ukactive shows more will be done to encourage physical activity

Runners legsPhysical inactivity continues to be a hot topic, with a report by not-for-profit health body ukactive showing that public health spending on England’s ‘inactivity epidemic’ will double in the next year.

The ‘Steps to Solving Inactivity‘ report also discusses the findings of a review of physical activity programmes in the country.

The report found that councils have embraced the ‘Everybody Active, Every Day’ challenge, allocating 4% of their public health grant to tackling inactivity in 2014/15, compared with 2013/14’s two percent. More than 70% of councils have raised their budget for physical activity.

The ‘Steps to Solving Inactivity’ report showed that 29% of people in England do less than thirty minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

It concludes that a more robust evaluation of physical activity programmes should be undertaken to ensure that the most effective programmes can be replicated and have a positive impact upon levels of physical activity.

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£5 million lottery funded Get Healthy, Get Active fund opens

Runners at start line

Sport England has announced the availability of £5 million of National Lottery money through its Get Healthy, Get Active Fund. The fund is designed to support groups that are working to get inactive people more physically active through sport – and such groups are now able to bid for their share.

The Get Healthy, Get Active fund aims to work alongside other similar campaigns, such as “Everybody Active, Every Day” and encourages inactive people to participate in sport for 30 minutes at least once a week. The fund is also designed to raise understanding of sports contribution to improving public health and reducing health inequalities.

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FA launches £230m revolution in grass roots facilities

Footballers legsThe Football Association has recently launched ‘a revolution in grass-roots facilities and coaching’, with plans to build trust-run ‘hubs’ filled with 3G pitches on local authority sites in 30 UK cities.

This follows chairman Greg Dyke’s £750,000 Commission into why English football has been struggling. The Commission looked into youth-development issues, and why home grown talent was struggling to get into the first teams in the Premier League.

The Commission has pledged that by 2020, football hubs will be established in 30 cities, by replacing derelict local authority grass pitches with artificial grass pitches.

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Elite sport funding consultation opened by UK Sport

Basketball PlayersUK Sport’s public consultation into its strategy for funding elite performance sports will close on 10th December – so now is the time to get your opinions heard.

The consultation aims to enable UK Sport to hear the feedback of all the people affected by the work that they do; from the people involved in sport, to club partners and the British public. This feedback will help to develop a strategy which will build on the success of UK Sport in the past ten years.

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American football touches down in Wembley

Harrod UK's International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

Harrod UK’s International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

With three of the NFL’s American football games taking place at Wembley in the last three months, it’s clear that American football has an increasingly large following in the UK – with spectators lining the streets of London to catch a glimpse of their favourite teams.

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins in late September, with the Atlanta Falcons playing the Detroit Lions on 26th October. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016, met the Dallas Cowboys on 9th November.

But, did you know that the American football posts used at Wembley are Harrod UK’s International American Football NFL Posts? The posts have been designed to both National Football League and British American Football Association (BAFA) regulations.

Don’t have a pitch or venue quite as large as Wembley? We can still help, as we also supply Harrod UK’s Club American Football Posts, which are suitable for use at school or club level, and approved by the BAFA.

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Government backs Premiership Rugby’s participation programme

Girls playing rugby

Minister for Sport Helen Grant MP last month announced her backing of Premiership Rugby’s new programme, which aims to encourage more women, black and minority ethnic communities to get involved in rugby union.

Premiership Rugby was awarded £600,000 by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in September, in a bid to encourage participation and ‘help impart rugby’s ethos of teamwork, discipline, enjoyment, respect and sportsmanship’.

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Nominations for Pride of Sports Awards close soon

Football team coachSport England have this year teamed up with the Daily Mirror to celebrate the local heroes of community sport with the ‘Pride of Sport’ Awards.

Nominations are now open for the awards, which promote grassroots sports and seek to recognise the achievements of those who volunteer their time to bettering community sport in England.

Award categories include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Young Sports Person, Coach/Manager, Volunteer, Local Team, Sporting Charity challenge, Disability Sport Award and Sporting Event.

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Department for Education releases PE and Sport Premium report

Primary School Sport and PE

The Department for Education has released the first report from its ongoing research into the PE and Sport Premium in UK primary schools. The research has thus far been based on around 600 interviews with the key decision makers, and looks into PE spending and provision in schools.

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Public Health England consultation: Everybody Active, Every Day

Women RunningPublic Health England (PHE) has been seeking views in its latest consultation: Everybody Active, Every Day, a new national physical activity implementation framework.

The framework will seek to provide a complete national approach to tackle physical activity, which is the fourth major risk factor for chronic diseases or preventable cause of death in the UK.

The consultation has been considering how the framework could support local leaders to work in partnership and provide evidence of what works in getting the public active.

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Sport England tool shows local economic value of sport

Sports People

Sport England has announced a new economic modelling tool, designed to showcase the economic benefits of sport to local communities.

Developed by Cambridge Econometrics and SQW, the ‘Economic value of sport – local model’, is able to provide local authority areas, county sport partnerships, and local enterprise partnerships with an idea of how sport contributes to each area’s local economy. It also indicates the contribution made by businesses and services that support those people playing sport, and the value of wider interests in sport, for example, sports broadcasting.

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