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 »
Posted: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:01
With the average Primary School in England receiving over £9000 per year as part of a £750million Government drive to increase the number of children participating in sport, it certainly seems that the London 2012 "legacy" is in place with a healthy future beckoning for our next generation.
However, behind the political headlines, issues persist in the sector:
Baroness Sue Campbell, chairman of the Youth Sport Trust and former head of UK Sport, recently criticized the delivery of PE lessons in UK state.. Read More »
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 »