Yorkshire Sports Foundation Newsletter

The YSF Podcast – The power of people and place
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The latest episode of The YSF Podcast speaks to the people behind the award winning walking football project in the Dearne Valley.The weekly session at Dearne Valley College created as part of Active Dearne, won the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA Grassroots Project of the Year. We were joined by Adam Kent, Active Dearne Community Champion; Ian Whitehouse from SJD Coaching; Councillor Ken Wyatt; and Paul Cummins, former Project Manager for Active Dearne.The episode looks at the power of trusted people in a community, and how that can support people to be active for the benefit of their physical and mental health. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, and on our website.  
MPs make recommendations to Government to increase activity levels
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The Government must renew efforts to get people exercising, concludes a Report by the DCMS Committee, after indications that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused weight gain and a fall in activity levels in children.The Report warns of the yet unknown impact of the third lockdown on people’s fitness and urges the Government and Sport England to pre-empt consequences with a nationwide campaign. The report in full includes ten conclusions and recommendations.  
Barnsley and Sheffield successfully Beat the Street!
What is Beat the Street?

Both Barnsley and Sheffield saw the conclusion of their ‘Beat the Street’ games in the last ten days. Beat the Street turns places into giant games. People earn points, win prizes and discover more about their area by walking, running and cycling. In Sheffield, more than 60,000 people collectively travelled 452,964 miles, making it the biggest Beat the Street ever based on number of people taking part.A total of 22,661 people signed up and walked, cycled and rolled 161,043 miles in Barnsley during the six-week challenge.  
Walking and biking prioritised in new Highway Code
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New changes to the Highway Code will give pedestrians greater priority over cars at junctions and crossings, the transport secretary has announced. Under the current code, motorists only have to give way when pedestrians step onto a crossing. The new code will also ensure cyclists have priority when travelling straight ahead at junctions.  
News in brief  
Planning application submitted for new leisure centre in Halfiax
A new multi-million pound state-of-the-art swimming pool and leisure centre for Halifax has moved a step closer to reality after the Council submitted the planning application for the new building. Find out more…

Activity Alliance responds to the National Disability Strategy
Sport is recognised within the strategy under a focus policy area. Find out more…

Blog: The role of walking sport in keeping people active
Tim Howells, Health and Wellbeing Support Manager for Public Health England (Yorkshire and the Humber) kicked off our week looking at the impact of walking sport, looking into the role it can play in the Covid-19 recovery. Find out more…

New programme sees Hard Knocks teaching young people skills for life
Yorkshire’s Hard Knocks Boxing Gym is using the power of boxing to support the mental health of local young people. Find out more…

Stepping off the sidelines
Anna tells us the story of how a new walking rugby session in Wath has created a new-found love for team sport. Find out more…