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Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:02

Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 welcomes the publication of the government's new strategy for an active nation.

Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government's approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

As.. Read More »

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

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

The government announced its long awaited Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) last month with expectations for cuts across the board for sports bodies funded by DCMS. At the time cuts of 30% had been heavily trailed.

The Sports Think Tank responded to the early details announced by the Chancellor on the Wednesday evening.

Andy Reed said, "As always it is right to be cautious in the immediate aftermath of a Budget or Spending Review. The statement in the House only covers a fraction of the details that have been.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, school sport, London 2012, Local Government, Olympics, sport england, UkSport

Sport, Physical Activity and Workplace Productivity

Posted: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:18

Sport, Physical Activity and Workplace Productivity

After a previous article on the Economic Impact of Sport in the West of England (http://bit.ly/1PIxr49), I had the opportunity to present on the impact of health on productivity at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Annual Conference on the 12th November, 2015. Appearing alongside business leaders and academics, I wondered whether the message I had would stand up.

It did.

I followed Professor Andrew Graves (BathUniversity and MIT) discussing productivity and challenges regarding UK manufacturing,.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Sport and Development

The Future Starts Now

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02

The Future Starts Now

The first Spending Review of this Parliament is upon us.

The sports sector gasps and takes a deep breath.

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 to.. Read More »

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

It's not all about the sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:16

It's not all about the sport

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 »

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

What Can we Learn from the Irish?

Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:15

What Can we Learn from the Irish?

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Local Government, sport england, Sport for development, UkSport, 2012, Paralympics

Rugby World Cup Legacy?

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:25

Rugby World Cup Legacy?

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 »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Rugby

New Strategy Must Reflect the Value of Sport for Development

Posted: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:30

New Strategy Must Reflect the Value of Sport for Development

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 »

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

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