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'Pride and profile': The Soft Power of Sport

Posted: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:56

'Pride and profile': The Soft Power of Sport

The House of Lords committee on Soft Power and the UK's influence concludes that our sporting institutions create valuable perceptions of the UK abroad. These perceptions bring value to the economy through tourism and investment and make UK residents feel good about their nation. 'Pride and profile'. Read the report here.

Tags: Sport, Olympic legacy, Health, participation

All-Party Commission Calls for a National Plan of Action to get People Active

Posted: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:45

All-Party Commission Calls for a National Plan of Action to get People Active

Yesterday the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity presented to David Cameron its report on the state of physical education in schools. The report was led by parliamentarians Tanni Grey-Thompson, Barbara Keeley, Charlotte Leslie, Gerry Sutcliffe and Julian Huppert. Lord Coe warns that our children are the "least active generation in history" and could be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. It is reported that inactivity leads to 37,000 premature deaths and costs the UK £20 billion per year. Read the report here.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, legacy, Physical Activity, PE, Health

All-Party Commission of MPs Launch Physical Activty Report

Posted: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:43

All-Party Commission of MPs Launch Physical Activty Report

An All-Party Group of MPs launched their report today on Physical Inactivity. The report is ooutcome of a 6 month long inquiry they have held in the Commons.
This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity, which was set up in October 2013. The first report, launched today, sets out the scale and scope of the problem, and maps out the specific areas that will require change.

Supporting the report is a powerful coalition of multi-sector organisations, including British Heart Foundation, Lawn Tennis Association, Sustrans, Nike, Premier League, and The Young Foundation.

Tags: Activity Commission, Nike, Designed To Move, Tanni Grey-thompson

Sports Minister to Look at High Cost of Grassroots Football

Posted: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:16

Sport Minister Helen Grant has confirmed she is investigating the fees councils charge for football pitches amid warnings that the sport is steadily becoming a game for children with rich parents.

The sports minister made the remarks in response to a debate in the Commons led by David Crausby MP

Tags: Football, Grassroots

Sports Minister Sparks 'Row' with Feminine Sports Comment

Posted: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:20

Sports Minister Helen Grant MP has caused a storm after comments were made in an interview for the Telegraph about women choosing more feminine sports. The interview has caused a storm of media interest about the role of other non traditional sports and the use of the word feminine.

Andy Reed said "I can see what the Minister was trying to say. We know from the research that not everybody enjoys or wants to play traditional sports and other entry points are important. Unfortunately the debate has been sidetracked by the comments about looks and feminine V non-feminine sport.

Tags: helen grant mp, Telegraph, Women sport

Cabinet Office Launch Moving More Living More

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:43

Cabinet Office Launch Moving More Living More

The Cabinet Office today launched its Report - Moving More Living More - The Physical Activity Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for the Nation.

Lord Coe the governments advisor on Legacy has been promoting the wider benefits of physical activity not just sport as part of his brief. This report highlights that work.

Tags: Cabinet Office

Safe Standing Debate Continues

Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:26

Safe Standing Debate Continues

BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports from Ashton Gate where the UK's first block of safe standing rails are introduced.

Tags: Safe Stadning, Ashton Gate

No 10 Announce Tory Support for £150m Schools Funding to 2020

Posted: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:39

David Cameron has pledged £150m a year in primary school sport funding guaranteed until 2020 if the Conservatives are re-elected, to secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

A two-year dedicated English primary school PE fund was announced in March and began in September 2013, but there has been uncertainty inschools over whether the funding will stop after the election, and some headteachers have been reluctant to take up the funding this year or undertake any capital investment.

Tags: school sport, No10, primary schools

Obesity Levels

Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:55

Nearly two-thirds of adults in England are overweight, according to new data from the government's public health agency that pinpoints the country's most overweight areas.

Copeland, Cumbria, has the most overweight people in England, according to the data from Public Health England. The analysis shows that more than three-quarters of Copeland's population (75.9%) are overweight or obese.

Tags: Obesity

UK Sport Announce Rio Funding

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:25

UK Sport Announce Rio Funding

UK Sport, the nation's high performance sports agency, today confirmed the outcome of its Annual Investment Review with 19 Olympic and 17 Paralympic sports continuing to receive significant funding for the Rio cycle.

UK Sport will strategically invest around £350million of National Lottery and Exchequer funds into preparing Great Britain's best athletes for Rio 2016 and beyond to build on the outstanding success of London 2012.

Tags: Uksport