Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:28
The latest Sport England Active People Survey shows a drop of over 120,000 disabled people being active once a week. But what do the numbers really tell us?
- Over the eight years of measurement there has been a marginal growth in disabled people's participation – just ahead of the rate for non-disabled people. However, that still means that over 80% of disabled people do less than 30 minutes activity per week.
- From such a low base, we should be greatly concerned about any drop but need to be more focused.. 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 »
Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26
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 »
Posted: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:27
A conference of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) in October highlighted how external threats are endangering the integrity of sport, from match fixing and betting to terrorism and cyber-crime. The sport security industry is expanding rapidly as mechanisms to mitigate such threats are demanded both by nations and cities that host major sporting events and by the bodies that award them, such as the IOC and FIFA.
But all the security systems in the world will not save sport if its core asset –.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:13
What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?
By Dr Dan Parnell
Sport and leisure, and by its very nature physical activity, has been a key element of Local Authorities (LAs). Some would say, it is now a part of our cultural heritage. Certainly, for me, LA provision allowed for access to football (social inclusion projects) and extra curricular sport based provision (under the guise of '8-15s' years provision – which included the formidable "wet, wild and wobbly" attraction at the Oval leisure.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:24
Back in October I took part in a panel discussion at the Battle of Ideas (http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/) at London's Barbican Centre. The event was titled: "What Makes a Great Sporting Leader?" And I was part of a panel of 5 speakers from the worlds of social commentary and journalism. Many aspects of this question interest me and it was a lively and high-quality debate among panellists approaching the question from diverse perspectives. The content was punctuated of course by many mentions of Alex Ferguson.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:00
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"
The sports and physical activity industry is a young and constantly changing one, which covers a variety of areas. It encompasses the fun and excitement of the sports sector and the growing importance of the health and wellbeing sector. It crosses the public, private and third sector, and works across a number of Government departments. It attracts political interest (particularly when it suits politicians).. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:26
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 »
The future of local authority sport and leisure services: sport and/or health? A new integrated provision model
Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:42
The thought piece below is a comprehensive assessment of the future of the UK's local authority sport and leisure sector by Martyn Allison. With over 40 years spent in local government, Martyn is former Assistant Chief Executive of Leicester City Council and a former national advisor for culture and sport with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID). He is currently Chair of Trustees with the Big Difference Company and the Director of Management Improvement.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:23
As many readers may now be aware, earlier this year UK Sport judged that basketball was incapable of winning an Olympic medal in the foreseeable future, and that all funding should be withdrawn from its performance programme.
Basketball wasn't alone because a number of sports were told the same thing. Most were team sports who, incidentally, were given a chance to build through taking host places at London 2012. Most went into London 2012 not just to participate, but to compete; to go where they had never been.. Read More »