An Appraisal of Government Policy Regarding Sport DCMS (2008) Playing to win: Anew era for sport.
For this task, the main focus is the appraisal of governmentpolicy regarding sport. There was a list of different policy regarding sport, Ichose the government policy implemented by DCMS (2008)Playing to win: A new era for sport. London: DCMS which stands Departmentfor Culture, Media and Sport. when you participate in a competitive sport youtypically play to win and that is what this policy is about.”Our aim is to improve the quality of lifefor all throughcultural and sporting activities, supportthepursuit of excellence, and champion thetourism, creative and leisure industries.”The government policy that I have chosen has a very strongand clear philosophy behind it, play to win. Over time, this policy’s plan isto increase the amount of people that take part in sport and have a love forsport, even those who play sport to release stress or to keep fit can have aplay to win attitude, by doing this they will improveat their chosen sport, you never know you could one day represent yourcountry.
The policy aims to expand the pool of talented English sportsmen andwomen; and to break records, win medals and win tournaments for this country. Encouragingthe British nation to participate in sport more is only one step towards whatthis policy is hoping to achieve. The overall objective is for Great Britain tobe one of the number one competitors worldwide in sport more importantly theOlympics and change the culture of sport in England for years to come. Beingable to have elite athletes bring back medals to Great Britain would be anamazing achievement thus encouraging the younger generation to want to be thenext Englishmen or women to bring a medal back to their country and be the newgeneration of world class athletes for future generations to look up to. Thiswould be an incredible step for sport England, instead of just participating wewould be a driving force for winning the competition. A play to win ethos atthe highest level is need is everything we do on and off the field, by have aplay to win attitude in life as well as in sport is what this policy seeks toachieve more than anything.The governing bodies who are employing this policy aretaking serious steps in putting this policy into place within sports England,by going through with this method which would be will increasing the nations sportingability, therefore furthering the nations sporting excellence for years to come.The steps necessary would be to build a world leading sports development systemin England requires discipline and focus.
For instance, the development ofsport and the promotion of physical activity need to be clearly separated. Beingmore disciplined and focus is needed for the English sporting industry to besuccessful to achieve a good sporting environment for the nation’s elite andfor those who use sport for good of health and fitness. To meet the standardthat Sport England will need to meet for this policy to be successful, theywill need to be aided by several governing bodies to help fund to employ highlytrained coaches to give an enjoyable experience for the participants. Byachieving partnership with the youth sport trust and provide high qualitycoaching and competitive opportunities to all young people and help them moveto the club system. This will help provide the younger generation with theprivilege of have a great plate form in different sports from a young age, thiswill benefit them in the future when learning specific skills in the sportspathway they decide to go down. This will help them excel in their chosen sportand make their way to up to the elite level in the country as well as promotethe sport to attract a variety of social backgrounds so that the greatestnumber of participants can be reached and encouraged other participate andexcel in sports.
This shows that the play to win policy is aiming to therequired steps to produce the countries elite athletes. The One-pot is a system in which all sports are funded mutualrather than some sports having more funds than others. The purpose of this isso that all sports get treated fair, ensuring that all sports have equalopportunities to grow, this is also a positive aspect of this policy. Thissystem will ensure that each sport will be allocated the necessary funds inorder to give equal opportunities to all participants, regardless of their backgroundand sports interests, also, funds will be provided to sports and clubs indeveloping them so that they in and of themselves can provide the participantsand prospective future elite athletes the privilege to receive the highestquality coaching and access to sports facilities which they will have access toplaying against another club and training.”My aim is clear and simple – to create a healthy ‘playingto win’ culture in English sport by creating competitive opportunities forall.
“Andy Burnham: Secretary of State for Culture, Media andSportAs you can see above Andy Burnham the playing to win policyis clear and simple. The policy DCMS “Playing to Win: A New Era for Sport”has positive outcomes. This DCMS policy ensures that highly skilled athletesare used to a highly competitive game standard of enabling to perform at a highstandard of play which can lead to them progressing a high level of sport. Inregards, the policy ensures that athletes are equally.
By enabling the lessprivilege to social mobility gives the nation more options to winder the countriespool of elite athletes giving them the best of teams to choose from. This willour nations a better chance of success in the most competitive sports arenasand events in the world such as the World cup and the Olympics, to bring back agold medal or the world cup would be an amazing achievement for the UK. Furthermore, this policy influences the health and fitnessaspects of sport in the society. By increasing the number of participants moreand more to get involved in sport will gradually improve the fitness of publicfrom numerous communities. This shows that the policy is not just beneficialfor not just the elite sports athletes.
The vision that this policy is to give more people of allages the opportunity to participate in high quality competitive sport and tomake the United Kingdom into one of world’s leading sporting nation. Onesporting activity that has been taken into consideration help improve the participationin sport is swimming. Offering free swimming for those over 60 and under 16 isa key factor of our physical activity plans to increase amount of people whoparticipation, given that the opportunity to swim is free, people in the localcommunity will take advantage of that. Regarding the free-swimming scheme,basic training for the youth will be a necessary step to take as some may notknow how to swim, however by proving the with the opportunity to learn a newset of skills could lead them on to become future prospect of elite swimmersand represent their country in the Olympics. This will policy will help thenation be more successful in the competitive sporting environment.
ConclusionIn conclusion, the policy entitled “Playing to Win: A NewEra for Sport” have clear and simple goals that in other words say thatthey want the United Kingdom to be as top competitor in all sortingcompetitions. This policy gives the country a bright future for success insport thus assuring that this policy to be a part of sport England. The impactthat has come from sport industries in UK implementing this policy have allbeen positive and shows that it will keep having a positive impact for years tocome as more youth get developed into P.T.W scheme, furthermore this will alsohelp with the fitness and the health problems in the UK by more and more peoplebeing encouraged to participate in sport.