Have you seen the new Made By Sport campaign?

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Major fundraising campaign for community sport

We’re backing a major new campaign that will help use sport for good.

Made By Sport is a four-year campaign that will attempt to change lives by raising in excess of £40 million for community sport.

The campaign launched last week with a glamourous event attended by the Duke of Sussex and former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

And we’re keen to use National Lottery money to help the campaign achieve its objectives.

“Sport is a powerful force for good that can change people and places for the better,” said our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth.

“We believe that everyone should have the right to experience and benefit from sport, yet the sad reality is that deep inequalities prevail which mean these benefits are not equally shared.

“Made by Sport is a big, bold new idea that has the potential to challenge perceptions and change many thousands of young lives for the better.”

Partnerships

Made By Sport intends to reach its target through a combination of corporate partnerships and public fundraising initiatives.

And with young people from poorer backgrounds around 50% less likely to play regular sport, Made By Sport chair Justin King hopes the new campaign, which will be the largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken for grassroots sport in the UK, can make a real impact.

“Sport has the power to change lives,” he said. “It can teach us skills that last a lifetime and – in a world where local sports is under increasing pressure, where it’s easier to play on your phone than in a park and where joining gangs can be more glamorous than joining teams – we believe it can play a pivotal role in how young people develop.”

New fund to increase diversity in coaching

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Fund to diversify sport and physical activity workforce

We’re making up to £1 million available to diversify coaches and volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector.

Our Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open for a month, from today, and we want to hear from anyone wanting to engage women and/or BAME communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities.

With both Coaching Week and Volunteers’ Week taking place now, the National Lottery funding has been allocated to address the fragmented workforce – partly comprised of coaches and volunteers – that is currently lacking diversity.

We regularly hear fantastic stories of women and people from BAME communities getting involved and making a difference to people around them.

But we know that there are barriers facing them in getting started, so we’re keen to find ways that we can support more people from these backgrounds into the sport and physical activity workforce, and to help ensure they have a really positive experience once they’re engaged.

Trying new things

“Learning what works to engage and support these audiences into volunteering and coaching is key and we want to work with you to learn what approaches work and why,” said our head of coaching Stuart Armstrong.

“There are any number of potential learning opportunities. Maybe you’re planning an unusual partnership, or want to test ways of using new technology to get women engaged in volunteering.

“Perhaps your organisation has never had any connection with sport before, but has something different to offer within a sport or physical activity setting.

“Whatever your ideas, we’re keen to find out what we can discover together.”

Applications can be submitted between now and 3 July, with our team then assessing submissions and contacting selected projects to develop a full application in August and September.

Final decisions on funding will then be made in October and November.

Helping people with dementia get active

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Guide to dementia-friendly sport and physical activity

“I have a little exercise routine that’s really important to me because I know what’s good for the heart is good for the head and it probably keeps the dementia at bay.”

For Tracey Shorthouse, taking part in physical activity at her local gym plays a crucial role in managing her condition.
The 48-year-old, who was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s and Posterior Cortical Atrophy in 2015, is one of 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

“My memory’s not bad at all – my dementia affects balance and vision and although I always put on a brave face, it’s not all sweetness and light and can be scary,” explains Tracey.

“I feel lucky that the people at the gym are so supportive and I hope gyms and sports centres follow their lead because the benefits are socially and physically vital to people with dementia.”

Yet, despite dementia being increasingly common, many people with the condition struggle to live active lives and say there can be many barriers that prevent them taking part in activity.

These could include difficulty in navigating around a sports facility or remembering how to use equipment in a leisure centre. Others worry about people’s reactions: for example, staff not understanding their difficulties, or a lack of confidence in finding the right activities.

Bringing down barriers

We believe sport and physical activity is something everyone should be able to enjoy and benefit from.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce a dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide.

The guide, which was produced with National Lottery funding and can be downloaded here, aims to help the sports sector bring down barriers that prevent people living with dementia from taking part in sport and physical activity.

The practical guide aims to inform and educate individuals and organisations, so they have a better knowledge of dementia and how it affects people.

It also provides tools and guidance so that the sector can help more people affected by dementia enjoy the benefits of staying active in a caring and understanding environment.

Getting young people more active in coastal communities

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Increasing activity in disadvantaged coastal areas

We’re working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to improve the lives of 700 disadvantaged young people in coastal communities around England by helping them to get more active.

A new investment of £749,300 will be put towards an adapted version of the organisation’s Get on Track for Wellbeing programme, which we’ve previously awarded them £6.9m over six years to help deliver.

The National Lottery funding will use sport and physical activity to help young people develop personal, social and emotional skills, which in turn is likely to increase their wellbeing.

“I’m passionate about the power of physical activity to transform lives,” said double Olympic champion runner Dame Kelly Holmes.

“I’m proud that Sport England have chosen my charity to work with young people across the country to increase their physical activity levels and I know that the brilliant athletes we have working with the Trust will inspire and motivate them to transform their lives.”

Unlocking potential

The programme will be delivered by elite athletes who, working with local delivery partners, act as mentors to young people and unlock their potential.

Working in Dover, Grimsby, Hull, Scarborough, Southport, Torbay, Liverpool and Folkestone, the project is targeting areas of low socio-economic status that have high levels of inactivity among their population and, as a result, have issues with wellbeing and ill health of their young people.

With young people more likely to become and stay active when they feel connected to their community and have positive influences and opportunities, part of the programme is aimed at delivering social action that will impact on a further 3,500 people in their communities.

The mentors will introduce the young people to new activities, with the aim of moving them from being classed as inactive to active over the course of the programme, by breaking down perceived barriers to activity and helping physical activity to become a part of their everyday lives.

Active Lives Children and Young People Survey

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Children’s attitudes to sport and physical activity come

Enjoyment is the single biggest factor in motivating children to be active, new analysis from our Active Lives Children and Young People Survey has revealed.

More than 130,000 children and young people were surveyed in the academic year 2017/18, with participation figures published in December.

The report measures children’s physical literacy. This is a combination of a person’s enjoyment, confidence, competence (how easy they find it), understanding (that it is beneficial) and knowledge (knowing how to get involved and improve).

Key findings

This new analysis has identified five key findings that give us further insight into the attitudes of children and young people towards sport and physical activity.

1. Physically literate children do twice as much activity. The more of the five elements of physical literacy children have, the more active they are.

2. Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity levels. Despite the majority of children (68%) understanding that sport and activity is good for them, understanding had the least impact on activity levels.

3. Children who have all five elements of physically literacy report higher levels of happiness, are more trusting of other children, and report higher levels of resilience (continuing to try if you find something difficult).

4. Physical literacy decreases with age. As children grow older, they report lower levels of enjoyment, confidence, competence, and understanding. Previous research from Sport England shows that activity levels drop when children reach their teenage years.

5. The results also reveal important inequalities among certain groups of children which must be tackled, with girls less likely to say they enjoy or feel confident about doing sport and physical activity. Children from the least affluent families are also less likely to enjoy activity than those from the most affluent, while black children are more physically literate than other ethnic groups.

Making sport fun

Our Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth, is calling for everyone involved in a child’s activity level to ensure that enjoyment is at the heart of anything they do.

“This is a critical moment for all of society to better understand what will motivate young people to get active,” he said.

“This survey gives us the richest evidence yet that sport and physical activity for children needs to be fun and enjoyable above all.

“We hope these results will be considered and acted on by all who deliver activity and sport. We look forward to playing our part to get children active as we roll out our national programme to train over 17,000 secondary school teachers in how to offer a greater breadth of PE and school sport that meets the needs of all pupils.”

Event Listing- GBE Billiards Expo 2019

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GBE Billiard Expo come back to Guangzhou in 2019 

Following the very successful staging of the 12th edition this year, GBE 2019-13th China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition will return to China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 9-12 May, 2019. Space applications and the booth allocation has been started in August. Don’t miss your chance, reserve your space today!

Accompanying the growth of China’s billiard industry for 13 years, China Guangzhou Billiards Exhibition, short for GBE, is the largest billiards trade fair in Asia and widely recognized by the industry as one of the most influential exhibitions in the world. In addition to more than 500 vendor booths spread over a gigantic 15,000 sq.m of convention floor space, visitors can enjoy series of activities including new product release meeting and performance shows from renowned billiard players. After 13 years of evolution, GBE has become a distinguished meeting and business platform for the billiard industry and has also largely contributed to its prosperous development.

GBE 2019 will gather all the eminent and distinguished exhibitors from this field and in turn they will showcase a wide range of products and services related to billiard sector from the leading exhibitors, for instance, billiards tables, billiards cues, billiard slates, billiards pole bags, chalk, cues, billiards baskets, billiards board, billiards cloth, special gloves, lighting, tripod, accessories, training. Visitor profile of this event includes billiards merchants, fans, professionals, and the buying public.

Keep an eye out for this big event to come. The GBE exhibition will present you bigger and better industry gathering in May 2019.

GBE Organizing Committee
Contact: Jenny Xiong
Phone: +86 20 29188293
Fax: +86 20 82579220
E-mail: gbechina@yeah.net
Website: http://www.gbechina.com

Cash boost to increase activity levels

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Major investment to increase activity

Ten national governing bodies (NGBs) have been given more support to help people keep or develop their sporting habit.

More than £16 million will be spent on the 10 sports over the next two years to help work Towards an Active Nation.

The 10 NGBs will use their awards across everything from tackling inactivity to developing talented athletes.

While many NGBs were awarded full funding for the 2017-21 period two years ago, these 10 were awarded initial funds but also given another two years to develop business cases or illustrate positive results before applying for further funding in the 2019-21 period to continue to help people get, or remain, active.

Angling Trust, Baseball Softball UK, the British Equestrian Federation, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Netball and Volleyball England will focus their resources on maintaining and building their existing base of participants.

While British Cycling and Exercise Movement and Dance UK will prioritise recruiting those people who regularly dip in and out of exercise and Swim England will look to engage the quarter of the adult population who do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.

Enthusiastic

The final investments will see Volleyball England, British Fencing and England Netball focus on supporting their talented or high performance athletes.

“Millions of people love sport and take part regularly and we don’t take their commitment for granted,” said our executive director of sport Phil Smith. “Even the most enthusiastic people can sometimes find it hard to maintain the habit, especially when life gets in the way.

“This funding of national governing bodies is to help increase the number of people engaged in sport, through investing in clubs, coaches, facilities, equipment and new ways to play.

“Alongside this, some of our investment will support talented athletes to fulfil their potential, such as the England Netball team, who are heading in to a home World Cup this year with high hopes.”

2019 Women’s Six Nations

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England Women head coach Simon Middleton has announced the Elite Player Squad (EPS) for the 2019 season.

With the 2019 Women’s Six Nations fast approaching and the recent announcement of the England Women Elite Player Squad which includes 28 full-time professionals, don’t miss out on your chance to see England Women in action during February and March.

The Red Roses will take on France at Castle Park, Doncaster, on Sunday 10th February (KO 12:45pm), before travelling to Sandy Park, Exeter, to face Italy on Saturday 9th March (KO 12:05pm). The team will finish their campaign against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 16th March (KO 7:30pm).

Tickets for the France and Italy matches will be available from £10 for adults, with free entry available at Twickenham Stadium for all fans who would like to watch the Red Roses take on Scotland. Entry will only be permitted after the conclusion of the men’s match.

Forwards

Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)
Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women)
Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women)
Jo Brown (Loughborough Lightning)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)
Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies)
Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women)
Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women)
Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies)
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies)
Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens Women)
Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning)
Justine Lucas (Loughborough Lightning)
Cath O’ Donnell (Loughborough Lightning)
Marlie Packer (Saracens Women)
Ellena Perry (Saracens Women)
Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies)

Backs

Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies)
Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies)
Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning)
Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies)
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Claudia Macdonald (Wasps FC Ladies)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women)
Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies)
Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning)
Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies)
Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries)
Lagi Tuima (Bristol Bears Women)
Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning)

Represent your club in the ePremier League

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Ever dreamed of lifting a trophy for your club?

Now you can make those dreams a reality by registering to play in the first ever ePremier League competition, playing the video game FIFA 19.

Anyone aged 16+ and resident in the UK can enter the competition, regardless of gaming experience or ability.

The deadline to enter is 4th January 2019 so register now and opt to take part on either PS4 or Xbox One.

Online qualifying begins on Saturday 5th January 2019, and the best 16 gamers for each club will go on to compete in club playoff rounds.

Win the playoff and you will be representing your team in the ePremier League Final in March 2019.

The trophy awaits!

Parkrun backed with major investment

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Sport England making a £3 million investment in parkrun to help more women and people from lower socio-economic groups get active.

The three-year collaboration will support the creation of 200 new events across England as the National Lottery money will help to build on the phenomenal growth parkrun has seen in the 14 years since its creation.

There are 584 locations around the UK where parkruns take place each weekend and, with 1.8 million people having taken part already, our aim is to extend that network.

“This important partnership with parkrun is part of our ongoing strategy to help grow new and innovative sporting ideas and broaden their reach into the demographics in society who are least likely to be active,” said our chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth.

“The funding – which is only possible thanks to National Lottery players – will enable parkrun to reach females and people on a low income, who are less likely to be active than the general population.

“We know from our research that cost and a lack of local opportunities are real barriers in stopping people being more active, and what parkrun does brilliantly is offer free, community-based events for all abilities.

“We’re looking forward to working with parkrun to help even more people get and stay active.”

Modernisation

Parkrun began in October 2004, with a timed 5km run in Bushy Park, south west London.

Since then the free, timed, 5km runs have spread across the country and this investment will enable the modernisation of parkrun’s digital platform for registration, results and event information, in order to allow it to continue to grow indefinitely.

“This is an endorsement of the strides we have taken to create a model that empowers communities to implement a permanent mixed gender, multi-generational health intervention that appeals to a broad cross-section of society, particularly those for whom physical activity and volunteering is not the norm,” said the organisation’s chief executive, Nick Pearson.

“We are now in a position to build on our message and encourage more people to walk, jog, run and volunteer at our events by growing into new areas and engaging new audiences.”