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Objectives: To describe the experiences of patients with long-term conditions who are referred to and engage with a Link Worker social prescribing programme and identify the impact of the Link Worker programme on health and wellbeing.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that tackling complex and long-term health problems requires an extensive holistic approach not possible in routine primary care. This model of social prescribing, which takes into account physical and mental health, and social and econ

Source: Sport and Recreation    11/01/2023

https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/governance/alliance-launches-new-inclusivity-hub-to-help

The Sport and Recreation Alliance have announced the launch of the new Inclusivity Hub, a dedicated web page for members to help cultivate a positive culture, enact change and make the sector a more equal, diverse and inclusive place.

The Inclusivity Hub contains a variety of useful materials – research, resources, toolkits, workshops and learning events

Source: Activity Alliance   13/01/2023

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7795-sport-and-recreation-organisations-urge-government-to-act

On Monday 9 January, the Government announced its new Energy Bill Discount Scheme, with sport and leisure centres excluded from their priority list of ‘energy and trade intensive industries’.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, as part of its position in the National Sector Partners Group (NSPG), called for an immediate review of this decision as a matter

Source: Youth Sport Trust  12/01/2023

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/debate-on-sport-in-schools-and-communities-in-parliament

A debate in Parliament has heard MPs show support for calls from the Youth Sport Trust to make PE a core subject, with recognition that there is an urgent need for confirmation of funding for school sport for the academic year 2023/24.

Since London hosted the Olympic & Paralympic Games, more than 36,000 hours of PE has been lost from the curriculum (Dep

Source: Sport England,org    16/01/2023

http://https://www.sportengland.org/news/strengthening-safeguarding-and-welfare-across-sport

Sport England, along with UK Sport, have committed action across five areas which are designed to support improved safeguarding and wellbeing for everyone involved in sport. 

In total, they've made 19 commitments that span the areas of coaching and workforce support, performance athlete support, good governance, dispute resolution and creating safer environments fo

Source: ncsem.-em.org      13/01/2023

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2023/01/13/how-to-stay-motivated-on-your-new-year-fitness-journey/

With the festive season now a distant memory, many of us have swapped turkey and mince pies for kettlebells and treadmills as we attempt to live healthier in 2023. January always begins with our best fitness intentions but how do we keep motivated beyond the initial post-Christmas effort?

In the latest Experts in Sport podcast, a regular series hosted by Loughborou

Source: Publications.parliament  08/01/2023

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5803/cmselect/cmpubacc/46/report.html

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has released a report on its inquiry into grassroots sport and physical activity participation since the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This is a House of Commons Committee report, including conclusions and recommendations to government.

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/6884/grassroots-participation-in-sport-and-physical-act

Source: Sport England  09/01/2023

https://www.sportengland.org/news/help-us-build-understanding-physical-literacy

Physical literacy is the foundation of movement, which is why Sport England are helping organisations working with children and young people to understand what it means and why it matters. 

The research shows that physically literate children are twice as likely to be active, have higher levels of mental wellbeing and feel their experiences are more positive. 

There are currently man

Source: Iseh.co.uk    January 2023

http://iseh.co.uk/news/latest-news/new-study-reveals-short-bursts-of-exercise-in-daily-life-may-lower-risk-of-premature-death

ISEH Professor Mark Hamer, Chair in Sport and Exercise Medicine, was part of dedicated team of researchers who looked at the association of vigorous intermittent physical (very short bouts of 1–2 minute high intensity activity) with all cause cardiovascular disease & cancer mortality in people who do not exercise. 

The authors found that

Source: Women In Sport   December 2022

https://womeninsport.org/press-release/girls-sporting-lives-stagnant-despite-the-glory-of-the-lionesses-action-is-needed-to-close-the-gender-gap/

The latest Sport England Active Lives Children and Young People 2021-22 survey records some positive headlines. Overall activity levels for children and young people appear to be returning to pre-pandemic levels. However, it is a rise in activity levels among 7-16 year-old boys that is driving the increase, with g

Source: Activity Alliance.org   13th December 2022

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7730-get-yourself-active-launches-new-active-together-film-project

Get Yourself Active are making the videos available to encourage journalists, organisations, and disabled people to better understand the reality of getting active. They want these videos to be used as teaching resources in the social care and work sector, to break down barriers and support disabled people to be active in the ways they wan

Source: Sport.Wales  19/12/2022

https://www.sport.wales/media-centre/latest-news/nine-ways-to-get-active-for-free-this-christmas/

Making sure we get active and do some exercise over the holidays gives our bodies a boost and it lifts our mood too.

Sport Wales have put together nine ways to get active for FREE in Wales over the festive period. 

https://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/things-to-do/walking/easy-access-walks/?lang=en

https://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en

https://www.sport.wales/conten

Source:UK Active.com  07/12/2022

https://www.ukactive.com/news/everyone-can-three-leaders-share-their-views-on-disability-inclusion-in-the-physical-activity-sector/

The Everyone Can Task Force is made up of leaders from the sport and physical activity sector who will work together to help realise the full potential of gyms, fitness and leisure facilities in supporting disabled people to be active. The group forms part of the Everyone Can programme from ukactive, which is designed to improve incl

Source:Sport England.org    08th December 2022

https://www.sportengland.org/news/childrens-activity-levels-recover-pre-pandemic-levels

Children and young people’s activity levels overall have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, with 47% of children meeting the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines of taking part in an average of 60 minutes or more of sport and physical activity a day. 

The figures are an encouraging step in the right direction but also a reminder there is much more to do so that as m

Source: ncsem.em.org  December 2022

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/events/public-lecture-ocean-rowing-and-human-evolution-an-unlikely-combination/

This public lecture will be delivered by Dr Danny Longman, Lecturer in Physiology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, on Thursday 19th January at 5:30pm.

In this talk, Danny Longman will take you on a rowboat between the icebergs of the Arctic Ocean and across the troubled waters of the Black Sea (metaphorical

Source:Activity Alliance   23rd November 2022

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7685-ecb-taking-cricket-to-hundreds-more-schools-this-year

More than 55,000 extra children from underserved communities, and those attending special educational needs and disability schools, are being given the chance to play cricket through targeted investment in schools programmes by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), run in conjunction with Chance to Shine and Lord’s Taverners.

Data shows that just

Source: Activity Alliance     24th November 2022

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/7657-club-matters-releases-new-disability-inclusion-club-hub

The new resource enables sports clubs, community organisations, and the professional workforce to self-assess their offer for disabled people. As part of the assessment, users will understand how inclusive and accessible their current offer is for disabled people and identify areas for improvement.

The tool includes a number of questions, taking a

Source: afpe.org     23/11/2022

https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/sure-breaking-limits-programme-for-primary-and-secondary-schools/

Sure Breaking Limits by The National Schools Partnership is a new curriculum-linked initiative equipping pupils aged 9-14 across the UK with the confidence to move by making it fun, inclusive and accessible to all.

Delivered through PE, PSHE and Health & Wellbeing, the programmes take a fresh approach to challenging the barriers that can stand in the way of

Source: Basem.co.uk    28th November 2022

https://basem.co.uk/moving-medicine-launches-physical-activity-resources-on-anxiety-type-1-diabetes-obesity-and-menopause/

Moving Medicine this week launched four new resources designed to help healthcare professionals have better conversations about physical activity with people suffering from anxiety, people with type 1 diabetes, people who are obese, and people experiencing menopause.

The free online consultation guides cover the main benefits of phys

Source: Sport England.org         28/11/2022

https://www.sportengland.org/news/new-long-term-partnerships-disability-charities

Three disability charities are the latest to join Sport England's list of long-term partnerships as they look to deliver their ambitious 10-year strategy Uniting the Movement.

Sense, Mencap and Special Olympics GB join more than 120 organisations Sport England have partnered with this year, each of whom was chosen for their unique influence and ability to level up access