The Caborn Room is a depository for thought pieces, articles and opinion from prominent sport sector figures and insiders. Richard Caborn served as Sports Minister in the UK from 2001 - 2007, and as an MP between 1983 and 2010, before stepping down to become ambassador for the UK's 2018 World Cup bid. He is renowned for enjoying a robust debate and it is hoped that this spirit of debate is reflected in this page and its contents.

If you would like to offer an insight into the sport sector with an original article or a response to one of these essays, then please get in touch with Luke Regan, Research Officer at

  • The Post Rio Debate (PDF, 435 Kb)

    For most sports fans the spectacular success of British athletes at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games was a cause for celebration but there is a risk that the weight of gold could have a damaging effect on community sport and the pursuit of a more active nation. Martyn Allison, Chris Cutforth and Steve Wood explain why so much is at stake

  • Could the sentiment of Rio derail an active nation?
  • Derek Wyatt Reflects on the Sporting Summer (PDF, 146 Kb)

    Derek Wyatt - former MP and England Rugby player reflects on some of the issues in sport acorss the summer of 2016

  • Charlie Macey - From Acronyms to Americans: Why so little sport in General Election 2015? (PDF, 459 Kb)

    Sports Think Tank Research Intern Charlie Macey looks at reasons behind sport's low profile in this year's General Election and takes a look at what this might mean for interest groups and organisations for the next 5 years.

  • Alex Scott Bayfield - Data Collection in The Sport and Physical Activity Sector (PDF, 508 Kb)

    Alex Scott Bayfield of Fitmedia Fitness takes an insightful look at the current state of play with regards to measurement and data collection in sport and offers a possible improvement on the current situation in order to better measure the impact that sport and physical activity is having.

  • Martyn Allison - The Future of Sport and Leisure (PDF, 560 Kb)

    The full article from a post on our blog page. Martyn is former Assistant Chief Executive of Leicester City Council and a former national advisor for culture and sport with the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID). He is currently Chair of Trustees with the Big Difference Company and the Director of Management Improvement Services. In his article, Martyn proposes a new, integrated model for local sports provision.

  • Sam Parton - Where is The Unity in Grassroots Sport? (PDF, 478 Kb)

    Sam Parton of OpenPlay on his experience in the sport sector, the fragmented nature of the industry and the major barriers that must be addressed in order to increase accessibility and the quality of provision.

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