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House of Lords Debate on Sport Strategy

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:59

House of Lords Debate on Sport Strategy

Lord Moynihan led this short debate on government sport strategy in the wake of the recent DCMS consultation, the debate was held on Thursday 15th of October and covered an expansive range of sport policy areas.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, participation, legacy, Health, DCMS, School Sport, sport england, Funding, UK Sport

Government opens consultation on secondary ticketing

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:08

Government opens consultation on secondary ticketing

DCMS and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have launched a joint review on ticket re-sale for recreational, sporting and cultural events in the UK. Any interested parties are invited to submit evidence relating to consumer protection measures and make recommendations on how to improve the protections available to any purchasers of tickets in the re-sale or 'secondary' market.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, DCMS

Pure Gym Founder argues for VAT to be Cut on Gym Memberships

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:14

Pure Gym Founder argues for VAT to be Cut on Gym Memberships

Peter Roberts, who started the budget fitness chain Pure Gym, has called for VAT to be cut on gym memberships in order to allow more people to take up exercise and physical activity through gyms and ease the obesity crisis and the pressure it causes on the health system.

See also this recent article on the rise of budget gyms.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, participation, Health

John Whittingdale Speech to Tory Conference

Posted: Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:28

John Whittingdale Speech to Tory Conference

The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport John Whittingdale delivered his speech to the Tory Party Conference in Manchester yesterday.

" Once again the mention of sport is congratulations or commiserations for our national teams and some mention of grass roots sport. Given the government are out to consultation it is understandable there was no 'announcement' Andy Reed said in response

Tags: tory party, john whittingdale mp, DCMS

Top 10 Policy Influencers

Posted: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 12:06

Top 10 Policy Influencers

As the DCMS Sport Strategy Consultation closes we have launched our own mini survey to see who our supporters think are the most important people deciding Sports Policy in England at the present time.

Andy Reed said "This is a little fun to see who we think is the most influential in terms of Sports Policy but has serious implications about who is behind the policy framework we all work within. We have not chosen sports people, professionals and some sports businesses... should we? Add the additional names you think are influential.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2SFBVQC

Tags: Sport, Policy

Active People Survey Experience

Posted: Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:52

Active People Survey Experience

Our Chair Andy Reed was randomly selected to take part in the Sport England Active People Survey and he blogged his immediate reactions to the experience on his website.

Andy Reed APS Blog

Andy said "After talking about APS and what should take its place for several years it was slightly surreal for me and the guy on the phone to actually take part. Whilst I know of its statistical robustness it did feel as though it didn't capture my activity...and I let down a few sports because of injury in September... that wasn't a question!"

Tags: sport england, APS

Think Tank calls for sports policy makers to meet consumer demands

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:25

Think Tank calls for sports policy makers to meet consumer demands

The Government needs to facilitate more innovation and entrepreneurship to help boost participation figures, according to research released today.

Tags: Sport

Early Research on wearables and Fitness Trackers Produces mixed results

Posted: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:08

Early Research on wearables and Fitness Trackers Produces mixed results

The initial wave of research on the efficiency and effectiveness of fitness trackers and wearables has highlights some of the positive and negative aspects of the technology.

Tags: Physical Activity, participation, Health

Triennial Review secures future for Sport England and UK Sport

Posted: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:55

Triennial Review secures future for Sport England and UK Sport

The triennial review of the two non-departmental public bodies responsible for distributing funds for sport in the UK, Sport England and UK Sport, initiated by former Minister for Sport Helen Grant, has decided that both bodies should continue in their current form for the foreseeable future. After the announcement in 2013 that there would be no merger of the two bodies, this review published an online survey and drew opinions on the current roles and effectiveness of Sport England and UK Sport in interviews with over 50 stakeholders across government departments, NGBs, national sports organisations, local authorities and academics.re.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, participation, DCMS, sport england, Uksport, UK Sport

Sport England Opens Consultation on Measuring Participation

Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:53

Sport England Opens Consultation on Measuring Participation

Sport England have recently opened a consultation designed to gather views and evidence on the future measurement of participation in sport. The consultation consists of a consultation document and an online survey (available at the link below). Sport England are keen to emphasise that any new approach in the future will not be a continuation of the current Active People Survey.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, participation, sport england