1. Skip to content

Sports Think Tank - Blog

"A sports think tank would be a great legacy from the 2012 games, enabling future generations to benefit from long term, well researched, and evidence-based sports policy making in the UK" Seb Coe

Sports Think Tank

Sports Think Tank

Address
31-32 Bedford Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9ED
Telephone
+44 20 3239 3380
Website
http://www.sportsthinktank.com

Download vCard


Tags: community sport

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:55

Why do we Fund Elite Sport?

"Sporting success in elite sporting events like the Olympics provides fantastic theatre but does that mean we can maintain or increase funding when there are so many more important priorities?"

Following the recent Sports Think Tank article on the discussion hosted by Pro Bono Economics in support of their report on the Olympic legacy, you are advised to read this recent essay by Martyn Allison, Chris Cutforth and Steve Wood in the Leisure Review that continues the debate over the funding balance between elite.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, London 2012, Legacy, Olympics, sport england, UkSport

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

Posted: Mon, 15 May 2017 11:25

Report from the 2017 Commonwealth Debate on Sport & Sustainable Development

April 6th was the International Day for Sport and Development. Following the inaugural 2016 debate (covered by the Sports Think Tank here), to mark the occasion, six influential people from the sport and development arena convened to debate the motion: "Corruption in elite sport undermines the potential to promote development and peace through community sports."

The event was hosted at Australia House in London, an appropriate venue considering the next Commonwealth Games in 2018 will be hosted by the Gold Coast.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Legacy, Olympics

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

Posted: Tue, 02 May 2017 07:58

Small steps bring big gains in the battle against physical inactivity

The news is currently full of the frightening statistic that more than 20 million people in the UK risk heart disease and other illnesses because they are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation.

At Spirit of 2012, the funding charity that I am proud to lead, this was – alas - not surprising news. It is one of the reasons we are committing our National Lottery funding to the battle against inactivity across the UK.

Last year, we launched Get Out & Get Active (GOGA),.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, London 2012, Legacy

Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:13

Narrowing the gap in secondary school attainment

The attainment gap in education is as persistent as it is striking: 6 in 10 young people from low income backgrounds leave school without a minimum of 5 GCSEs – A* to C.

Within this bigger picture, the problem is particularly acute amongst young men from white British and black Caribbean families.

The reasons for this persistent underachievement are varied and complex – however, research shows two clear factors which underpin this gender gap. Boys are consistently less engaged with learning than their.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Sport and Development

No More Rubbish Excuses

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:50

No More Rubbish Excuses

One of the basic requirements of a civilised society is that the law and enforcement agencies will protect the innocent and ensure that right and justice prevails.

That is until it comes to one of the scourges of the modern age, fly tipping: when a third party can break into your property, claim squatters rights and then proceed to dump tonnes of domestic building waste. Meanwhile because the police are apparently powerless to intervene you have to spend precious time going through the courts to acquire the necessary.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Local Government

Boon or bust? How 2016’s sporting heroes can lead us into 2017 with optimism

Posted: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:05

Boon or bust? How 2016’s sporting heroes can lead us into 2017 with optimism

In the first throes of a new year the tendency is to look toward the future: my protean resolutions related to accommodating new habits, diets or a career change still retain some of their integrity (at the time of writing). However, like a man opening the fridge on Boxing Day and being faced by a Tupperware Hadrian's Wall, allow me to recall previous indulgences briefly.

In quantitative terms, I find it difficult to articulate how 2016's sporting apogees have influenced the landscape of 2017. The successes of.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Legacy, Olympics, sport england, Paralympics, 2012

Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:52

Refugees Welcome: How football can help support refugees in Europe

For over a year, there have been countless images of people enduring hardship and tragedy in Syria. Like those fleeing similar situations in places like Sudan, Eritrea, and Afghanistan, sport may be the farthest thing from refugees mind, but it still has an important role to play.

This aspect was explored at '"Refugees Welcome": Football fans and community in Europe', an event hosted by the University of Brighton in November 2015. Funded by a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award, the event worked in.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, Sport for development, Sport and Development

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

Coach Core: Providing Future Coaches and Linking Communities

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:18

Coach Core: Providing Future Coaches and Linking Communities

In 2012, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the Coach Core programme; a 12 month paid apprenticeship for 16-24 year olds living in challenging communities.

Our mission is simply 3 to address things:

1) We want to train our young people to give them the best education and experiences that will allow them to progress in life but we also want them developing personally as well as professionally. We help them understand that planning, resilience and self-motivation.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Sport for development, development, Sport and Development

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