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Sports Think Tank

Sports Think Tank

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Tags: Policy

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

The Future of the Sport & Physical Activity Sector Workforce

Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:50

The Future of the Sport & Physical Activity Sector Workforce

The Sports Think Tank recently took part in the first of the series "Conversations with a Purpose", organised in collaboration with the UK Sport Development Research Network (UKSDN) and The Sport and Recreation Alliance. With leading academics, thought leaders and representatives of membership bodies, the roundtable discussion focused on workforce, training and employment in the sport sector. The debate was centred on the need for a specific workforce and training framework to complement the wider sports strategy.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

Posted: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:41

Sport free of doping or glory at all costs: That is not the question anymore

"Sport is a very important subject at school, that's why I gave Quidditch such an important place at Hogwarts. I was very bad in sports, so I gave Harry a talent I would really loved to have. Who wouldn't want to fly?" - J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels

Even Greek mythology embraces the human desire to fly, as many of us might recall in the escape story of Daedalus and his son, Icarus, from Crete. He used wax and string to fasten feathers to reeds of varying lengths to imitate the curves of a bird's.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics

After the Olympics, could recent scandals impact on the integrity of sport?

Posted: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:17

After the Olympics, could recent scandals impact on the integrity of sport?

After the close of The Olympics last month, last night saw the closing ceremony for The Paralympics-- the pinnacle of sporting success for so many, yet the build-up was dominated by stories of scandals, corruption and state-sponsored doping.

We are hoping that (clean) sport will make the headlines over the next few weeks, not the unethical decisions of athletes and back room staff, but we appreciate that not everyone loves sport as much as we do at HPI Proactive!

So what does the general public think? We carried.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, Olympics

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 4

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:29

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 4

So now we all know about Article 50. It has the character of a clause written on the assumption that it would never be invoked but with that prospect now ahead of us the consequences of its use are becoming apparent.

My view is that Article 50, when combined with UK Constitutional requirements and the careless drafting of the Brexit referendum question, creates a number of binds for the UK & the new PM. I've articulated these as follows:

Catch 22.

Article 50 cannot be triggered until the 'future relationship.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy

Opening up sport to new markets: The Impact of Technology

Posted: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:33

Opening up sport to new markets: The Impact of Technology

Modernising the way people search and book sports is essential to opening up sport and physical activity (PA) to the mass market. Innovative approaches to the ordering process in services like takeaways, taxis and accommodation have grown these markets exponentially. Learning lessons from these examples will have a big impact on grassroots sport.

Sport England's new strategy for an active nation hinges on the role sport plays in changing lives. Attention has shifted to concentrate on the benefits of leading active.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, sport england

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 3

Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:24

Sport in Case of 'Brexit': Part 3

As I write this blog I'm sat in a queue at Eurotunnel with one convoy of England/Wales football supporters and another of saloon racing cars. Two independent sets of British sports people enjoying freedom of movement into the EU for the purpose of pursuing their sporting passion. Un 23 June 2016 that freedom could begin to come to an end.

How could brexit change their lives?

Well there are essentially two Brexit possibilities:

  1. Leave on the Norway model – maintaining membership European Economic Area (EEA).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy