Issue 79: news and comment

The fundamental questions of government policy: who can be arsed?
The Leisure Review editorial
A new government policy for sport is in the offing but the editor surveys the prospect and, with help of Leisure Review contributors, asks the essential question: who can be arsed? And even more important: why not?

News in Brief
Edition 89. Plenty of news, some of it recent, all of it of interest to any aficionado of the sport, leisure and culture sector. Including news of play, new BSI codes of practice, architectural tourism and profit warnings, extensions, prizes, strategies and events.

La Flamme Rouge
The Leisure Review diary
Edition 11. Mrs Smith is back at the helm of the acerbic mill of rumour and innuendo that spews out the Leisure Review's own diary column. Breathe deep and tread carefully.

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 79

ISSN 1753-0725


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.

recent features from The Leisure Review

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.

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.

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.

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