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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.

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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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Schools called to promote ‘low-level’ activity

Primary school kids playing football

A leading sports medicine consultant has recently called on schools to ‘redefine’ physical activity, with a higher focus on low-level activity rather than strenuous exercise.

Dr Mike Loosemore has noted that the current curriculum places too much emphasis on ‘heavy exercise’, whereas getting children to simply stand up and move around more could have a far more positive impact upon their health.

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Sport England launches campaign to get more women active

Fitness class‘This Girl Can’, a new national campaign by Sport England has been launched to encourage more women and girls to be regularly active.

Launched at the Transforming Sport conference in October, ‘This Girl Can’ seeks to use humour and attitude to help tackle the fear of judgement that has been noted as a factor in preventing women from taking part in sport.

The campaign will be heavily advertised from January onwards, with a TV, cinema, digital and social media campaign.

Sport England are looking for any women or girls who participate in sport, or anyone involved in running a sports club for women or girls to participate in the campaign and help prove that women can. A toolkit containing information and guidelines will be available shortly – to register interest, just fill in this form.

To find out more about the campaign, visit

FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeds target in 2014

Girl kicking a footballIt has been revealed that the FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeded its project target and helped nearly 21,000 14-25 years olds get into football in 2014.

Launched in October 2013, the FA worked with Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League Trust to provide grassroots football sessions for women and girls.

Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “We know women play less sport than men but most would like to do more. In fact, almost 120,000 women tell us that they want to play football. But the opportunities have to be right for those women to turn ambition into a reality.”

The programme is just one part of the FA’s strategy on growing participation figures for women’s football, in support of its vision to be the 2nd largest team sport after men’s football by 2018.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of national game and women’s football commented on the scheme: “One of our biggest challenges, apart from attracting new players, is retention, so programmes like this which run for long periods of time, will certainly help us tackle that and help women’s football to become the second most-played sport in the country.”

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.

£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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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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