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that basketball was incapable of winning an Olympic medal in the foreseeable future, and that all funding should be withdrawn from its performance programme.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 »
Posted: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:44
From the picturesque landscape of the Yorkshire Dales in the Tour de France, to John Barrowman clasping a man's face and kissing him on the lips during the Commonwealth Games ceremony in Glasgow: the implications for Britain's obsession for major sporting events are there for the billions of viewers worldwide to see. Yet these magificant sporting spectacles have another equally significant impact. As the recent House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power states, in the view of the British Council, 'sport has.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:34
Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model
With London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 now events of the past, it is a good time to consider whether we British should be patting ourselves on our collective backs or if it is time to consider the possibility that, in the quest for Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals, something may have gone missing. In the course of such deliberations, we may also wish to consider what we can learn from some of our nearest neighbours.
The claim that sport matters more to people in the.. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:47
Like many people I am passionate about sport – indeed passionate enough about wanting it to be taken more seriously that in the early 2000's I tried with colleagues to get Sportsthinktank.com going. While that put its head gingerly above the ground with a few reports and events it then faded away due to lack of attention from over-busy founders. Luckily, Andy Reed has now taken up the cudgels and is doing a fine job.
I now head an organisation, NPC, that tries to help people think about how we can use the.. Read More »