October 2014, no 75: news and comment

Interesting times: the age of selective certainty
The Leisure Review editorial
The rolling miasma of a general election is heading our way, prompting the Leisure Review to wonder why so much of the political debate is based on certainty that does not bear scrutiny.

News in Brief
Edition 85. New charters and old railways. Animals and art galleries. Partnerships and programmes. A few of the news items that have come across the newsdesk and caught the eye for a moment or two.

La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition7. So much material for the Leisure Review diary but so little of it hits the spike, which means that you can read it and make your own mind up.

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.

How I Escaped My Certain Fate
The Leisure Manager's Library
Your guide to Stewart Lee's account of the life and deaths of a stand-up comedian, offering comprehensive answers to the key questions of: what's it about; what's it got to do with leisure; and why should I read it?

volume 8 issue 7
October 2014

ISSN 1753-0725


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.

The pool parasite we all want to control
Cryptosporidium represents a significant threat to pool users and pool operators alike. Robbie Phillips explains why this organism is so dangerous and how it can be managed to protect your swimmers and your business.

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.

recent features from The Leisure Review

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.

Le Tour: signposting a better way
With the Tour de France returning to the roads of Britain, Peter Treadgold considers the lessons that the professional peloton might offer to those working to make cycling a greater part of the national transport system.

Active transport: the case for action
The Active Transport for Healthy Living Coalition looks at the implications of creating an environment conducive to active transport and explains why the time is right to make the most of the opportunities.

Making the familiar strange: one action that can transform your coaching
Having ventured into unfamiliar territory, Richard Bailey is convinced that an understanding of the impact of the new should an essential part of the coach’s approach to the learning process.

Rothko revisited
With one of the Rothko Seagram murals now back on display after a long restoration, Jonathan Ives returned to Tate Modern to revisit a modern masterpiece that inspired a lifelong fascination with art and galleries.

Leading the line for the national game
Pete Ackerley, senior development manager for the national game at the FA, talks to the Leisure Review about the developments that are driving change within the most venerable of governing bodies.

Arts Development UK: making it work for their membership
The Leisure Review spoke to Pete Bryan of Arts Development UK about how the organisation has evolved to meet the needs of its members and serve the wider interests of the arts.

England expects: style, flair and passion at the World Cup
Menswear industry insider Nick Bell assesses England’s chances of making an impact on the World Cup and wonders whether we might have missed an opportunity for sartorial success.

Visible Women: raising profiles, changing attitudes
Amie Samba reports on the work of Visible Women, a support network for women working in male-dominated industries, and argues that we can raise the profile of women in sport when the audience and leaders become visible.

Legacy in lanes: the London Aquatics Centre
When the London 2012 Olympic pool finally opened to the public it was time for the Leisure Review’s poorly disguised mystery customer to dust off the clipboard and head for the nation’s most expensive and most prestigious swimming baths. Jonathan Ives reports.

The Lee Valley velopark: a two-wheeled legacy opens to the public
Eighteen months after London 2012 came to a close the Olympic cycling facilities have opened their doors to the public. The Leisure Review went along to see what the velopark looks like in legacy mode.

The coached experience: stories and recollections beyond winning and losing
A recent PADSIS conference suggested that positive early experiences were far more important than winning in generating enthusiasm for sport and participation. Richard Cheetham considers why “well done” might be the most powerful words in sport.

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