Professor of Applied Policy Sciences | Head of Human and Life Sciences | Strategic Director, Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR) | Editor, Journal of Sport & Tourism
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What’s parkrun worth?

Over the course of a year, parkrun UK improves the health of the UK population to a value of circa £8.7million. The decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council in Bristol to impose a financial charge on parkrun to deliver its free weekly running event in their local park has attracted a great deal of media … Continue reading

Are Physical Activity Guidelines Evidence Based?… No, they are a Value Judgement by Scientists!

Another study has been published this week that shows that physical activity improves health through the proxy measure of reducing all-cause mortality risk (risk of death). It compares all-cause mortality risk among those who exercise at or above the government’s guideline level of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, with the all cause … Continue reading

Inspiring a Generation to Keep Calm and Carry On?… with Failures of Ambition and Strategy, #What2012Legacy for Sport?

Sport participation has undoubtedly been the most discussed legacy ambition for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, largely due to the promise to ‘Inspire a Generation’ and the previous government’s high profile legacy target to get one million more people playing more sport by 2012/13. Although this target was dropped by the Coalition government, … Continue reading

#What2012Legacy? How can we assess the success of London 2012 legacy strategy?

There is no legacy!  This is what the weight of evidence from two worldwide systematic reviews suggests about the socio-economic legacies most often sought from major multisport events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Or, to be more precise, there is no inherent legacy.  Rather, ‘advanced planning and long-term legacy goals are … Continue reading

Why Physical Activity Promotion Policy Isn’t Helping the Fight Against Cancer… Or Why I’m Joining Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon

PLEASE SUPPORT CANCER RESEARCH UK: CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT MY DRYATHLON   Think of research into cancer and the image that comes to mind is of laboratory based research into the biological processes that cause or that might cure cancer, but the work of Cancer Research UK is about protection and possible prevention as well as … Continue reading

Blame the Data and Remove the Goalposts – How to Mask National Olympic Legacy Policy Failings!

In Singapore in 2005, Lord Coe, the Chair of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, secured the 2012 Games for London with a bid presentation including a promise to inspire a new generation to choose sport.  Yet, as the popular press is fond of reminding us, no previous Games has raised … Continue reading

Delivering or Demonstrating a London 2012 Sporting Legacy?

From the ambitions of the final bid presentation that secured the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for London in Singapore in 2005, through the legacy promises made in the previous Labour government’s legacy action plan published in 2008, to the Coalition government’s rationalised Plans for the Legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games published in … Continue reading

The Difference between What’s Possible and What’s Probable: Why the Centre for Social Justice is Wrong on Olympic Legacy!

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) today launches a report “More than a Game: Harnessing the Power of Sport to Transform the Lives of Disadvantaged Young People”, in which it draws a number of conclusions relating to the sporting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  While the general conclusion that it is … Continue reading

Physical Activity and Sport: What Should We Recommend?

NOTE: This post (written in Jan 2011) refers to the former PA recommendations of 5 x 30 mins per week.  Current recommendations (since July 2011) are for 150 accumulated minutes per week.   In his final annual report On the State of Public Health before retiring from the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in 2010, … Continue reading

Lies, Damned Lies and Sports Participation Statistics?

Sport England has recently published summary findings for sports participation in 2009/10 from the Active People Survey under the headline “Cycling and running boom shows appetite for sports participation”, with a growth in netball also highlighted. But what do these statistics really show, both for sports participation and for the London 2012 sport participation legacy … Continue reading

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