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Play the Game – Belarusian athletes take lead in battle for democracy

Belarusian President Lukashenko’s police has arrested several high-profile athletes for peaceful protests against the president’s re-election in August. The athletes turn to the IOC for help because Lukashenko is also president of the National Olympic Committee. But will the IOC break its long-lasting loyalty to ‘Europe’s last dictator’? — Read on playthegame.org/news/news-articles/2020/0650_belarusian-athletes-take-lead-in-battle-for-democracy/

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 4

Part 1 of this series focused on how a period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. In Part 2 I considered Sport and Community Health and Well-being, as part of an agenda for the development of Scottish Civic Society – in line with most Northern European countries. Part […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 3

Part 1 of this series focused on how a period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. In Part 2 I considered Sport and Community Health and Well-being, as part of an agenda for the development of Scottish Civic Society – in line with most Northern European countries. Sport […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I started to share thoughts with you all on how this strange period of reflection might pave the way for us to better look after each other. This is the second in a series of articles designed to widen the discussion and debate (see the first on this website). We […]

Community Sport and Civic Society in Scotland – Part 1

This sign in the window of an art gallery in Edinburgh stopped me momentarily in a quiet walk around town during the COVID crisis. The first thought was ‘Will it? Will we?’; and since then my mind has been consumed with how we draw on this period of reflection to ensure that we might, actually […]

ISF Europe Continental meeting – Protarus, Cyprus 15/17 January 2016

When I was planning my travel arrangements to the meeting in Cyprus, I realised that I could not fly direct from Edinburgh to Cyprus. But I could fly direct to Athens from Edinburgh. So I arranged to stay in Athens for two nights. This afforded me the opportunity to enjoy wandering under clear blue skies […]

International School Sport Federation Executive Meeting in Johannesburg Winter 2015

*Disclaimer – As ever, following my attendance at an ISF meeting, I am writing my own personal recollection of the meeting. The post is not an official report. The minutes will be published in a month or two. I am very pleased to include in this post, a copy of the account of the meeting […]

ISF World School Sport Educational Games 2-7 May 2015

The Games were staged for the second time – 12 months on from the first Games. Organising committee from the Ministry of Education in Greece provided a varied and memorable programme for all participants. Central to the games are the Ancient facilities with such historic significance to world sport. 73 students from 10 delegation and […]

An Observatory for Sport in Scotland – the proposal- a wee update!

I am doing a wee bit of travelling just now – sailing this week and then two weeks in China observing the ISF World Schools Athletics Cup in Wuhan. So it is timely to give readers a wee update on the proposal. Having developed the draft proposal with the help of several individuals, I am currently […]

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An Observatory for Sport in Scotland – a Project Proposal for Funding

– supporting the Scottish sport stakeholders and networks – a project proposal for funding through robust research, indexing of participation, and resultant opportunities For me this is the most important post of mine to date. Very keen to get feedback from readers and followers asap. Of course, aspiring to enlist the support financial and “in […]