Did You Know – 30 May 2017

Monday 22nd May 2017

 Wasps and SOT College PartnershipJoin Stoke on Trent College & be part of Wasps Netball

Train, play and compete for Wasps Netball Academy whilst studying any course at Stoke on Trent College. Visit the college at their Open Day on Saturday 17th June 10am to 1pm at Cauldon Campus, Stoke Road, ST4 2DG. Those interested should click on link to find out more and if you register you could win an IPad mini https://www.stokecoll.ac.uk/events/open-evenings/

Apply now for September 2017!





Stafford & Stone Canoe ClubNews from Stafford & Stone Canoe Club

GB Senior, U23 & Junior Section 2017 – which Stafford & Stone Paddlers will be representing Great Britain on Team GB in 2017?

Class of 2017 and new S&SCC Coach

2016 S&SCC Club Awards Announced

What’s on and much more – read all the news

Sport Structures would like your views on the sport of Taekwondo

Open to participants and also non-participants. Those that complete can be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 4 £50 Amazon vouchers.


taekwondo survey

Sport England / Club Matters –  Share your feedback with us

Since it launched in 2015, Club Matters has evolved to meet the changing wants and needs of sports clubs in England. We continually develop our offer to bring new content, tools, resources and support to clubs in a fun and engaging way.

To make sure Club Matters continues to provide guidance in the right areas and formats, we’d like to hear from you!

Click on the button below to access a short feedback form to share your thoughts and suggestions for the future.

Share your feedback

Source of information

UK Deaf Sport Infographic about deaf peoples participation in sport

View the infographics

Safe sport events, activities and competitions. Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC

Safe sport events, activities and competitions will help you to ensure that you meet the safeguarding responsibilities for your event and take steps to promote the wellbeing of all participants and other young people involved, e.g. as volunteers or officials. It is appropriate for events held anywhere in the UK. We cover differences in legislation and guidance between the four different UK home countries in Further information and resources (section H).

Safe sport events, activities and competitions supersedes and expands two earlier CPSU publications: Safe sport away (produced in conjunction with the Amateur Swimming Association) and Safe sports events. Download a copy

Tesco – National Charity Partnership launches challenge to help people kick-start healthier habits

The National Charity Partnership has revamped and relaunched its online Goal Setter tool to give people extra support to change their lifestyle.

Now called the Let’s Do This 8 Week Challenge, it allows users to set and track their health-related goals over an eight week period. It gives users a more tailored experience and is designed to encourage lasting lifestyle change.

Goals focus on everyday changes – such as consuming healthier drinks and eating smaller portion sizes – and becoming more physically active. The 8 Week Challenge, which can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile phone, also contains a bank of healthy recipes endorsed by Diabetes UK and the BHF, achievable fitness tips and health-related inspiration to keep people motivated.

Find out more about the Let’s Do This campaign and how the National Charity Partnership is helping people to become more active, eat healthily and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.  View the full news item

EFDS – InstructAbility offers free gym instructor courses for disabled people

InstructAbility is offering free courses in London and Leicester for disabled people to qualify as gym instructors. The course consists of a number of training dates (which can be found on the InstructAbility website) followed by three-month GLL voluntary placements. The qualifications include Level 1 Community Activator, Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Exercise and Disability.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Disabled and unemployed
  • Over the age of 16 with gym user experience
  • Able to commit to all training dates and the three-month placement
  • Able to use your own lived experience of disability and exercise to motivate and inspire others
  • Able to work at Level 2 (GCSE) theory standard
  • Willing to undertake outreach activities in the local community

For more information, visit the InstructAbility website. Apply through the online application form.

Courses are currently available in London and Leicester, with more planned in other areas. If there isn’t a course in your area at this time, register your interest online for future opportunities. View the full news item

Webinar – Young people in positions of trust in sport – took place 25 May

This webinar looks at the issues arising when a young person makes the move from participant to undertaking a formal role such as coaching, officiating or volunteering.

Webinar resources – recording of the live webinar

webinar presentation (PDF)

CPSU, NSPCC Webinar – Understanding and promoting parental involvement in sport 2 October 2017 11.00 – 12.00pm – Webinar

Aims of the webinar

  • explore the demands and challenges parents face
  • illustrate the importance of coaches and organisations understanding the experiences of parents to facilitate their subsequent work with them
  • review literature examining parents’ experiences of youth sport and the potential factors impacting upon parental involvement
  • discuss potential strategies that may be used to help promote positive parental involvement in sport

Register for the webinar

sports coach UK – becomes UK Coaching

From 22 May scUK will be known as Coaching UK. We are UK Coaching. Through our commitment to people, passion and progress, we’re taking the lead in coaching excellence. You’ll notice the name Sports Coach UK has been replaced with UK Coaching. That’s because we’re expanding our support as an organisation. We’re taking it wider than traditional sports because great coaching goes much, much further. Launch animation

UK Coaching Together we are helping to change behaviour and change lives

Our Behaviour Change Tactics workshop has proved a hugely popular addition to our comprehensive collection.

They say numbers don’t lie, so when we crunched the figures relating to our new offering – which we launched eight months ago – they added up to a satisfying fact.

The Behaviour Change workshop has been the most popular brand-new workshop UK Coaching has ever run. Sixty have been booked so far, with around 750 delegates attending. View the full news item

UK Coaching Our Strategy 2017-2021

Coaching is about improving a person’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations. What makes great coaching? People. Passion. Progress. Download a copy


England Athletics – Join our Volunteering Support scheme to help make volunteering the best experience possible

England Athletics, funded by Spirit of 2012, are looking for between 20-30 people to join us on the first leg of a very exciting adventure! You may remember that last month we held an Innovation Day, bringing together members from our clubs who wanted to improve the experience of volunteering in our sport by looking at the role of the Volunteer Co-ordinator and how this could work in a club setting. Supporting volunteers, helping them to settle in and feel valued in a club setting is so important – why? Well, because volunteers tell us that having people in the club they can go to for extra support can help to make the experience much better and has an impact on how likely they are to continue to volunteer.

But, it can be difficult to find one person to take on the role, so we’re instead going to explore and encourage clubs to form Volunteer Support Teams by identifying Volunteer Champions, people who will support volunteers at the club.

We want to give some extra support to people who are the Volunteer Champions in their clubs and groups!

We are looking for people to join this exciting phase, and come along to an introductory training day on Saturday 1st July in Central London.* All expenses will be covered for you.

The closing date to apply to be a part of this first leg of the scheme will be Friday 23rd June, with training scheduled for the following week on Saturday 1st July.

Click the link here to register your interest – please tell us your name, your club, your contact details and why you would like to take part. It’s as simple as that! View the full details

Make Sport Fun – Fee webinar: How to engage inactive people 20 June 2017 one hour in duration – time not stated but often around lunchtime, Webinar

Your biggest frustration with increasing participation in physical activity is probably how to engage inactive people. So we’re hosting a webinar (an online training seminar) in how to reach inactive people through marketing and engage them in your activities. It will be delivered by John Ainsworth from Make Sport Fun.

If you work in Sports Development or Public Health then this is perfect for you.

This will help you engage more inactive people.

We will cover how to use Facebook Ads to engage inactive people from the following groups:

  • women and girls
  • people from deprived wards
  • people with Long Term Health Conditions
  • disabled people
  • over 55s

Register for the webinar

Sport & Recreation Alliance – Protect Your Organisation Against Cybercrime

After the NHS cyber attack, we thought it might be prudent to get you all thinking about your malware defences. Very few people are even aware that today’s cybercriminals are targeting smaller companies including charities, non-profits and membership organisations, not just supersized global businesses. Board members,  CEO’s and management must end the “it will never happen to us mindset”. So what can you do?
Small organisations don’t necessarily need a large budget to adequately protect sensitive data. After catching up with our IT provider and partner Microtrading, we put together some steps you can take to improve your data and network security:

  • Step 1 – Know all devices connecting to your network

Keep a frequently updated list of every device that connects to your network. This inventory is especially important given that employees can access your network through personal devices.

  • Step 2 – Educate and train employees

Every employee should participate in regular general awareness security training. This will not only reduce security breaches directly tied to employee error or negligence but also train employees to be on the defence against cybercrime.

  • Step 3 – Perform an audit of sensitive company information

If you want to keep your most sensitive company information secure, it’s important to know exactly where it’s stored.

  • Step 4 – Use cloud and managed service providers

Overall, the cloud is a more secure data solution for small organisations.
If you’re concerned about your level of protection you can read Microtradings blog – Defence in Depth part 1 and part 2 or alternatively contact your IT provider for more information.