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Call for Match Fixing Offence

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:42

Call for Match Fixing Offence

Proven match-fixers are avoiding jail because of the Government's refusal to criminalise the offence, representatives of every major sport in the UK warned on Wednesday night.

The police and Crown Prosecution Service have failed to pursue a number of fixing cases "despite very strong evidence", according to information released to Telegraph Sport by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Tags: Sport, Match Fixing, Helen Grant

Active Healthy Kids Canada Publishes Global Matrix of Grades on Physical Activity

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 09:43

Active Healthy Kids Canada Publishes Global Matrix of Grades on Physical Activity

Active Healthy Kids Canada has published a report covering data on physical activity among children and youth from 15 nations across 5 continents. The result is the first ever global matrix of grades on how children are active in all the different contexts and aspects of their lives.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, London 2012, Physical Activity, Health, PE

Quantifying the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport

Posted: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:16

Quantifying the Social Impacts of Culture and Sport

DCMS Ministers: Helen Grant MP, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and Ed Vaizey MP publish this report presenting the findings of analysis undertaken by London School of Economics to quantify the impacts of culture and sport on a range of social outcomes e.g. health.

Tags: DCMS, Health, Sport

European Commission on Sport and Physical Activity Report

Posted: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:32

European Commission on Sport and Physical Activity Report

A recently published report by the European Commission catalogues the sport and physical activity habits of people across Europe. While the UK is below the EC average, over a third of UK citizens say they NEVER exercise or play sport. Download the report here.

Tags: Sport, participation, Olympic legacy, Physical Activity

'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