Interview with Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Sports and Recreation Alliance

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Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 11:29
Written by Tim Lamb

Today's interview with Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Sports and Recreation Alliance and former English county cricketer, touched on grass roots sport investment, the London Olympic games legacy and funding for sports in schools. Thanks to our followers for all the questions from Twitter, some great topics.

@TheGeorgeMallet: Do you think sensationalist and morally lax press standards are magnifying football's bad image?

TL: The media does often highlight the negative, but football gains a tremendous benefit from the wall-to-wall coverage.

@TheGeorgeMallet: Biggest bar to cycling to work is the danger. Can this be resolved by segregated cycle lanes?

TL: In an ideal world yes but the cost might be prohibitive. Both drivers and cyclists have a duty of care. Cycling is actually relatively safe. More advice available from one of our members, the CTC.

‏@loonystuWBX: Schools in Northants do not have security for bike or hat etc! So option lost!

TL: Yes, also lack of showers and other infrastructure makes life as hard as possible for cyclists.

@BenClarke22 How can bodies claim there would be a legacy from London 2012 when grasssroots funding cut in run-up?

TL: Legacy creation isn't just about money it's about changing attitudes. Money would have helped but it's not everything. NGBs are also doing their own legacy thing:Back to Netball, Ping!

@streetgames what do you think will be London2012's biggest legacy? Participation? Women's sport? Volunteering? Another?

TL: The transformation of east London. Also the way it reached non-sports fans and showed sport's potential.

@CarolineJGay Given 3/4 clubs say the government hasn't done enough - what should government's priorities be to assist clubs?

TL: Cut tax, reduce red tape, encourage volunteers, lower licensing costs and improve access to facilities.

@StevenWoodgate How much impact do you think social media has on the growth of sports clubs? How to help it grow?

TL: Huge untapped potential - some very good tools exist for clubs. Sport not always good at embracing new technology.

@CarolineJGay Tools are great but can't replace volunteers prepared to sacrifice their time and own participation.

Tl: Could not agree more a great deal of our policy work is about making the lives of volunteers easier and rewarding.

@AliceDaisyT Do you think there should be a unified sporting body, as opposed the UK Sport and Sport England?

TL: Theory and cost saving makes sense - devil is in the detail eg. they cover different territories. Both had good 2012s.

GT: Are sports bodies paying lip service when it comes to tackling issues such as racism in sports?

TL: It's society's problem as much as a sport's. But athletes are role models and have bigger responsibility than most.

GT: Is there enough being done to embed all sports in schools? And is competitiveness necessary?

TL: Competition is not for everybody. Positive experience is the key for kids. Indian dance is as important as muddy rugby!

GT: Surely to breed winners we need strong competition? it seems embedded in other countries?

TL: Competition's important - life is competitive but some kids are put off for life by failure in sport at an early age.

Thanks Tim! Follow us on Twitter @Govtoday for more interviews soon.

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