The Scottish Parliament

I am prompted to write by the number of events , and press releases  concerning the competitive sport success of 2014. Whilst agreeing that Scotland did enjoy considerable success at elite /performance sport levels – this clearly came at a price, and in my view is not reflected in Scottish community or in extracurricular school […]

Introduction This paper is written to aid discussion about the self management of sports facilities by “the community”. It is written at a time of unprecedented increase in sports facility hire charges. Often brought about by the fiscal challenges being faced by the country and in particular by the owners of most sports facilities in […]

This “post” is a personal report of my recent attendance at the International School Sport Federation (ISF) General Assembly. The official minutes of the meeting will become available in the coming months. I had been looking forward to my to Besançon in the Franche Comte region of France for sometime. The occasion was the biannual General […]

The Scottish Parliament

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 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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

   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 […]