Posted: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:18
The Sports Think Tank was present in Glasgow for the final party conference this Autumn – the Liberal Democrats. We attended a number of fringe events and speeches and drew the following observations from the overall event.
1. Transport, but not sport
CTC, the national cycling charity and proponents of the Get Britain Cycling campaign, hosted a fringe with transport representatives from the Liberal Democrat Party (as they did for the Labour and Conservative Conferences), but perhaps most significantly with.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:05
As in Manchester with the Labour Party the week before, The Sports Think Tank were present in Birmingham at the Conservative party conference to witness the party's plans for sport in the next parliament and to see some partner organisations meeting and debating with Minister of Sport, Helen Grant MP.
1. Unlike in Manchester the topic of sport received some significant mention on the main stage. Though sport has slipped down the agenda since the London Olympics, moving the DCMS agenda to the main conference stage.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:41
With the historic vote on the Scottish Referendum on independence only a day away we know one thing: that whatever the outcome politically the UK will never be the same again. While the impact of a 'no' vote is likely to have little impact on sport in the longer term, divining the likely consequences to sport from a 'yes' vote is not easy. As like most other issues in the debate, any divorce will be a messy business, especially when one party has, so far refused, to accept the situation and look to the future.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:44
From the picturesque landscape of the Yorkshire Dales in the Tour de France, to John Barrowman clasping a man's face and kissing him on the lips during the Commonwealth Games ceremony in Glasgow: the implications for Britain's obsession for major sporting events are there for the billions of viewers worldwide to see. Yet these magificant sporting spectacles have another equally significant impact. As the recent House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power states, in the view of the British Council, 'sport has.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:34
Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model
With London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 now events of the past, it is a good time to consider whether we British should be patting ourselves on our collective backs or if it is time to consider the possibility that, in the quest for Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, something may have gone missing. In the course of such deliberations, we may also wish to consider what we can learn from some of our nearest neighbours.
The claim that sport matters more to people in the.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:47
Like many people I am passionate about sport – indeed passionate enough about wanting it to be taken more seriously that in the early 2000's I tried with colleagues to get Sportsthinktank.com going. While that put its head gingerly above the ground with a few reports and events it then faded away due to lack of attention from over-busy founders. Luckily, Andy Reed has now taken up the cudgels and is doing a fine job.
I now head an organisation, NPC, that tries to help people think about how we can use the.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09
In the second part of this Blog I offer a further five problem and solutions that policy makers and the sector need to address to greater unity in the grassroots sports industry.
6. Sports bodies are not focusing enough on grassroots: Sports bodies set the tone in grassroots sports and typically favour elite sports performance over grassroots. Presumably this is because any successes are splashed across the newspapers. Who doesn't enjoy positive PR? Nowhere is this more apparent than in football and tennis that.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:23
Now the 2012 Games have ended the focus shifts back to the Sports Landscape organisations as decisions about their futures and funding have been put on hold in the last couple of years.
The announcement today that Lord Moynihan will step down in November will start a game of musical chairs in sports administration. This will leave a vacancy at the head of the BOA in difficult times. Whilst it has delivered a Gold medal tally (or UK Sport did?) we can all be proud of it has a large financial deficit to deal with... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:03
For those who have been going on about Sport Policy for years and been dismissed as rather strange we finally have our moment to make an impact. I have bored everybody for years talking about 'Legacy'.
The gaze of the nation is momentarily on the massive success of @TeamGB in the Olympics and all those Gold medals and amazingly gutsy performances of those who didn't quite 'medal'.
Suddenly there is so much to say in the short span of time there will be in the media scrum to be THE newspaper campaigning for sport... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:12
Today on the day that Andy Murray didn't quite live up to the nation's expectations the Guardian used its Leader Column to ask a deeper question about school sport policy. It is an issue deep in the heart for those of us at the Think Tank. When I was working in DCMS in the late 90s I was acutely aware that the department could only have a marginal impact on sport and physical activity if we still had really poor provision of PE & Sport in our state schools. I was there when the SSPs were promoted and developed... Read More »