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It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:09

It's Time for Sport to Take its Rightful Place

I begin this narrative from a direct perspective and one that is prepared to look back as well as forward. In twenty years as a sports development practitioner in a number of roles, I have witnessed significant change in the way sport is funded, delivered and seen as a tool to deliver against various political agendas. It is sport as a political football that I wish to see changed.

Sport England do a fantastic job to support the grassroots delivery of sport. Working with National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, sport england

Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:32

Padel Tennis - An Emerging Sport in the UK

Played extensively in Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Guatemala, Padel* tennis was established in the UK and in Europe during the second half of the noughties. Holland, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Eire, and Portugal are now all Padel Tennis Nations. Padel tennis is . More recently the USA, India, and Monaco have also established Padel Tennis Federations.

*Padel is a form of tennis, played on a court approximately half the size of a traditional tennis.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england

New Sports and Short Formats

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:44

New Sports and Short Formats

With falling participation rates in many sports, including swimming, golf, badminton, tennis, squash and basketball, attention has turned recently to the formats of traditional games and how well they currently attract new participants and audiences. Prominent sports figures such as Rory McIlroy and John McEnroe have voiced concern over the pace of play and the length of matches in their respective sports, amid fears that both golf and tennis are losing their appeal to younger people. This need to attract new.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Local Government, sport england, school sport

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:05

"Postponed due to pitch conditions" Grassroots football and sport participation

This time of year managers, coaches and players from across the country await the dreaded inevitable. Whether it be via an email, text message or a social media update, the crushing words "postponed due to pitch conditions", not only dampens the spirit of many, it reduces the amount of time people play. Even if a solitary game is squeezed in between the bleak weather conditions, the pitches are in such a poor condition that any notion of the beautiful game or the trending tiki-taka approach to football are well.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government, sport england

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:29

Simple Principles and Strong Messages

As always and quite rightly with the 2015 General Election looming ever nearer, the sport and physical activity sector is debating how to influence the policy-making processes to permit investment into improving community sporting opportunities. The relationship between sport and broader health policy is an obvious point of debate, especially given that health policy will be, along with education, a key battleground at the Election. It shouldn't, however, take an election to bring those debates to the fore... Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:34

Raising the heartbeat of the Nation

There are only 10 weeks of campaigning left to what political pundits are calling the most unpredictable General Election in living memory. But whoever takes office has been tasked by us at the Sport and Recreation Alliance to raise the heartbeat of the nation over the course of the next parliament.

With important issues such as the financial deficit, economic growth and our place as a nation in the world at the forefront of election discussions, there may not be as much said as we would like about the role the.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, PE, Local Government

To get more active disabled people – we can all do better!

Posted: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:28

To get more active disabled people – we can all do better!

The latest Sport England Active People Survey shows a drop of over 120,000 disabled people being active once a week. But what do the numbers really tell us?

  • Over the eight years of measurement there has been a marginal growth in disabled people's participation – just ahead of the rate for non-disabled people. However, that still means that over 80% of disabled people do less than 30 minutes activity per week.
  • From such a low base, we should be greatly concerned about any drop but need to be more focused.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Paralympics

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

Posted: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:26

Reflections on The Green Party's Sports Policy

With less than three months to go, bookmakers are offering odds of 20/1 on any coalition involving The Green Party. In the current broadening of the UK's political landscape sport has a unique opportunity to widen its support-base and to understand and influence the sports policies of the smaller parties. A visit to their policy website reveals welcome information on the The Green Party's philosophy on sport and its role in society. A link to the policy website is given below, with some of the highlights detailed.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, Policy, Olympics, Local Government, PE, gove

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:07

A refreshing approach to thinking about children’s participation in physical activity

A review of the paper: "'Is it Worth it?' A Qualitative Study of the Beliefs of Overweight and Obese Physically Active Children" by Kiara Lewis, Claire Fraser, and Martin Manby, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, 11, 1219-1224, @2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

This paper gently challenges much of the highly politicised contemporary rhetoric that has been spawned in the lead up to the London 2012 Games about how we motivate our children to be more active. The research illustrates how by taking a refreshing.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, school sport, PE

What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:13

What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?

What to expect from local authority sport and leisure in 2015?

By Dr Dan Parnell

Sport and leisure, and by its very nature physical activity, has been a key element of Local Authorities (LAs). Some would say, it is now a part of our cultural heritage. Certainly, for me, LA provision allowed for access to football (social inclusion projects) and extra curricular sport based provision (under the guise of '8-15s' years provision – which included the formidable "wet, wild and wobbly" attraction at the Oval leisure.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Policy, Local Government