The problem facing THYSF is that they have always been primarily funded by the schools they provide services to; aside from the small amount of funding the council gets from Sport England which we gave to THYSF to support their programmes.
As Chris Dunne rightly stated in his first article Michael Gove’s scrapping of funding for Sports Partnerships made this model far harder to work.
This work forecast a further deficit of up to £190k later this year and highlighted the overall challenge facing THYSF, that its costs are fixed, staffing etc, but its income fluctuates significantly.
Furthermore, the analysis found that school subscriptions have been falling for the past three years which has resulted in reducing income at the same time as there has been an increase in the charity’s cost base.
The following is a guest post by Mayor John Biggs who wants to put his side of the argument on the youth sport funding row.
It follows two previous guest posts (here and here) by Chris Dunne of the Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation whose future is under threat due to funding problems. w=500" class=" wp-image-5955 alignleft" src="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=395&h=265" alt="Tower Hamlets mayor" width="395" height="265" srcset="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg?
That is why the council is funding a consultant to work with THYSF to help them work up this kind of proposal.
What we cannot do is take their organisation into the council without the finances to pay for it.
Whilst THYSF are not a council service, we have supported them by covering their deficit last year.
This guest post is interesting because whether you agree with the mayor or not, you can see a logical and reasoned approach to decision-making – an insight never seen with his predecessor, Lutfur Rahman. w=300" data-large-file="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=395&h=265 395w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=150&h=100 150w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? w=300&h=200 300w, https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/500w" sizes="(max-width: 395px) 100vw, 395px" /I should start by welcoming Ted back to the world of Tower Hamlets politics: your absence has been noticed and it is good to see you return to the fold.
Tower Hamlets mayor " data-medium-file="https://trialbyjeory.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/biggs.jpg? In a healthy democracy people should always feel able to question, quiz and disagree with decisions politicians make, I have no doubt you will do all three and keep us on our toes.
I know you ran a post from Tower Hamlets Youth and Sports Foundation (THYSF) and I wanted to set out my case for the decision the Council has made as a right of reply.
The 2012 Games promised a lot and whilst the Olympics have delivered some incredible economic regeneration results it’s fair to say the sports legacy from the Games has fallen below expectations.