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May Calls General Election for June

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:45

May Calls General Election for June

Theresa May called a General Election for June 8th in a surprise announcement from the steps of Downing Street today.

Tags: General Election, Theresa May

Sports Business Council Launched

Posted: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:44

Sports Business Council Launched

The government has recruited Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore to co-chair a new Sports Business Council that will bring the government and leading sports figures from the public and private sector together to ensure the sport economy continues to grow and prosper.

Tags: Sport Business Council, Dcms


Posted: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:43

A review of into the effectiveness and governance of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has been launched by the government.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has called for evidence as it prepares to scrutinise the organisation's operations, efficiency and future-proofing plans.

Tags: Ukad, Dcms

ASA Rebranded as Swim England

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:41

To coincide with the publication of its new four-year strategy, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has rebranded as Swim England.

Last week, the governing body unveiled Jane Nickerson as its permanent chief executive.

After spending eight months in the interim CEO position, Nickerson will now be expected to deliver the outcomes outlined in the Towards a Nation Swimming blueprint.

Tags: ASA, swim england, sport engalnd

Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes Team Sky correspondence

Posted: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:13

Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes Team Sky correspondence

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published further responses from Team Sky.

Tags: Sport, DCMS, London 2012, Rio 2016

Britons would forgo Olympic success for better access to sports Claims Poll

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:54

London 2012 promised to 'Inspire a Generation' to take up sport but it and Rio 2016 managed to convince no more than seven per cent of the country to do so, according to a new survey.

Only four per cent of people also said they would prefer Great Britain to focus on winning gold medals at Tokyo 2020 ahead of investing in grassroots programmes and facilities.

The survey, commissioned by the charity Pro Bono Economics, has been published amid the biggest ever revolt against Britain's Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning formula.

Tags: Uksport, Olympics, No Compromise

Number of people working in sport grows by 10% since London 2012

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:26

Number of people working in sport grows by 10% since London 2012

The number of people working in the sport sector has surged by almost 10 per cent since London 2012, according to government statistics.

In 2015, there were 1.2m jobs in the sport sector, accounting for 3.6 per cent of all jobs in the UK.

This represents an increase of 9.5 per cent from 2012, when the figure was 1.06m

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, DCMS, legacy, Olympics, London 2012

Eight sports begin appeal process over UK Sport funding for Tokyo 2020

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:50

Eight sports begin appeal process over UK Sport funding for Tokyo 2020

Eight sports will challenge UK Sport's funding decisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Seven - including badminton - were due to receive no investment for the four-year cycle leading into the Tokyo Games.

Powerlifting is also challenging its award of £1.3m as it believes it deserves greater financial support.

Tags: Sport, Olympics, Funding, UK Sport

Premier League clubs facing legal action over disability access

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:43

Premier League clubs facing legal action over disability access

Premier League clubs are prioritising finance over improving access and should face legal action if they fail to meet the needs of disabled fans, according to a new report.

Tags: Sport, DCMS

MPs call for sport camps and daily mile initiatives

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:27

MPs have discussed the most effective ways to use cash raised from the soft drinks tax, including the rolling out of sports camps and daily mile initiatives.

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

Parkour Recognised

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:15

The UK has becomes the first country in the world to officially recognise Parkour/Freerunning as a sport, after the Home Country Sports Councils approved Parkour UK's application for recognition of the sport and the National Governing Body.

Parkour, also known as Freerunning or Art du Deplacement, is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.

Parkour/Freerunning motivates people to get active. Participants can take part in the sport whenever and wherever they want, without needing to meticulously manage their busy diaries, buy special equipment, join a club, or book a pitch or court. All you need is a pair of trainers and your imagination to #GiveParkourAGo!

The recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport & Parkour UK as the National Governing Body (NGB) by the Home Country Sports Councils - Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, sportscotland, Sport Wales and UK Sport follows completion of the UK recognition process by Parkour UK.
Parkour UK, was established in 2009 by the nation's Parkour/Freerunning community and the City of Westminster. It began the formal recognition process in March 2013, with the pre application for recognition approved in March 2014. The full application for recognition was submitted in August 2015 and was recommended for approval by the UK Recognition Panel in Dec 2015. During 2016 the Boards of the Home Country Sports Councils approved the full application for recognition, with the final confirmation of recognition being confirmed in October 2016.

Recognition will enable Parkour/Freerunning groups and organisations affiliated to Parkour UK to apply to the home country sports councils for lottery or exchequer funding to support the development of the sport locally in each home nation. Today (Tuesday, January 10, 2017), the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, alongside the President of Parkour UK and a founder of Parkour/Freerunning, Sebastien Foucan announced the formal recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport and Parkour UK as the recognised NGB for the sport in the UK. The announcement was made at LEAP Parkour Park, England's largest outdoor Parkour facility at Westminster Academy in London. The park was launched by Westminster City Council in partnership with Parkour UK in Jan 2012.

Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, said: "I want people to get out there and find the sport and physical activity that appeals to them and Parkour is certainly a fun, creative and innovative option. I am pleased that it has been recognised as a sport, giving it the platform for further growth in this country, with Parkour UK as its governing body. The sport promotes movement and using the great outdoors as a space to get active in and I encourage people to don their trainers and give it a go."
President of Parkour UK, Sebastien Foucan, said:

"This is brilliant recognition for a discipline that started off as child's play with my friends almost 30 years ago. The beauty of Parkour/Freerunning is that everyone, of all ages, can do it respectfully in almost any environment. We celebrate activity and playfulness whilst constantly challenging our mental and physical limits. It is more than just jumping, it is a health driven way of life"
As the National Governing Body for Parkour/Freerunning, Parkour UK provides governance and regulation of Parkour/Freerunning throughout the UK, act as custodians of the sport/art, protect the rights & freedoms and promote the interests of Traceurs/Freerunners (practitioners), their member organisations & the UK community.

Parkour UK works closely with partners to encourage and develop the safe and appropriate practice of Parkour/Freerunning. The organisation also works with local groups, organisations, national organisations/bodies, local authorities and constabularies.

Since its creation, Parkour UK has successfully developed and promoted an open and inclusive organisation, encouraging people of all ages, backgrounds or abilities to #GiveParkourAGo with their member organisations across the UK. Parkour UK has also forged a close relationship with the education sector, developing programmes around videography and photography and cross curricular links around the history and culture of the sport. It has developed literacy projects that use Parkour/Freerunning to teach the French language – Parlez Vous Parkour?
Chief Executive at Parkour UK, Eugene Minogue, said:

"Parkour/Freerunning has come a long way since first arriving in the UK in 2003 with the seminal documentary, Jump London and Jump Britain in 2005, both staring Sebastien Foucan. This was followed up by Jump Westminster in 2007, which led to the creation of Parkour UK. Parkour/Freerunning is now in the vast majority of primary & secondary schools, colleges and universities all over the UK. The discipline has now been formally recognised as a sport with Parkour UK recognised as the National Governing Body. We have built a qualified workforce of over 600 people, we have led the development of a British, and now a European standard for Parkour Equipment. As a result, there are now more than 50 Parkour Parks across the UK. All this in just over 7 years , an amazing achievement and testament to the unique and diverse Parkour/Freerunning community in the UK, which is world leading!" The Parkour UK community, which is how Parkour UK describes its membership of affiliated organisations & practitioners, covering all four home nations of the UK - is incredibly rich in its diversity. Parkour/Freerunning celebrates female participation and has also demonstrated huge success engaging with children, teenagers and families. There are also examples of people over the age of 60 practicing Parkour and reaping all the benefits associated with regular participation in this incredible form of physical activity.
Parkour UK and it's community are pioneering innovative programmes, including: Parkour for Mental Health, Parkour for Older People, Family Parkour as well as Parkour/Freerunning academies. Parkour/Freerunning offers something new, innovative and engaging to those who want to get active but may find mainstream sports or activities unappealing.

Director of Sport at Sport England, Phil Smith (for and on behalf of the Home Country Sports Councils) said: "As the number of people involved in regular sport and physical activity continues to grow, choice becomes increasingly important. Parkour has already been offering something different for a few years now, but what recognition means is that Parkour UK is taking responsibility for its organisation. The safety and enjoyment of those taking part is paramount, so congratulations to Parkour UK on achieving the standards and showing their ambition to grow even further." ENDS
For more information and photography relating the announcement and/or to arrange an interview with Parkour UK, please contact Katie Lewis - 07912215302 or katie.lewis@brandchatter.co.uk
For more information on Parkour UK, visit parkour.uk

Tags: parkour, sport england, NGB

Sport England Announce Funding

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:25

Sport England have announced the first tranche of their NGB funding.

We're going to be investing nearly £88 million of National Lottery and Government funding in 26 national governing bodies of sport (NGB) in addition to opening two separate open funding programmes.

The investments and work will come into force in April 2017 and follows detailed discussions with each governing body about what contribution they can make to our new strategy.

Tags: sport england, NGB

Badminton Launch Petition

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:23

From Sports management Magazine.

Adrian Christy, the chief executive of Badminton England, has launched a petition calling for a government response after the sport lost all its UK Sport funding ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

At time of writing, the petition has garnered just over 11,000 online signatures after being established yesterday (15 December).

Tags: badminton, UK sport

UK Sport Funding Announcement

Posted: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:20

Liz Nicholl CEO of UK Sport sets out the background to their funding announcement

Last Friday, we at UK Sport announced our investment decisions for Tokyo 2020 alongside our challenging ambition to deliver more medals and medallists in Japan.

The announcement was of major interest to the sports concerned and also one that the rest of the sporting world would have taken note of following GB success in Rio 2016.

Tags: Uk Sport, Liz Nicholl