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The Scottish Parliament

GIVING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE A SPORTING CHANCE: A DRAFT STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

On December the 9th 2013 the Scottish Government launched its consultation paper looking for comments and suggestion on the future of youth sport in Scotland. You can find the consultation paper here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/12/8921 The paper asks for comment on fifteen questions, my responses are below: CONSULTATION QUESTIONS Vision  The draft Strategy sets the following vision: […]

Charlie in Brasil in 2013 – on tour | ISF Gymnasiade | ISF Executive meeting

Charlie on Tour I have been very fortunate to be a member of the ISF (International School Sport Federation) during this past 18 months. Not least because the executive has had it’s meetings in such fascinating, beguiling, and interesting places. Think of it – Guatemala, Turkey, Israel and most recently Brazil have all hosted meetings […]

Charlie – On Tour – Photos

I was very fortunate to have a wee tour of some of the Brasilian cities  ( Sao Paulo, Florianoplis, Rio de Janerio, Salvador and then  attending both the ISF Gymnasiade and the ISF Executive meeting in Brasilia. Here are some of my photos.

The Scottish Parliament

Working Group on Scottish Sport – Call for Evidence – Charlie’s response

My response to the Scottish Working Group on Sport, who have made a Call for Evidence to consider the future of sport in Scotland in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country. The Working Group is chaired by former First Minister Henry McLeish. Q1. What action would you consider necessary to ensure independent Scotland can […]

Cycling

Charges for sports facilities: Scotland 2013/14. SportScotland’s Annual Review

As a retired local authority sports manager,  I recall that I have always welcomed the annual review of charges for sports facilities published by sportscotland. Largely because it helped us benchmark our charges against our neighbouring local councils. These days most of these charges are set by the Leisure Trusts who are managing the sports […]

Running

Community Sport in Scotland – A Misunderstood Lost Cause?

Forward In July 1975 I went to Denmark for the first time, to participate as a leader and a coach in the Aalborg Youth Games. What I experienced then – really started me thinking about how we in Scotland approach sport. I have been to Denmark many times and am proud to have many Danish […]

Scottish Schools Sports Facilities – an audit by sportscotland

   I was very pleased when I heard during the Scottish Parliaments Health and Sport Inquiry into Support for Community Sport, that SportScotland was commissioning Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an audit of the sports facilities in Scottish schools. It is interesting that the Report makes no mention of Sheffield Hallam University. Was there any […]

Dive

International School Sport Federation Executive Meeting – Herzliya, Israel 5/8 April 2013

Between the 5th and 8th  April 2013 I attended the executive meeting for the International School Sport Federation (ISF) in Israel. The blog that follows are my personal notes and you should be aware that the official minutes of the weekend will be presented in time for approval at the next ISF Executive meeting (Brasilia in […]

Spotlight is switched on again!

It has been a rather unusual year for me, with three “health events” affecting my life. But the good news for me is that I am well – and indeed feeling very good again! Indeed the prognosis of my doctors is that I should be able to do everything I have always done! These health […]

Charlie’s Response to the Scottish Parliament Inquiry Report into Support for Community Sport

A brief history Since the summer of 2012 I have been waiting in anticipation for the publication of the Scottish Parliament Inquiry into Support for Community Sport. The Report was finally published on Wednesday 16 January 2013. I have had time to study the report in detail and now feel ready to give my thoughts on its […]