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics, UK Sport

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