Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02
The first Spending Review of this Parliament is upon us.
The sports sector gasps and takes a deep breadth.
Difficult for most, but put yourself in the shoes of George Osborne for the next few minutes.
Ahead of the Spending Review this week he has reached a deal with 11 Government departments, which will see cuts in real-terms funding of an average of 24% over the next 4 years, adding up to £4bn of savings by 2019/20.
The unforgiving statistician suggests otherwise.
Osborne has asked unprotected departments.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:16
I am in the lucky position of managing the Sport for Development portfolio for Scotland's biggest independent funder, The Robertson Trust. I regularly get enquiries from a wide range of sports clubs and organisations across Scotland seeking advice on funding for their work and I have a couple of questions that I always pose to help me get a sense of whether we might be an appropriate funder for them or not. The first question is "what do you do?" The second is "why do you do it?"
Organisations with a sports development.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:15
A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to speak at The Federation of Irish Sport event in Dublin to a gathering of Irish politicians, NGBs and others interested in the power of sport. The Federation - which represents 76 National Governing Bodies and 27 local sports partnerships - were launching their Manifesto for Irish Sport and I was part of a panel to set out the case, or not, for a government sports strategy.
Irish sport has come a long way since dedicated government investment commenced in 1997. Like in.. Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:25
Today co-founder and chair of the Sports Think Tank Andy Reed OBE gives his thoughts on the Rugby World Cup Legacy, which kicks off at Twickenham this evening.
It may seem a little strange writing about the legacy from a tournament that hasn't even started yet, but for those of us who have been involved in issues surrounding the Olympic legacy we know it is never too soon to be planning and delivering these things.
We will do a proper analysis of the legacy some time after the tournament but, as the Rugby Football.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:30
In March of this year, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a largely unheralded report on the positive and varied impacts of sport and culture on society, A Review of the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport (DCMS, 2015, attached below). Much has happened since then: a new Conservative Government has been elected and a new Minister for Sport appointed, as well as the publication of more underwhelming participation figures and the announcement of a consultation on a new strategy for sport.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:42
Even without the presence of the world's number one golfer, the Open Championship at St Andrews last week attracted somewhere in the region of 125,000 fans. And yet the game is said by some to be in crisis.
Rory McIlroy, arguably the best player this country has produced although still trailing Nick Faldo in Major wins, turned over his ankle while having a game of footie with his mates. The irony should not be missed. Football is now played by more girls/women than any other sports while golf, desperate to attract.. Read More »
Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:59
Another Sports Minister.
Another Sports Strategy.
Any 1st year sports studies student can probably predict with some confidence that it will include sections on participation, coaching, facilities, elite athletes, professional sport, staging major events and the structure of sports organisations.
Take a look back at Game Plan .This was the sport and physical activity strategy for Tony Blair's government published in 2002. Unsurprisingly it contains sections on the role of sport and physical activity.. Read More »
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
'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 »
Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:09
I begin this narrative from a direct perspective and one that is prepared to look back as well as forward. In twenty years as a sports development practitioner in a number of roles, I have witnessed significant change in the way sport is funded, delivered and seen as a tool to deliver against various political agendas. It is sport as a political football that I wish to see changed.
Sport England do a fantastic job to support the grassroots delivery of sport. Working with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:34
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – any business with less than 250 employees (as defined by the European Council) – today command the attention of business policy-makers and national & regional business leaders. The small business sector is regarded as a fundamental ingredient in the establishment of a modern, progressive and vibrant economy, helping promote an element of local and regional control & accountability. Despite the fact that innovation in and through SMEs remains at.. Read More »