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Tags: Policy

Pioneers in Sport

Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:21

Pioneers in Sport

Pioneers in Sport was set up two years ago with a simple, but ambitious mission: to reinvigorate the sports industry by bringing together the leaders of tomorrow to help shape the business integrity, policy & future of sport.

Too often for young professionals working in sports administration, client and business contact is with people who have been in their jobs for far too long and are resistant to dynamic, forward-thinking ideas.

This is particularly damaging during a period in which much of the industry.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Integrity, Governance, Diversity

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

Tech Will Shape Our Industry

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:29

Tech Will Shape Our Industry

Gerald Ratner, in 1991, achieved notoriety in the UK after making a speech in which he jokingly denigrated two of the jewellery products sold by his company. The so called 'Ratner Effect' caused the company's near collapse. In the USA the hashtag #DeleteUber started trending in January and so far, 2017 for Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO, it's been annus horribilis.

Although Kalanick has stepped down from Trump's advisory council, prompting another mea culpa, the embattled ride hailing company is still surrounded.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Padel Tennis in 2017

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 07:53

Padel Tennis in 2017

I have been the President of the UK governing body for padel tennis since 2013. It was two years ago that I wrote for the Sports Think Tank about why this sport has such a huge potential for encouraging activity and fitness in the UK.

Such incredible things have happened since, and this update focuses on a few selected news stories illustrating the UK's growing standing as a padel-playing nation.

At the end of 2015 British Padel sent a team of eighteen junior boys and girls spanning three age categories to Mexico.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 5

Posted: Mon, 22 May 2017 08:48

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 5

It's now a year since I wrote the first of these blog articles and the Prime Minister has lit the fuse on the Article 50 petard by notifying the European Parliament of the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

In order to get to this position we've had rulings in both the High Court and the Supreme Court which established that the decision to leave the EU can only be taken by Parliament.

The Supreme Court ruling avoided the thorny issue of whether the fuse on Article 50, once lit, can be extinguished (the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

Posted: Mon, 15 May 2017 11:25

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

April 6th was the International Day for Sport and Development. Following the inaugural 2016 debate (covered by the Sports Think Tank here), to mark the occasion, six influential people from the sport and development arena convened to debate the motion: "Corruption in elite sport undermines the potential to promote development and peace through community sports."

The event was hosted at Australia House in London, an appropriate venue considering the next Commonwealth Games in 2018 will be hosted by the Gold Coast.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Legacy, Olympics

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

Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:13

Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

The attainment gap in education is as persistent as it is striking: 6 in 10 young people from low income backgrounds leave school without a minimum of 5 GCSEs – A* to C.

Within this bigger picture, the problem is particularly acute amongst young men from white British and black Caribbean families.

The reasons for this persistent underachievement are varied and complex – however, research shows two clear factors which underpin this gender gap. Boys are consistently less engaged with learning than their.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Sport and Development

2017: the year that Golf addresses its gender imbalance

Posted: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:26

2017: the year that Golf addresses its gender imbalance

The US Masters has kicked off. A bit like when people dust of their racquets at the beginning of the Wimbledon fortnight – it marks the traditional start of the year for the avid golf fan and spurs regulars to pick up their clubs. However, the glamour and profile of the professional game risks masking major challenges at the grassroots, with participation and club membership in long-term decline in most mature golf markets.

Our sport needs to be shaken out of its traditional, conservative mindset and appeal.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

No More Rubbish Excuses

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50

No More Rubbish Excuses

One of the basic requirements of a civilised society is that the law and enforcement agencies will protect the innocent and ensure that right and justice prevails.

That is until it comes to one of the scourges of the modern age, fly tipping: when a third party can break into your property, claim squatters rights and then proceed to dump tonnes of domestic building waste. Meanwhile because the police are apparently powerless to intervene you have to spend precious time going through the courts to acquire the necessary.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government