Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:13
The attainment gap in education is as persistent as it is striking: 6 in 10 young people from low income backgrounds leave school without a minimum of 5 GCSEs – A* to C.
Within this bigger picture, the problem is particularly acute amongst young men from white British and black Caribbean families.
The reasons for this persistent underachievement are varied and complex – however, research shows two clear factors which underpin this gender gap. Boys are consistently less engaged with learning than their.. Read More »
Posted: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:26
The US Masters has kicked off. A bit like when people dust of their racquets at the beginning of the Wimbledon fortnight – it marks the traditional start of the year for the avid golf fan and spurs regulars to pick up their clubs. However, the glamour and profile of the professional game risks masking major challenges at the grassroots, with participation and club membership in long-term decline in most mature golf markets.
Our sport needs to be shaken out of its traditional, conservative mindset and appeal.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50
One of the basic requirements of a civilised society is that the law and enforcement agencies will protect the innocent and ensure that right and justice prevails.
That is until it comes to one of the scourges of the modern age, fly tipping: when a third party can break into your property, claim squatters rights and then proceed to dump tonnes of domestic building waste. Meanwhile because the police are apparently powerless to intervene you have to spend precious time going through the courts to acquire the necessary.. Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:29
On International Women's Day, Laura Holloway from Basketball England reflects on what we can learn from young female basketball players about the diverse female sporting community.
There's so much to celebrate in women's sport at the moment. From This Girl Can successfully getting more women and girls active, to a victorious Kadeena Cox on the podium in Rio, to women's WBBL basketball on the BBC red button, it feels like there's more interest in women's sport than ever.
But if those of us working in sport and.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17
Physical education (PE) in the UK is in a poor state. A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood highlights this ongoing issue with the goal of starting a process of realising changes to PE that will allow every school pupil the chance to achieve a healthy, lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity.
According to the report, in what will no doubt be familiar lamentations, to achieve the current public policy outcomes, PE as a subject must overcome a raft.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05
In the first throes of a new year the tendency is to look toward the future: my protean resolutions related to accommodating new habits, diets or a career change still retain some of their integrity (at the time of writing). However, like a man opening the fridge on Boxing Day and being faced by a Tupperware Hadrian's Wall, allow me to recall previous indulgences briefly.
In quantitative terms, I find it difficult to articulate how 2016's sporting apogees have influenced the landscape of 2017. The successes of.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:52
For over a year, there have been countless images of people enduring hardship and tragedy in Syria. Like those fleeing similar situations in places like Sudan, Eritrea, and Afghanistan, sport may be the farthest thing from refugees mind, but it still has an important role to play.
This aspect was explored at '"Refugees Welcome": Football fans and community in Europe', an event hosted by the University of Brighton in November 2015. Funded by a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award, the event worked in.. Read More »
Posted: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:53
Switch the Play's second conference and networking event took place at the Loughborough University campus at the Olympic Park in Stratford last month. The above title is a quote from the introduction by Rob Young, co-founder of this social enterprise aimed at helping people through and beyond sport; supporting, guiding and facilitating athletes in the transition into employment at the end of their careers.
With a growing list of high-profile clients including NGBs, as well as elite and professional clubs, Switch.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:25
The Kia Oval in London was the venue for a joint conference with the Football Foundation and hosted by Sports Think Tank Director Andy Reed OBE - looking at outcome-based approaches to sports delivery and what this means to grassroots organisations in the sport sector.
The presentations and a panel-discussion outlined the 'seven steps' for the sector: Plan, Measure, Evidence, Communicate, Diversify, Innovate and Collaborate. The context for the issues in question was made clear: sports and PA (physical activity).. Read More »
Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables
Posted: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:13
The 10th of October 2016 was World Mental Health Day. To coincide with the occasion, the BBC published a precis of the recent national well-being assessment. The upshot (individuals' economic outlook has improved, while fewer feel that they belong to their neighbourhood) seems almost trivial when set against the iconoclastic foreground of the commentary: school league tables should publish students' well-being alongside exam results.
Few subjects provoke like mental health. It is the unseen illness endured by.. Read More »