March 2014, no 70: news and comment
Seeking the legacy of unintended consequences
The Leisure Review editorial
With the Olympic venues opening to the public in all their post-Games glory, the editor wonders what we will make of the lust for legacy once the dust has settled and London 2012 has disappeared in the rear-view mirror.
News in Brief
Edition 80. New pools and new tools. Whitewater and warm weather. Theatre and culture. Obesity and bicycling. Research, multiple; truth, unpalatable.
La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition 2. Our new diarist picks up steam with an exhaustive foray into the news behind the headlines, sowing injury where there might be pardon, doubt where they might be faith and despair where there might be hope.
The letters page
The Leisure Review letters page: a determinedly old-fashioned approach, bringing thoughtfulness and discernment into the process of debate. Of course it will never be popular but we beat on, a boat against the current.
volume 8 issue 2
Where next for parks? A response
A recent Leisure Review round table considered the future for parks, a debate that prompted a response from Sid Sullivan on behalf of the Parks Alliance, the group campaigning on behalf of parks and open spaces across the UK.
Will we miss football when it’s gone?
With the World Cup only months away, the Leisure Review wonders whether anyone in charge of football has considered the implications of the Save Grassroots Football campaign.
Splash zones: a manager’s guide
A splash zone is an exciting water feature that can add life to outdoor and indoor environments but, as Robbie Phillips explains, like any other water feature it requires knowledge and vigilance to be managed safely.
Coming soon: the state of UK parks revealed
Invited to attend a recent meeting of the APSE advisory group, the Leisure Review was offered a brief glimpse into the background of the imminent HLF State of UK Parks report. Jonathan Ives reports.
Beyond a Boundary
The Leisure Manager's Library
Widely regarded as the greatest book ever written about cricket , CLR James's rememberance and exploration of a life lived in the context of the game that shaped West Indian culture.
recent features from The Leisure Review
Where next for parks? The Leisure Review round table
The Leisure Review convened a round table of experts to consider the future for parks and the value of the ongoing campaign to draw attention to the importance of our open spaces. This is what they said.
Leadership in an age of austerity
Martyn Allison wonders what good leadership looks like in an age of austerity and offers some suggestions on the skills we might look for in a new generation of management professionals.
Home of the blues: behind the scenes at Oxford University Sport
The Leisure Review’s winter conference visited Iffley Road, the celebrated home of Oxford University Sport, to meet John Roycroft, the university’s director of sport, and discover the role that sport plays in Oxford life.
Leave the clinical to the clinicians
The Healthy Comment column
The Commissioner considers the origins of the promotion of physical activity and wonders whether exercise professionals have the right to decide who will and will not take part.
The end of economics: why numbers are killing culture
Inspired by the culture secretary’s recent speech at the British Library, Jonathan Ives argues that the time has come for the government’s department of culture to ask the Treasury that most difficult of questions: why?
Managing pool water: The Leisure Review round table
With research programme into the standards of management and control of cryptosporidium in Wales ongoing, The Leisure Review gathered a number of experts to explore the implications for the management of swimming facilities.
Christine Parsloe: Guardian public servant of the year
Christine Parsloe, leisure and culture development manager at the London borough of Merton, spoke to The Leisure Review about her career, awards and what this recognition might mean for leisure and for her personally.
From King’s Cross to Soho: a new understanding of urban open space
After an architectural adventure Jonathan Ives considers how the understanding of traffic and transport is changing perceptions of urban open space and perhaps even economic conventions.
Approaches for coaches: individuals and teams
Nottingham Trent University hosted the latest in the ongoing series of Coaching Insight events and encouraged those assembled to consider the special requirements of teams, individuals and teams of individuals. The Leisure Review reports.
Mad about the Boy
On a bright, cold day in mid-November a great many people headed to St Paul’s for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Nick Reeves. The Leisure Review joined them.
Why nudge the public when it’s the sector that needs a shove?
How to persuade people to change their behaviour? The Leisure Review’s health correspondent wonders whether the gentle approach now needs to be revised in favour of rather more pointed measures.
Never mind the quality, feel the width
Martyn Allison offers some personal reflections of New York and New Jersey, wondering all the while what lessons the UK sport, leisure and culture sector might learn from the American experience.
Managing decline: looking out for parks professionals
With new initiatives and campaigns to support parks, Jonathan Ives wonders where the loss of institutions and organisations leaves parks managers.
Leading Learning: a new century of achievement
Having reached a century of successful participants, the Leading Learning Programme is now recruiting for 2014. Sue Isherwood explains how the programme has helped to expand horizons, change attitudes and transform careers.
Girls (not) aloud
Adding value has become a common concept in the health and fitness market but a misunderstanding of value is leading many fitness facilities in the wrong direction. Michael Cassop Thompson explains.
Mark Sesnan: a new vision for leisure management
Twenty years after the foundation of Greenwich Leisure Limited, The Leisure Review spoke to GLL managing director Mark Sesnan about the origins, the development and the future of one of leisure’s success stories.
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