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Tags: Policy

No More Rubbish Excuses

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50

No More Rubbish Excuses

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

All girls can: Insight into women and girls’ sport participation

Posted: Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:29

All girls can: Insight into women and girls’ sport participation

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, sport england

A Multi-Axis Approach to Physical Education

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17

A Multi-Axis Approach to Physical Education

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 »

Tags: Policy, school sport, PE

Boon or bust? How 2016’s sporting heroes can lead us into 2017 with optimism

Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05

Boon or bust? How 2016’s sporting heroes can lead us into 2017 with optimism

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Legacy, Olympics, sport england, Paralympics, 2012

Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:52

Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Sport and Development

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

Posted: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:53

Switch the Play: “The Forgotten Majority in Sport”

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics, UK Sport

7 Steps to Measuring and Communicating Impact

Posted: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:25

7 Steps to Measuring and Communicating Impact

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, development, Sport for development

Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables

Posted: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:13

Can sport buffer students’ mental health? Challenges arising from potential well-being league tables

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, school sport, Sport for development

"Brexit Beyond The Premier League": The Future of UK Sport

Posted: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:48

"Brexit Beyond The Premier League": The Future of UK Sport

For those interested in the impacts on the sport sector following Britain's exit from the European Union, whether one variously considers those impacts as inevitable, likely or just a possibility, it is worth reading this two-part blog article by Marine Montejo at The Asser International Sports Law Centre. Montejo's article provides some of the basic facts about Brexit and some of the likely impacts of the new relationship between Britain and Europe once the divorce is complete.

Freedom of Movement

Montejo argues.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, UK Sport

Matching the Supply and Demand for Skills needed for an Active Nation

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:18

  Matching the Supply and Demand for Skills needed for an Active Nation

"I love the way the innovative approach the Black Country has taken, they have taken the bull by the horns getting on with skills…" Tara Dillon, Chief Exeuctive CIMPSA

Active Black Country Partnership and the Black Country LEP launched UK's first Sector Skills Action Plan (SSAP) for sport and physical activity in September 2016. The Plan highlighted the sector's workforce needs and evidenced the role sport & physical activity can play in driving economic growth.

The SSAP has provided leading insight.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government