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Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, paid tribute to the role of grassroots sport at the Yorkshire Homecoming event for our Olympic and Paralympic athletes on Sunday.Speaking on stage at the first direct arena, the first elected mayor of the county saluted the achievements of the athletes in attendance, which included taekwondo star, Bradley Sinden, and Paralympic icon, Hannah Cockroft MBE.The former MP for Batley and Spen described grassroots sport as the “beating heart of our community.”   

 Women In Sport’s #TimeTogether campaign returns – Find out more
Women in Sport has launched #TimeTogether, its national campaign to empower daughters and mums to reconnect and discover new ways to get active together whilst inspiring others to do so too.Following a year of widespread disruption where activity levels have dropped and time online has soared, the charity is calling on daughters and mums to set aside time to reconnect through exercise and activity.    

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-30 aims for a Healthy Barnsley for all – Find out more
Barnsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board has produced a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy.The Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board has produced the borough-wide strategy. It sets out the approach for meeting local people’s and the community’s health and wellbeing needs. The previous strategy, ‘Feels Good Barnsley’, ran from 2016-20.The refreshed strategy is split into three key areas: starting well, living well and ageing well.    

Bradford chosen for football pilot – Find out more
Football for Peace and the Football Association are co-launching the Mesut Özil Development centre at the University of Bradford alongside Bradford City AFC.The Football for Peace Mesut Özil Centre, sponsored by Innaree, will be hosted at the University of Bradford and run football and life skill sessions at Bradford City AFC’s training ground providing opportunity for South Asian players.    

Blog: Learning from listening – Read the blog
Our Events and Programmes Manager, Emma Binnersley, blogs about the This Girl Can week that has been taking place in West Yorkshire this week, and how insight played a central part in its creation.“We also had space for girls to write things, and I got quite upset reading some of it. The girls were able to just be really honest  

    News in brief  

Rotherham Council is asking for feedback on proposals for two schemes to improve provision for cyclists.
The schemes will be delivered by Rotherham Council using central government money, subject to approval of funds. Find out more…

Video games can have similar health benefits to jogging
Active video games could be a motivating way for Type 1 diabetics to keep active and help manage their condition. Find out more…

The FA announces a new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy for 2021-24
The new three-year equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, forms an integral part of a long-term commitment to using the FA’s influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination. Find out more…

British Rowing launches Committed to Inclusion Plan
The plan sets out a framework for making rowing an inclusive and diverse sport that welcomes and has an offer for everyone. Find out more…

Playforce launches its biggest competition ever with free £10k playground
One lucky school or nursery in England and Wales will receive a free playground worth £10,000 courtesy of the UK’s leading playground company, Playforce. Find out more…

Royal seal of approval for the nation’s lockdown coaching heroes
Twenty-five lockdown coaching heroes were recognised and celebrated at the UK Coaching Hero Awards ceremony in Leeds, including Josh Gelder from Doncaster. Find out more…

Get Yourself Active newsletter

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 up to during the month of September – along with some opportunities, news and insight that we hope will be of interest. You’ll hear more from us next month!
Get Yourself Active offers free co-production training for the sport sector
 Get Yourself Active is now offering co-production training to national sport and leisure organisations as well as groups in the localities of Haringey, Bristol and Gloucestershire. The training will help organisations gain confidence to co-produce with Disabled people, improving access and reducing barriers to physical activity. If you work in these places, we would love to invite your organisation to learn more about improving opportunities for Disabled people to access physical activity through co-production training. We want to lead change in the social care, health, and sport sectors, to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Disabled people and help them to get active in a way that is right for them. Our team has been working closely with other Disabled people’s user-led organisations (DPULO’s) and the sport sector to embed co-production in practice.We offer training to a range of organisations that deliver physical activity, whether you co-produce activities already or not. As long as you have an interest and would like to do more, we can and want to work with you. Currently, we are providing training both at a national level as well as in three areas – Gloucestershire, Haringey and Bristol in partnership with local DPULO’s. If your organisation is interested in joining a workshop to improve knowledge and confidence around using co-production approaches in practice, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss this with you in more detail. For more information, please contact Lydia Bone at Lydia.Bone@disabilityrightsuk.org  You can find out more here
Your Stories in September Every month we ask our community to share their experiences of getting active in a way that’s right for them, their thoughts on the latest news or what sport and physical activity mean to them. We want to share their stories online to help raise awareness of the different ways of getting active and help other Disabled people feel confident and empowered to take the first steps to a more active life. This month, we loved getting a panel of experts together for National Fitness Day (September 22nd) to answer some of the most frequently asked questions our community has about sport and physical activity. 

We’ve covered so much more this month, including:

1. The amazing Louise Hunt took us through her memories of Paralympics past, and what elite sport has given her throughout her life.2. We shared a simple guide to co-production, written by the Get Yourself Active team that share tips and secrets for anyone who wants to introduce co-production to their next activity.3. Our friends at Traverse, shared their report on phase 2 of our involvement with TIF – highlighting all the good work we’ve done so far and what’s next for this important project. We’ve covered so much this month, and you can access all our stories here.
Get Yourself Active developing EDI plan for Tackling Inequalities Fund delivery 
As part of the Get Yourself Active programme, we are looking at developing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Delivery Plan. Would your organisation be interested in supporting us?Get Yourself Active and Disability Rights UK aim to increase opportunities and reduce barriers for Disabled people, ultimately striving for equal participation for all. We therefore want to ensure we are doing all we can to recognise, support, and celebrate diversity within the community.We understand that in addition to identifying as a Disabled person, or as someone with a long-term health condition, people will often self-identity with other characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, a faith or belief, and sexual orientation.We want Disabled people from all backgrounds to feel able to participate, thereby ensuring that equal opportunity really is for everyone. We would therefore welcome thoughts and feedback around how we can embed equality, diversity and inclusion, from organisations that support Disabled people/people with long-term health conditions from other under-represented communities to be active. In particular, we are looking across:• Our delivery of the Tackling Inequalities Fund• Our work with the social care workforce and social workers• Embedding co-production within the sport sector• Communications• Policy workIf you think this could be you, or someone else from your organisation, please get in touch and we can either arrange a call or liaise further by email: anna.denham@disabilityrightsuk.org 0203 687 0784
Click here to find out more about the Tackling Inequalities and other Sport England funds
Superhero Series launches new winter events
The UK’s one and only Disability sports series for all of us everyday Superheroes. The mission has always been simple for Superheroes Series: create fun, full-throttle mass-participation sports events where Disabled people are in charge and don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions.Founded by Sophia Warner, who saw the issues that Disabled people like her had when they tried to access sports events. Her own experiences combined with meeting many sports lovers over the years, like their wonderful ambassadors, who are crying out for more opportunities are the inspiration for this series.This year the amazing team at Superhero Series are running their first in-person physical event since 2019 and also continuing to run their ever popular at home event. They guarantee both events will be full so we recommend that anyone who wants to take part books now to avoid disappointment. Head to their website to join in the fun! You can read more on our Stories page

Active @ Home
We understand that many of you may feel more comfortable getting active at home.If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Active @ Home section on our website. We’ve recently added a range of new accessible content from Videos to Toolkits so you can get active in a way that suits you. The page 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.We want this page to always work for you. If there’s a resource you’d like to see more of – or you have a video of your own you think would be of interest to others in the community, please reach out to the team. 
 Click here for the Active@Home website 

Continuining to tackle inequalities
Following the release of our interim report, the Get Yourself Active team are still accepting applications for the Tackling Inequalities Fund and are keen to continue our focus on groups underrepreseted in Disabled people’s sport & physical activity. If you work with or are an organisation representing Disabled people from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority groups, women and girls, lower socioeconomic groups, or any other under-represented group to become more active, we would especially like to hear from you.

So, if you or anyone you know might be interested interested in applying, please let us know at tacklinginequalities
@disabilityrightsuk.org 
Tel: 0203 687 0771Click here to learn more 
 
Going Above and Beyond to Support RidersThe Barguse Riding Centre based in St Austell, Cornwall is a shining example of best practice and has been awarded the Accessibility Mark by the RDA.

Centre owner, Lisa Todd and her team came up with interesting ways to engage with their regular riders during the pandemic.Accessibility Mark status is awarded to a riding centre that has been approved by the RDA following training and assessment. The close link with the RDA means that it can offer continuous support to the establishment to ensure it provides a first-class experience that aims to be hugely beneficial to all Disabled riders.The accreditation reognises how they supported their riders during a time that was incredibly difficult for everyone.We are so happy for them! 



Click here to find out more about the Accessibility MarkSocial Care activity pack available now
We are so proud to have launched a new online pack designed for carers, support workers and personal assistants who support Disabled people and people with long term health conditions.It was designed with experts in the social care and physical activity sectors including Durham University, Sport England, Sense, Sport for Confidence, Activity Alliance and Community integrated care. It will help to facilitate further Disabled participation in physical activity by educating and empowering those who care to help Disabled people get active in a way that suits them.The pack looks to address some of the barriers that Disabled people face when they want to get active.

The interactive pack offers practical help, tips and advice that can be used to support Disabled people to participate more in sport and physical activity. It is free and available online for all – designed to be shared and consumed with the sole purpose of breaking barriers to disabled participation in physical activity.
Click here to see the pack in full (PDF)

Disability Rights Handbook ONLINEWe are delighted to announce we have a new digital edition of the Disability Rights Handbook. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional advisers.Our online service sits on the well-established AskCPAG platform and: is fully searchable; allows you to create your own bookmarks, make notes, and cite in different formats; has
clickable weblinks; is accessible (works with screen readers); provides regular bi-monthly updates throughout the year; is mobile-ready (you can even read it on your phone); provides access to articles on the AskCPAG website. Subscriptions cost £37 and can be purchased from the CPAG shop. Create a CPAG account if you don’t have one already, then log in and buy your subscription through the online shop.Individuals on benefits can subscribe for 12 months for £19. Contact us for a discount code to use at checkout. Email Tony Stevens to find out more. Buy your subscription to the digital Disability Rights Handbook

Regain your fitness, get back in shape this Autumn

With Calderdale’s sport and fitness centres now fully back up and running, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the perfect time to sign up for a fitness membership and get back to doing what you love.

Over the last few months, they’ve been busy putting all the necessary precautions in place to create a safe environment where you can enjoy your favourite activities and catch up with your local fitness community. They’re sure you’ll do your bit too in showing kindness and helping to protect yourself and others, particularly those who are vulnerable. The infographic below provides further information and advice on this.

They have been gradually increasing capacity in gyms, swimming pools and classes in Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden to get back to normal as safely as possible.

There is no longer any need to book onto gym sessions, and some swim activities are bookable while you can just turn up to others on the day – more information can be found on their website. They are once again able to offer an extensive range of classes across all four centres, and our gym equipment, changing rooms, shower facilities and lockers are back in use too.

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Dice game rolls back the years

Rugby league fans will be able to roll back the years and reconnect with treasured memories, thanks to a unique Reminiscence Dice Game created by Community Integrated Care in collaboration with our partners Age Exchange and the Rugby League World Cup 2021. This incredible free resource is available to download now – click here for your free copy.  

The RLWC2021 Reminiscence Dice Game has been purposely designed to enable people to re-live the greatest memories of their lives, using creative and fun methods. Whilst this resource has wide appeal, it will be particularly life-enhancing for people living with dementia and older individuals. 

More Than A Game 

Dice Game front cover

Our memories make us who we are. Our stories– the sports we follow, the places we grew up, the people we love, the hobbies that we’ve followed – are central to our identity. This game has been designed to support individuals who might have barrier to connecting with their memories, such as people living with dementia, and to bridge the gap between generations – helping to promote great conversations. 

There are thirteen reminiscence topics within the game – including rugby league, sport, schooldays, work, food, holidays, and local communities – that have been identified by Age-Exchange’s reminiscence experts as important pillars of personal identity for many people. These themes each have their own purpose-designed reminiscence questions.  

The game is wonderfully simple. Participants just roll two die to select the question they will ask to the person they are playing with – supporting a spontaneous, free flowing, and fun conversations. 

Age Exchange and Community Integrated Care co-developed these questions working with more than twenty people, including people who live with dementia and older people accessing social care. The questions they have included were specially selected after spurring joyful moments, exciting conversations, and real happiness in testing. By providing this game for free for anyone who can benefit, it is hoped that many more people will experience this joy.  

This is more than just a game – it will be a relationship transforming resource for many. Often, families who have a loved one living with dementia can find conversations challenging, struggling to connect with them and find fresh areas of conversation. People sometimes wish that they could know more about their loved one and their history. Through supporting exciting and interesting conversations, this game makes a difference – promoting and preserving a person’s-life history through the sharing of stories.  

It can also be invaluable for people working in social care and community settings. For care workers supporting people who are older than them, it can help bridge the generation divide. When supporting isolated individuals, it gives them the comfort of focused time and attention, with someone who listens and cares. 

But simply it can also be a wonderful experience for Rugby League fans and anyone who wishes to share and listen to a story. Watch Dorothy sharing some of her happiest memories with BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Steve Roberts – watch the full video here.

Championing Inclusion  

Community Integrated Care is the Official Social Care Partner of the RLWC2021 and one of Britain’s biggest care providers. This resource has been created as part of its ground-breaking RLWC2021 Inclusive Volunteering Programme, which aims to positively engage the talents of people who access social care in the event and in tournament communities to change lives.  

Age Exchange is a subsidiary charity of Community Integrated Care and is renowned for their work as the pioneers of creative engagement in supporting older people and people living with dementia.  

John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, says:

“This game has an important purpose. There are few things that you can give to a person that are more important than your time, an interested ear and good company. We want to support people to share their memories, helping to overcome isolation and bring people together.  

We have seen the impact game that this game can have on people living with dementia and older people, so we are excited to now share it widely for free. Often quality resources like this can be expensive for care groups and community settings. By gifting this game through such a significant platform as the Rugby League World Cup 2021, we hope to reach and help many people.” 

David Savill, Creative Director at Age-Exchange, says:

“It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to design a product that can reach and benefit so many people, through using the profile of the Rugby League World Cup 2021. 

We had great fun working with the people we support to develop this concept and together, we found some wonderful reminiscence themes and questions. This free game will make a real difference to the people who play it. We encourage anyone who can benefit from this project to download it. If you know a family, care service or community group that it can help, please spread the word.” 

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE REMINISCENCE DICE GAME HERE.  

Activity Alliance Newsletter – Disability Inclusion in Sport

Two men, one a wheelchair user, playing tennis in an indoor sports hall

Welcome to August’s newsletter. This edition features our stakeholder survey, the Paralympic Games and Birmingham 2022.

Help our work by taking part in our stakeholder survey

Working effectively with our members and other stakeholders is important to us and vital as we develop our plans. We want to listen and understand your experience of working with us over the last 12 months. Taking part in our stakeholder survey will help us improve our services, policies, and programmes.

Access the stakeholder survey here.

Chief Executive blog: “Enjoy the Games but we can’t rely on a legacy”

The Tokyo Paralympic Games began on 24 August and many will highlight the ‘legacy’ in their speeches and articles. Our Chief Executive, Barry Horne, writes on the Games and the wider barriers that prevent so many disabled people from accessing or enjoying an active lifestyle. He also explores why we cannot wait for and rely on a legacy to solve the issues.

Barry Horne’s Paralympic Games blog

A man stretches in his yoga session

Blog: “Sport transformed me”

The Tokyo Paralympic Games began last week, with athletes competing across 22 different sports – including swimming, which this week sees several medal events taking place. In this question and answer article, we catch up with six times Paralympics swimmer medallist and our board member, Fran Williamson, on why it has always been more than just sport for her.

Read Fran’s article.

Birmingham 2022: The Games is a real springboard for genuine inclusion

A group of young children with Dwarfism playing basketball

In just under a year’s time, some of the greatest athletes in the world will arrive in the West Midlands for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Local schools and networks are getting ready to welcome the Games to their region. Pupils and teachers from Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham are excited to be involved in the build-up. Their Executive Headteacher, Simon Harris, talks to us about his hopes for the Games and their influence on the region to deliver more inclusive sporting opportunities.

Read Simon Harris’s article

Latest news from the National Disability Sports Organisations

The National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs) are a good starting point for many disabled people who want to be more active. They provide advice, support and opportunities for people of all ages with specific impairments to take part in sport and activity.

Here is the NDSOs’ July monthly news round-up.

Wheelchair athletes on a track racing

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Disability Rights UK “Get Yourself Active” Newsletter

Get Yourself Active

Welcome to the Disability Rights UK “Get Yourself Active” Newsletter

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 up to during the month of August – along with some opportunities that we hope will be of interest. You’ll hear more from us next month!

Get Yourself Active launching new Social Care resource with online webinar

We are really proud to have launched a new online pack designed for carers, support workers and personal assistants who support Disabled people and people with long term health conditions. It was designed with experts in the social care and physical activity sectors including Durham UniversitySport EnglandSenseSport for Confidence, Activity Alliance and Community integrated care. It will help to facilitate further Disabled participation in physical activity by educating and empowering those who care to help Disabled people get active in a way that suits them.

Get Yourself Active decided to target carers and support workers because of their roles as essential and trusted messengers to those who they care for. Ultimately, if they understand more about the importance of physical activity and what is on offer then they will be better placed to support a Disabled person to lead a more active life.

The interactive pack offers practical help, tips and advice that can be used to support Disabled people to participate more in sport and physical activity. It is free and available online for all – designed to be shared and consumed with the sole purpose of breaking barriers to disabled participation in physical activity.  It also includes interactive worksheets that social care staff and the people they support can use to encourage conversations around the importance of physical activity and how they can make the next steps to live a more active life.

We launched the pack with an informative webinar. The event covered why and how the pack was developed, how it helps social care staff support Disabled people to get active, and what you’ll find inside the pack.

Your Stories in August

Every month we ask our community to share their experiences of getting active in a way that’s right for them, their thoughts on the latest news or what sport and physical activity mean to them.

We want to share their stories online to help raise awareness of the different ways of getting active and help other Disabled people feel confident and empowered to take the first steps to a more active life.

One of this month’s highlights has been launching our Paralympics series. For this we spoke to some our partners and friends for a diverse range of thoughts, opinions and memories of the games:

1. Anna Morell, Media and Communications Manager at Disability Rights UK told us why this years games need to be the start of real change

2. Roy Kimberley, Fit 4 Life at the Disability Resource Centre, shared his thoughts on the enduring legacy of the 2012 Paralympic games

3. Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy at Disability Rights UK touches on her own relationship to the games and what sport and physical activity means to her

And we are finishing the series next week with a final special guest post.. stay tuned for that!

We’ve covered so much this month, and you can access all our stories here.

Tackling Inequalities Fund by Sport England – update

Over the summer the Get Yourself Active team has continued to deliver Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund and what a busy summer it has been! Over the past month, we have partnered with several new organisations, bringing the total number of TIF projects that Disability Rights UK has administered funding to 47, supporting over 2,000 participants.

One of the most recent organisations we have partnered with is an East London based charity called Misgav. Misgav is a charity that supports Disabled women in London by providing a haven that offers opportunities for growth, integration, and acceptance. Misgav will be running a series of swimming and dance sessions that we’re excited to be supporting!

Out of the 47 projects DR UK has administered funding to, 16 have now come to an end. It has been wonderful reading the end of project evaluation forms that the organisations have sent us and hearing the positive impacts these projects have had on helping to improve Disabled people’s physical and mental wellbeing. The evaluation forms have also provided us with some extremely valuable learning, highlighting just how important the social element of physical activity is in helping to combat social isolation caused by the pandemic.

To finish, the team is still accepting applications for The Tackling Inequalities Fund and is particularly keen to hear from Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations that support the people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities community. So, if you know of any that may be interested in applying please let us know at  tacklinginequalities@disabilityrightsuk.org

Click here to find out more about the Tackling Inequalities and other Sport England funds

Active at Home

We understand that many of you may feel more comfortable getting active at home.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Active @ Home section on our website. We’ve recently added a range of new accessible content from Videos to Toolkits so you can get active in a way that suits you. The page 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.

We want this page to always work for you and for that we need your help too. If there’s a resource you’d like to see more of – or you have a video of your own you think would be of interest to others in the community please reach out to the team.

The Active@Home section of the website is available here

The truth of Disabled sports fandom

Level Playing Field, a charity that focuses on removing barriers for Disabled people wishing to follow live sports as fans, has revealed the results of its annual fan survey. The organisation believes that attending and engaging with live sporting events has a positive impact on well-being. They work at every level to ensure that Disabled fans can freely access and enjoy live sport.

The report aims to receive greater feedback year on year, helping to drive change towards better access and inclusion for Disabled sports fans. Although the charity has carried out many specific surveys in the past, this is the most comprehensive survey ever, reviewing the matchday experience of Disabled fans. The survey is a first of its kind, with a strong focus on club-specific feedback that will help clubs target specific areas to improve their facilities and services.

You can read more on our Stories page

Cockroft defends 800m title to win seventh Paralympic gold medal

Hannah Cockroft was bloodied but not beaten as she defended her Paralympic Women’s 800m T34 title with a dominant victory.

Cockroft, the now seven-time Paralympic champion, raced with a bandaged right hand after an accident during warm up when her hand slipped and went through the spokes of her chair.

The injury did not stop her taking nearly 12 seconds off her Paralympic record from five years ago but her time was just fractions slower than her world best from Switzerland earlier this year. It was an impressive British display, with team-mate Karé Adenegan taking silver and Fabienne Andre coming home fourth.

“I’m absolutely gutted,” Cockroft joked. “I was so close that to world record, I couldn’t have got closer if I’d tried.

“I’m really happy with gold but I’m obviously a bit frustrated I couldn’t quite squeeze under that time but to go close on a rainy day.

“I did that time in Switzerland on the fastest track in the world so to come here and replicate it, I’ve got to be proud.”

Halifax WRL v Mersey Storm Video

Here’s the full match video from Sunday 8th August and the clash between Halifax WRL and Mersey Storm at Calderdale College’s Inspire Centre. Philip Ingham was the man behind the camera (smart phone) – this video is taken from his live stream of the match which went out over Facebook.

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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…