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Thursday 9th August 2018

Sport England / Club Matters – Help us shape the future of Club Matters

We are currently working with independent researchers Brightpurpose to gather feedback that will help us shape the future development of Club Matters. And we’d love you to get involved.  Whether you are just starting up a new club or are running a more established one, if you are small or large, mainstream sport or something a little less well-known, your views are important to us.

Please spare 10 minutes to complete a short survey by clicking on the link below.  On completion of the survey you will also get a chance to leave contact details should you wish to have a chat with one of the researchers about your feedback.

Complete the survey here


Running initiative boosts self-esteem of primary school kids

In the latest of our series of grassroots success stories, we examine the work of Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons UK, the running club focusing on boosting self-esteem in young girls and boys.

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Exercise and dieting tied to reduced disability in obese older adults

Obese older adults who increase their exercise may have less fatigue and disability, but they may see an even bigger improvement if they also cut back on calories, a U.S. study suggests.

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British Cycling – Great Britain Cycling Team Academy applications open

Great Britain Cycling Team’s Academy is now recruiting for junior and under-23 athletes to join the endurance (track and road) and track sprint academies – and for youth and junior riders (riding in a minimum of 15s in BMX) to join the BMX and mountain bike cross-country Development Programmes.

Competition for places is unsurprisingly high with the limited number of places a reflection of the limited number of medals available at the top of the sport. Only riders demonstrating exceptional abilities and qualities will earn membership onto this illustrious programme – our aim is to prioritise those with the best chance of graduating to the British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme in the next four to six years.


  • Applications are open until Monday 22 August 2018
  • Short-listed riders may be invited to attend an assessment day or camp – these will be held during August 2018
  • All applicants will be advised by Friday 15 September 2018 if they have been successful
  • The Senior Academy is currently scheduled to start on Monday 8 October 2018 – ‘move-in’ will be arranged ahead of this date on the 6 October 2018
  • The first Junior Academy camp will be the week of Monday 22 October 2018 (October half term)

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There is a real and growing demand for more women’s sport in the UK

The growing commercial opportunity in women’s sport has long been hard to quantify. As part of a collaboration with Women’s Sport Trust and England Hockey, Nielsen Sports has released data that shows, the scale of the market in the UK and importantly, the opportunities for sponsors and broadcasters.

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Applications invited for RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award 2019 supported by Gallagher

Last year the RYA and Yachts & Yachting joined forces to recognise the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK through the Club of the Year Awards.

Applications are now open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards 2019 supported by Gallagher and this year there even more opportunities for your club to be part of it.

For the first time the RYA Awards Panel will select a finalist for each of the ten RYA regions as well as two ‘wild card’ entries.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 24 September 2018

For more information about the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Awards and to apply visit the website. 

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Leadership programme calling for disabled people involved in football

The Integrated Dreams Association is pleased to announce the Football for ALL leadership Programme. The programme aims to be the first course to promote employability and entrepreneurship of disabled people in the world of football. Are you, or someone you know, involved in football and would like the opportunity?

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Para Dance Sport duo ‘Strictly Wheels’ chasing gold at Gay Games

“It’s really exciting for Para Dance to be at a mainstream competition at this level,” says Gary Lyness of ‘Strictly Wheels’; Lyness and dance partner Paula Moulton passionate about both their sport and inclusion.

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Wheels for Wellbeing – Take part in survey of disabled cyclists

Wheels for Wellbeing is delighted to announce the launch of its latest survey on the needs and experiences of disabled cyclists. Last year more than 200 disabled cyclists took part in our survey, which attracted plenty of media attention, and we are hoping that this year’s will be even bigger.

As with our 2017 survey, we will be looking to gather a range of information about disabled cyclists – including demographic profile, key issues and challenges, and common experiences. This year we have also added questions on the experiences of disabled cyclists when using cycles as mobility aids and engaging with the benefits system, which we hope will shed light on little known areas of cycling and disability policy. We also have the advantage this year of being able to compare the results with our 2017 survey – the first of its kind – which will allow us to identify trends and to see how the experiences of disabled cyclists has changed over the last twelve months.

Our plan is to analyse the results of the survey in October, with the publication of a report to follow soon after. The data will be used to inform our ongoing campaigning and influencing work, and will help to raise the voice of disabled cyclists all over the UK.

Closing date 28th September.

Complete the survey here


Boccia World Championships 2018: Liverpool hosts 32-nation tournament

Boccia is a sport specifically designed for athletes with a disability, where two sides compete to get their balls as close to the target ball (jack) as possible.

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British Canoeing announce the new Personal Performance Awards

British Canoeing has today announced the launch of the NEW Personal Performance Awards to encourage paddlers to develop their skills and safety on the water, in the craft and environment of their choice.

The Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.

The process of completing the awards is based on learning and, as such, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their personal development.

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England Athletics – Club Run Applications now open until 16th September

England Athletics are pleased to announce the next application window for Club Run is now open. Currently 40 road running clubs are enlisted on this year’s programme with a further 20 places open in this next round.

Club Run is FREE to clubs, although places are limited to 20 in this current round. The closing deadline for applications is midnight 16th September.

For those clubs who are successful in their application delivery of the Club Run sessions will take place between October 2018 and March 2019 with dates to be arranged between the club and their assigned coach deliverer.

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