View from the Margin

Politics from a 'Marginal' Perspective

29 Jul 2014


So Israel says the killing will continue until the mission is completed. I am not sure if the complete destruction of Gaza will satisfy Israel or why the rest if the world meekly looks on. We then wonder why Gaza is a recruiting tool for anti western terrorist groups across the world. The madness has to stop and the US has the power to do so if it wanted. But this is even where Obama finds it impossible to act – depressing for all of us who thought he could be so different. I thought he got it but I bet the polling numbers prevent them from acting.


We are constantly struggling to keep up with changing trends in society – none more so than in sport, recreation and the fitness industry. To be honest we often see our selves as competitors for the same group of people who want to play sport, keep fit, stay active. Often we are the same person. I have been trying to encourage modernisation and innovation in the sport sector and this excellent article highlights the need for the fitness / Active sector to be doing more too. I find it amazing that with so much money washing around the fitness sector and with a perception of innovation that the core product as a customer still feels and looks the same. I am always unimpressed by my ‘gym experience’. Don’t get me wrong nobody is deliberately unfriendly but the half smile at the reception to a vague acknowledgment by an instructor cleaning the running machines is not really enough these days is it? All too often I can go, and return from an hour and have not spoken to anybody. It doesn’t really add to my social cohesion does it , unlike a good sports club where the social cohesion can be even as powerful as the sport. Just a thought gym owners when thinking about the future – I am replacing you with a few apps and some wearable technology. You have 12 months to prove why I shouldn’t do it and cancel that membership once and for all!

The Full Story – The Fitness Industry Cannot & Will Not Survive in its Current Form | Retention Management

25 Jul 2014

Reaching our 5 x 30 target of moderate physical activity each week shouldn’t be a struggle but to be frank all too often it is for too many. I was fascinated yesterday teaching on an international sports management summer school at Loughborough University that none of the international students recognised the 5×30 prescription and nobody …

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Truly horrific scenes from Gaza again. The world stands by and watches Palestinians being treated like herded animals everyday with the settlers destroying their home and building illegal settlements whilst forcing them apart with an illegal wall & endless checkpoints. After a week of being treated as a 2nd class citizen I was angry, never mind being treated like this daily. When will they learn bombing, killing children, dehumanising and destroying communities helps breed Hamas and terror reprisals? For the record a Hamas rocket landed within a few hundred feet if us near Gaza.

Gaza death toll rises as Israel escalates aerial assault | World news | The Guardian

11 Jul 2014

7 Jul 2014


Celebrating the Legacy in Leicestershire from 2012 with our key driver locally in schools – Gaynor Nash with Sue Campbell leading the thanks here at Sport Park

7 Jul 2014


A sporting week to remember – only missing perhaps the Grand Depart this weekend in seeing what great international. Sports events we stage. Wimbledon , Loughborough University, Lords Cricket, Silverstone F1, Ukactive Flame conference and all part of our Sport and Recreation Alliance across the sector. Despite all the problems and issues facing us all this a great showcase for the top end if our sports.

6 Jul 2014


A sporting week to remember – only missing perhaps the Grand Depart this weekend in seeing what great international. Sports events we stage. Wimbledon , Loughborough University, Lords Cricket, Silverstone F1, Ukactive Flame conference and all part of our Sport and Recreation Alliance across the sector. Despite all the problems and issues facing us all this a great showcase for the top end if our sports.

2 Jul 2014


At the UKActive Flames conference today – starting to deepen the obvious partnership that needs to take place across the sport , recreation and physical activity landscape. If we are not joined up in our approach from NGBs through CSPs to Leisure operators as well as all the community charities I met this morning who are not linked to even all these networks then we are really failing our nation. A long way to go but so much enthusiasm to do more!

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