According to Sport England (2004), Game Plan called for … ‘the creation of effective partnerships at every level to deliver for and through sport’.
Critically evaluate this policy approach and identify the key factors that may influence how effective partnerships can become.
Game plan was the 2002 to 2008 policy document for the provision and delivery of sport and physical activity by the Uk government. This document was published prior to the awarding of the Olympic games in 2012, which adopted the change to policy – playing to win.
Millions of people take part in sport and physical activity, both as a source of fun and to improve their health. Much of this happens without any support from the government. However the government has a large part to play in enlarging the opportunity to participate in developing talent, and giving people the chance to compete at the highest level.
In order to achieve this we make recommendations in four areas:
• Grassroots participation: a wide range of initiatives are needed, with a focus on economically disadvantaged groups, in particular young people (the focus of much current policy), women and older people. These need to tackle all the barriers to participation (such as lack of time, cost, information or motivation), as well as failures in provision (poor coaches or facilities).
• High Performance sport: there needs to be a better prioritisation of which sports are funded at the highest level; better development of talented sportsmen and women to help them reach that level; with funding streams and service delivery more focused on customer needs.
• Mega sporting events: there should be a more cautious approach to hosting these events. A set process for government involvement, including a clear assessment of the benefits is needed.
• Delivery: organisational reform and determining exactly what works is needed before the...