YSF Newsletter – Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May

Watch this space, May 10, 1pm…

During this pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. Some of us have seen our already fragile mental health plummet, while the support networks around us disappear. And we’ve seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there. For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support. Watch this space for an exciting new development, May 10, 1pm

Return to Play – are you ready for Step 3?

With an announcement expected on Monday about relaxing restrictions on May 17 do you feel ready? If you are looking for information, Sport England’s Guidance Hub is an excellent place to look.Check out our Return to Play pages, bringing Government, funding advice and NGB advice together. Activity Finder lets people find your activities, and is part of the Openactive push to make booking a dance class as easy as a hotel room.

Mind launch new Mental Health and Physical Activity Toolkit.

Find out more The Toolkit, consisting of 10 guides, aims to help sport, physical activity and mental health providers to support and engage people experiencing mental health problems in physical activity.

It comes on the back of a sector-wide survey hosted in Summer 2020. The survey findings highlighted the need to combine the organisation’s existing toolkits: one for mental health services providers and the other for the sport sector.

The new Toolkit also needed to include knowledge, insight and outcomes resulting from Mind’s Get Set to Go and Sector Support programmes.

The resource has been developed by working with people with lived experience of mental health problems, representatives from the mental health sector and the sport and physical activity workforce.

National Youth Agency Launches Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub

Find out more Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults is the most important duty of any youth worker or volunteer. In response to reduced funding and resources within the sector, the national workforce has changed. In turn, this has placed greater reliance upon volunteer youth workers.

Leadership Teams – Club Matters workshop, June 15

Find out more – This free online workshop is for clubs, organisations and anyone who works with clubs in their role

Identify the principles of an excellent leadership teamReview a club’s leadership structureHow to improve leadership and producean action plan

Book before Tuesday 7 June 2021

Cancer patients to be prescribed exercise as part of new approach. Launched by Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre – and funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research More

The Tokyo 2020 kit is unveiled. The official Team GB kit for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been announced. More

Sport England Blog: Jenny Betteridge, Strategic lead for volunteering, Sport England – How our new Active Lives report has given us a deeper understanding of volunteering in England. More

Work progresses on Spen Valley Leisure centre More

Tour de Walkshire is here in National Walking Month More


Get Yourself Active newsletter

Welcome to the Get Yourself Active April Newsletter

Spring is definitely in the air! Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Yourself Active newsletter.  This is our round up of what the Get Yourself Active team and our partners have been working on over the past month – and some opportunities that we hope will be of interest. More from us next month. Until then, stay safe…and enjoy the longer, warmer days, including the bank holiday weekend!

Get Yourself Active is hiring! Our team is expanding! We are looking for an experienced Communications Officer to join us.

We are seeking a highly articulate and proactive individual with a flair for communications, with lived and/or professional experience of disability. The post will work closely with the Get Yourself Active team to manage internal and external communications and to engage new audiences and existing stakeholders.  The post will play a key role in ensuring our communications are influential, informative and engaging, as well as leading on work supporting the redevelopment of our website.

The job description and person specification can be accessed by clicking here. To apply, please send your current CV together with a cover letter, outlining your interest in this job and addressing each point in the person specification. The deadline is 9.00am on Wednesday 26th May 2021. Should you wish to apply using another format, please contact us at recruitment@disabilityrightsuk.org. Applications without a suitable cover letter will not be considered. Click here to apply

Tackling Inequalities Fund by Sport England – funding still available

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is one of the National Delivery Partners for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) and has recently been accepted to continue to deliver funds over the coming months.

The fund aims to reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 and any widening of inequalities in participation rates in sport and physical activity. To-date we have been able to fund almost 40 organisations of varying sizes across England, all supporting disabled people, or people with long-term health conditions, to be active during the pandemic. Projects have included online exercise classes tailored for people with particular health conditions, walking groups, nature trails (photo), bespoke exercise routines and more! Funding has helped to pay for a range of things including, the cost of instructors, specialised equipment and volunteer costs.

The Get Yourself Active team at DR UK is accepting applications, from User Led Organisations (ULOs), or organisations which can demonstrate a user-led project idea, that supports disabled people, and/or people with long-term health conditions, to keep active in a Covid-19 safe environment (restrictions permitting – see below for more details) and in a way that is right for them. For more details, including how to apply, please contact: tacklinginequalities@disabilityrightsuk.org or call Elliot on 0203 687 0771 Click here to find out more about the Tackling Inequalities and other Sport England funds

Check out the ‘Active@Home’ section on our website! 

Despite lockdown measures starting to ease, you may feel more comfortable getting active at home for the time being.

As well as releasing our own accessible and inclusive exercise videos developed from research, which are available on our YouTube channel, the GYA team also created a new section of the GYA website so that you can easily find resources to support you to be active at home. We have collected videos according to which activity you are interested in, which also includes videos from some of our TIF partners. As well as this, we have pages dedicated to other resources, such as worksheets and downloadable resources.

Liddie Bone, Get Yourself Active Project Manager, commented: “Disabled people’s activity levels have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and during this difficult time, it is more important than ever that we are supporting disabled people to be active in a way that is right for them. Creating this new section of the website means disabled people can easily access resources that have been created by organisations that are doing amazing work to support people to be active during this time.” Click here for to see the Active@Home section of the website

Join the Moving Social Work co-production team
The Moving Social Work project, led by Durham University, aims to produce the first research-led teaching and community-based training materials and resources on physical activity to influence social work practice of today and tomorrow. To ensure the project is co-produced, Disability Rights UK will be developing and leading on a co-production team to help to steer and deliver the Moving Social Work project. We are still looking for a social worker and someone who works in the physical activity sector (such as an Active Partnership) to join the team! If you wish to express your interest in joining the group, please email Liddie – Get Yourself Active project manager.

Sense ‘Activity Finder’ now available
Sense has officially launched its new Arts, Sport & Wellbeing Activity Finder platform to help you to find and enjoy accessible activities, in your own space. The Activity Finder collates over 100+ free accessible activities suitable for people with sensory impairments or complex disabilities, via their website. The launch of the platform reflects Sense’s commitment to make sure no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, is left out of life and will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness for disabled people.

Sport England regularly updates its news and blogs page in response to any government changes regarding sport and physical activity in England. Please check regularly and sign up to its newsletter to stay informed.

Activity Alliance Newsletter

Activity Alliance

Welcome to April’s newsletter. This edition features the latest Active Lives Survey and COVID-19 response.


Activity Alliance and ukactive CEOs’ joint call for inclusive reopening

We have moved to Step 2 of the government’s roadmap in lifting restrictions. This means more leisure facilities like gyms and swimming pools are opening their doors again. In a joint call, Barry Horne (CEO, Activity Alliance) and Huw Edwards (CEO, ukactive) urge leaders across the leisure sector to be more welcoming than ever to disabled customers.

Read the joint call from Activity Alliance and ukactive

Activity Alliance responds to latest Active Lives Survey findings

The latest publication of the findings from Sport England’s Active Lives Survey shows the ongoing impact of the pandemic on disabled people’s physical activity levels. Disabled people continue to be one of the least active groups in society, highlighting the need for an inclusive and fair return to physical activity. Here, Activity Alliance responds to the Survey.

Read the full response to the latest findings.

In conversation with our Vice President, John Amaechi OBE

Our Vice President, John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist and Founder of APS. Our Marketing and Communications Manager, Sarah Brown-Fraser, spent time with John recently to discuss the psychological effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Watch the conversation with John Amaechi OBE. 

World Health Day blog: “Go at your own pace”

This year’s World Health Day (7 April) theme is building a fairer, healthier world. Not only are disabled people the least active in our society, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit disabled people the hardest. It is not right or fair that disabled people face barriers every day to live and thrive as active citizens.

Mark Fosbrook, one of our Engagement Advisors, took time out from leading on Include Me West Midlands to reflect on the impact activity has on his life.

Read Mark’s blog.

Make active lives possible with us

We bring our members, partners and disabled people together to make active lives possible. Collectively, we continue to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We rely on generous fundraisers to develop and continue our work.

Support Us

Moving more where you are

We are committed to ensuring disabled people can be and stay active. Access exercise advice, workouts, and activity guides to support disabled people. This helps everyone to move more, whether at home, outside or in your local area.

Get Active

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s 5k challenge

Why not get involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport‘s 5k challenge this month. It’s called 5KMay! Raise vital funds & support people with cerebral palsy to be active & return to sport. Simply Do 5k by any means possible – do it in a day or take the whole month, donate £5 and then share with 5 friends

Sign up here https://bit.ly/32X5cvq 

These are the hashtags for the challeneg: #5kMay #returntosport #cerebralpalsy #RunForHeroes

If you need to speak to someone at CP Sport about the challenge please contact Adi Fawcett adi.fawcett@cpsport.org

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

English football announces social media boycott

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Yorkshire Sport Foundation is joining leading football organisations, including The FA and Kick It Out, in a social media boycott this weekend.

We will not be posting on social media between 3pm Friday and 11.59pm Monday, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football. Yorkshire Sport Foundation and other Sport England-funded organisations will be supporting the boycott and #TakeAStand in the fight against discrimination.

Pandemic takes expected toll on activity levels

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The impact of the Covid pandemic on activity levels in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire has been highlighted in the latest Active Lives figures, released today (April 29) by Sport England.

Both counties have seen a decrease in the number of active people during the period of November 2019-November 2020, mirroring the pattern across England, as had been expected due to the lockdowns of the last year. The number of inactive people in both counties has also increased since the results released at this time in 2020.

Tour de Walkshire is coming in May

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It’s time for a new challenge, as Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Cancer Research team up to bring you the Tour de Walkshire. To walk, cycle, run or push throughout the month of May and enjoy the great Yorkshire outdoors.

The aim of the Tour de Walkshire will be to raise vital funds, as well as awareness, for an incredibly important charity and its life-changing cancer research in our beautiful county.

Sport and Recreation Alliance launches new strategy

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The new four-year strategy is named ‘Support. Recover. Achieve.’

It covers areas like sustainability, equality and diversity, with the aim of creating a more inclusive sector and helping physical activity recover from the drastic impact of the COVID pandemic. Last chance to tell us what information you want to hear!

Take our communications survey – closes Apr 30!

Let us know what you’d like to see more of, and less of, in our websiteYSF WeeklyThe YSF Podcast and channels like Twitter and Linkedin Return of ukactive Awards for 2021
Judging will recommence for entries made in 2020, three categories have re-opened for new entries and two new COVID-19-related awards have also been announced to recognise the incredible efforts of the past year. More here#HereIfYouNeed: Pledge to support women and girls to get active  as grassroots netball   returns 
England Netball are pledging to improve female activity levels across the country and support women and girls in their journey back to court following the impact on the grassroots game caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Read more.

ConnectSport Survey: Sport for social cohesion
Organisations using sport for social cohesion are being asked to complete a short survey, in order to inform future programming and best practice. Please complete the survey here before May 7.

Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be scary, it’s just about starting a conversation.
Barnsley’s Reds in the Community (@bfccommunity) have a new programme, Team Talk, to support men’s mental well-being in Barnsley through social activities and peer support. #AlrightPal Sign up

Sheffield schools invited to take part in RLWC2021 competition
Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has launched a competition giving schools across England the chance to win an exclusive trophy visit, as well as exclusive tournament merchandise. More

Don’t forget:
England Does The Daily Mile April 30th! More

Fieldworker – Yorkshire & Humberside

Organisation: StreetGames

Application Deadline: 12:00am – Thu 6th May, 2021

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JU:MP Project Manager

Application Deadline: 12:15am – Mon 10th May, 2021

Read More »

School Engagement and Support Officer

Organisation: Leeds City Council

Application Deadline: 11:30pm – Mon 3rd May, 2021

Read More »

Football Development Officer (Inclusion)

Organisation: West Riding County FA

Application Deadline: 11:59pm – Wed 12th May, 2021

Read More »

Leeds United Girls Academy (RTC) – Development Phase Coach

Application Deadline: 12:00am – Mon 31st May, 2021

Read More »

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

Active Recovery Hub launched to keep kids active
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A new Active Recovery Hub has been launched this week to provide schools, local authorities and families with easy access to free resources to get children moving before, during and after the school day.We have provided our #ThisIsPE resource to the Active Recovery Hub, led by Youth Sport Trust and Sport England with the support of funding from the National Lottery.It follows a commitment in the Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan to extend the School Games website to help teachers and parents find opportunities for young people to compete and get active.  
New sensory walk resource Find out more
Sense Active have partnered with Great Britain’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, to ensure Sensory Walks are easily discoverable through their OS Maps App, as part of its Sport England funded project ‘Sense, Active Together’.Sensory Walks enable people with complex disabilities explore the outdoors and engage more meaningfully with nature. Each of the OS Maps app routes come with accessibility information including key milestones, and sensory highlights that are suitable for people with sensory impairments and complex disabilities.The maps are available via the free OS Maps App using either your web browser or can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  
Nominations open for school awards Find out more
This week has seen the launch of our Active School Awards 2021, recognising the schools in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire who have put sport and activity at the heart of what they do, despite the challenges faced during the last year.Nominations are open until Monday 7 June, with winners set to be announced from each of the nine districts, as well as two overall county winners.ukactive Kids, in partnership with Nike, has announced a nationwide campaign to recognise unsung primary school staff who have inspired physical activity among schoolchildren during a challenging year for their mental and physical health. Find out more about it.  
Top mental health sports charity launches young persons programme
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Sport in Mind, the mental health sports charity that celebrated its 10th anniversary this month, is now proud to announce its new ground-breaking Young Persons Programme.Sport in Mind’s new programme will provide sport and exercise opportunities for children and young people aged seven – 18 who are experiencing mental health problems.Full details of the range of activities offered by Sport in Mind can be found on the charity’s website, www.sportinmind.org.  
News in brief  
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Let us know what you’d like to see more of, and less of, in YSF Weekly. Take the survey…
NHS Facebook campaign helps prevent Type 2 diabetes in men over 40
The NHS is using Facebook to reach millions of men aged 40 and over who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Find out more…
Rugby League links with Leeds Beckett University in major new research project
The Rugby Football League will shortly launch a pilot for an extensive game-wide research project to quantify the risk of head impact in the sport. Find out more…
Experiences of female skateboarders to be explored in new research project
The experiences of female skateboarders, their sense of identity and their place in the skateboarding community are to be studied as part of a new project by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University and Nottingham Trent University. Find out more…
How can sport safeguard children?
An animation has been produced to help anyone involved in delivering sport or activities to children and young people. It shows the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sports setting. Find out more…
Applications open for new female coaching pathway programme
A new Female Coaching Pathway Programme for Rugby League has been launched, as the RFL and UK Coaching aim to fast-track the development of a new generation of female coaches. Find out more…
Let’s Talk Badminton
Badminton England is excited to announce the launch of Let’s Talk Badminton, their biggest ever community consultation designed to ensure that badminton returns stronger than ever. Find out more…  

Introducing Wheelchair Rugby League

“On first viewing, it looks like it shouldn’t be happening, but it challenges your preconceptions of disabled people.”

That is Tom Coyd’s honest verdict on wheelchair rugby league, a sport rising to prominence at a rapid speed.

Coyd is England’s head coach and is currently in the midst of plotting World Cup success later this year.

“It’s a clashing, brutal, violent game played at speed, which is terrifying to watch if you haven’t experienced it before.

“It’s a bit of a shock factor and people are definitely taken away by it.

“There is this view that ‘they’re vulnerable and they need to be looked after’ but wheelchair rugby league laughs in the face of that.”

Coyd and his team are stepping up their preparations ahead of their mid-season international against Wales in June before the World Cup kicks off later this year.

The men’s, women’s and wheelchair sides are all aiming for glory and there is a collective desire from all three teams under the England banner.

Coyd, appointed head coach last year after previously serving as assistant since 2017 under previous head coach Mark Roughsedge, hails from the Medway Dragons club in Kent.

His father, Martin Coyd OBE, is the general manager of England Wheelchair Rugby League and a driving force behind the game’s development.

“I studied sports science at Leeds Beckett University between 2013 and 2016,” explains 25-year-old Coyd.

“Then after graduating my dad was the general manager of the team with Mark Roughsedge. They wanted to improve the way that we trained and try and get a bit more scientific.

“With my sports science degree, I was asked if I would be interested in joining as an assistant coach and trying to improve our practices, basically.

“I thought about it and said ‘yes, it’s a fantastic opportunity’, so I joined in 2017 as Mark’s assistant.

“From then I’ve implemented the practices I’ve learned through my university studies which I thought would have a good impact in the wheelchair game.

“I’ve also tried to upskill myself as much as possible in disability literature, of which there is a fair bit.”

The England wheelchair team had a hectic 2019 with a two-match Test series in France, which ended 1-1 against the world’s top-ranked side, and a tour of Australia which saw them play five times.

They played North Queensland in Townsville, Queensland in Brisbane and New South Wales in Sydney.

They have not played since their tour down under due to the coronavirus pandemic, wrecking plans of a return Ashes series on home soil in 2020.

But they will face Wales at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Saturday, June 26 and there have been regular virtual meetings throughout the pandemic.

The squad’s first training session together in 2021 was held at the English Institute of Sport last month.

From his squad of 18, 12 are disabled and six are non-disabled and all are male, although the wheelchair is mixed gender at all levels of the game.

Coyd adds: “It’s five players on the pitch and the only rule is that three of them have to be physically disabled.

“But if your five best players are disabled then you can play them. It would be a dream to go all the way at the World Cup.”

The wheelchair tournament will see matches played at London’s Copper Box Arena, the English Institute of Sport and the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, with eight teams competing in two groups of four followed by the knockout stages.

Hosts England are in Group A with old rivals Australia and two of the sport’s newest nations in Spain and Norway.

Coyd adds: “We’ve got our fingers crossed that restrictions are eased to the point where we can have a massive crowd in the Copper Box.

“If we play well enough, we will go on to play in Sheffield and Liverpool, closer to the rugby league heartlands, if you like.

“That indoor atmosphere, where the sound cannot escape, and a sell-out crowd cheering on the boys in red and white, I think it will be a moment the boys will never ever forget.”

Coyd has forged relationships with England men’s coach Shaun Wane and England women’s coach Richards in a World Cup year.

“Shaun’s support has been amazing and he’s really generous with his time,” he says.

“Obviously he’s had great success as a coach and some unbelievable experience.

“He’s always been more than willing to share that knowledge and listen to my questions and concerns.

“It’ll be the same with Craig, so as a trio we’re obviously all pushing in the same direction to win three World Cups.

“But we definitely recognise that we’re going to be coming across similar sticking points so, if we can work collaboratively, I think we can do this better than any other nations.”

Domestically, the wheelchair game will see fixtures taking place across the UK leading into the World Cup.

Coyd explains: “The current thinking is that we will play double headers on a Saturday and a Sunday, so there will be three teams meeting at one venue.

“Each team will play two games of sixty minutes to get as much football in as possible.

“We have reduced the match time from 80 to 60 minutes because asking them to play potentially 160 minutes of football is putting them in a dangerous position, physically.

“But we just want to give the players as much exposure of the competition as possible to make up for lost time.

“That’s the plan at the moment and there will be teams travelling from as far south as Dartford and as far north as Dundee.

“We’ve got such a diverse range of players and their stories are all so different.”

Coyd cannot wait to experience the atmosphere of a crowd at wheelchair games again, adding: “With the size of the pitch being smaller than a normal rugby league field, fans are a lot closer to the action and, with it being indoors, none of the noise gets lost.

“You’re just right there in it, it’s completely immersive, and we do our absolute best to make it as recognisable to the 13-a-side running game. And we do a bloody good job of it.”

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

Final opportunity to submit evidence to Policy Yorkshire
Have your say

There are just a few hours remaining to submit evidence to Policy Yorkshire on how to support people to become more active and access sport across the region as part of its recovery from the pandemic.Policy Yorkshire is the think tank for the Yorkshire and Humber region and the Physical Activity Policy Group is particularly interested in what actions around sport and physical activity are needed to help the region recover from the COVID pandemic and also contribute to the Government’s ambition of levelling up the country.Submissions can be made up to 5pm today (Friday 16 April) at policyyorkshire.org  
£18 million announced for cycle training for children and their families
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Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced last week that £18 million will be made available for cycle training across the country.The funding aims to ensure children and their families have the confidence to choose active travel, as the government encourages everyone to choose to walk or cycle where possible.The funding, which is managed via the Bikeability Trust charity, will go toward delivering high-quality, practical on-road cycle training as a modern day equivalent of the ‘cycling proficiency’ scheme many parents will themselves have undertaken during their school days.  
Update on the joint review of racial inequality in sport
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The tackling race and racial inequality in sport review has now completed the two major pieces of work constituting its review.In September 2020, Sport England, UK Sport, sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland came together to set out to tackle racism and racial inequality in sport with the collective ambition to have a sporting system which is truly inclusive and properly reflective of UK society.As part of the first phase of this initiative, the sports councils commissioned two pieces of work – a data gathering and analysis project led by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and a lived experiences project led by AKD Solutions.Both pieces of work have now concluded and the five sports councils are currently in the final phase of the project, using the findings raised and presented to establish a full report and set of recommendations in line with the collective ambition. These are expected to be published at the end of May.  
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Tell us what you think

At Yorkshire Sport Foundation, we want to make sure the content you receive from us is relevant.We share news, updates and best practice from across the sector in this newsletter, on our website, social media channels and The YSF Podcast.We’d appreciate your input on what you’d like to hear more of, and how you want to receive it.Please take a couple of minutes to take part in our survey, which will remain open until 5pm on Friday 30 April.  
Leeds Sports Awards to be shown on TV
Nominate now

On Thursday 27 May, the Leeds Sports Awards will take place live on Leeds TV for the first time.2020 was a challenging year for everyone, with sport particularly badly affected at every level. Despite the difficult circumstances, there were some fantastic sporting performances from the city’s professional teams and athletes.More importantly was the incredible efforts of people and organisations from across the city who kept their communities active.The nomination process is now open so don’t miss out on your chance to nominate your favourite sporting stars and teams together with the unsung community heroes of 2020.  
News in brief  
Have your say: occupational standards for sport for development
Occupational standards can be used by employers to support workforce development, and can be used by education and training providers to develop new courses and qualifications. Find out more…

How can we encourage more female coaches in handball?
To help England Handball understand what more they can do to encourage more female coaches, they’re hosting an online workshop and want to hear from you. Find out more…

Sporting Equals Race Equality Event 2021
The recording of the event is now available. Find out more…

Try Tag Rugby to launch in Sheffield
Rugby Football League Partners, Try Tag Rugby, are excited to announce the start of a brand new league in Sheffield this summer. Find out more…  
 RLSS Trainer Assessor – Casual
Organisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 18th April, 2021

Customer Service Executive
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Thu 22nd April, 2021

Vocational Education Officer
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Fri 23rd April, 2021

Aquatic and Activity Activator
Organisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 2nd May, 2021
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SportEd Mental Health Resources

The information below was recently compiled and shared by Sported – they describe themselves as “the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential.” You can visit their website here.

We’re excited to launch Time In Mind, our newest projectto help you support your young participants’ wellbeing with a series of free training sessions.

With 1 in 6 young people experiencing mental health problems in the UK, we want to enable you to promote good mental health and maintain your participants’ wellbeing.

50% of groups who have taken part in Sported consultations since the pandemic began have told us that maintaining the wellbeing of their participants is one of their main concerns and expressed the need for more support in this area as they begin to move forward out of the pandemic. 

Using the money donated from The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Charity Appeal, we’re kicking off the project by running a series of Youth Mental Health First Aid Awareness Workshops delivered with StreetGames. The first two will be taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May 2021). 

The series of workshops are FREE for Sported members and we hope you can join us to improve the mental health of young people through sport.

Youth First Aid Awareness Workshops 

Tuesday 11th May, 10am – 1pm OR Thursday 13th May, 1pm – 4pm

Delivered by our friends at StreetGames, this FREE three-hour session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. The session will cover:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

Along with the workshop, you will get a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it, and upon completion, you will also get a certificate to confirm you are Youth Mental Health Aware.

Book now on Your Sported Network or e-mail events@sported.org.uk

Additional dates for this training will be released in due course.

My Club and Mental Health – Free online training

The mental health charity TAMHI (Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues) has a free e-module that all members can access. Working to raise awareness of mental health and resilience within grassroots sports groups, they have developed this training to cover a basic introduction to:

  • What is Mental Health
  • Signs to look out for amongst your young participants
  • Looking after your mental health

Access the training on their website.

Mental Health resources

Our team has collated a list of useful websites, resources and apps with information about supporting yourself, and your young people’s wellbeing. 

Please do have a look and pass anything you think is useful on to your participants. 

Download the list here

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter


New Office for Health Promotion to drive improvement of nation’s health
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The new Office for Health Promotion will lead national efforts to improve and level up the health of the nation by tackling obesity, improving mental health and promoting physical activity.
The Office will recruit an expert lead who will report jointly into the Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. The Office’s remit will be to systematically tackle the top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK, by designing, implementing and tracking delivery policy across government. It will bring together a range of skills to lead a new era of public health polices, leveraging modern digital tools, data and delivery experts.
The Office for Health Promotion will be established by the autumn.


Beat the Street physical activity game is coming to Sheffield
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The Beat the Street game is set to launch in Sheffield and will take place from Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 28 July.
Beat the Street is a free, interactive challenge that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by turning the city into a six-week game. The game is outdoors, completely contactless and players take part in their family groups or support bubbles, so has been approved by Public Health England as COVID safe.
Participants are encouraged to walk, cycle, run, wheel or scoot as far as possible within the local area, with prizes of sports or book vouchers for the teams that clock up the highest number of miles. Sheffield follows South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley and Rotherham in taking part in Beat the Street this year.


How do we get Yorkshire and Humber active?
Have your say

There is just over a week to submit evidence to Policy Yorkshire on how to support people to become more active and access sport across the region as part of its recovery from the pandemic.
Policy Yorkshire is the think tank for the Yorkshire and Humber region and the Physical Activity Policy Group is particularly interested in what actions around sport and physical activity are needed to help the region recover from the COVID pandemic and also contribute to the Government’s ambition of levelling up the country.
Submissions can be made up to 5pm on Friday 16 April at policyyorkshire.org


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News in brief
Kick-start for summer school and activities
£200 million total summer school funding to be distributed in secondary schools. Find out more…
Kirklees school leads the way to healthier choices
Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School, have been presented with the Modeshift STARS Bronze standard for their commitment to sustainable travel. Find out more…
#ClubsInCrisis Fund opens on Monday 12 April
The fund will provide over £4million worth of funding to grassroots clubs and organisations. Find out more…

StreetGames supports the ‘quiet frontline’
A major fundraising drive by StreetGames raised nearly £4million for local community sport organisations over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. Find out more…
Initiative launched to find new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity
People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. Find out more…
Podcast: Returning to sport safely
The Ann Craft Trust talk about ways in which organisations can help their members return to play as we prepare to move out of lockdown once again. Find out more…
Huddersfield Giants Community Trust prepare to Offload
Offload is Rugby League Cares acclaimed men’s mental fitness project which allows men to engage with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness. Find out more…


Health and Wellbeing Lead
Organisation: Sheffield United Community Foundation
Application Deadline: 5:00pm – Thu 8th April, 2021
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Diverse Communities Engagement Officer
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Fri 9th April, 2021
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Service Manager – Physical Activity Sports & Health
Organisation: Sheffield City Council
Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 11th April, 2021
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