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London Sport backed sport technology incubator to open in October

Posted: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:35

London Sport backed sport technology incubator to open in October

Sport Tech Hub, the capital's first incubator dedicated to SportTech innovation, is set to launch in the newly-opened House of Sport facility in London.

Tags: Technology, Sport, Innovation, London Sport, SportTech, Physical Activity, Participation

This Girl Can has really made a difference to women in sport

Posted: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:57

This Girl Can has really made a difference to women in sport

Originally posted by Laura Hills, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at Brunel University London for The Conversation. This article takes a really good look at the details behind the figures and what can be learned from the campaign.

Tags: Sport, Women, Olympic Legacy, Rugby World Cup, Participation, Cricket, Euro 2017

European Week of Sport 2017

Posted: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:44

European Week of Sport 2017

European Week of Sport will make its annual return this September 2017.

Tags: Sport, Europe, Grassroots, #BeActive

Major sports events: are they worth it?

Posted: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00

John Varano a Researcher at the University of Oxford gives his take on the decline in enthusiasm for hosting global sporting events.

- Originally posted on The Conversation

We are confident this issue will resurface time and time again.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, London 2012, Rio 2016, Olympic legacy, Olympics, legacy

£2 Million for BAME projects

Posted: Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:22

£2 Million for BAME projects

Dawn Butler Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Diverse Communities):
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to increase representation of black and minority ethnic individuals in the football coaching profession.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, BAME, sport england, participation, Funding

Sports Competitors: Free Movement of People

Posted: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:06

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport):

Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the free movement of elite athletes.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, immigration, EU, Brexit, free movement

eSports already outpacing mainstream sports

Posted: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:58

If you've ever watched an eSports competition and wondered to yourself, can this ever outpace mainstream sports? Here's your answer: it already has. More people watched the League of Legends World Championship than the Masters, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals. In the US, eSports events regularly sell out stadiums, offer multi-million-dollar prizes and occur so often, odds are one is happening right now. With awareness of eSports growing 22 per cent every year, the trend is not slowing down.

Tags: sport, eSport, gaming, technology

House of Lords respond to Armstrong

Posted: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:04

Baroness Armstrong's question to the House of Lords: "Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) regarding the fee structure for coaching courses and for the Level One coaching qualification for school-aged children; what assessment they have made of the impact of fees charged on participation by young people from (1) state, and (2) private schools; and whether they have advised the LTA to vary that fee structure according to which type of school a young person attends."

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, sport england, School Sport, House of Lords, UKCC, participation fees

Education Minister responds to Smith

Posted: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:25

Royston Smith MP: 'To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding her Department provides to local authorities for offering free sporting activities during the summer holidays.'

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, Health, School Sport, Education

Sport and Recreation Alliance expresses concern about reduction of funding to give pupils a healthy start to life

Posted: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:33

This week the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, announced changes to the funding arrangements for schools in the UK.

Although the Sport and Recreation Alliance welcomes the confirmation that the PE and Sport Premium will be doubled there was bad news about significant reductions to the Healthy Pupils Capital Programme (HPCP) and the Alliance is seeking clarification from Ministers. This programme which was only itself announced in February 2017 and was heralded by the Government as "new funding to boost school facilities and healthy lifestyles" appears to have now been cut.

Tags: Sport, Pe, Sugar Levy, Dfe

Table Tennis Punished for Failing to Reform

Posted: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:27

From the BBC

The chairman of Table Tennis England (TTE) has criticised "individuals with their own agendas" after the sport lost access to £9m in funding.

The governing body needed to pass a proposal at Saturday's annual general meeting to ensure its governance met UK Sport and Sport England rules.

TTE needed 75% of its members to vote for the proposal but only 74.93% did, meaning its funding has been frozen.

Tags: Sport, Table Tennis, Governance, Sport England

LTA invests in grassroots

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:16

LTA invests in grassroots

Thousands of community tennis courts across the country will be revamped as part of the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) largest-ever grassroots investment.

The national governing body will plough £125m (US$162.3m, €142.1m) into the transformation of British tennis courts over the next 10 years.

(From Sports Management Magazine)

Tags: Sport, participation, sport policy

Physical activity can boost young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Posted: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:23

Physical activity can boost young people’s mental health and wellbeing

A new international study into the impact of sport, exercise and dance on 15-24 year olds has shown evidence that physical activity can help improve teens' and young adults' mental wellbeing.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, Dance, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Children

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

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