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Government Urged to Back Squash for Olympics

Posted: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:56

The government has been asked to lobby for the inclusion of squash as an Olympic sport, although sports minister Tracey Crouch claimed that it was "not appropriate" to get involved.

During a passionate speech in Westminster Hall, Neath MP and former Welsh number one Christina Rees delivered a paper titled Squash and the Olympic Games for political discussion.

(from Sports Management Magazine)

Tags: Sport, Squash, Olympics

Park Courts Programme for Tennis

Posted: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:59

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will renovate several park courts over the coming years as it attempts to generate participation momentum following a stellar Wimbledon for British athletes.

Working with grassroots charity Tennis For Free (TFF) and local authorities, the governing body will improve the facilities and roll out schemes such as free 'walk on and play' sessions, fun sessions, bespoke groups, and sessions for schools, community centres and local clubs.

(from Sports Management Magazine)

Tags: Tennis, Tenni For Free

Public Health England Lunch Physical Activity Guide

Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:08

People living in the UK are likely to be 35 per cent less active in 2030 than they were in the 1960s – unless current trends of increases in inactivity are reversed.

The warning comes from Public Health England (PHE), as it today (19 July) published the latest edition of its Health matters: getting every adult active every day guidance document – a resource designed for health professionals and local authorities looking to encourage more people to become physically active.

(From Sports Management Magazine)

Tags: Public Health England, Physical Activity, Sporting Futures

New Public Health Minster Appointed

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:42

Nicola Blackwood is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation. She will lead on all aspects of public health and health protection as well as technology, innovation and data.

Tags: Public Health, Minister

Sport England Board Appointments

Posted: Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:38

Six new members have been appointed to the Sport England Board.

They all have backgrounds in sport and their remit as Board members will include:

  • Setting and agreeing strategy and policy
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of major projects
  • Approving all grant awards which exceed £2million
  • Approving Sport England's Annual Report and Financial Statements
  • Overseeing performance management

Tags: Sport England Board

EU Referendum Response

Posted: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00

EU Referendum Response

As shockwaves reverberate around the country after the outcome of the EU Referendum and resignation of the Prime Minister today, Andy Reed Directors of the Sports Think Tank has urged the sector to stay calm and carry on for now.

Tags: Sports Policy, Eureferendum

Nick Keller - Why Thursday is Crucial for the Sport Sector

Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:52

Nick Keller - Why Thursday is Crucial for the Sport Sector

Nick keller Chair of Sports Industry Group this week spoke out about the European Referendum and why Sport needed to vote to 'Remain'

In a wide ranging article Nick spoke about the consequences of Leave and the benefits that being part of the European Union had brought to the sector.

Tags: Sport

Sports Think Tank Reacts to Sport England Strategy

Posted: Thu, 19 May 2016 08:00

Sports Think Tank Reacts to Sport England Strategy

Sports Think Tank Director Andy Reed OBE has responded to the new Sport England Strategy.

"We welcome the overall thrust of the document recognising that there is much more to sport and physical activitiy than participation figures and gold medals. We specifically welcome the shift away from the emphasis on funding 'the worried well' to a much more consumer focus and on the most disadvantaged and inactive. This is where public policy can have the most impact.

Tags: Sport England Strategy, #sportingfuture

Expert Panel to Explore Health Benefits of Swimming

Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 08:38

A new group has been set up to investigate the links between swimming and health, and demonstrate just how good swimming is for you.

The Health Commission for Swimming is an independent group made up of experts from across the health and physical activity sectors.

Tags: Swimming, Asa, Health, Physical Activity

A Charter for Sports Governance

Posted: Fri, 13 May 2016 17:22

UK sports bodies and organisations that want to receive public funding will have to adhere to a new Code of Governance to help ensure that the highest levels of transparency, ethical standards and leadership are present across sport in this country.

Tags: Sports Governance, Uksport, Sport England, Dcms

Whittingdale Speech Sets our Government Stall

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:29

Whittingdale Speech Sets our Government Stall

Secretary of State for DCMS set out the governments plans for sport in a wide ranging speech yesterday at the Telegraph Business of Sport Conference.

Andy Reed said "These speeches are always a goo opportunity to capture the thinking and mood of the Department on a wide range of subjects and obviously used to send out some signals on governance and the confirmation on Listed Events. The Full text is below:

Tags: Dcms, Telegraph, Business Of Sport, Whittingdale

Sports Management Column Launch

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 09:47

Sports Management Column Launch

Director of the Sports Think Tank Andy Reed has published his first monthly opinion column in Sports Management magazine as part of a growing partnership between the two organisations.

"This is an exciting collaboration as those of us interested in supporting the wider sport sector can work closely together to set out the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead" said Andy Reed

Tags: Sports Managment Magazine, Sport Policy, Sports Think Tank

Welsh government launches comprehensive sports facilities blueprint

Posted: Wed, 04 May 2016 10:15

Welsh government launches comprehensive sports facilities blueprint

The Welsh government and quango Sport Wales have published their vision for improving the inclusivity and sustainability of sporting facilities throughout the nation.

Facilities for Future Generations: A Blueprint for Sport and Active Recreation in Wales lays out a framework as a point of reference to "help inform long-term, sustainable decision-making" on the design, provision and maintenance of facilities.

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

Olympic Stadium Deal Revealed

Posted: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:27

Olympic Stadium Deal Revealed

West Ham United will pay £2.5m (US$3.5m, €3.1m) a year to rent the Olympic Stadium in East London, although all running costs for the stadium will be covered by the taxpayer subsidised London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

The LLDC – which operates the Olympic Park on behalf of City Hall – published the full details of the deal it struck with its new tenants following a court order this week, which will see the Premier League club move in for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Tags: west ham FC, Olympic stadium, LLDC

DCMS Launches Duty of Care Review

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:21

DCMS Launches Duty of Care Review

An independent review which focuses on the welfare and safety of participants in grassroots and elite sport has commenced, with experts and members of the public called to give evidence.

Sports Management magazine reports.

First referenced in the government's Sporting Future sport strategy, the Duty of Care Review will be led by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who will consider submissions as part of an eight-strong working group.

Tags: Tanni Grey Thompson, Duty Of Care Review