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Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:52

Movement and Physical Literacy Training in Primary Schools: Pilot research in Leicestershire

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 »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE, gove

"Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym"?

Posted: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:06

"Those who can't do, teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym"?

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 »

Tags: Sport, school sport, PE

The new sports strategy and the outsourcing of Primary Physical Education

Posted: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:35

The new sports strategy and the outsourcing of Primary Physical Education

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.

In recent research by Parnell, Cope, Bailey and Widdop (2016) published in the peer-reviewed journal Sport in Society, a.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, PE, school sport

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

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

'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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Legacy, PE, gove

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