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We All Want a Level Playing Field

Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:09

We All Want a Level Playing Field

Don't you just love those David Attenborough natural history programmes where he passionately describes the plight of another endangered species? And following the programme the charity promoting the cause is inundated with donations from people like you and me who want to see the species protected forever. Playing fields are a bit like that but no-one is making emotive television programmes campaigning against their loss. This is strange considering how much they play a part in people's lives.

For those of us.. Read More »

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

Global Comparisons of Physical Activity and Inactivity

Posted: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:25

Global Comparisons of Physical Activity and Inactivity

It is well-recognised that levels of physical activity (PA) in the UK are not only too low, but are also contributing to the growing health crisis. While obesity and PA are often linked, we still await the Government's long overdue Obesity Strategy to understand how important PA will be in Government plans to tackle this particular issue. In any case, the evidence is clear, PA is good for your health and therefore also for our much-overloaded NHS.

With global bodies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO),.. Read More »

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

The Fitness Industry in 2016

Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:00

The Fitness Industry in 2016

First we shape our industry and afterwards our industry shapes us.

This aphorism is perhaps the least quoted exposition of the relationship between people and their fitness (and health). In a year when we should be celebrating, I want to question, as a critical friend, why we're not achieving more.

First the good news. The industry has shown itself to be recession proof and is back in positive headline growth, year on year. This year's State of the Fitness Industry Report infographics are excellent at showing.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport

Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:02

Get Out & Get Active in 2016!

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 welcomes the publication of the government's new strategy for an active nation.

Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, published at the end of last year, marks an interesting shift in the Government's approach to sport and physical activity. In the simplest of terms Sporting Future is less about numbers playing sport in National Governing Body settings and more about the impact that sport and activity has on physical, mental and social wellbeing.

As.. Read More »

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

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:36

Reflections on the Comprehensive Spending Review

The government announced its long awaited Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) last month with expectations for cuts across the board for sports bodies funded by DCMS. At the time cuts of 30% had been heavily trailed.

The Sports Think Tank responded to the early details announced by the Chancellor on the Wednesday evening.

Andy Reed said, "As always it is right to be cautious in the immediate aftermath of a Budget or Spending Review. The statement in the House only covers a fraction of the details that have been.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, Policy, community sport, school sport, London 2012, Local Government, Olympics, sport england, UkSport

The Future Starts Now

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:02

The Future Starts Now

The first Spending Review of this Parliament is upon us.

The sports sector gasps and takes a deep breath.

Difficult for most, but put yourself in the shoes of George Osborne for the next few minutes.

Ahead of the Spending Review this week he has reached a deal with 11 Government departments, which will see cuts in real-terms funding of an average of 24% over the next 4 years, adding up to £4bn of savings by 2019/20.

The unforgiving statistician suggests otherwise.

Osborne has asked unprotected departments to.. Read More »

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

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:48

Olympic Legacy Failure, Sport and Leisure Cuts, Dwindling Participation Figures: Can Universities Help?

Participation in sport once a week is down to 35.5% of adults (The Guardian, 2015), local authority spending on sport and leisure has been cut from £1.4bn in 2009-10 to £1bn in 2013 (The Guardian, 2015). There is no wonder that the UK media are beginning to challenge the value, impact and legacy of the £9.3bn London Olympics.

The dismantling of the structures concerned with community sport, spearheaded by austerity-driven policy measures, have without doubt contributed to this demise in participation... Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, London 2012, Legacy, Sport for development, Olympic legacy

It's not all about the sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:16

It's not all about the sport

I am in the lucky position of managing the Sport for Development portfolio for Scotland's biggest independent funder, The Robertson Trust. I regularly get enquiries from a wide range of sports clubs and organisations across Scotland seeking advice on funding for their work and I have a couple of questions that I always pose to help me get a sense of whether we might be an appropriate funder for them or not. The first question is "what do you do?" The second is "why do you do it?"

Organisations with a sports development.. Read More »

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

A lasting legacy or an inspired generation?

Posted: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:04

A lasting legacy or an inspired generation?

While Stuart Lancaster was focussed on capitalising on home advantage at the start of the Rugby World Cup, Steve Grainger is the one tasked to create a lasting legacy from the third 'mega' sporting event hosted by the United Kingdom in the last three years.

The impact on the country shows the economic benefits of the tournament in the short term. However, there are also wider benefits that are expected to leave a lasting legacy. The various Rugby World Cup venues place host cities in a global shop window for.. Read More »

Tags: Sport, community sport, Legacy, London 2012, Olympics, Olympic legacy

New Strategy Must Reflect the Value of Sport for Development

Posted: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:30

New Strategy Must Reflect the Value of Sport for Development

In March of this year, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a largely unheralded report on the positive and varied impacts of sport and culture on society, A Review of the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport (DCMS, 2015, attached below). Much has happened since then: a new Conservative Government has been elected and a new Minister for Sport appointed, as well as the publication of more underwhelming participation figures and the announcement of a consultation on a new strategy for sport.. Read More »

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