Did You Know? – Jan 2016

Saturday 2nd January 2016

Paul SunderlandPaul Sunderland/S&SCC/The Arts and Sports Trust

Stafford & Stone Canoe Club’s Paul Sunderland who came fourth in the 2014 Youth Olympics and was a nominee in last year’s Sports Stafford Borough Awards is to receive a Grant from The Arts & Sports Trust.

Paul competed in many international and UK slaloms throughout 2015, as well as finishing college and gaining a place at Derby University. Sadly on a return flight from Poland Paul’s Kayak was broken. The application was put into the trust by S&SCC on behalf of Paul, “We were only too happy to support Paul with his grant application. Paul has been with the club for many years and we have seen him grow into an outstanding paddler and athlete.  This grant will enable Paul to purchase the new boat and equipment he needs.” Deborah Homer – Gateline & Publicity Officer S&SCC

“The Arts and Sports Trust is a charity that supports young people up to the age of 18 by helping them to achieve their dreams of a career in Arts or Sports. We know how expensive it can be to obtain the high quality of training, equipment and experience required to reach the very top of their chosen career. This grant has been awarded to help Paul to realise that dream.” Arts & Sports Trust.

As a member of British Canoeing’s England Performance Squad Paul is well into his winter training and looking forward to the 2016 season as an U23. Paul’s future aims – to secure a place on the Canoe Slalom U23/Senior Team, to qualify for the Olympics and to achieve a 1st class degree in Product Design.

How perceptions of home advantage can influence a coach.
sports coach UK Research

It is generally accepted that games played away from home are more difficult to win than those played in front of your own crowd. This phenomenon, known as ‘home advantage’, has received plenty of attention from supporters and media alike. But how does home advantage influence a coach’s approach? New research from a team of academics in Germany used an online football management game to find out. Download a copy

Strategies for dealing with eating disorders among athletes and players
sports coach UK Research

Eating disorders are more prevalent in sport than other areas of society, and coaches are well placed to identify issues early and encourage people to seek help. However, new research has identified that coaches will take many different approaches, with varying degrees of success. Download a copy

Intervention tone and coach-athlete relations
sports coach UK Research

New research from Canada has shown that coaches will often individualise their behaviour and tone for different people in a coaching session. However, the outcomes of such a strategy are not always as intended. Sometimes the best intentions can have unintended consequences. Download a copy

Reach a Resolution to Coach in 2016

sports coach UK is encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to make a health and fitness resolution with a difference this year to Reach into coaching. A new year is a fantastic time for you to try something new. Whether you are thinking about coaching for the first time or want to improve your current coaching practices, Reach can support you.

Reach is a campaign created by sports coach UK to support women in coaching. It aims to identify and engage women that have a broad range of passions and experience that can be used to help get more people involved in sport through coaching.

Since launching in October, Reach has worked hard to help partners provide more opportunities for women to begin their coaching journeys and for existing coaches to develop as a coach. One example takes place in South and West Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Sport Foundation are working in eight of their most deprived communities around the region to support women with great influence in their communities to get their friends and families more active.

Become someone’s role model this year. Find out if coaching is for you and how to get started today by visiting the Reach website at: www.reachintocoaching.co.uk

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sports coach UK Survey – Our health check of coaches and coaching

This week we launched our annual survey of coaches – The Coaching Panel. This plays an important role in all our work as it is the feedback mechanism by which coaches can tell us how they are doing. Think of it as a health check on the coaching community.

We would encourage you to take the survey and share it with anyone you know who coaches.

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Fitness trends you have to try in 2016 – exercise move dance blog:
Happy new year fellow fitness fans! It seems rather crazy to be saying that doesn’t it? So, whilst your deciding on your resolutions, let me take you through the hottest fitness trends for 2016.
1. Burlexercise – the ultimate showgirl workout
3. SOSA Dance
View the details of all the ‘fitness trends’

HM Revenue and Customs  – Gift Aid declarations: claiming tax back on donations

How charities and CASCs can make written, verbal and online declarations and what information to include. Further information regarding use of the new declaration wording to be used from April 2016.

Update – Entry level guidance at ‘what declarations must include section’ amended.

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ukactive Avoid large fines by following industry best practice

In the biggest shake up to health and safety offences since the 70s, the guidelines will create a nine stage process setting out a clear and formulaic approach to sentencing. The process requires the judge to determine, using criteria set out in tables, the culpability of the defendant from low to very high and then determine the harm risked by the breach from one of three categories. These two factors are then plotted on a grid to determine a starting point of the fine and the fine range.

It has always been an important part of the process to make submissions as to the appropriate culpability or harm level associated with the offence. Under the new guidelines this significance is underlined as the relationship between each place on the matrix, moving from one harm level to the next typically increases the starting point by over 100%.

To reduce the risk of incurring these increased fines, organisations are advised by the guidelines to comply with the law and follow company procedures. Industry best practice such as the ukactive Code of Practice can potentially save organisations millions, failing to comply with industry guidelines could result in a higher culpability.

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Access for all: EFDS inclusive communications guide

EFDS Inclusive CommunicationsThe guide aims to address the main communication barriers that many people experience in sport and physical activity, which also stop disabled people from accessing some opportunities. As well as providing essential better practice guidance on planning, terminology and language, it explains the purpose of accessible formats and shows how providers can get the best from their communications.

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EFDS – Spirit of 2012 awards £4.5 million for ‘Get Out & Get Active’

Spirit of 2012, a charity set up with money from the Big Lottery Fund to carry forward the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has awarded £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport.

The initiative will be called Get Out &Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity, so that disabled and non-disabled people can enjoy recreational activity together, and volunteers supporting people into active lifestyles will be at the heart of Get Out & Get Active.

The funding will not focus on providing new activities, but aims to increase demand for, and the accessibility of, existing provision in local authorities, sports clubs and the voluntary sector.

List of Get Out, Get Active locations:

England: Bradford, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Rochdale, Greater Manchester Wigan, Greater Manchester Margate, Kent East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, Lambeth London, Wandsworth London, Nottingham, Stoke-on- Trent View the full news item