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Source: World Health Organisation June 21

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/physical-activity/news/news/2021/6/promoting-cycling-can-save-lives-and-advance-health-across-europe-through-improved-air-quality-and-increased-physical-activity

 

On World Bicycle Day, celebrated on 3 June, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights a new master plan that calls countries to acknowledge cycling as an equal mode of transport and to double the level of cycling by 2030. The Pa

Source: Sport England 31st May 21

https://www.sportengland.org/news/girl-can-teams-heart

 

This Girl Can has teamed up with the UK’s biggest commercial radio brand to encourage women and girls across the country to come together and get moving. This Girl Can is taking over Heart with the aim of encouraging all women to exercise – regardless of their circumstances and on their own terms.

The takeover comes as a response to Sport England's research showing women, in particular, have struggled to k

Source: NCSEM 1st June 21

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2021/06/01/university-of-nottingham-scientists-team-up-with-the-public-in-new-mental-health-research-project/

 

Experts from the University of Nottingham will collaborate with members of the public on a new research project that will help reshape our understanding of mental health issues, thanks to funding from UKRI.

Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, from the School of Health Sciences at the University and

Source: Public Health Bulletin 24th May 21

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/wtsw

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking carried out the research ahead of national Walk to School Week (17 – 21 May 2021).  

The YouGov poll found that nearly two thirds of Brits (64%) support car-free zones outside schools, with support also for safer crossings (61%), a ban on pavement parking (57%) and lower speed limits (46%).

One in four cars on Britain’s roads at peak times are on the school run, ge

Source: Public Health England Bulletin 24th May 21

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/17579139211006747

Action scales.pdf

 

Whole systems Obesity- Action Scales Model Paper

The Action Scales Model paper has now been published in Perspectives in Public Health.

The paper is about a tool co-development by Leeds Becket University and Local Authorities, as part of the whole systems approach to obesity programme, to help policymakers, practitioners and evaluators to conceptualise, identify

Source: Sport and Recreation Alliance 21st May 21

https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19/new-insight-reveals-young-people-are-less-lik

 

Children and young people are less likely to return to organised community activity post-lockdown than adults, according to new research by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

The findings show that junior memberships fell by 67% during lockdown, with a projected return at almost 30% less than pre-pandemic levels.

These impacts were felt more keenly

Source: England Football May 21

https://www.englandfootball.com/play/disability-football

 

England Football, The Football Association’s new home for participation and the grassroots game, has 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.

The campaign provides

Source: Women In Sport May 21

https://www.womeninsport.org/press-release/women-in-sport-calls-for-action-so-midlife-women-can-get-active/

 

Women in Sport has launched new research into the menopause and sport and activity alongside a new curation of images and films in partnership with Getty Images. The charity is calling for action both within and beyond the sport sector to ensure midlife women have the chance to enjoy sport and activity and the lifelong benefits they bring. The work was funde

Source: NCSEM 20th May 21

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2021/05/20/leading-research-team-supports-mission-to-enhance-sports-contribution-to-mental-health-and-wellbeing/

 

A team of leading researchers has 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. The team, drawn from Loughborough University and Edge H

Source: Swim England 12 May 2021

https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/impact-coronavirus-school-swimming-report/

Impact of Coronavirus on School Swimming and Water Safety report.pdf

 

More than one million children could leave primary school in the next five years unable to swim the minimum standards required under the national curriculum, according to worrying new predictions.

The startling figures have been published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Swimming and recognised national gov

Source: Sport England 12 May 2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/retrain-retain-offers-route-back-professional-workforce

Sport England is investing £5 million of National Lottery money in a new and unique job retention and support package for sports and fitness professionals. The investment is part of the one-year implementation plan which sets out how deliver the first year of Sport England’s long-term strategy, Uniting the Movement, will be delivered.

Retrain to Retain is designed to suppor

Source: Sport England 12 May 2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/uniting-movements-first-implementation-plan-published

https://www.sportengland.org/why-were-here/uniting-movement/implementation-plan-year-1-2021-22

Uniting the Movement .pdf

 

Sport England has published a one-year action plan to help kickstart the process of delivering its long-term strategy, Uniting the Movement. It outlines the work to be done to the end of March 2022, supported by a set of goals – these are the things Sport

Source: Street Games May 21

https://www.streetgames.org/news/new-report-explores-youth-social-prescribing-in-wales

Street Games may 21.pdf

A new report from StreetGames Wales offers important new insight on the impact and effectiveness of youth social prescribing in Wales.

In March 2021, StreetGames was commissioned by Sport Wales to conduct a rapid review of youth social prescribing in Wales, with a focus on the links to sport and physical activity interventions. The rapid review set out to pro

Source: NHS 08.05.21

http:/https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/05/more-than-a-million-children-given-access-to-nhs-mental-health-support-at-school//

More than a million children and young people will have access to mental health support at school, as the NHS rapidly expands services to help deal with the huge disruption caused by coronavirus and lockdown.

From this year, teams of experts are offering support to children experiencing anxiety, depression, and other common mental health issues.

Around

Source: NIHR 07.05.21

https://www.leicesterbrc.nihr.ac.uk/exercise-can-help-support-recovery-of-patients-with-lasting-covid-symptoms-study-finds/

Patients with lasting symptoms of COVID-19 who completed a six week, supervised rehabilitation programme demonstrated significant improvements in exercise capacity, respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition. This is according to researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership betwe

Source: National Institute for Health Research

https://www.leicesterbrc.nihr.ac.uk/

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41366-021-00771-z

 

Slow walkers are almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 and have over twice the risk of contracting a severe version of the virus, according to a team of researchers from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre led by Professor Tom Yates at the University of Leicester.

The study of 412,596 middle-aged U

Source: Kidney International April 21

https://www.kidney-international.org/article/S0085-2538(21)00269-6/fulltext

 

Cycling at moderate intensity during dialysis could drastically improve the heart health of patients with kidney failure and result in significant savings for the NHS, according to new research by the University of Leicester supported by the charity Kidney Research UK and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre.

Patients in the CYCLE-HD st

Source: Activity Alliance 12.05.21

http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/about-us/our-work/strategy

New findings published today by national charity Activity Alliance reveal the growing impact of the pandemic on disabled people. Just over 7 in 10 disabled people (72%) agree that the coronavirus pandemic has made sport and physical activity less fair for disabled people.

This is one of the headline findings of a new YouGov poll commissioned by Activity Alliance, the leading voice for disabled people

Source: Sport Youth Trust May 21

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news/charity-campaign-aims-biggest-ever-week-school-sports-days-summer

https://together.org.uk/

 

The Youth Sport Trust is asking schools, teachers, parents, and organisations across the UK to get behind a national summer of school sports days after a year in which young people had their worlds turned upside down.

The Youth Sport Trust has announced its annual campaign, National School Sport Week, is back running under the theme of

Source: Street Games May 21

https://www.streetgames.org/news/initiative-launched-to-find-new-ways-to-overcome-inequalities-in-physical-activity

People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical inactivity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery.

Physical activity inequalities have existed for many years, and they have persisted, or even worsened, through the pandemic. Ideas