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The Minister for Sport expresses ‘disappointment’ with the decline in swimming participation in Written Statement

Posted: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:38

The Minister for Sport expresses ‘disappointment’ with the decline in swimming participation in Written Statement

Yesterday the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published the quarterly statement by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Helen Grant MP, in which she commented on the results of the Active People Survey 8.

Tags: Sport, Olympic legacy, legacy, Physical Activity, participation

Women in Professional Sport in the House of Lords on International Women’s Day

Posted: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:47

Women in Professional Sport in the House of Lords on International Women’s Day

Baroness Parminter hosted a debate this morning on measures to encourage more women to participate in sports on a professional basis

Tags: Women, Participation, Sport

Football fans' group issues 10-point plan for greater ownership transparency

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:59

Football fans' group issues 10-point plan for greater ownership transparency

A leading fans' group wants greater transparency to ensure supporters know exactly who owns their club. The demand from Supporters Direct is part of a report with the aim of "reforming English football".

Tags: Sport, Football, DCMS, Press Releases

"Our opportunity to do something life changing" - Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:49

"Our opportunity to do something life changing" - Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales

Chair of Sport Wales Professor Laura McAllister shares her views on the recent report produced by Professor Donaldson on the Welsh Educational Curriculum.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity

Deputy Prime Minister announces cycling investment for major cities

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:27

Deputy Prime Minister announces cycling investment for major cities

The Deputy Prime Minister has outlined how a £114 million investment in cycling will be divided up between 8 major UK cities. The £114 million investment will make it easier and safer for people to get on their bikes.

Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Birmingham, Norwich, Newcastle and Oxford all submitted their bids for the funding, which was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister at a dedicated cycling summit in November last year.

Tags: Physical Activity, participation, sport policy, Health, Funding

Study Uncovers link between screen-time and blood pressure in children

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:40

Study Uncovers link between screen-time and blood pressure in children

A large study, involving more than 5,000 children who were followed up over two years, found a link between time sitting in front of a screen and an increase in blood pressure rates. The study was carried out by researchers from several academic centres worldwide, including the University of Glasgow in the UK. It was funded by the European Community Sixth Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Framework Programme.

Tags: Physical Activity, Health

Roundtable event calls for more research into exercise and academic performance

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:35

Roundtable event calls for more research into exercise and academic performance

Demonstrating the additional benefits of physical activity – such as improvements in concentration and behaviour and body image – is one of the key pillars for boosting its presence in schools. That was one of the conclusions reached from a recent roundtable event hosted by Precor and chaired by UKActive CEO David Stalker (pictured), which brought together heads of leisure and education to debate challenges and recommendations for engaging young people in physical activity.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, Health, PE

Welsh Assembly Passes Motion to Trial Safe Standing at Football Matches

Posted: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:13

Welsh Assembly Passes Motion to Trial Safe Standing at Football Matches

With reportedly 19 out of 20 Premier League clubs supporting exploration of safe standing at matches, the Welsh Assembly has unveiled research indicating that 96% of fans in the UK support the introduction of rail seats and safe standing areas. While Liberal Democrat sports spokesperson John Leech MP is a campaigner for the initiative, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid has stated that it's not a priority for the government and they have no appetite for changing the current rules.

Tags: Sport, Football, DCMS

SFA to investigate lifting alcohol ban at stadiums

Posted: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:59

SFA to investigate lifting alcohol ban at stadiums

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) has said it will seek the views of fans on whether alcohol should be sold at stadiums during matches. It said it wanted to "build a case" in favour of lifting the ban. Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House said he would enter into formal discussions, if an independent consultation finds widespread support for the idea.

Scottish Labour is campaigning for the alcohol ban to be dropped.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, Football

Health Committee host oral hearing on physical activity

Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:44

Health Committee host oral hearing on physical activity

On Tuesday 10th Februarythe Health Select Committee hosted an oral evidence session looking at the impact of physical activity and diet on health.

Tags: Physical Activity