Sports Think Tank - The Caborn Room

"A sports think tank would be a great legacy from the 2012 games, enabling future generations to benefit from long term, well researched, and evidence-based sports policy making in the UK" Seb Coe

Sports Think Tank

Sports Think Tank

31-32 Bedford Street
Covent Garden
+44 20 3239 3380

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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?

  • 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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