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Source: Gloucestershire Gov.UK     October 2022

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2119227/exercise-children-young-people-2022.pdf

Introduction
Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing; regular exercise can strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, and enhance flexibility.

Research also shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing risk of stress, and clinical depression.
People who e

Source: Activity Alliance October 2022

About the project

As physical activity and sports recover following the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that disabled people are included and supported in organised activity. Working with BritainThinks, disabled people, and our members, we wanted to understand how barriers and motivations have changed for disabled people. And how providers can support and include disabled people as we recover and reinvent from this national crisis.

 

The research us

Source: BMJ Journals  31/10/2022

http://https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/10/e062951?rss=1

Introduction

Social prescribing is a way of linking people with complex needs to non-medical supports in the community. There are different models of social prescribing, ranging from online signposting services to individual support from a link worker to access community resource. The link worker model of social prescribing is most frequently used in the UK.1 Link workers are non-health or social care pr

Source- Activity Alliance  10/10/2022

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7551-free-wheelchair-sports-festival-coming-to-london-this-november

Organised by WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, and supported by the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association, this upcoming event provides an opportunity for anyone with a physical impairment over the age of 5 to play wheelchair sport, make new friends, and mostly importantly have lots of fun.

During the all-day event participants wil

Source- Sport Wales  05/10/2022

The Black Swimming Association (BSA) are still in the “listening phase” of their development in Wales, but aim to be an active force in Welsh sport in the very near future.

Launched only two-and-a-half years ago – and at the time of the first Covid lockdowns – the BSA are committed to increasing diversity in aquatic participation as well as raising awareness of swimming as a life-saving skill.

Their impact in that short time has already been recognised, with the B

Source Sport England 03/10/2022

https://www.sportengland.org/blogs/faith-centres-and-their-role-keeping-communities-active

 

October is Black History Month and this year’s theme ‘Time for Change: Actions Not Words’ presented an opportunity for Sport England to highlight some incredible work taking place in a culturally diverse part of the West Midlands.

A YMCA in Wolverhampton hosted the first Black Majority Church (BMC) in the West Midlands in 1953. Known as the Black Country, due to the rich c

Source Sport Engand               10/2022

https://www.sportengland.org/guidance-and-support/secondary-teacher-training-programme?utm_source=online&utm_medium=media&utm_campaign=sportengland_everfi_media&utm_id=sportengland_press

 

Sport England, in association with Sheffield Hallam University, Youth Sport Trust, Activity Alliance and Association for Physical Education, has shared key insights taken from its Secondary Teacher Training (STT) programme. The research explores how secondary schools c

Source: www.activityalliance.org.uk   02/09/2022

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7483-wheels-for-all-launches-greater-manchester-bike-buddy-programme

Wheels for All specialises in supporting disabled people to cycle at their inclusive cycling centres across England and Wales. As well as supporting a large number of independent cycling programmes to deliver inclusive cycling opportunities. This involves providing adapted bikes and trained staff and volunteers to make cycling as fun

Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk   31/08/2022

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/news-and-blog/press-media/more-work-needed-to-meet-active-travel-targets

New data released on 31 August 2022 shows more needs to be done to meet the Government’s targets around active travel.

Living Streets is calling for continued investment in walking and cycling to ensure targets are met, and the health and environmental benefits of increased walking and cycling can be realised. 

The Government published its s

Source: www.youthsporttrust.org 05/09/2022

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/friendships-for-life-and-memories-made-at-uk-s-biggest-multi-sport-competition-for-young-people

The four-day event delivered by children’s charity, Youth Sport Trust in partnership with National Governing Bodies of Sport thanks to funding from Sport England through the National Lottery took place at Loughborough University.

The School Games National Finals saw over 1,000 aspiring athletes compete across

Source: www.ukactive.com  24/08/2022

https://www.ukactive.com/news/one-month-to-go-plans-gather-pace-for-national-fitness-day-as-sector-unites-to-help-nation-prioritise-health-and-wellbeing/

ukactive has begun the one-month countdown to National Fitness Day 2022, taking place on Wednesday 21 September, by highlighting the power of physical activity to support people’s mental and physical health amid the huge pressures faced across the UK.

A new Activity and Location Finder has been launched

Source: www.who.int   31/08/2022

https://www.who.int/europe/news/item/31-08-2022-how-can-cities-shape-up--encouraging-healthy-diets-and-active-lifestyles-in-urban-environments

City design impacts the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities around the world. A new report prepared by WHO/Europe in collaboration with Gehl design agency looks at ways to promote physical activity and healthy diets in urban settings, thereby putting health and well-being at the centre of city plann

Source: www.sportengland.org.uk 24/08/2022

https://www.sportengland.org/news/football-foundation-funding-boost-multi-sport-facilities

The Football Foundation have set a target for 40% of its investment to be in multi-sport projects by 2025.

This is worth a projected £92 million over the next three years and includes £15m of National Lottery funding from Sport England that will be made available to support the improvement of grass pitches at cricket, rugby league and rugby union grounds nationwid

Source: www.lboro.ac.uk/research 24/08/2022

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/phc/monthlyupdates/2022/lynsey-speirs-at-commonwealth-games/

Peter Harrison Centre director Professor Vicky Tolfrey and her team have been instrumental in the research surrounding wheelchair basketball in recent years, in particular the development of the 3x3 game, which featured for the very first time at this years Commonwealth Games, hosted in Birmingham.

However, the centre’s connection to wheelchair basketball does

Source: Gov.uk 22/08/2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/walking-wheeling-and-cycling-to-be-offered-on-prescription-in-nationwide-trial

Social prescriptions, including walking, wheeling and cycling, will be offered by GPs as part of a new trial to improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the country, the government has announced.

The government has awarded £12.7 million in multi-year funding to 11 local authority areas in England. The funding will go towards several p

Source: Blog.parkrun.org 18/08/2022

https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2022/08/18/has-an-injury-impacted-your-participation-at-parkrun-and-any-exercise-outside-of-parkrun/

As part of parkrun’s ongoing mission to create a healthier, happier planet, it supports a small number of independent research projects each year.

Researchers Dr Richard Blagrove and Dr Clare Stevinson at Loughborough University have designed a short survey which should take approximately 10 minutes. The deadline for completing the s

Source: ncsem-em.org 23/08/2022

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2022/08/23/could-a-new-fitness-app-help-people-with-disabilities-be-more-physically-active/

Researchers from Loughborough University are working with the founders of a new fitness app, created specifically for people with impairments, to test its usability and effectiveness. The Accessercise app was created by Loughborough-based Para-powerlifter, Ali Jawad, multiple world champion sailor, Sam Brearey, and Financial Times top ranked lega

Source: Blog.ParkRun.com 10/08/2022

https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2022/08/10/seeing-more-disabled-people-at-parkrun/

Wheelchair user Jono Whitehead was recommended parkrun by good friend Tully, she competes as a frame runner and is also a para-Olympic swimmer. Initially hesitant, he arrived to find the tail walker that day was his former maths teacher so felt more at ease.

Here he tells parkrun about why he wants to see more disabled people at their events.

 

Source: Sustrans.org.uk 10/08/2022

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2022/august/how-the-scottish-greenways-programme-is-helping-sheltered-housing-tenants-access-their-local-national-cycle-network-route/

Sustrans has helped fund the purchase of a trishaw. The trishaw will open up opportunities for members of the Forever Young group to use National Cycle Network Route 7 for outdoor activities, exercise, and social occasions.

The project was possible thanks to the collaboration of Sustrans

Source: Sustrans.org.uk  11/08/2022 

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2022/august/loan-bikes-enable-opportunities-for-people-seeking-asylum/

Sustrans has organised a project in which 50 people seeking asylum in the London borough of Newham have been loaned cycles from bike company Brompton.

Participants from Somalia, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Chad and Kurdistan now have access to the cycles for six months, along with cycle training from provider Cycle Confident.

The project aims to widen a