February 2015: news and comment

Four simple truths
The Leisure Review editorial
With such a furore over recent sporting numbers, whether from the Active People survey or the Premier League, the editor considers the implications for the sport, leisure and culture sector, and offers some simple pointers for policy-makers and politicians.

News in Brief
Edition 87. A simple but reliable news service that leaves speed to others in favour of interest and brio. Statistics, documents and links that may be of interest to the sport, leisure and cutlure professional.

La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition 9. A simplistic and unreliable news service that leaves balance and good taste to others in favour of rumour and innuendo. Who stepped in to save the honour of hockey? Why is the culture secretary offending Twitter purists? Who cares?

The story behind the Leisure Review badge
The editor explains the thinking behind the Leisure Review's paid subscription offer and why you might like to sign up.

The Leisure Manager's library
The Leisure Manager's Library
Your guide to leisure-related literature.

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.

The Leisure Review issue 77
February 2015

ISSN 1753-0725


A question for sport: is it good for our communities and our society?

Taking up issues raised by Martyn Allison in the last issue of the Leisure Review, Christopher Cutforth offers a critique of current sports policy and some alternative policy ideas, posing some questions for reflection and debate along the way.

Aiming high: how, where and why should UK Sport invest?
UK Sport has undertaken a consultation on whether its focus on investing in performance needs to be reconsidered. Wayne Allsopp was happy to respond but his take on the future of sport asks some searching questions regarding the balance between elite performance and participation.

Blinding success: is winning worth
the cost?

In recent years British sport has amassed medals, trophies and titles at an unprecedented rate but with reports of falling participation rates, Jonathan Ives has begun to wonder whether winning is all it’s cracked up to be.

Constructing Worlds: a vision of the modern city
The Constructing Worlds exhibition has a subtitle of Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age. While the images on show tell us a great deal about both these art forms, the Leisure Review also found some insight regarding how we live today.

The last bookshop
One of the bastions of the book trade has a new home so the Leisure Review took its barely controlled book habit to the Charing Cross Road to see whether the new Foyles might be the saviour of the printed word.

recent features from The Leisure Review

Sport and/or health: the future of local authority sport and leisure services
With no sign of an end to the mantra of austerity, Martyn Allison considers the future of leisure in the public sector and offers some radical challenges for those looking to maintain a role for sport, leisure and culture in the UK.

Horticulture on high: the implications of
chartered status

After a small celebration to mark a new era in horticulture, Andrew Gill, president-elect of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, spoke to the Leisure Review about what such elevated status might mean for the organisation, its members and the wider horticultural sector.

Leading the way: the first five years of the Leading Learning Programme
Sue Isherwood and Melita Armitage explain the origins and the future of sport, leisure and culture’s own leadership programme, and why it continues to transform careers, challenge perceptions and shape the sector.

Under the microscope: pool management practice found wanting
A unique study of pool management practices has provided hard evidence of critical shortcomings. Robbie Phillips reports on the findings of the report and argues that it should be read as a major wake-up call for the industry.

More sport for all: vision or dream?
Wayne Allsopp responds to the Labour party’s policy review of the state of UK sport and offers thoughts on school and community sport, along with some suggestions on improving the structure of specialist sports coaching.

Putting the legacy upfront
With the Rugby World Cup 2015 less than a year away, the Leisure Review spoke exclusively to Steve Grainger about what the tournament will leave behind and why the RFU decided to get their legacy in early.

Leadership in sport: a local authority perspective
The Leisure Review on leadership
Mark Allman, head of sport and active lifestyles at Leeds City Council, explains why strong and intelligent leadership is a prerequisite for driving change and meeting the challenges of delivering excellence.

Yesterday: the deadline for management change
The Healthy Comment column
The Commissioner argues that traditional concepts of leisure management have become redundant and that the time has come to embrace change to transform our sector and its chances of survival.

Parks funding: the next generation
Sid Sullivan considers the potential of the Heritage Lottery Fund report and explains why it signals a need to change attitudes to parks funding and leadership within the parks sector.

Safe play means maintenance
Michael Hoenigmann of the Association of Play Industries explains why regular maintenance and repairs are an essential aspect of safe play.

Play matters: responding to this century’s biggest societal challenge
There has never been a greater need for active play and Michael Hoenigmann explains how the Association of Play Industries (API) is working to make sure this message is being heard.

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