How To: Hang a Tennis Net

It may sound easy, but what is the correct way to hang a tennis net?

Today, we’ll go through the process, step-by-step and show you how to hang a standard British tennis net with a loop and pin headline wire.

How To: Hang a Tennis Net

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Winter Olympic success to trigger more funding in UK sport

Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

UK Sport has said that winter sports will receive more investment over the coming four years following strong performances by British athletes in Sochi.

Team GB pulled in their best medal haul since 1924, with a gold, a silver and two bronze medals.

A total of £13.4m in funding supported Team GB, which was double the investment ahead of the 2010 Vancouver games. The funding was targeted at the six sports which were thought to have realistic medal prospects in Sochi or Pyeongchang in 2018.

Final decisions for funding in the coming four years will be made in July this year, but Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport commented that the Sochi Games have been a turning point for winter sports in Britain.

“The inspirational performances we have witnessed in Sochi have captured the public’s imagination, just as so many of our summer athletes did in London in 2012″ she said. Among the sports that will benefit are the new freestyle ski and snowboard disciplines.

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“Moving More, Living More” campaign led by key UK figures

Marathon runners

Key figures in the organisation of sport in the UK have recently pledged their commitment to building a more active nation, launching a nationwide campaign to promote physical activity.

The “Moving More, Living More” campaign, led by the Government and Mayor of London, aims to bring together individuals and key organisations to promote activity – ensuring the lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Supported by Sport England’s Chief Executive Jennie Price, Lord Coe, LGA chairman Sir Merrick Cockell, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison, and Families and Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, the campaign builds on the example of the world’s most active countries, who have shown that action on physical activity must be a long term effort, and must be supported by a team from all sectors of society.

Jennie Price, Sport England’s Chief Executive, says “From aqua aerobics to buggy bootcamps to running a marathon, sport can play a pivotal role in building a more active nation. We are committed to opening up sport to all age groups and abilities to ensure the benefits of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy continue.”

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Primary schools to receive an extra £150m in sports funding

Primary Spaces - Sport EnglandPrime Minister David Cameron recently announced that primary schools in England will now share an extra £150m a year in sports funding until 2020, to help with training and sports equipment.

Each primary school will receive £8,000 a year, plus an extra £5 per pupil through the Primary PE and Sport Premium, in an attempt to continue the sporting legacy of 2012′s London Olympic Games.

The funding aims to improve PE lessons, by giving extra funding to specialist coaching, equipment, or after school clubs.

The scheme was announced in 2013 as a two year initiative following the Olympic Games, however, its success has prompted Mr Cameron to secure the funding for a further five years. Mr Cameron notes that as well as promoting the health of the UK’s children, school sport can also ‘build confidence and a sense of achievement’.

The announcement was supported by sports presenter Clare Balding and Olympic champion Mo Farah, who both noted the difference sport could make to young people.

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Olympic Aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic centre, home to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic swimming competitions, opened its doors to the public for the first time earlier this month, in a bid to extend the event’s sporting legacy.

Kids SwimmingThe centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, provided the backdrop to a whole host of medal wins for British athletes, including Rebecca Adlington, Ellie Simmonds and Tom Daley. The British public will now be able to experience the centre from the athletes’ perspective rather than from the audience stands, from around £3.50 per visit.

Following the Games, large sections of seating were removed and walls pulled back to allow for more light in the centre, providing views of the memorable ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture.

The centre will also continue to host elite events, such as the 2014 World Diving Series and the 2016 European Swimming Championships.

“Our investment has ensured a truly iconic facility is open to the community, transforming it into a place where elite and everyday swimmers can train side by side” comments Charles Johnston, property director of Sport England.

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Former WSFF chief exec: “be more radical” about women’s sport

Sue Tibballs, former executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) has said that there is more to be done in challenging gender stereotypes in sport.

Girl Playing FootballTibballs comments come after female athletes won ¾ of Britain’s medals in the Sochi Winter Olympics. However, this triumph has been seen by some to have been overshadowed by sports minister Helen Grant suggesting that women prefer to play ‘feminine’ sports.

In response to this statement, Tibballs stated that “I think what she is trying to say is that sport is deeply, deeply gendered, and that has to be tackled. You have to make sport as open for women and girls as it is for boys and men. That is a fight that has to be fought. But, at the same time, pragmatically, you have to recognise that many girls and women don’t have the same attitude to sport as men and boys. You have to take sport to them.”

Tibballs says that her main regret after leaving the WSFF is that school sport is not “in better shape. I’d have loved to have left feeling confident that the school sector had really woken up, that the government had a really clear strategy in place. The gap in participation between boys and girls remains huge.”

“So many of the arguments have been won,” she says. “My advice to the WSFF would be: we can be more radical now. It can’t be allowed to carry on that women’s sport is still funded and promoted to such a minuscule amount compared to men’s sport. It’s just not OK.”

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Sports England announces flood relief fund for sport

Flooded Football Pitch

Sport England has announced a £5 million flood relief fund to aid the recovery and repair of pitches and sports facilities damaged by February’s floods and storms.

The National Lottery funding will allow sports clubs, local authorities and community organisations to make emergency repairs on football, rugby and cricket pitches, as well as sports centres, changing rooms, and lighting.

Organisations that are in need of help can visit, where they will be asked to provide information on the damage, and advised whether they are eligible for the funding, and how they should apply.

The fund opens today (the 24th March 2014) and will remain open until Autumn 2014, allowing those who are currently unable to assess the damage caused by the floods to be able to access it later on.

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Primary school facilities get boost from Sport England

Primary Spaces - Sport England

A new £18 million Lottery funded primary school facilities fund went live last month.

Primary Spaces builds on the Government’s Primary PE and Sport Premium, and will help to create outdoor multi activity areas to be used both within the curriculum and during out of school hours.

Schools are eligible to apply for up to £30,000 worth of funding, with priority going to those primary schools who have no access to outside space that can be used for PE or other outdoor activities.

The funding is designed to help schools make the best out of the space available to them, increasing the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding. The funding will inspire physical participation by young people through enabling healthy activity and developing the foundations of good sporting habits.

Applications for the funding will close on the 24th March 2014.

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Buy more, save more on Gym & Judo Mats!

Gym Mats / Judo Mats

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Our new gym mats in standard weight, medium weight and light weight are suitable for use in schools. Agility mats and multi-purpose mats are ideal for use in gyms and leisure centres. Finally, our new 40mm thick Judo mats are designed for club level and Judo tournament use – in fact this type of matting is great for all combat sports.

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Get involved in Sport Relief

Sport Relief 2014Sport Relief aims to raise money to change lives both in the UK and abroad through the entire nation getting together and getting active.

This year, Sport Relief runs from Friday 21st March to Sunday 23rd March 2014. If you’ve not already started thinking about how can participate, now’s the time.

To help, here are some ideas for how your school, university or sports club can get involved (some more energetic than others you’ll be pleased to hear)…

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