Did You Know? – April 2016

Friday 1st April 2016

Sport and Recreation Alliance Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2016
– nominations opened 4 April

There are several categories at the Community Sport and Recreation Awards which highlight the breadth of work that’s undertaken throughout the sport and recreational community.

Awards are presented in the categories of:

  • Community Sport + Recreation Overall Winner
  • Professional Club Community Programme of the Year Award
  • Innovative Project Award
  • Youth Volunteering
  • Social Impact

Deadline for nominations is midnight, Sunday 8 May 2016


Sport and Recreation Alliance Energy4Sport

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has developed an innovative partnership with Utility Aid (UA) to drive down energy costs for national governing bodies and sports clubs. Energy4Sport is a new website that allows national governing bodies and sports clubs to work out their energy costs and achieve considerable savings.

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NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit Webinar – Promoting positive parenting in sport: How parents can help children enjoy participating in sport and perform to the best of their ability
7 October 2016 11.00 – 12.00 pm

Parents greatly influence a child’s experience in sport through the actions they display and the opportunities and feedback they provide to their child. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know what feedback to provide, what actions are the ‘right’ actions, and how best a parent can support the child. This webinar will help coaches and parents understand how best a parent can support a child to enjoy participating in sport and perform at their best. Register for the webinar

Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS workforce guidance

These guides will help identify the type of workforce that a DBS applicant will be working in: DBS child workforce DBS adult workforce DBS other workforce

Registered bodies or employers need to add the workforce in section x line 61 of the DBS application form. DBS application forms that do not have the workforce provided will be rejected. Source of information


ICSA Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Sport Governance and Administration
registration is now open

The qualification (equivalent to third year undergraduate) has been designed for employees or senior volunteers in sports’ organisations with responsibility for implementing or overseeing governance arrangements with their governing boards. Particular job roles may include:

  • Head of Governance
  • Company Secretary/Assistant Company Secretary/Clerks to the Board
  • Head of Administration
  • Membership/Club Director
  • Governance Officers, Managers and Administrators

This qualification explores the structure of the sport sector and the challenges faced by sports organisations in the UK. It looks at how effective governance systems can be implemented in sports organisations and the roles and responsibilities of those responsible for implementing them. It also covers how sports organisations manage relationships with their members and stakeholders, the role of ethics, and how risk can be managed to ensure sustainability of organisations in the sector. The qualification comprises three compulsory modules followed by one exam that tests knowledge of all three modules. Successful completion of all three modules results in the awarding of a certificate.
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Stoke-on-Trent Health Courses April- July 16
CHEST (Community Health Education in Stoke-on-Trent)

April 2016 timetable for free health education and fitness courses

HM Revenue and Customs
Webinars, e-learning, emails and videos if you’re self-employed

Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on self-employment – information on updated dates and times for live webinars.

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sports coach UK

Little moments of success: How youth coaches create the environment for life skill development in vulnerable young people. Research Summary No 28.

Coaches can play an important role in the development of life skills among young people who are often excluded from society. New research from the Netherlands has used theories from sociology to present a method for coaches to help create the right environment so young people can have fun but also learn to manage the stresses of everyday life. Download a copy

Magnifying the microstructure: Observing elite coaching behaviour in different contexts. Research Summary No 29.

Microscopes enable us to magnify materials and analyse the composition of their structures on tiny scales – their microstructures, in other words. Now, imagine for a minute we have a microscope that can be used to magnify a social process, such as coaching. As well as showing us how coaches behave, the ability to magnify could add further layers of detail such as how their specific behaviours change in different contexts. Academics in Scotland have taken this approach in a new season-long study focusing on an elite female rugby union coach. Download a copy

Learning from reflective leaders. Research Summary No 30.

Our research has shown high proportions of coaches say they engage in reflection. However, we are less sure what their reflective processes look like and what impact they have on the coach as a person and their coaching practice. A new research study conducted by a highly experienced executive coach, focusing on seven UK-based leaders who see reflection as a key part of who they are, provides coaches in sport and physical activity with an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of reflection and ideas on how to successfully engage in it. Download a copy

sports coach UK – Our work in Core Cities

sports coach UK have been working with the eight Core Cities and London throughout 2015/16. Through working with the Cities we have deepened our understanding about the values, motivations and barriers of participants and the key skills, qualities and competencies of deliverers. Linked to this, we are working with a number of cities to develop tailored, informal learning programmes that suit the learning styles and behaviours of those working within the inner city environment.

Some of the training has involved; social media training that looks at keeping participants engaged and active through social media as well as emotional intelligence training that helps the workforce to understand and control their own emotions and the emotions of those they work with. Lastly we have introduced behaviour change training which looks at what we understand about people and what this means for coaching in terms of moving people from being inactive or partly active to people that don’t think twice about regular activity.

This short film begins to show the impact the coaches are starting to have and what they are learning within the City environment.  This is just the start and we are using the learning to spread our reach further as we begin to work more closely with cities to develop a skilled and diverse workforce. Watch the video via YouTube.

sports coach UK – Help your coaches deal with issues which can have a negative impact on their sessions

Perhaps lateness is an issue or someone is constantly distracting others – how a coach manages these issues will have a major impact on the overall experience of a session’s participants.  sports coach UK has developed an eLearning module and face to face workshop to help coaches develop vital skills and confidence to encourage better behaviour in their participants.

The 30 minute ‘Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport’ eLearning module helps coaches develop skills in managing disruptive behaviour and creating a positive coaching environment.  Coaches can enrol on this eLearning course at the sports coach UK Learning Hub.

Our face to face workshops offer a relaxed and supportive environment where coaches can spend time to develop and share ideas with coaches across all sports.  Skills and techniques can be practised and then applied with confidence within their own sessions.  This short video shows how attending this workshop helped her Yvonne to reduce antisocial behaviour at her club.

Sport for Social Good – the new strategy for sport in England

A Sports Marketing Network conference designed to raise awareness, share ideas and experiences, encourage a new culture and develop relevant skills

5th July 2016, Britannia Stadium, Stoke City FC

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Participant satisfaction with coaching. Reference Data. sports coach UK
At the end of 2015/early 2016 sports coach UK surveyed 3,000 sport participants about who supports them in sport, how satisfied they are with the support they receive, and what motivates them to take part. Additionally people who were not supported were asked what type of support they might be interested in. This report includes headlines results and data tables.
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RYA – Form their latest Legal Update: Small Business Rate Relief
Sports clubs in England who own their own facilities, whether freehold or leasehold, and pay business rates may be able to take advantage of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). This is available if the club occupies only one property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Currently, if the rateable value is less than £6,000, then 100% relief is available. This gradually decreases from 100% until the rateable value reaches £12,000. 

From 1 April 2017 the exempt threshold will be permanently doubled, thereby providing 100% relief for clubs with a rateable value of up to £12,001. A further enhancement means that relief will be available on a decreasing scale for clubs with a rateable value of between £12,000 and £15,000.

Importantly, SBRR is not discretionary, it is mandatory.
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SportsAid is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Help us to support the next generation of British sports stars by taking part in SportsAid Week – 26 September – 2 October 2016

How to take part:

  • There are lots of fun ways to be involved in SportsAid Week. You can do all of your fundraising during SportsAid Week, start in the week or finish in the week – you choose!
  • Need inspiration? Check out our fundraising guide at the bottom of this page which contains lots of great ideas. Here’s a few to whet your appetite….
  • Get sponsored to row, run, swim, walk or cycle 1,976 miles to mark the year of SportsAid’s birth. You can do it on your own or as part of a team.
  • How about trying to run 5,761 metres every day of SportsAid Week? That’s how many miles it is from London to Rio de Janeiro!
  • Why not get sporty for 40! Take on a 40 second challenge and see how many times you can complete it. Press ups? Chin ups? It’s down to you! View the details

Whitemoor Lakes – May Adventure Weekend

Whitemoor lakes adventure weekend

Matthew Whittaker
NAYC Community Development Manager, Staffordshire
Whitemoor Lakes
Barley Green Lane
WS13 8QT
T: 01283 795000
Mob: 07495 087771
E: matthewwhittaker@nayc.org
W: www.nayc.org
W: www.acuk.net

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club

Spring Fayre

U23 & Junior GB Selection Races 2016

The selection races for the 2016 GB Junior & U23 teams took place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April at Lee Valley White Water Centre, London. Read more.

LTA – Tennis for Kids initiative made available to an extra 5,000 young players

We are pleased to announce an additional 5,000 places have been made available for Tennis for Kids in partnership with Highland Spring. The Tennis for Kids initiative initially aimed to inspire 10,000 children aged 5-8 to pick up a racket and play tennis for the first time. It has had such a positive uptake, with all 10,000 spaces filled in under a week, that an extra 5,000 places have now been made available. The extra courses will be running across the country and will continue to be delivered by the same 1,000 coaches recruited to lead the sessions.

Tennis for Kids, designed to focus on fun, flexibility and getting active, is looking to establish greater accessibility into tennis, with a view to creating a new generation of tennis loving children.

The initiative will continue to offer a free six-week courses led by specially trained coaches, and free rackets will be given away to children who complete their course. Find out more information about Tennis for Kids


Staffordshire County Junior Squash

We’re running three sessions across Staffordshire to scour out new talent for our county development squads.

Sunday 12 June | 1pm-4pmStaffordshire County Junior Squash

Keele University Sports Centre – Keele University, ST5 5BG

Sunday 19 June | 1pm-4pm

Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club – 53 Newbridge Crescent, WV6 0LH

Sunday 26 June | 1pm-4pm

Burton Tennis and Squash Club – Ashby Road, DE15 0LQ

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