Issue 80: news and comment

A strategy in which the deeds can't match the words
The Leisure Review editorial
The understanding of the importance of participation, the links between physical activity and health were welcome features of the new government strategy for sport but the reality is that there is little prospect of these aspirations becoming reality.

News in Brief
Edition 90. The Northern Powerhouse shrugs. Calorie counting for beginners. Private practices for museums. New names for football. Plus at least some of the news that you need to know to keep you up to speed on the sport, leisure and culture sector.

La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition 12. The Leisure Review's diabolical diarist offers some forthright commentary on the successes and shortcomings of everyone within range.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Leisure Manager's Library
Your guide to leisure-related literature offers a sector-specific perspective of the novel that established the vampire myth as a perennial part of our literary heritage. Count Dracula arrives in England to prey upon youth. How can he be stopped and the world freed from the evil of the undead?

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 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 Review
issue 80

ISSN 1753-0725


Back to the future: a new strategy for sport
Martyn Allison was pleasantly surprised by the contents of the government’s new sports strategy but here he explains why we must not achieve financial sustainability to the detriment of access for all.

Where we ride: the essentials of growing a sport
Continuing its conversation with John Mills, the Leisure Review discussed the thinking behind British Cycling’s facilities strategy and why it’s about a bit more than just the bike.

Leisure’s hall of fame: who’s next?
Julian Leybourne remembers the inspirational figures who shaped the nascent sport, leisure and culture sector and wonders how the next generation of leaders will emerge.

Engaging with commissioning: further learning material
Further to his article on sport and physical activity, Martyn Allison offers some learning opportunities that have emerged from recent work on commissioning undertaken by CLOA and Sport England.

The mysterious case of funding for sport
Having had time to get used to the contradictions and assumptions of current government spending policies, Jonathan Ives still cannot understand the maths when it comes to elite sport.

recent features from The Leisure Review

Dear Minister… we need to talk about sport
In response to data showing falling participation the minister for sport announced that she would “develop a new strategy for sport as a matter of urgency”. Having spent most of his career thinking about what an effective policy for sport should look like, Martyn Allison thought it was time to offer Tracey Crouch a little advice.

Growing sport: achievers, activators and a new role for coaches
The Leisure Review went to Manchester to talk to John Mills, British Cycling’s director of coaching, education and development, to see what’s next on the agenda for one of the UK’s most successful governing bodies. Jonathan Ives reports.

Making a difference in Tanzania
Earlier this year Chris Cutforth spent 10 days in Tanzania as part of the UK Sport International Inspiration IDEALS programme. Here he shares his experiences of delivering a training programme for local sports teachers, the impact of the training, and the personal and professional development benefits of being involved.

Dropping the baton: a decade of Olympic debate

After working with Sport England to create the Use Our School web resource, Wayne Allsopp looks at the latest participation statistics and offers his views on how schools could be playing a bigger part in increasing participation in sport.

The best of times, the worst of time: Manchester Central Library revisited
Manchester Central Library has collected awards and plaudits from all quarters since it reopened after a complete renovation. The Leisure Review dropped in to see what a library inspired by the Pantheon looks like when reinvented for a modern age.

Putting the legacy upfront
When the Rugby World Cup 2015 was 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.

King in a car park: the power of culture examined
The discovery of the remains of Richard III focused international attention on Leicester. Martyn Allison explains some of the challenges that the city council faced and explores some of the lessons that have been learned.

Around town: coping with growth and other challenges
Professor Danny Dorling does not claim to be an expert on traffic or cycling so how did he come to be talking about both subjects in a city he hasn’t lived in for 20 years? The Leisure Review reports on a vision of how our cities might cope with continued growth.

An inconvenient truth for transport
A new book about the history of cycling reveals compelling evidence of the extent to which the modern road system, and indeed modern motoring itself, owe their existence to the pioneers of two-wheeled transport. The Leisure Review heard Carlton Reid explain why.

Sky-high: a modern vision of open space
When is a park not a park? And how public does a space have to be before it qualifies as public open space? The Leisure Review visits London’s most elevated bit of greenery.

Clashing cultures: lessons from an erratic Marxist
The economic crisis gripping Greece has thrown new characters onto the international stage. Jonathan Ives reflects on what Yanis Varoufakis has to say about the role of culture in modern society.

New doors and old-school attractions
The Leisure Review’s local library has a new exhibition space with a traditional approach to display, causing us to reflect on whether there is still some life in old-school attitudes in our museums.

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.

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