A quango (quasi non-governmental organization) dedicated to the promotion and development of sport in England. Formerly the Sports Council (England), it has campaigned to raise the awareness of the benefits of sport at all levels from the recreational to the world-beating competitive performance. If a body such as Sport England achieved all its goals, it would no longer need to exist. Unfortunately, as experienced members of the body have recognized, despite decades of research, initiatives, and promotional policies, sport participation rates have remained ‘stubbornly static’. The successful bid by London to stage the 2012 Olympic Games has diverted attention—and resources—away from the broader mission of Sport England, and more towards the ‘podium policies’ that support selected medal hopefuls in a limited number of sports.
http://www.sportengland.org/ The former Sports Council (England) site with a section on research that is based in a commitment to generating ‘evidence, insight and understanding’ on sport participation and performance.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.