Sport

Tokyo 2020: Inspiring future generations

Nigel Huddleston

Nigel Huddleston, September 6, 2021 — Sport

Minister for Sport

6 September 2021I was incredibly fortunate to witness world-class sport in Tokyo last week. From bocchia to tennis, athletics to taekwondo, it was  a privilege to see members of the Paralympics GB team in action and understand first-hand how hard all the athletes and staff supporting them have worked to reach the Paralympic Games. I saw…

From Aylesbury to Tokyo: How a WWII Refugee Pioneered the Paralympic Games

National Archives

National Archives, September 1, 2021 — Paralympics

This blog was written by: Jenni Orme, Head of Collections, Engagement and Expertise at The National Archives and Katherine Gwyn, Community Outreach and Projects Archivist, Buckinghamshire Archives The Paralympics are here! Once again we’ve been watching extraordinary feats on the field and triumphs on the track (and that’s not even mentioning the pool, velodrome or…

#NAW2021: Being an Apprentice for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sadie Cooper

Sadie Cooper, February 12, 2021 — Sport

Apprentice, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

When I got the role at Birmingham 2022 I was absolutely delighted. I’d been furloughed from my previous job, where I’d completed a level two apprenticeship and gone on to work in customer services.I saw this level three apprenticeship advertised on the Government’s website and as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted…

Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 May 2020

, May 30, 2020 — Culture

The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary gave the 30 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me begin with the latest figures: 4,171,408 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 127,722 tests carried out yesterday; 272,826 people have tested positive, that’s an increase of…

Celebrating British Rowing success

Mark Davies

Mark Davies, August 9, 2019 — Sport

Chairman of British Rowing

I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of inspiring sport in my life. I was at the Oval in 1986 to see Ian Botham return from suspension to dismiss Bruce Edgar with his first ball and move to the top of all time wicket takers in cricket. I was behind the goal at…

Safety first for sports fans

, November 5, 2018 — Sport

Chief Inspector at Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Every week, millions of people visit sports grounds to see their favourite teams play.  Whether football, rugby, cricket, or any other sport, all fans are there for one reason – to enjoy the spectacle. Safety firstWhenever large numbers of people come together there will generally be safety concerns.  The safety of all people within a…

Celebrating equal rights

, February 6, 2018 — Civil Society

Permanent Secretary, DCMS

Today marks a significant anniversary in the history of the campaign for equal rights. The UK Suffrage movement pioneered democratic dissent against inequality laws and attitudes, championing the rights of women to vote and stand as MPs.One hundred years ago today Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, the first step to women being…

Inspiration from India

, November 17, 2017 — Digital

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Last week I travelled to India to see first hand some of the exciting events and activities taking place as part of the UK India Year of Culture that runs until next April. As well as learning more about the cultural aspects of the UK’s evolving relationship with India during my stay, I also exchanged…

International Women’s Day 2017: Be Bold For Change

, March 8, 2017 — Culture

This year, International Women’s Day challenges us all to #BeBoldForChange and encourages everyone to think about how they can help create a more equal and inclusive world. International Women’s Day celebrates the success of and contributions to society made by women as well shining a light on the inequalities they face. With its origins in…

Paralympic pride

, September 22, 2016 — Sport

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Returning from Rio yesterday, after experiencing my first Paralympic games as Culture Secretary and flying the flag for Britain in Brazil, has left many treasured memories, especially in celebrating the formidable performance of our ParalympicsGB team.