Monthly Picks

Thursday 29th November 2018

Sugar tax revenue helps tackle childhood obesity

Soft drinks manufacturers and traders have paid an extra £153.8 million in tax since April, statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reveal.

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) was introduced in April 2018 and applies to the packaging and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar. It was introduced as part of the government’s initiative to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging manufacturers to reduce the sugar content in their drinks products.

The UK has one of the highest obesity rates among developed countries and soft drinks are still the biggest source of sugar in children’s diets. Revenue collected from the levy will help fund physical education activities in primary schools, the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund and provide a funding boost for breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools.

Read the Soft Drinks Industry Levy statistics here.

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 £250 funding available to clubs to grow participation – England Squash

Kick-start your delivery of Squash 101 or Squash Girls Can with a £250 grant from England Squash.

Great news! England Squash affiliated clubs can now apply for a £250 grant to kick-start either a Squash 101 or Squash Girl Can participation programme.

Complete the online application form by 19th December 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 24th December 2018.

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Man with rare nerve condition climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity – ITV News

A man from Merthyr climbed Africa’s highest peak to raise money for charity. Geraint Williams was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia – a rare nerve disorder – 11 years ago.

He used a special wheelchair known as a ‘mountain trike’ – a cross between a wheelchair and a mountain bike – to complete the climb up Mount Kilimanjaro a few months ago.

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England Athletics supports campaign for children’s #righttobeactive

England Athletics is proud to be one of the first sporting organisations to proactively approach the Sport and Recreation Alliance to support its #RightToBeActive campaign, which asks all of society to join the call for government to embed the fundamental right of all children to be active into policy, regulations and legislation.

Click here to sign the petition now to show your support

As well as supporting this campaign, England Athletics is playing its part in improving the opportunities for everyone to be engaged in physical activity with campaigns aimed at primary school children upwards to attract more people into the sport long term.

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Making nature accessible to VI walkers – British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport is excited to announce the launch of a new set of guidelines, designed to support and enable people with visual impairments to take part in group-walking activities.

50% of adults are not meeting the Chief Medical Officers guidelines for physical activity. This means that they are at risk of developing serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These new guidelines are set out to encourage walking groups of any ability to get outdoors, whilst also welcoming and supporting visually impaired walkers to get active.

British Blind Sport has teamed up with Walking for Health, which is England’s largest network of free health walks, along with Sensing Nature and Dr Karis Petty, to produce a guide to help people understand how walks can be made safe and accessible for people living with sight loss. The advice features a series of ‘top tips’ for welcoming, supporting and sharing walking experiences with sight impaired walkers, including creating opportunities to set up new walking routes.

This useful guide also explores why schemes like Walking for Health can be beneficial for people living with sight loss, raising awareness of the importance of tailored support, in both specialist and mainstream walking groups.

Find out more and access the guide here


British Ski and Snowboard rebrands to GB Snowsport to become more inclusive – Inside the Games

Great Britain’s national governing body for ski and snowboarding has announced they intend to rebrand the organisation to GB Snowsport which will bring together all disciplines, including Parasnowsport, under the same umbrella.

GB Snowsport have released a new logo to mark their change from British Ski and Snowboard and have reaffirmed their goal to become a top five snowsport nation by 2030.

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‘Red January’ relaunches for 2019

A national campaign at getting people every day to support their mental health will be launched for the second time in January.

Mind, the mental health charity, will stage the national ‘Red January’ campaign with the aim of helping thousands of people kick starting 2019 in the most positive way by walking, swimming, running or cycling.

The campaign also aims to raise awareness and support for mental health during what is characteristically a tough month.

Red January is founded on research that shows physical activity can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression and anxiety. In the post Red January 2018 survey, 87% of participants reported feeling significantly better physically and mentally after getting active every day.

To register now for Red January and get your free starter kit, visit the website.

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Apply for a subsidised Level 1 and  Level 2 coaching Course

Squash Girls Can Coach Development Programme – What is it?

The programme aims to increase the number of active female coaches through subsidised coaching courses.

Those who attend one of the courses will become part of the Squash Girls Can community, deliver female-only squash sessions, and will have the opportunity to receive support and guidance to assist their development.

We offer the following subsidised courses:

  • England Squash Participation Award (Lvl 1) – £75 (usual price £150)
  • England Squash Club Coach Award (Lvl 2) – £130 (usual price £260)

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