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A new physical activity strategy for Sheffield
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Move More Sheffield has revealed a new strategy and brand for the network. Enabling everyone in Sheffield to move more makes an important contribution to achieving the long term vision of creating a healthier, happier and more connected Sheffield. The new strategy, branding and website all went live this afternoon.  
This Girl Can week resources
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From Saturday 12 June – Saturday 19 June, Sport England is putting the spotlight on women and exercise through a dedicated ‘This Girl Can Week’.Calling for women across the country to ‘choose you’ by taking time out to get active in a way that works for them, organisations are encouraged to get involved to help inspire more women and girls to be active. The This Girl Can supporters hub has a number of resources to help you.  
Unsung primary school heroes inspire kids to be active more than professional athletes do, say parents Find out more

Children are inspired to be active more by primary school teachers than professional athletes, according to a new poll of parents of children aged four to 11 by ukactive and Savanta ComRes. The poll shows that 67% of parents in the UK think that teachers are ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ inspirational as role models for their child to keep active as opposed to athletes (60%).  
Poundland launches charitable foundation Find out more
The retailer says the Poundland Foundation will provide £825,000 to community groups over the next 12 months plus £2.5m over the next two years to three existing charity partners. The Poundland Foundation will start by providing sports kits for children through cash grants for community groups. The first grant window is now open.  
School Games virtual sports day returns in 2021 Find out more

The School Games sports day is returning for 2021, and it’s inspired by some of the fantastic sporting action coming our way this summer.With the pandemic meaning it hasn’t been possible to host School Games events throughout the current academic year, it once again means no traditional summer festival in South Yorkshire or West Yorkshire. But, just as in 2020, there’s still the opportunity for schools to be part of something big.Taking place on Tuesday 6 July (South Yorkshire) and Thursday 8 July (West Yorkshire), primary schools from the two counties will be able to take part in a summer sports day, with sporting challenges linked to the big summer events of the year including the Olympics, Euro 2020, Wimbledon and the Rugby League World Cup. Challenges will be made available on YouTube.  
News in brief  
This Girl Can classes launching soon
Instructor training due to take place from August onwards. Please watch the webinar here for more details on this and please do contact EMD UK (details here) if you are interested in getting these to your area.

Coaches highly valued by the British public
New statistics, released by UK Coaching during UK Coaching Week, show that the majority of Brits believe coaches will help nation become fitter and more active. Find out more…

Boost the online presence of a club or group
Club Matters has teamed up with Energise Me to develop a new suite of resources to help with this. This includes a webpage explaining what an online presence is and why it matters.

Groundbreaking HSBC UK Breeze programme celebrates a decade of getting more women into cycling
A decade on from its inception, British Cycling and HSBC UK are toasting 10 years of the groundbreaking Breeze programme, which has now provided over 320,000 women with a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment to get on their bikes. Find out more…

Grounds Management Association secures £3.9m investment to help boost grassroots sport
The Grounds Management Association (GMA) announces a £3.9M investment from the Premier League, The FA, and Government’s Football Foundation with Sport England to deliver the association’s third phase of the pitch improvement programme for grassroots sports. Find out more…

Community Clubs set to benefit from new partnership
An exciting new partnership between the RFL and Play Fund Win is set to raise vital funds for community rugby league clubs across the country. Find out more…  
England Academy Pathway ManagerOrganisation: RFLApplication Deadline: 12:00am – Fri 11th June, 2021Read More » 

Aquatic and Activity ActivatorOrganisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 13th June, 2021Read More » 

Group Operations ManagerOrganisation: Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)Application Deadline: 12:00am – Sun 20th June, 2021Read More » 

Sport and Physical Activity Development OfficerOrganisation: Everybody Active – KirkleesApplication Deadline: 11:45pm – Mon 21st June, 2021Read More »

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

Active in Barnsley partnership launches new websiteActive in Barnsley launches new website

The Active in Barnsley partnership, of which we are a member, has launched a brand-new website, where people in Barnsley can find information about being active, useful links for moving more at home or outdoors and to get inspired by reading ‘What’s Your Move Champions’ stories.Last year, the What’s Your Move campaign encouraged residents to move more and incorporate regular exercise and activity into their daily lives. Making it easy is vital, and the internet has many valuable resources to help people be active. However, it can sometimes become slightly overwhelming. For that reason, the Partnership wanted to create a website with resources and helpful tips all in one place, that would be easy to navigate.  
Blog: Making more time to connect and shareFind out more and book a place
At the beginning of July, we’ll be piloting a new ‘YSF Connect and Share’ online conversation.It’ll be an informal get together of people involved in similar areas of work – beginning with Active Workplaces. Instead of presentations, sessions will be interactive, including breakout rooms to allow discussion and networking for people involved in similar areas of work throughout South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.James Brown, our Director of Local Support, explains the thinking behind it, and includes details of how you can join us.  
New campaign launches to boost healthier, greener travel across Leeds
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People across Leeds are being asked to make one small change to a weekly journey by leaving the car at home and choosing to walk, cycle, or use the bus instead.Leeds City Council has partnered with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local bus companies to design and deliver the new Connecting Leeds campaign.  
Sky Sports and ECB target 100 communities with grassroots cricket initiative
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Sky Sports has partnered with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to launch Dynamos Cricket Intros, a new multi-year initiative that champions inclusion, encouraging more children to take up the game of cricket regardless of gender, ability, or background.
With the ambition of reaching children who might not ordinarily have access to cricket for a variety of reasons, the 3-year investment will enable schools and community centres in underprivileged areas to provide courses for free.  
Swim England launches innovative project to help develop aquatics businesses
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Swim England has launched an innovative project to help develop aquatics businesses – and increase the opportunities for people to go swimming.Swim England will work closely with a wide range of customers from swim schools focused on learning to swim, multiple site operators through to large capital investment projects for local authorities.  
News in brief  
Join the #SummerOfPlay campaign
#SummerOfPlay is a campaign to give children the space, time and freedom to play this summer as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Find out more…

Leading research team supports mission to enhance sport’s contribution to mental health and wellbeing
A team of leading researchers have been commissioned to support the joint mission of the Sport for Development Coalition and Mind to enhance the contribution that sport and physical activity can make to addressing the mental health and wellbeing crisis brought on by Covid-19. Find out more…

New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing
The resource, from researchers at the University of Exeter, provides guidance and best practice for organisations providing Nature on Prescription, helping them to develop beneficial, safe and sustainable services. Find out more…

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation launch Team-Mates
This project is about using the power of Rugby League to help break the stigma and challenges of mental health within males. Find out more…

Sense Active launch new virtual training
Sense Active has partnered with UK Coaching to launch a new online learning classroom to ensure anyone facilitating activities for those with sensory impairments or complex disabilities feel better equipped and more confident. Find out more…

BASIS Sustainability In Sport Awards – nominations open
Awards will be given for the best sustainability initiatives that show innovation, impact, and performance. Find out more…  

2021 Wheelchair Rugby League – Week 1 Round-Up

The 2021 Wheelchair Rugby League season started on 29th May 2021 after a 20-month hiatus due to the Covid19 pandemic and I was at the University of Hull to see the defending champions Halifax Panthers begin their season against Hull FC and the Argonauts Skeleton Army of Kent.

And it was 2 out of 2 on our return to play: 66-40 against @HullWCRL. 64-44 against @TheArgonautsWCS. Great to be back and great to start off the season with wins!

Survey: Active Calderdale

Calderdale residents are being asked to share their views on being active and the opportunities available to take part in physical activity in their local area.

Active Calderdale has launched the first in what will be an annual survey of behaviour and perceptions in relation to physical activity in Calderdale. Residents from across the borough are asked to share their thoughts and opinions about their own physical and mental health and how they feel their local area influences their levels of activity.

The responses gathered will be used to identify the things that make it easier for us to be active, so that we can look for ways in which these can be increased. They survey will also look at challenges in specific areas of the borough, so work can be targeted where it can make the most difference.

The survey takes around 5-10 minutes to complete and as an extra incentive there’s also the option to enter into a prize draw for a £50 love to shop voucher. To find out more or take part in the survey, visit or access via the Active Calderdale website. The survey is available in a number of languages and paper copies can also be requested via Calderdale libraries. The survey closes on Monday 7 June 2021.

Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter

This is the latest newsletter of the Activity Alliance, who work for equality in sport for people with disabilities.

Activity Alliance News

Welcome to May’s newsletter. This edition features our new strategy, Achieving Fairness, and the new campaign, Football Your Way.A young woman in her wheelchair throwing a shot put

New strategy launched as poll shows pandemic impact on disabled people

We launched our new three-year strategy as poll findings reveal the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people. Titled Achieving Fairness, the strategy has an immediate focus on how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more on our strategy 2021-2024

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England Football launches Football Your Way campaign

England Football, The Football Association’s new home for participation and the grassroots game, launched Football Your Way, a new campaign to help disabled footballers return to the sport and reclaim the moments they have missed, as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across the country. The campaign is funded by Sport England as part of the tackling inequalities funding programme.

Learn more on Football Your Way campaign

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Funding from Sport England to develop See Sport Differently project

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in partnership with British Blind Sport have received £1m in funding from Sport England for three years to develop participation in sport amongst people with sight loss. Despite COVID-19 having a devastating effect on the sporting calendar and landscape, Sport England has committed to funding the See Sport Differently project. The development of the project will have a positive impact for blind and partially sighted people through fair and equal participation in physical activity and the opportunity to experience sport in an inclusive way.

Read about See Sport Differently

Programme inspires next generation of inclusive sport leaders

A ‘lifechanging’ three-year Government programme for young people with and without Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has given 25,997 participants the opportunity to access inclusive school swimming and water safety resources, experience para-sports as part of fun festivals, and learn new skills.

Read more on the programme.

Make active lives possible with us

We bring our members, partners and disabled people together to work towards our vision – fairness for disabled people in sport and activity. We rely on generous fundraisers to develop and continue our work.

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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.

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Sported’s May Newsletter

Our new strategy, webinars and opportunities

View this email in your browserAnother month has whizzed by. We hope that if you’re back to face-to-face sessions that you are enjoying the opportunity to support your young people, and if you’re not, we hope your preparations to re-open are coming together.

Scroll down to find out more about our new four-year strategy ‘Reach. Include. Empower’ and the new dates available to book for the Youth Mental Health First Aid Awareness Workshops, as well as additional opportunities and Sported news. 
While we’re putting the finishing touches to the Sported Hub, Your Sported Network is still there with all your downloadable resources, events info and all the Sported benefits and services. There’s also the Sported Member Facebook Group where we post new funding opportunities, and anything else that may be of interest.

Please do keep sending us videos and pictures via social media on Twitter and Instagram. We love to see what you’ve been getting up to.

The Sported TeamLaunching our new strategy

We’ve launched our new and exciting four-year-strategy Reach. Include. Empower. 

Our new strategy takes on board what you’ve told us over the past year and uses this invaluable insight to shape our direction and priorities going forward. 

We’ll be focusing on where we can make the biggest difference and support you with:Improving physical and mental health – supporting group leaders and your young peopleTackling inequalities both in sport and throughout sport – channel a greater proportion of support to help group leaders and young people who are facing discrimination or disadvantage to have equal access to opportunitiesConnecting community sport groups for collective action – we will help groups become better connected, supporting you to take charge of your own future and work together to create positive change within your communitiesCheck out the full strategy hereYouth Mental Health First Aid Awareness workshops – New dates added!

Mental Health Awareness Week saw the first in the series of Youth Mental Health First Aid Awareness workshops delivered by StreetGames. Those who attended said that the workshop was extremely insightful and useful. 

The next three dates are now available to book. Due to limited capacity, we can only accept one person per organisation, and you must be delivering sessions directly to young people.  

The next dates for the workshop are: 

Monday 7th June: 6pm – 9pm
Sunday 13th June: 1pm – 4pm 
Thursday 24th June: 1pm – 4pm (limited capacity)
 To book e-mail“An informative & interactive workshop”

“Very interactive and engaging. Each participant was involved.”
As a Sported member, you have access to some great benefits from our partner organisations that can save you both time and money – and in some cases make you money. SNAP Sponsorship and Groop are running information sessions for you to find out more about their services and how to take advantage of your Sported member discount.SNAP Sponsorship Information sessions
Tuesday 25th May, 12pm – 1pm OR Wednesday 26th May 6pm – 7pm
Could you increase your sponsorship by up to £10,000?

Let Snap Sponsorship tell you how.
SNAP Sponsorship is an online sponsorship management, education and social sharing tool designed with grassroots volunteers to help all sports clubs toward financial sustainability through sponsorship success.Sported members get 12 months for the price of 11, which works out at less than £9 a month.Hear what Sported member Bates Cottages Cricket Club had to say here and join the lunchtime or evening session to get an overview of the platform and hear how it can generate revenue for your group.
Tue 25th May, 12pm – 1pm book HERE OR
Wed 26th May, 6pm – 7pm book HERE
Groop information sessions
Tuesday 1st June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm OR Thursday 3rd June, 6pm – 7pm

FREE admin and comms support on the go 

From taking registers, sending messages and alerts to your participants and their parents/carers, taking payments or planning events – Groop can do it all! 

Join us for a walk-through with the Groop team to see how it could help you save time and money. 

Book now on Your Sported Network or e-mail’re almost there- and it looks great! Thanks to those who’ve requested a sneak peek, we look forward to welcoming you in next week. Everyone else, watch this space! We’re hoping to launch officially at the beginning of June. 

If you haven’t yet confirmed your contact details (check your junk folder for the e-mail), please reply ASAP so we can set you up with a profile.Sported Start-ups

Our new Sported Start-ups programme is specifically designed for new groups or individuals at the beginning of their Sport for Development journey or who are at the very early stages of setting up. The programme gives you the option to work in a cohort with other groups at a similar stage or to work 1:1, both with a Sported volunteer.  The programme covers the essentials to get you started through a series of surgeries and resources.
The first cohort begins in mid-June (limited availability) with a second starting in September. For more information, e-mail

Wheelchair RL Season 2021 Fixture Calendar

Here’s the fixture calendar for the season, supplied to the club, with round 1 already confirmed.

There will be three 60 minute games per home fixture over the 6 rounds.

Challenge/Trophy Cup draws to follow.

Key dates for you to keep in mind are:

Saturday 5th June – Challenge/Trophy Cup Festival at the EIS Sheffield.

Saturday 12th June – Celtic Cup Scotland, Ireland and Wales in Edinburgh.

Saturday 26th June – England v Wales at the EIS Sheffield.

Saturday 3rd July – Challenge/Trophy Cup Final at the EIS Sheffield.

Sunday 18th July – The Peacock Cup (Wales).

Saturday 18th September – Wheelchair Grand Finals at Medway Park.

Thursday 11th November – Wheelchair World Cup Starts.

Panthers Train In Front of BBC

Here’s a very recent image of the Halifax Panthers squad working out under the watchful gaze of a BBC commissioned film crew at Calderdale College last week.

The TV programme will be out sometime in spring 2022 which will include Halifax players who will feature in the 2021 world cup.

The team’s League fixtures commence at Hull on Sunday 30th May, where Halifax begin to defend their Grand Final win over Leeds back in 2019.