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Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:34

Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Revisiting the Swedish Sport Model

Alan Bairner

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 »

Tags: Sport, school sport, community sport, Policy, UkSport, sport england

UKSport No Compromise Under Fire Again?

Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:52

UKSport No Compromise Under Fire Again?

As you can see from our news section UKSport have made their funding decision for the Rio Cycle as part of their No Compromise approach to elite funding.

There has been an understandable argument in the media over the last few days from those sports that hoped to retain or gain funding up to 2016. There is also a wider but less vocal sports world outside the Olympics who want to know why as a country we only value Gold medals.

In response to some of this criticism the following was quoted in MVP magazine about.. Read More »

Tags: Uksport, London 2012, No Compromise

Challenges for 2014

Posted: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:58

Challenges for 2014

January is always a good time to talk about sport and physical activity. We al know that millions of people make those new year resolutions to change their lives - from taking up learning the piano to the most popular of course to lose weight and 'get fit'.

Yet we all know (and the gym membership model seems to work on it) that those January good intentions very rarely last the a few months never mind a whole year!

However, is it good enough for us all in the sector to shrug our shoulders and just admit defeat?.. Read More »

Tags: 2014, Manifestos, 2015 Election, Legacy, Sport England, Uksport

Basketball Cuts Campaign Gathers Pace

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:26

A campaign has been launched by "Fund British Basketball" and has gathered some high profile backers over the course of the last few weeks, including Sir Clive Woodward where he argued the following:

In a column in the Daily Mail, England's World Cup winning rugby coach and former British Olympic Association's Director of Elite Performance wrote:

"We must adopt a broader and longer-term vision and aspiration rather than leave ourselves accused of developing an unhealthy lust for medals at all costs, and invest.. Read More »

Tags: Uksport, Basketball, Rio2016

Medals mean money - but should this always be the case?

Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:02

Medals mean money - but should this always be the case?

No one can deny that the London 2012 Olympic Games have been a resounding success for Team GB, and Great Britain as a whole. The upsurge in support and patriotism for Team GB, and the third place in the medals table, have given us all something to shout about and celebrate.

Inevitably, we now have politicians making announcements and statements on their thoughts and plans for the future, and of course we must welcome these if they are to create the crucial sporting legacy of increased sports participation, and.. Read More »

Tags: 2012, UkSport, handball

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