Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17
Physical education (PE) in the UK is in a poor state. A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood highlights this ongoing issue with the goal of starting a process of realising changes to PE that will allow every school pupil the chance to achieve a healthy, lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity.
According to the report, in what will no doubt be familiar lamentations, to achieve the current public policy outcomes, PE as a subject must overcome a raft.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:05
Debating whether to join a gym or a team to exercise this winter? A new LSE study suggests that by playing sport in a team you will not only gain the health benefits of exercise, but you may also be happier.
In a large-scale survey of athletes, those who reported greater team satisfaction also reported being more satisfied with their lives overall. Data was analysed from 459 athletes between 12 to 20 years of age who were recruited from a diverse range of sports such as swimming, athletics, basketball and cycling,.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:52
In 2015, SAQ International were commissioned by Leicestershire Public Health to conduct a pilot research project on the impact of their structured movement programme on reception and Key Stage 1 children. The goal was to determine what difference movement training made to children's physical abilities, self-confidence, learning skills, behaviour, well-being and legacy.
The Pilot Project
The pilot project involved 14 schools, 7 of these schools as part of the intervention, with the remaining 7 part of a control.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:06
I recently heard Woody Allen's riff on the famous line in George Bernard Shaw's 'Man and Superman' via a friend who works in a secondary school, deep in London's leafy suburbia. When we were discussing my work - with sports practitioners in schools, to drive sport for development programmes - her trite response was:
"You work with them! Really?! How on earth do you manage?! I don't envy you!"
Upon closer inspection, the root of her polemic – and seemingly that of many teachers – emanates from an 'us.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:35
The new sport strategy ensures that outsourcing of Primary Physical Education (PE) will continue until 2020, meaning that external providers will access the PE and Sport Premium funding for the duration of the this period. As this context is set to continue It is now more important than ever to take a moment, reflect and in football terms, 'get our heads up' and see what is in front of us.
The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing
Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:21
'Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity'
(John F.Kennedy, American President)
With the General Election now behind us and with both Ministerial Portfolios and spending reviews currently in the process of being updated and finalised, what real future is there for the one true non-sedentary subject of the national curriculum?
Five years ago, Government Ministers hastily pursued their targeted 10-25% cuts as part.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:16
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 »
Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:01
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 »
Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:34
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 »
Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:12
"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 »