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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.


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 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: 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 

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

Yorkshire Sport Foundation Newsletter

English football announces social media boycott

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

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School Engagement and Support Officer

Organisation: Leeds City Council

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

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Football Development Officer (Inclusion)

Organisation: West Riding County FA

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

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Leeds United Girls Academy (RTC) – Development Phase Coach

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

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