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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

Where is the Unity in Grass-Roots Sport? (Part 1)

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:44

Where is the Unity in Grass-Roots Sport? (Part 1)

Since launching OpenPlay, a platform that connects sports facilities to their users, I have had the opportunity to meet an enormous range of stakeholders in the grassroots sports industry. Examples include school lettings officers, sports coaches, sports development officers, sports bodies, fitness software providers, leisure consultants, MPs and local community groups. I'm not sure there is a comparable industry with such an eclectic mix of stakeholders.

However, one over-arching thing has struck me. There is.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Sport and Development, school sport, sport england

National Children's Football Week

Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:14

National Children's Football Week

With the World Cup in progress in Brazil it is a fitting time to reflect on why football is such a popular game. Although football is now a billion-pound industry awash with money, the real reason why it is the "world game" is that it is so very easy to organise and play. And it is free. All you need is some players, something for a ball and makeshift goals. What you see at the World Cup final is essentially the same as what's played in a backstreet in Ghana.

The theme this year is "Football & Peace" during.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Sport for development, community sport, school sport

Disruptive Sports Technology

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:20

Disruptive Sports Technology

Across the world, former fitness agencies are all morphing into something hopefully 'Active'. Ireland and Europe are the latest two (formerly ILAM and EHFA) who are now Ireland Active and Europe Active following the Fitness Industry Association morph into ukactive last year. Listening to St Mathew's Passion over Easter made me wonder if the global fitness industry, as it is, has the passion to change and grow the market. Perhaps too many organisations are keen to change their name to follow 'best practice' or.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Local Government, community sport

Tackling physical inactivity in our local communities

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 09:44

Tackling physical inactivity in our local communities

We're facing a crisis of inactivity amongst our young people in the UK. Over 4.5 million 11 – 25 year olds in England do not achieve the Chief Medical Officer's recommended levels of physical activity. Local authorities are the tier of government that is best placed to make a real difference to the inactivity time bomb.

In April, StreetGames published a report with the Centre for Economics and Business Research which concluded that inactivity will cost the UK economy £53billion over the lifetimes.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Legacy, Local Government, community sport, Sport for development

Does the Current State of Play Demand a New Approach to Ownership and Funding?

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 10:27

Does the Current State of Play Demand a New Approach to Ownership and Funding?

As described in the most recent post on the Sports Think Tank website, public facilities have suffered from cuts in local authorities' subsidies and spending. With last week's warning from the Local Government Association of deeper cuts over the next two years, as councils struggle to find another £20 billion, the impact of austerity on grassroots sport and physical activity raises wider questions concerning the funding of local sports pitches and facilities and, in a wider context, the future of finances.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Sport for development, Local Government, community sport

Street Games and Cebr report: The UK’s Inactivity Time Bomb

Posted: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:49

Street Games and Cebr report: The UK’s Inactivity Time Bomb

Counting the cost: This latest report summarizes the projected financial impact of inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, and the potential savings to be made by moving people into activity. This is not just about obesity, the research is there that points to benefits in academic attainment, social skills, mental health, employability and the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. As Dr. William Bird says in his foreword it's better to be overweight and active than a normal weight and inactive. This is.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, PE, sport england, school sport, Sport for Development, community sport, Olympic legacy

How to Deliver Community Sport - Derbyshire Village Games

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:55

How to Deliver Community Sport - Derbyshire Village Games

By Lissa Cook from the Community Sports Trust

With the clock ticking down to the London 2012 opening ceremony on 27th July the focus inevitably turns to the thorny question of legacy. Is it really possible for the Games to have a lasting impact beyond the Olympic Park facilities, reaching outside London to encourage people across the UK to switch off their televisions and get active?

One small-scale, innovative, pilot project in rural Derbyshire believes it may have discovered the key with the Derbyshire Village.. Read More »

Tags: Derbyshire, Community Sport, Community Sports Trust

Delivering Olympic Legacy at Surrey Canal

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:07

Delivering Olympic Legacy at Surrey Canal

Guest article by a representative of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation.

As excitement builds towards the opening of London 2012 and with the focus of the media firmly fixed on sport, we are entering a crucial phase for delivering on the promise of a lasting legacy of participation in sport that was at the heart London's successful bid.

Delivering this legacy though means more than just developing the next Phillips Idowu or Jessica Ennis, it is about inspiring young people to lead healthy and active lifestyles... Read More »

Tags: Surrey Canal, London 2012 Legacy, Community sport

Upshot – a new online application designed to help you manage, monitor and evidence your community projects

Posted: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:53

Upshot – a new online application designed to help you manage, monitor and evidence your community projects

Whether you're a funder working with many organisations or a stand alone deliverer it's easy to find yourself working with inconsistent information. You can't compare "apples with apples" and that reduces your likelihood of being able to clearly evidence the work you've been doing, let alone shout from the rooftops about your success.

Does it matter? Well yes, because in the current climate, opportunities to attract funding are shrinking, so you really need to be able to differentiate yourselves, and that's the.. Read More »

Tags: Upshot, community sport, community programmes, community projects, funding, ME&R