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Source: Activity Alliance 23.11.2021


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The national Activity Alliance’s Annual Disability and Activity Survey for 2021-22, which tracks disabled people’s perceptions and experiences of sport and physical activity has revealed the stark impact of COVID-19 on activity levels.

Key findings include almost 25% disabled people stated that they had not received enough information about ho

Source: Activity Alliance 24.11.2021



Get Yourself Active, Durham University and Sport England have launched the Moving Social Work programme website, which aims to create resources and co-produce strategies for the education of social workers.

This initiative is designed to equip social workers with the resources and tools to promote physical education to people with a disability

Source: Sport England 25.11.2021



A new campaign entitled ‘Active Mums Start With You’ has been launched to help equip healthcare professionals with the resources they need to speak about physical activity with pregnant women and new mums.

It encourages GPs, midwives and health visitors to proactively talk to and advise pregnant women and new mothers about activity and provide advice if they’re unsure o

Source: Active your class EU Nov 2021




A new European physically active learning (PAL) teacher training curriculum has been launched. The curriculum has been developed as part of a six nation partnership project, called ACTivate. The objective of the project is to co-create, with teachers and other school stakeholders, an innovative European-wide open access PAL education programme, web portal and community of practice.

The curri

Source: NCSEM 30.11.21



Loughborough University has launched a new platform that enables academics to share research ideas with scientists across the world, allowing greater collaboration and ensuring no idea is wasted.

The Research Ideas Catalogue – Knowledge and Impact (RIC-KI) website has been created by the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, and is initially focussed on

Source: UK Active 22.11.2021


ukactive's National Fitness Day was kicked off on Wednesday 22 September in London with the support of the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, Olympic diving gold medallist Matty Lee and Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

According to new figures National Fitness Day 2021 the physical activity sector inspired 22.67 million pe

Source: Sport England 17.11.2021


Sport England has announced that £6.5 million pounds from the National Lottery will be used to improve facilities and increase access to community sports in the West Midlands as part of a legacy from the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

This money is part of a wider investment of more than £30 million into Birmingham 2022, which is dedicated to upgrading physical activity

Source: NHS 16.11.2021



The NHS is set to open 15 new specialist clinics in England to provide intensive support for obese children and young people. Obesity affects one in five children in the UK and can increase the likelihood of a child developing serious health issues such as 2 diabetes, liver conditions, and early heart disease. Severely obese children can also develop difficulties such as breathing problems, sleep issues and mental he

Source: Richmond group of charities Nov 2021



The Taskforce on Multiple Conditions is an ambitious cross-sector partnership between The Richmond Group of Charities, The Royal College of General Practitioners and Impact on Urban Health.

Our overarching aim is for people with multiple long-term health problems to live as well as possible for as long as possible, because the followi

Source: Sports Marketing Surveys


This report looks at how women’s experiences of different sports change through their life stages and identifies opportunities for the sector to help more women enjoy a longer and more connected sporting journey. We hope the insights in the report will help to change the narrative in women’s sport from “I wish I had returned sooner” to “I returned as soon as I was ready!” 

Source: Sported 08.11.2021



The latest piece of Sported research, based on answers from 437 grassroots sports groups across the UK, has found that far fewer young people are attending their sports groups since the Covid-19 pandemic started. 

  • 58% of groups have less than 80% of their young people attending
  • 30% of groups stating less than 60% of their participants had returned since re-opening

The issue of encouraging young people to

Source: Chartered society of physiotherapy 10.11.2021



Neuro Heroes has been recognised for its engaging exercise provision and building of a UK-wide community by winning the person-centred care category in the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards. Founded a year ago by physiotherapists Laura Douglas and Anna Kharin Neuro Heroes organised virtual exercise sessions during the pandemic f

Source: Activity Alliance 10.11.2021



The Sensory Alliance has been awarded a grant from the Tackling Inequalities Fund to support older people with sensory impairments become more active.

The project will initially focus on the boroughs Barnet, Bromley, Bexley, and Croydon, but it is open to anyone over the age of 45 in London who has a sensory impairment. Individuals who register for

Source: Association for physical activity 15.11.2021



The Association for Physical Education (afPE) is set to deliver pilot in partnership with United Learning. The 18-month programme will see PE trialled as a core subject across a selection of the group’s primary and secondary academies.

Edward Timpson, Chair of the afPE Taskforce, has announced the launch of a new pilot

Source: Sport England 10.11.2021



New guidance from Sport England aims to help gym and leisure facilities become more welcoming to women and girls in a bid to narrow the gender activity gap. The latest Active Lives report shows men continue to be more regularly active than women, which is why the This Girl Can campaign partnered with ukactive to produce the guidance.

Developed over nine months and using extensi

Source: Gov.uk 02.11.2021




New active travel data has been added to the Physical Activity tool from mid-November 2019 to mid-November 2020.

The Physical Activity tool brings together data on physical activity and on related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes for the whole of England. The tool presents data at local level to promo

Source:Sport England 05.11.2021



A major review of scientific evidence and expert clinical consensus has found physical activity is safe – even for people living with long-term health conditions. The findings offer guidance for healthcare professionals that physical activity can be used to manage long-term health conditions and lead to more people being encouraged to become active.

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Source: BMJ Nov 2021



The benefits of physical activity for people living with long-term conditions (LTCs) are well established. However, the risks of physical activity are less well documented. The fear of exacerbating symptoms and causing adverse events is a persuasive barrier to physical activity in this population.

This work aimed to agree clear statements for use by healthcare professionals about

Source: FSEM Nov 21



The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK has announced the launch of a new resource, which forms part of the existing Moving Medicine online resources. Prescribing Movement for Perioperative care supports healthcare professionals to have conversations with patients who have just had, or are waiting for surgery, to encourage them to be active.

We know that around ten million people have surgery with the