I have been reflecting on the PM and his efforts in Europe this week. To end up isolated and to have been comprehensively humiliated without achieving anything is quite a feat. I understand that it is necessary sometime to play to the domestic agenda more than court favour in Brussels but even when playing domestic …
Just received my Board papers for next week & again lots of ‘process’ and heavy going being a Trustee but it’s always vital to remind yourself why you do it. Whether it’s sport or international development the process is about making positive impact to happen & it’s our job to make it As easy as possible to deliver!
World Vison UK: Every Child Free From Fear – YouTube
28 Jun 2014
As part of the Loughborough University Sports Management MBA programme we spent the day at this Hurley manufacturer and all learnt a new sport (hooked! A great feeling hitting that ball!)
Hurley Hurl Maker | Irish Hurleys | John Torpey Hurleys
23 Jun 2014
A bit like every England fan being capable of managing the team better than the current Manager – everybody has a view of school sport and how their simple answer will solve what is obviously a disappointing system.
I will take some time to read the report and reflect before posting – but one ‘ask’ would be to read the Education Select Committee report – No More Political Football’ and take the hint in the title. We need policy makers to agree to the purpose of school sport, devise a system that is adequately funded and not turn it into a political football to be thrown out every 4 -5 years.
Ofsted on competitive sport in schools
20 Jun 2014
17 Jun 2014
A few of the photos from the CIP Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast hosted in Westminster Hall. It has come a long way since I was Chair and managed to move the Breakfast inside Parliament. Therefore great to see it get better each year and for the main political leaders to attend as well as the AofC!
16 Jun 2014
On the way back from speaking at a Rotary Lunch at Wigston I found myself almost ‘back home’ where I started the first few years of my life on the Netherhall Estate in Leicester. I had been talking about my life journey and it seemed appropriate to have a quick look at life 45 years since I left Tunstall Crescent! I often reflect on what life would have been like if we had stayed there longer into my teens. I have been very fortunate that I have had so many opportunities and a fulfilled life. But none of it has been down to any particular hard work on my part that sets me apart from my school colleagues and neighbours from the estate. It’s a trait I don’t like seeing amongst people who think they have made it die to their hard work and enterprise. I haven’t and I know most others haven’t either. They probably had the same lucky breaks I had and being in the right place at the right time.
The battle for ‘Quantified Self’ and wearable sports technology continues at a pace.. with the big beasts involved this will become mainstream much quicker than we can imagine. So measuring activity should be so much easier.
Just weeks after Apple announced its Health app for iOS 8 and corresponding HealthKit platform for allowing developers and accessory manufacturers to…
Google to Take on Apple in Health and Fitness Tracking with ‘Google Fit’
14 Jun 2014
Being a leader – or at least being an effective leader – is never easy. But it is true what Martyn says in the original piece in this series: that being a leader in troubling times presents a particular set of challenges. At the Sport and Recreation Alliance I am currently going through the process …