Posted: Tue, 17 May 2016 22:40
"Showing great strength and character" – a phrase often used by pundits to praise a great sporting comeback or world beating achievement. But what if professional sport could build character traits in our schools, rather than just express it through our televisions sets?
In the Government's first all-encompassing sports strategy for 13 years, which was widely praised in many circles for pledging broader support for a range of policy priorities, including health, tackling crime and education, Prime Minister.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:30
So it's 24 June and the country has voted for Brexit and the Prime Minister has said that firstly, he will notify the European Council immediately of Britain's withdrawal from the EU and secondly, that he will remain in office to negotiate the withdrawal settlement.
There are good reasons to think that neither of these is likely.
Firstly it would not be in the UK's best interests to notify the Council of Europe immediately because it sets the 2-year exit clock ticking and given the sheer complexity of the exit.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:54
With just under 2 years to go before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, over 100 people gathered at South Africa House in London to attend the 2016 Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development, an inaugural debate to mark April 6th 2016 as the third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Six expert panellists debated the motion: "To maximise the contribution that sport can make to sustainable development, governments should focus investment on sport for health."
The debate was a lively affair.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:09
Don't you just love those David Attenborough natural history programmes where he passionately describes the plight of another endangered species? And following the programme the charity promoting the cause is inundated with donations from people like you and me who want to see the species protected forever. Playing fields are a bit like that but no-one is making emotive television programmes campaigning against their loss. This is strange considering how much they play a part in people's lives.
For those of us.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:25
It is well-recognised that levels of physical activity (PA) in the UK are not only too low, but are also contributing to the growing health crisis. While obesity and PA are often linked, we still await the Government's long overdue Obesity Strategy to understand how important PA will be in Government plans to tackle this particular issue. In any case, the evidence is clear, PA is good for your health and therefore also for our much-overloaded NHS.
With global bodies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO),.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Mar 2016 09:49
So what effect will Brexit have on British sport? Sport has a special relationship with society – we refer to it as the 'specificity' of sport – we acknowledge and value the role of sport in engendering national pride, promoting social integration, in education, in the health and wellbeing of the nation, young and old.
We accord sport organisations special tax concessions, we underpin sport with expenditure from the public purse and we encourage investment, enterprise and philanthropy with the purpose.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:23
The debate around a possible UK exit from the EU has not been something that appears to have been overly gripping the sports industry the length and breadth of the country.
While the cry of 'keep politics out of sport' is a well-worn, if misplaced phrase, we know that at a range of levels, the world of sport is of course saturated with politics.
From displays of outpourings of collective national identity at international sporting events, through to the politics that surround the governance and integrity of sports.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:02
Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 welcomes the publication of the government's new strategy for an active nation.
Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government's approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.
As.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36
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 »
Posted: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:18
After a previous article on the Economic Impact of Sport in the West of England (http://bit.ly/1PIxr49), I had the opportunity to present on the impact of health on productivity at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Annual Conference on the 12th November, 2015. Appearing alongside business leaders and academics, I wondered whether the message I had would stand up.
I followed Professor Andrew Graves (BathUniversity and MIT) discussing productivity and challenges regarding UK manufacturing,.. Read More »