New strategy launched to get London active

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London Sport, the capital’s sport and physical activity organisation, has launched a new strategy for an active London, in conjunction with Sport England and the Mayor of London.

The strategy aims to make London the most physically active sporting city in the world, with a vision of over one million Londoners becoming active by 2020. Currently one in every two people is not physically active, rising to three in every for those with a disability.

London Sport has set out 5 key objectives for its strategy:

  • Make it easier for Londoners to find the right activity, stay in it, and achieve their potential
  • Get more resources by making the best use of current investments and securing more
  • Support grassroots organisations by making the structures simpler and better
  • Create a bigger and better workforce to support activity
  • Harness the power of elite sport to create sustained grassroots activity and inspire the next generation of talent

London Sport will also support 46 National Governing Bodies of Sport in delivering their sport in the community, enabling the bodies to access local groups committed to increasing participation in sport throughout the capital.

For more information on London Sport, visit

County Championship cricket season just around the corner

Cricket playersSpring is in the air and this can mean only one thing – the County Championship cricket season is about to start. With the first matches taking place on 12th April, you still have time to order your cricket equipment from offer a full range of cricket equipment, including DIY cricket surfaces, full surface installation, cricket cages, netting, cricket ball machines, cricket wicket covers, cricket sight screens and a range of cricket ground equipment.

We also refurbish and resurface existing surfaces, for those who feel that their cricket surface still has life in it yet.

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Coaching in Schools Portal launched to aid primary school sport

Football coachA new website designed to aid schools in utilising their government funding from the PE and sport Premium was launched in March.

The ‘Coaching in Schools Portal‘ will provide primary school head teachers with advice on how to recruit, develop and use coaches effectively, utilising the government funding.

The funding, which was introduced in 2013, currently goes directly to head teachers, meaning that they have the ultimate decision of how best to provide PE and sporting activities for their pupils. The average 250-student primary school gains around £9,000 of funding per year.

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‘Physical Education Declaration’ launched

Kids playing sport

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) has this month launched its ‘Physical Education Declaration’.

As the only physical education subject association in the UK, the afPE has partnered on initiatives such as the Primary PE and Sport Premium. The Association’s new declaration is intended to be a ‘simple and powerful message everyone could commit to and promote.’

The declaration highlights the key benefits of high quality sport in schools, and outlines 4 key asks to HELP ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit.

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Sport England launches ‘Club Matters’

Sport England Club Matters

Last month, Sport England launched ‘Club Matters‘, described as a ‘One Stop Shop of support for sports clubs’. The Club Matters resource is designed to pull together Sport England’s existing support for clubs, combining Clubmark, Club Leaders and Help for Clubs to create a single, free support package for sports clubs.

The resource will be comprised of online support, workshops, mentoring, club improvement plans, club views and Clubmark. All of these methods of support will provide clubs with learning and guidance on all aspects of the running of a club, whether it be ‘large, small, formal or informal’.

The tools and resources available will help sports clubs to understand management, members and volunteers, skill development, and the creation of more sustainable clubs.

Youth participation in sport shown in new Sportivate report

Child playing tennisSport England last month released a new report on their Sportivate programme (PDF), highlighting youth participation in sport in the UK.

Sportivate is a London 2012 legacy project that aims to give young people opportunities to try new sports, with an overall objective of sustained participation. The programme was initially given £56 million of Lottery funds, but following early success gained an extra £10 million funding, meaning that it will run until March 2017.

The report shows that 45.3% of the annual target of retained participants has been achieved within the first six months, whilst the overall four-year target has been exceed by 22%.

In total, 416,500 people have completed a Sportivate project, with 57.1% of retained participants being male and 42.9% female. This gender divide is also shown in the figures for initial engagement in a project, and highlights the need for campaigns such as This Girl Can, which encourage more women to overcome the barriers to participation in sport.

England set to host 2019 Netball World Cup

Netball playersThe International Netball Federation announced last month that the Netball World Cup will be returning to England for the third time in its 56 year history.

Liverpool will play host to the Cup, following England’s success in the city during the 2011 World Netball Series.

The announcement follows the news that over 25,000 more people play netball at least once a week compared to the previous year.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of England Netball Joanna Adams said: “With more and more women playing the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country.”

Netball is one of only three sports that receives Sport England funding from grassroots to elite level.

To ensure that your club or school is giving its up and coming netballers the best shot at success in 2019, invest in your club equipment now. You can find our range of netball equipment on our website with netball posts suitable for garden, training and competition use available.

Report finds school PE average dips below two hours per week

New figures from the Youth Sport Trust show that since coming to power, the government has overseen a significant fall in the amount of PE in schools.

Kids playing football on a synthetic pitchThe Youth Sport Trust’s National PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Survey Report (PDF) found that the average number of minutes of PE offered to children in England had dropped below two hours a week – a statistic which is at odds with the promises made to use the London 2012 Olympics to ‘Inspire a Generation’ of youths to become more active.

The survey also suggests that there has been a major drop in the number of links between schools and community sports clubs since 2010.

Figures show that in the last school year, five-to-seven year olds spent an average of only 102 minutes per week participating in PE. For children aged seven-to-eleven, the average was only 114 minutes.

Baroness Campbell, chairman of the YST, has described the current levels of physical inactivity among children in England as ‘a bleak and worrying picture’.

The survey will help to inform its own manifesto for PE and school sport, in a bid to convince the winner of May’s General Election to develop a ‘joined-up, cross-departmental approach to physical activity’.

Sporta & Football League Trust launch new pilot programme

A new pilot partnership between Sporta and the Football League Trust has been launched in a bid to increase the number of people participating in sport in Doncaster.

The new programme, entitled ‘Doncaster Moving Together’ is working to increase the number of local people playing sport by 300, whilst improving the health of those aged between 35 and 55 in the town. Funded by Sport England National Lottery money, the pilot could pave the way for the programme being used nationally.

Badminton Rackets

The project will offer badminton, cricket and football sessions across 4 of the town’s sporting venues. To begin with the sessions will be informal and non-competitive, and will gradually filter into the creation of mini leagues and cross site competitions. Participants will be recruited through social media platforms, Doncaster Rovers FC fan base and match day awareness sessions, including player visits and physical activity incentives.

The project is part of Sporta’s three-year long ‘Make Your Move’ programme, which has seen over 30 charitable leisure trusts benefit from Sport England’s National Lottery funding.

Craig Aubrey, DCLT’s Community Sports Officer, commented: “DCLT are excited to work with Sporta, The Football League Trust and Club Doncaster on this new project. We believe this project will help kick start the health of many in Doncaster, using all four partners to ensure the quality and sustainability of the initiative. As a charitable trust with Doncaster’s health at heart, we believe this complements many of the other programmes we deliver, and we look forward to its success.”

Further information on the programme can be found on the Make Your Move website.

‘This Girl Can’ campaign encourages more women to get active

The launch of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ TV ad campaign last month was watched by 7.5m people, and the accompanying social media campaign has also received a strong reception.

The campaign, which aims to get more women and girls active, regardless of age, shape, or ability, is the first to portray the real story of women who exercise, using images that are the opposite of the stylised ones we’ve become so used to seeing in adverts.

Two million fewer 14-40 year old women participate in sport than men in the same age range. However, despite this statistic, 75% say that they would like to be more active.

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