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18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

Tags: pe

Andy Reed Speaks at LondonSport Conference

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:33

Andy Reed Speaks at LondonSport Conference

Andy Reed Speaks at LondonSport Conference

Andy Reed was a guest speaker at the LondonSport conference for Primary PE at Lords yesterday.

Andy was speaking to delegates about the government comprehensive spending review and its impact on sport.

Andy said "The Chancellor sat down at about 2pm and I needed to brief the conference by 3.30 on what it all meant for our sector. Fortunately some of the news was better than expected for sport in the DCMS announcement and hopefully for school sport.

"However, I was very cautious about the implications in the cuts announced in Public Health and in local government where leisure and tackling obesity are large beneficiaries of their budgets"

Tags: CSR, london sport, pe, primary premium, sport

Youth Sport Trust Launch 'Manifesto'

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:48

Yesterday saw the launch of the Youth Sport Trust 'manifesto' for PE and school sport. As a long standing advocate for the YST it was good to be in the House of Lords to see such strong backing for the calls made in the manifesto linked below.

What was most pleasing was to see both Andy Burnham MP and Sir Hugh Robertson MP agreeing with the need for school sport to be given a high priority and to sign up the what the manifesto is calling for. There is a general degree of agreement around schools sport and PE amongst the political class who 'get it'. The need is for those who aren't amongst that wide group of MPs and policy maker to understand this is not necessarily about sport/ PE for its own sake – and to understand the wider benefits set out in this manifesto and backed up by so much research and evidence. At the Sports Think Tank we have ample evidence to back up what a positive impact on all areas of school life can be achieved with a good physical activity, PE and School sport policy and great implementation.

The YST Press Story:

Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell has today launched the charity's 'Unlocking Potential' manifesto for PE and school sport which sets out where action is required by any future Government to tackle the growing physical inactivity crisis.

Baroness Campbell launched the manifesto at a special reception at the House of Lords where urged a joined-up, cross departmental, approach to PE and physical activity by the education, health and sport sectors in order to reverse current trends.

The Youth Sport Trust manifesto calls for:

  • More time for higher quality PE to ensure all young people are physically literate and can move competently and confidently
  • Physical activity opportunities to be embedded into every school day- to ensure every child has the opportunity to live a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Sustained competitive sport inschools- to ensure sport remains at the heart of a young person's life

Baroness Sue Campbell said:

"Reversing the growing levels of physical inactivity amongst young people is a seismic challenge. With one in three children leaving primary school obese or overweight, and less than one in five meeting the minimum recommended guidelines for physical activity, it is a bleak and worrying picture.

"At the Youth Sport Trust we believe every child has a right to access high quality physical education and school sport. By making this a priority area, the next Government has an opportunity to improve our nations' health, education and sporting prospects.

"Our manifesto demonstrates how PE, school sport and physical activity improves physical health; boosts mental health and builds resilience; creates active habits for life and boosts academic achievement.

"We have set out where we believe any future Government should focus its efforts if we are to stand any real chance of reversing the worrying trends that are leading to increasing sedentary lifestyles amongst young people."

The summary of the Youth Sport Trust's asks from a future Government are:


  • Make sure every child receives five hours of high quality PE, sport and broader physical activity at school every week – including at least two hours of high quality PE per week
  • Provide better initial training in PE for teachers
  • Ensure every school has a Head of PE or equivalent


  • Ensure every school has programmes to engage the least active
  • Advocate the role of schools in supporting the physical health and emotional wellbeing of pupils
  • Include children's physical activity indications in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF)


  • Ensure all young people have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport as a participant, volunteer or leader
  • Introduce a mandatory children's coaching qualification
  • Develop a clear pathway for talented young people

To read the Youth Sport Trust manifesto click here

Tags: PE, andy burnham, hugh robertson, physical activity, school sport, sport, yst

Education Select Committee Report into School Sport

Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:41

Education Select Committee Report into School Sport

The House of Commons Education Select Committee report into school sport was launched yesterday.

Andy Reed gave evidence to the Select Committee and is widely acknowledged throughout the report.

Andy said " I welcome the publication of the report – it does reinforce many of the points I was hopefully trying to make and especially for the need for some cross party consensus to remove PE as a political football.

"I was pleased to be able to help the enquiry and look forward to the Government and opposition parties responding to its findings. The fact that school sport had an uncertain future during the Olympics was a sad indictment of policy making. It is one of the main reasons we launched the Sports think tank in 2011 to fill this policy vacuum.

Link to Sports Think Tank

Link to Education Select Committee

Tags: Education Select Committee, Pe, School Sport

School Sport 'Announcement'

Posted: Sun, 17 Mar 2013

School Sport 'Announcement'

So finally after months of delay and missed deadlines the government finally announced today their replacement of the £162m of cuts they made to the School Sports partnerships in 2010, with a new £150m scheme.

The details of the proposal can be found on the various government websites - although the significance of this announcement is indicated by the fact the PM officially launched it.

My official Sport & Recreation Alliance response can be seen on the BBC website, Guardian news etc as well as on the S&RA site.

I will be posting a more comprehensive blog in reaction to some of the wider commentary required over at the Sports Think Tank.

Tags: Gove, PE, school sport

School Playing Fields - behind the headlines

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:57

School Playing Fields - behind the headlines

This is the story I have just posted over at the Sports Think Tank - to try and create some objectivity into the School Playing Fields debate.


We know that so much policy is decided in response to daily news headlines. So in the last few days the Olympic Legacy story has switched to School Playing Fields and now we await the response from politicians.

But we exist at the Sport Think Tank to get behind the headlines and to provide policy makers with access to the best evidence and facts before rushing onto the airwaves or creating the next headline. School Playing Field sales/disposals are full of myth and it's an issue in serious need of greater depth of analysis.

The story has taken extra legs today in the Telegraph after it was revealed that 30 Playing Fields - not the original 21 quoted - had indeed been sold off in the last 2 years. This followed the stories generated by the Guardian earlier this week that discovered there were plans to relax guidelines on school requirements for school playing fields.

It may be worth starting with this excellent article by Alan White in the New Statesman - "Olympic Legacy is too diverse to work under a single political ideology"

In this article Alan shows why it is a bit too simplistic to take the headline figures at face value. In particular the 10,000 school playing fields sold under the Tories between 1979-97 was always a rather convenient figure. There was no doubt there were massive numbers of playing fields sold off but nobody really knows how many.

There were improvements when the government introduced legislation in 1998 and updated this in 2004 when it wasn't working as well as expected. But as White says and fairly makes the point there is a lot of hot air being created around the debate again.

"Labour did improve things. As I type this I see Andy Burnham MP (of whom more in a second) is tweeting about the 1998 Act that slowed school sales, and which was updated in 2004.

The sale of school fields is now governed by this strict Labour legislation, which says that the sports needs of schools must continue to be met, there must be clear evidence all other sources of funding have been exhausted, and the money must be reinvested in sport. Now if Gove's somehow got round these guidelines and allowed the sale of fields that are genuinely needed, let's give him a kicking. Believe me, I'll be first in the queue, wearing my Tory-arse-seeking winkle pickers. But the Guardian story gives no evidence for this – and wouldn't we have heard more from the communities involved?"

The complexity of this can be seen by the story in the Guardian in 2005 in which the then Sports Minister Dick Caborn was able to announce a net gain in the number of playing fields. I remember putting out press releases off the back of this great 'news.' But as ever nothing is quite as it seems in this statistical v planning world.

A quick look at the various figures released of course reveals that of course despite the 1998/ 2004 revised legislation sales were still going ahead as can be seen in the FoI from the DfE here.

The number of approvals in previous years is as follows:

1999: 42

2000: 31

2001: 21

2002: 24

2003: 16

2004: 13

2005: 11

2006: 8

2007: 19

2008: 11

2009: 16

Since May 2010: 21

It may be uncomfortable for some - but there will never be a time when there are no sales. Schools will close and things do change. After all there are 16,500 primary schools and 3500 secondary schools. Their local circumstances will change over time and some will even close and move. I supported the loss of an unused bit of grass at a local college when it was replaced by some flats and a floodlit 3G pitch and changing facilities which I now see being used 7 days a week. Sometimes it is a trade off - replacing a bit of muddy unused field with a much better sports facility.

So putting it mildly this is a very complex policy area which requires some flexibility in our approach. The 'policies' exist to protect School Playing Fields and a small number will be sold each year for a variety of local reasons. We shouldn't go over the top with these when they are.

However, if the statement from the Sport & Recreation Alliance today is right the problem has been that those policies and procedures have been overlooked. Now that is a story worth looking at in more detail.

We will do some more research into the existing data that is widely available and collate the various sources of articles and materials to add to this site as a resource.

Tags: Pe, School Playing Fields, Schools, Sport


Posted: Sat, 19 May 2012 10:42

As we reflect on the first 'new' School Games and the continued loss and impact of School Sport Partnerships we hope to launch a major report here at the Sports Think Tank on schools Sport & PE. We want to investigate what was working and what wasn't in the previous system. Where are we now? What is it a school sport & PE system is trying to achieve and how would we produce a system to deliver that and how would we measure its success? Our major emphasis is trying to build a consensus so that in policy terms we do not have another government reshuffle and another PE policy created solely in the Department. There is great expertise out in the field and we need to harness that enthusiasm with the evidence of what does & doesn't work. Our job here at the Sports Think Tank is gather the evidence and the case and help it to be understood in Westminster and Whitehall where people think much more in 'Frames' than detail (another specific blog required on this subject alone)

For starters I have attached the following article from a study in the US about the differences between states that have specific state legislation for PE and those that have just informal agreements. Along with the recent work we looked at in Competition in school sport v mass participation we feel there is plenty of evidence to kick start a proper balanced debate.

The article from Medical News Today:

As childhood obesity and diabetes rates are skyrocketing in the US, many schools are eliminating physical education classes. A national study in the American Journal of Public Healthreports that specific and required state legislation with regard to PE times could be a crucial tool to ensure that children meet the daily recommendations of physical activity.

The investigators evaluated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent School Health Policies and Programs Survey in order to establish whether public schools in states with specific and strict physical education laws taught more weekly PE time. They assessed a total of 410 schools, which they previously categorized depending on their state's PE time requirements scores as determined by the Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (C.L.A.S.S. scoring system.

The findings revealed that schools in states with strict specific requirement laws taught, on average, over 27 more minutes of PE per week at elementary school level and over 60 more minutes per week at middle school levels than schools in states with non-specific, i.e. weak laws. In comparison with schools at elementary and middle school level that had neither PE laws nor requirements, those with strict PE laws had on average over 40 minutes of PE at elementary level and 60 more minutes at middle school level.

The investigators explained:

"Decline in physical activity is most pronounced as children transition from elementary and middle school to high school whether physical activity is measured by self-report or by objective measurement. Similarly, there is an increase in sedentary behavior as children transition from primary to secondary school. ...children do not compensate for less PE in school by adding physical activity outside of school, and PE may an important contributor to overall physical activity... [since] average PE time is below school health guidelines..."

They conclude saying that statutory state PE laws in American elementary and middle schools should list a requirement for PE and specify a minimum time allocated for PE to address gaps in children's physical activity as well as current school health guidelines.

Written By Petra Rattue
Copyright: Medical News Today

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