Did You Know – 15 August 2017

Friday 11th August 2017

European Week of Sport

European Week of Sport aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle, via the #BeActive message and will take place between 23rd – 30th September. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be healthier and happier through physical activity.

During the week, themed days will help widen the reach of the #BeActive message and inspire people in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Saturday 23rd – Outdoors: A focus on the benefits and use of green space to get active
  • Sunday 24th – Sports Clubs: Open days and taster sessions to increase participation at local clubs
  • Monday 25th – Mindful: A focus on the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing

The week will offer you a great opportunity to promote and align to a Europe wide campaign that will see social media support from a dedicated team. Simply register your event on the activity hub and start attracting new members!

Register your event.


CASC Guidance: Claiming a top-up payment on small charitable donations

HM Revenue and Customs – This guidance has been updated to show the increase in the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme top-up payment to £2,000.

Access the information on this page


Sport England/ Club Matters

Share your stories in running a community sports club

Have you got top tips for how to run a sports club? Do you think other clubs could learn from you? Are you interested in free promotion for your club?

We’re always on the lookout for clubs, of all shapes and sizes, to share their insight with us into how they are run. In return, we will feature your club on our website and social media platforms…so just think about the free publicity!

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Sport England – New Video: The 10 principles of Active Design

Our 10 principles have been developed to inspire and inform the layout of cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and open spaces, to promote sport and active lifestyles.

The guide features an innovative set of guidelines to get more people moving through better design and layout.
Watch the film to learn more about the 10 principles


UK Coaching – Learning needs survey

We are conducting a survey to understand the learning needs and preferences of anyone coaching physical activity or sport. The information gained from this survey will guide the design of coach learning and ensure that future learning developments meet the needs of learners. The survey takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on Friday 1 September. This is your chance to help influence your personal and professional learning and development as a coach and help to inspire more people to lead healthier and more active lifestyles. By completing the survey before the closing date you will also be entered into a free prize draw. Four winners will be selected at random, each receiving £25 in gift vouchers. Winners will be selected within five working days after the closing date. The link can be completed on any digital device. Access the survey


UK Coaching – Three-piece suite for children’s coaches

Those charged with introducing children to sport and physical activity have a valuable role to play in society. Coaches shoulder a huge responsibility by endeavouring to help children develop both as well-rounded individuals and proficient athletes – by feeding their passion for sport and competition. Which is why cutting edge coach education is so vital.

To hit the highest standards, coaches must continually challenge themselves to adapt and evolve their coaching practice.

UK Coaching’s ‘Coaching Children 5–12: The Next Generation’ workshop aims to provide modern children’s coaches with all the information they need to make that journey a fun and rewarding one for the coach and the participant.

The workshop serves as a practical example of how evolved thinking and the latest academic research can help to enhance the development of children as individuals – improving confidence and competence in their physical abilities, and equipping them with valuable life skills they will need to contribute to society.

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UK Coaching – Nominations now open for prestigious UK Coaching Awards

Nominations for the twentieth edition of the UK Coaching Awards are now open.

Do you know a coach who goes above and beyond the line of duty? Have they transformed someone’s life or had a significant impact on their local community? Now is the time to show your appreciation for all they do and nominate them for the UK Coaching Awards.

Hosted by UK Coaching, the showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community and this year will be held at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 30 November.

There are 12 award categories in total, eight for coaches, three in support of coaches and an overall UK Coach of the Year award.

Promote the people who work so tirelessly to keep people active and happy. Nominate your coach by heading to: http://www.ukcoaching.org/coachingawards

Public nominations close on the 22 September.   View the full news item


Thrive Toolkit – what works from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund

What is Thrive?

Thrive is a digital toolkit and learning resource which offers practical steps and suggestions to support inactive people become active and improve their wellbeing. It is supported by a broad range of partners across Scotland and the UK, who have collaborated in its development and who all share a common goal of getting more people active.

Who is Thrive for?

It is for practitioners who deliver activities (or who are interested in delivering activities) for people to help them become active. It encourages you to learn, change and consider different ways of delivering your activities within communities. We actively encourage you to provide feedback, share your learning and help us develop Thrive further.

Why use Thrive?

We know that being active helps people to increase their wellbeing and provides a range of social, physical, emotional and cognitive benefits. Thrive is evidenced based, person-centred, and recognises that becoming active is a journey. It promotes a small step approach which nudges and supports people towards more activity, whatever their starting point. It will support your work towards Active Scotland outcomes.

Through using Thrive you will:

  • Have a better understanding of how people can become active
  • Be better able to support people to become active.

Where did Thrive come from?

Thrive is based on evidence, learning and insight from the successful Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund (the Fund). The Fund aimed to get more people active and learn what works, and doesn’t work, in doing so. This learning features throughout Thrive and includes golden nuggets of insight from our partners. By ‘golden nuggets’ we mean small things which make the biggest difference. Access the toolkit


CPSU, NSPCC – Parental involvement posters for clubs and sports venues

Display posters for sports clubs and venues to promote the important role parents play in ensuring that both their child and other children have a positive experience when playing sport.

The posters include key messages to parents, showing support for their involvement in youth sport and helpful advice about supporting their child.  Access the posters on this page


EFDS (1 August 2017) How do you feel about providing sport for disabled people?

The English Federation of Disability Sport has launched its latest research project. This research will focus on people who deliver sport and activity, and their feelings about including disabled people. We have commissioned 2CV to undertake this research on our behalf. They now wish to speak to people who currently deliver sport and physical activity. This can be anyone from a trained coach to a community youth group leader. We want to know how these people who are responsible for delivering sport and activity feel about providing activities to disabled people. They are particularly interested in people who may never have provided activity for disabled people before, and want to know what support and information you would need to make you more confident.

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. This survey is open for three weeks, closing on Sunday 20 August 2017. Source of information

Complete the survey online.

If you require any more information or to access the survey in a different way, please contact research@efds.co.uk 


Sport and Recreation Alliance tasked with review of UK Coaching Certificate

Sport England has appointed the Sport and Recreation Alliance to lead an independent review of the UK Coaching Certificate.   The project will review the existing UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and result in the Sport and Recreation Alliance delivering practical recommendations to get more people from diverse backgrounds in to coaching.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, which works to help get the nation active through sport and recreation, will lead a multi-phased review and work in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The project, which is anticipated to be completed in January 2018, will involve qualitative research to improve understanding about the needs of the existing sports participants and also importantly, the needs of under-represented groups in physical activity such as women and girls.
It is hoped that the independent review will deliver better understanding about the current barriers to get into coaching and the necessary changes required to make the workforce more representative of society.  View the full news item

View what Sport England says (3 August 2017)


Third Sector reports (28 July 2017) Most charities unaware of forthcoming changes to cheque processing

According to research by the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, 70 per cent of charities are unaware of plans to introduce cheque imaging next year to speed up clearing. Seventy per cent of charities are not aware that fundamental changes to speed up the way cheques are processed are due to be rolled out by the end of next year, a survey has shown.

Beginning on 30 October this year, banks will begin moving to image-based cheque processing: a photograph of a cheque is passed between banks and branches, which means the cheque itself does not have to be sent around the country. Rather than taking six working days to clear, cheques will clear by the end of the day after they are deposited.

In the short term, people will still write, send and pay in cheques in the traditional way, but in the future some banks and building societies might offer their customers the option of paying in by sending an image of the check taken on a smart phone, rather than having to physically deposit the cheque in the bank. View the full news item


Make Sport Fun – Facebook Ad webinar 16 August 2017 2.30 onwards

If you’re interested in learning more about how to use Facebook Ads to engage inactive people from hard-to-reach groups then you can sign up for our free webinar. In it we’ll cover these steps in more detail and give you a step-by-step guide to setting your ads up. View more details