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Where is the Unity in Grass-Roots Sport? (Part 2)

Posted: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09

Where is the Unity in Grass-Roots Sport? (Part 2)

In the second part of this Blog I offer a further five problem and solutions that policy makers and the sector need to address to greater unity in the grassroots sports industry.

6. Sports bodies are not focusing enough on grassroots: Sports bodies set the tone in grassroots sports and typically favour elite sports performance over grassroots. Presumably this is because any successes are splashed across the newspapers. Who doesn't enjoy positive PR? Nowhere is this more apparent than in football and tennis that.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Sport for development, school sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england, development, Policy

Personalities on the Move?

Posted: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:23

Now the 2012 Games have ended the focus shifts back to the Sports Landscape organisations as decisions about their futures and funding have been put on hold in the last couple of years.

The announcement today that Lord Moynihan will step down in November will start a game of musical chairs in sports administration. This will leave a vacancy at the head of the BOA in difficult times. Whilst it has delivered a Gold medal tally (or UK Sport did?) we can all be proud of it has a large financial deficit to deal with... Read More »

Tags: sport, policy, UKsport, sport england, BOA

Plea for Rational Policy Making

Posted: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:03

Plea for Rational Policy Making

For those who have been going on about Sport Policy for years and been dismissed as rather strange we finally have our moment to make an impact. I have bored everybody for years talking about 'Legacy'.

The gaze of the nation is momentarily on the massive success of @TeamGB in the Olympics and all those Gold medals and amazingly gutsy performances of those who didn't quite 'medal'.

Suddenly there is so much to say in the short span of time there will be in the media scrum to be THE newspaper campaigning for sport... Read More »

Tags: Sport, 2012 Legacy, Policy

Guardian Leader - School sports: Our children's sporting dreams betrayed

Posted: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 22:12

Today on the day that Andy Murray didn't quite live up to the nation's expectations the Guardian used its Leader Column to ask a deeper question about school sport policy. It is an issue deep in the heart for those of us at the Think Tank. When I was working in DCMS in the late 90s I was acutely aware that the department could only have a marginal impact on sport and physical activity if we still had really poor provision of PE & Sport in our state schools. I was there when the SSPs were promoted and developed... Read More »

Tags: The Guardian, PE, Schools sports, Policy