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Tags: Policy

Keeping Up With the Changes: The Challenges for Golf

Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:42

Keeping Up With the Changes: The Challenges for Golf

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 »

Tags: Golf, Sport, Policy

Do we really need a 10 Year Sports Strategy?

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:59

Do we really need a 10 Year Sports Strategy?

Another government.

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, development

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

The PESS Premium : Why We Must Learn From The Past And Get It Right With Children’s Health & Wellbeing

'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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Legacy, PE, gove

It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:09

It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, sport england

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in sport and the shadowlands of sport business

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:34

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in sport and the shadowlands of sport business

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

Posted: Mon, 11 May 2015 09:50

Fans must grasp opportunity to lobby MPs on engagement and ownership

When it comes to protection of our football clubs, this country falls short. If you own a Listed Building, the Government quite rightly legislates to protect it. You can't just tear an old wing down and replace it with a new extension because it's "yours". Some of this country's most famous institutions are football clubs, yet they receive little in the way of protection from hostile owners.

Liverpool were only 24 hours away from administration under former joint owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette while the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2015 10:25

The Power of the Individual in the Information Age: The challenge for the traditional sports model

We live in an information age. The internet has meant that we now have a knowledge-based society, whilst recent technological innovations continue to ensure we live in an increasingly individualistic time. Access to goods, services, entertainment and information is available directly to individuals through their laptops, phones and tablets. With such direct access people are no longer dependent upon, or bound to, social or cultural institutions.. This has empowered individuals, giving them greater freedom and.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:16

The Elephant in the Room: 'Girls Hate PE'

A couple of years ago I was taken by an item on BBC breakfast 'Girls and sport: Schools urged to make PE more attractive to girls'. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17873519). Suddenly the memories filled my brain of the years I was studying for my PhD and of the literature I was reading back then (2000-2003). I remember it like it was yesterday even though nearly 14 years have passed since then and suddenly we are still discussing the same issues of gender gap in participation in PE and sport; but somehow.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, PE, school sport

Getting Fitter - Fat Chance!

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:25

Getting Fitter - Fat Chance!

Obesity is one of the top three social burdens generated by human beings and costs the world as much as the number one - war, armed violence and terrorism - and number two, smoking. Yet existing evidence indicates that no single intervention is likely to have a significant overall impact in reducing it.

That's just one of many depressing conclusions of the recently produced McKinsey Global Institute report. The report recommended widespread intervention including restructuring urban and education environments.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:05

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

This time of year managers, coaches and players from across the country await the dreaded inevitable. Whether it be via an email, text message or a social media update, the crushing words "postponed due to pitch conditions", not only dampens the spirit of many, it reduces the amount of time people play. Even if a solitary game is squeezed in between the bleak weather conditions, the pitches are in such a poor condition that any notion of the beautiful game or the trending tiki-taka approach to football are well.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government, sport england