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Last Post of the Year

Since we launched in August this year Sports Shorts has posted 86 blogs covering a multitude of topics including: a look at new rules concerning Premier League shirt sponsorship; a review of UK Sport and Sport England’s ‘Code for Sports Governance’ consideration of England Rugby’s training camps; an analysis of the FIFA Poppy Dispute (twice); … Continue Reading

Falling National Lottery sales may challenge UK Sport’s ‘brutal but effective’ funding model

On the evening of 29 November 2016 at least one national newspaper was reporting that UK Sport, the body responsible for funding elite sport in the UK, had made a ‘last-ditch funding plea to Government’ against ‘severe cuts’. Against a background of unprecedented sporting success in Rio this summer which led to an outburst of … Continue Reading

Team GB: Rugby 7s and the perennial complications of being British

It was reported on 26 September 2016 that formal discussions are being held to determine whether the Team GB Rugby 7s squad should become a permanently funded programme.   In practice, this would mean a pooling of resources between the Rugby Unions of England, Wales and Scotland (each of whom currently fund a team which competes … Continue Reading

A little light relief

“The popularity of sport transcends all barriers. Sport has an amazing power to spontaneously unite people as one in solidarity.” – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General Following the events of recent months Team GB’s outstanding performance so far at the Olympic Games has been a ray of light in what has otherwise been a period … Continue Reading

Justin Rose wins Gold; International Golf Federation breathes a sigh of relief

Yesterday, Great Britain’s Justin Rose won a thrilling finale of the Olympic Games Men’s Golf competition beating Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the 2016 Open Champion, by 2 shots. In doing so, Rose secured Great Britain’s 12th Gold Medal in Rio. While Rose’s achievement was a personal success and a source of great pride to the Brits; … Continue Reading

The Greatest Olympian ever?

It’s a big question isn’t it? A question that can cause heated debate around the World; one that will necessarily include a discussion of the merits of such athletes as Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was called when winning gold in Rome 1960) Jesse Owens, Paavo Nurmi, Mark Spitz, Sir Steve Redgrave, Ole … Continue Reading

Rio 2016: a win for Rugby 7s

Rugby’s history at the Olympic Games 18 May 1924, Colombes Stadium, Paris: in front of 50,000 predominantly French fans, the USA beat France 17-3 to win the gold medal and claim the coveted Olympic Champion title. Fast forward 92 years to Rio 2016 and the American rugby team are still reigning Olympic Champions without their … Continue Reading