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The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:16

The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

A couple of years ago I was taken by an item on BBC breakfast 'Girls and sport: Schools urged to make PE more attractive to girls'. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17873519). Suddenly the memories filled my brain of the years I was studying for my PhD and of the literature I was reading back then (2000-2003). I remember it like it was yesterday even though nearly 14 years have passed since then and suddenly we are still discussing the same issues of gender gap in participation in PE and sport; but somehow.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, PE, school sport

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:01

Building a cross-party consensus on school sport

At the Youth Sport Trust our aim is to ensure every child has the opportunity to take part in high quality PE and sport opportunities at school. To achieve this, we work with a number of partners; whether it's securing corporate funding from Sky, Bupa and Matalan to deliver interventions, using individual donations to get our Girls Active work up and running, or working with government to deliver programmes such as the Sainsbury's School Games and Change4 Life Clubs.

Working across such a wide range of partnerships.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, Policy, PE

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:34

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

There are only 10 weeks of campaigning left to what political pundits are calling the most unpredictable General Election in living memory. But whoever takes office has been tasked by us at the Sport and Recreation Alliance to raise the heartbeat of the nation over the course of the next parliament.

With important issues such as the financial deficit, economic growth and our place as a nation in the world at the forefront of election discussions, there may not be as much said as we would like about the role the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, PE, Local Government

Data Collection in The Sport & Physical Activity Sector

Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:12

Data Collection in The Sport & Physical Activity Sector

"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."

Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

The sports and physical activity sector has changed a great deal over the last two decades. One of the most significant changes is in its collection and use of data.

Just a few years ago, there was a dearth of useful data in the sector. However, over the last 10 years, there has been a considerable increase in the data available on participation and activity: The Active People Survey (APS), begun in 2005, now provides an annual overview.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE, sport england, Policy

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

With less than three months to go, bookmakers are offering odds of 20/1 on any coalition involving The Green Party. In the current broadening of the UK's political landscape sport has a unique opportunity to widen its support-base and to understand and influence the sports policies of the smaller parties. A visit to their policy website reveals welcome information on the The Green Party's philosophy on sport and its role in society. A link to the policy website is given below, with some of the highlights detailed.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Olympics, Local Government, PE, gove

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:07

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

A review of the paper: "'Is it Worth it?' A Qualitative Study of the Beliefs of Overweight and Obese Physically Active Children" by Kiara Lewis, Claire Fraser, and Martin Manby, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11, 1219-1224, @2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

This paper gently challenges much of the highly politicised contemporary rhetoric that has been spawned in the lead up to the London 2012 Games about how we motivate our children to be more active. The research illustrates how by taking a refreshing.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, PE

Enjoy Exercise, Feel Fit and Fight Flab

Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:26

Enjoy Exercise, Feel Fit and Fight Flab

A year ago the Government was telling us that the annual cost of obesity was around £5bn. Specialists who had a better grip on the overall economic consequences of the issue were working to a figure of between £25 – £30bn. In November, however, the "true" figure of £47bn was published by the internationally respected consultancy, McKinsey Global Institute. It caught everyone on the hop. It was an alarm call and, crucially, government did not dispute the figures. In the run up to.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, Policy, PE

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

Swimming Against The Tide

Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:49

Swimming Against The Tide

This joyous picture will be one of the enduring images of the 2014 Ryder Cup: the victorious team celebrating with their captain at the very moment that one of the analogies they had used, geese flying in formation, appeared overhead.

As Head of Sport for United Learning, a national group of independent schools and state academies, I am often asked what it is that I do. This image from the Ryder Cup is both a useful metaphor and a reminder of one of our greatest challenges.

In one sense, the schools and PE/sport.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE

Sport in Schools: Competition versus No Competition

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:51

Sport in Schools: Competition versus No Competition

The debate around competition in junior sport and physical education rears its head every now and again, the most recent exchange having started some weeks ago when Surrey Rugby removed score-keeping from matches for 6-11 year-olds.

It's good that schools, clubs, their teachers and coaches are heeding the responses of children and curbing competition in order to get and keep children involved. As we know from the MCC/Chance to Shine report, 64% of 8-16 years-olds questioned said they would be 'relieved' or 'not.. Read More »

Tags: school sport, PE

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