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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 […]

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee Report on the Inquiry into the Support for Community Sport – is published

The Report is published today – Wednesday 16 January 2013! The link to see the Report is shown here: http://bit.ly/VkJLLP Please let me have your comments asap. I will write my own considered comments – both on what is in the Report and what is not – early next week on 25 January.

Six Amazing and Thought-Provoking Days in Tbilisi (Georgia)

My old friend Richie Dixon (many years ago he was 2 years behind me as a student at the Scottish School of PE, Jordanhill, Glasgow) is a very well-respected coach and adviser in the country of Georgia. Last year Richie was awarded the country’s Honorary Order of Excellence by the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili […]

The Scottish Parliament

Inquiry into Support for Community Sport in Scotland – Charlie Speculates on the Reports conclusions

We can anticipate that the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee Report will be published in the next two weeks. This Report will be the second Report by the Committee on sport in three years. Sadly the first Report was largely a damp squib for those interested in developing sport. So, I feel the need […]

International Schoolsport Federation Executive Meeting – Izmir, Turkey 24/26 November 2012

Introduction Following the International School Sport Federation Executive (ISF) General Assembly held in Guatemala in June 2012 that had included the election of the new ISF Executive, this was to be the first full meeting of the Executive. The meeting was preceded by the Technical Commission Seminar staged over two days. I was invited to […]