Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:10
The major political parties this week unveiled their election manifestos. While none of the documents dedicates substantial space to sport policy, a variety of issues are mentioned including school sport, for which the Conservatives and Labour Party pledge to achieve a minimum of 2 hours physical education and sport per week for every pupil. The Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos both state intentions to address the issue of supporter-influence with regards to football teams, while the Conservative Party reveals its ambition for the UK to host a team from one of the major American sports leagues.
Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:33
Sport England has announced £12 million of funding for organisations involved in helping get people more active. Seven specialist sports organisations – Sport England's National Partners – will receive a share of the funding between 2015 and 2017. The investment is used to support sport governing bodies in equality and diversity, coaching, talent, workforce development and safeguarding children.
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:47
This report further develops the evidence base around the social and wellbeing value of culture and sport. By better understanding the social impact and value of our sectors, we hope that it will help others to make the case at the local level for both the wider benefits of culture and sport and the potential of sports and culture based interventions to achieve wider social outcomes e.g. health and wellbeing improvements.
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:50
The Health Select Committee, led by Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP, today released its report on the Impact of Physical Activity and Diet on Health. The report says health workers should use every opportunity to deal with the problem of obesity.
The MPs also call for urgent steps so people understand the wider health benefits of physical activity. The government says its Change4Life programme is providing widespread free advice on healthy eating and exercise.
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00
Sport for the social good will be at the heart of Conservatives' approach to sport, not participation for numbers sake, says Culture Secretary.
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:49
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid sets out his vision for the future of UK sport at the Centre for Social Justice. You can find the full speech here, along with a copy of the DCMS report: 'A Living Legacy: 2012 - 2015 Sport Policy and Investment'.
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:14
The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.
Alongside a number of player associations and NGBs who have already signed-up, we are asking for other sporting organisations to commit to take positive steps to address and encourage people to be open about mental health issues.
The Charter outlines five actions that we, as a sector, can take to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need.
Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:23
In summer 2013, the Government established a 'Women and Sport Advisory Board' in order to engage more strategically with the sectors that influence the sporting landscape.
The Board met for the first time in September 2013 and has since been meeting quarterly to share ideas about strategies for furthering the Women and Sport agenda.
Each Board member has committed to raising the profile of women's sport within their area of expertise and as a group they have advised and informed the Government's work programme on women and sport.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:16
Trialling new ways to make swimming more customer-friendly, rugby league more accessible and more horse riding opportunities available to disabled people are among projects to be funded using money diverted from those sports' governing bodies, it has been announced today.
After failing to meet targets agreed between them and Sport England in 2013/14, £1.53 million has been removed from four governing bodies. Every penny of the money, a mixture of National Lottery and government funding intended to get more people playing sport, will be reinvested in alternative projects to explore new ways of producing better results in those sports.
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:43
The Association for Physical Education (afPE), the only physical education subject association in the UK, has launched its 'Physical Education Declaration'. The Declaration is intended to be a 'simple and but powerful message everyone could commit to and promote'.
As one of the national partners on initiatives such as the Primary PE and Sport Premium and the review of GCSE and A level qualifications, afPE believes that collaboration will achieve the best outcomes for young people and is asking stakeholders to support the declaration.