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Source: UK Active 20.09.21

https://www.ukactive.com/news/less-than-a-third-of-brits-are-happy-with-their-fitness-levels-following-covid-pandemic-as-national-fitness-day-calls-for-a-revolution-in-activity/

 

Less than a third (27%) of UK adults say they are as physically fit as they would like to be following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research commissioned by ukactive.

ukactive’s poll of just over 2,000 adults, conducted by Savanta ComRes**, found that over a quarter (27%) said they

Source: Youth Sport Trust Sept 21

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/charity-releases-landmark-research-as-it-looks-to-the-class-of-2035

 

The Youth Sport Trust has published The Class of 2035: How sport can empower a generation. The study, carried out by Foresight Factory, warns of significant inequalities in young people’s engagement with sport and exercise, particularly among those from poorer backgrounds. It calls for young people to be given a greater say in provision, and mo

Source: Sport England 08.09.21

https://www.sportengland.org/news/extra-ps5m-active-together-crowdfunding-partnership

 

Grassroots sports clubs have received a boost with the news Sport England is investing a further £5 million of National Lottery funding into its partnership with Crowdfunder.

The Return to Play: Active Together fund evolved from a 2018 collaboration with Crowdfunder and sees Sport England match-fund up to £10,000 for not-for-profit organisations that raise funds via the crowdfun

Source: 5K your way Sept 21

https://5kyourway.org/

 

5k Your Way is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.

The 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer initiative is provided by MOVE Charity. The charity has groups across the UK and Ireland and everyone is welcome to join. The next group meet up is o

Source:Gov.wales 09.09.21

https://gov.wales/million-pound-investment-make-cycling-more-accessible-all

 

An electric bike pilot scheme that has received more than £1 million of funding from the Welsh Government is already helping local residents to swap their car for a bike in communities across Wales.

The electric bike loan scheme, run by Sustrans, offers a range of battery assisted electric bikes for free on long-term loan for local residents that do not cycle regularly or find the cost of elec

Source: UK Active 24.08.2021

https://www.ukactive.com/news/ukactive-launches-everyone-can-consultation-to-examine-fitness-and-leisure-provision-for-disabled-people/

 

ukactive has announced the launch of a new consultation to review the provision and impact of fitness and leisure facilities for disabled people.

The consultation is open to all gyms, fitness and leisure facilities in the UK until the end of September and asks for details of the measures that have been implemented to cater for disa

Source: Sport England 31.08.2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/free-digital-marketing-hub-boost-sport-and-physical-activity

 

Sport England has invested £450,000 of National Lottery money to fund a new free resource that will help people, clubs and organisations use digital marketing tools and techniques to encourage more people to play sport and be physically active. The new resource will help sports clubs, groups and larger organisations use digital marketing to encourage more people to be

Source: Centre for ageing better Aug 21

https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/news/physical-inactivity-in-mid-life-is-putting-millions-at-risk-of-poor-health

Keep-on-moving-physical-inactivity.pdf

 

Tackling the post-pandemic fall in physical activity must be a priority for government, as a new report warns that many people in mid and later life do not feel supported to be as active as they need to be.

The report, 'Keep on moving’, examines the motivators and barriers to physical activity for those i

Source: Activity Alliance 18 Aug 2021

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/6375-get-yourself-active-launches-new-social-care-activity-pack

 

Get Yourself Active has launched a new online activity pack designed for carers, support workers and personal assistants who support disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

The pack was co-designed with experts in the social care and physical activity sectors including Durham University, Sport England, Sense, Sport for Confidence, A

Source:Sport and recreation alliance 23 Aug 2021

https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/industry/new-report-shines-a-light-on-the-social-value

 

A new report published by the Sport and Recreation Alliance demonstrates the role movement and dance can play in creating a healthier and happier nation and why it should be perceived as much more than just an art form.

This report has been inspired by social impact reports undertaken by other sporting organisations to demonstrate the value of their

Source: Gov.uk 18 Aug 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-understanding-and-addressing-inequalities

 

This guidance from Public Health England can be used by local level practitioners and commissioners to begin tackling inequalities in physical activity across and within protected characteristic groups. It presents the findings of a review, analysis and research aimed at understanding the enablers, barriers and opportunities for increasing physical activity across i

Source:NCSEM 11.08.2021

https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2021/08/11/impact-of-retirement/

 

This free, interactive webinar will support athletes to achieve a healthy body image during retirement. The event is part of a research project funded by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre.

The event will take place on Thursday 16th September and is being organised by Dr Anthony Papathomas, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University. The webinar will feature an international team o

Source: Youth Sport Trust Aug 2021

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/charity-teams-up-with-sweaty-betty-foundation-to-support-uk-s-most-disadvantaged-young-people

 

Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and The Sweaty Betty Foundation are forming a new partnership. The partnership will work to understand girls’ personal, social and contextual barriers to being active and will consider insight from lockdown and what can be learned from this. Understanding the barriers of the le

Source: Sport England 03.08.2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/drive-get-kids-moving-summer

 

Sport England has produced a new video and selection of resources, as well as investing in projects, to support children getting active this summer. Have fun and move more is the message from the new video aimed at encouraging children and young people to get active this summer.

The video has been put together with the help of partners at Forestry England, National Trust, Beat the Streets, Playing O

Source: Sport England 09.08.2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/widespread-support-safety-measures-indoor-facilities-users-return

 

The number of people using indoor sports facilities has gone up since all restrictions were lifted in July, with large support for coronavirus safety measures suggesting they’re giving people the confidence to return.

The news comes from the latest wave of Sport England’s survey looking at people’s activity levels and attitudes towards activity throughout the pan

Source: Wiley Online Library 11.08.2021

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sms.14032

 

To contain the recent COVID-19 outbreak restrictions have been imposed, which has limited outdoor activity. These physical behaviour changes can have serious health implications, but there is little objective information quantifying these changes. This study aimed to estimate the change in physical behaviour levels during full lockdown conditions using objective data collected from a thigh-worn activi

Source: Gov.uk 23.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rediscover-summer-activity-booklet

Redicover_Summer_activity_booklet.pdf

The Rediscover Summer home activity booklet provides primary school age children with free and fun ideas and activities to do, both at home and outside, with friends and families this summer.

It aims to inspire children and families to get out and about, and make the most of the summer safely. With this in mind, some of the activities may, depending on the

Source: Gov.uk 29.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report/1-about-this-report

 

This report is about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes up-to-date information to inform policy, planning and commissioning in health and social care. It is designed to assist stakeholders at nat

Source: Gov.uk 30.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/increasing-uptake-of-cycling-following-covid-19-travel-disruption

moment-of-change-increasing-cycling-uptake.pdf

This research, published by the Department for Transport, explores how to increase cycling behaviour following COVID-19 travel disruption.

The research sets out to develop policy options to convert high levels of cycling during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic into more long-term travel habits.

The report sets out

Source: Gov.uk 30.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gear-change-one-year-on-review

gear-change-one-year-on.pdf

gear-change-a-bold-vision-for-cycling-and-walking.pdf

This document reviews the progress made towards achieving the goals of the government’s Gear Change walking and cycling plan.

The report:

  • summarises what has been achieved
  • sets out evidence from a number of case studies
  • explains the benefits of the investment.