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Swindon Advertiser: Pride of Swindon 2013 logo small

Do you know an individual or team who have made a difference to your community by helping others?

  • A volunteer who has given their time tirelessly for years
  • A child or adult who has displayed remarkable courage
  • A person who has reduced crime in your area
  • Somebody who has given unselfish service to one of the hundreds of sports clubs in the town
  • An exemplary young person who should be recognised as a role model
  • An extra special neighbour
  • An employee who has gone the extra mile for those in the community - maybe an inspiring teacher or caring doctor or nurse

The Mayor of Swindon Coun Eric Shaw said: "The Pride of Swindon Awards provide an opportunity for us all to celebrate and thank the unsung heroes of our community who give their time to make Swindon an even better place in which to live.''

If you want to nominate a local hero for this year's Pride of Swindon award, print out and fill in the form and send it to The Pride Of Swindon Awards, Mayor’s Office, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon SN1 2JH or email prideofswindonawards@swindon.gov.uk.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 27 2017

Click here to download the

pride form 2017.pdf

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Great wall of chinaTrek for 32 hours over five consecutive days along the magnificent Great Wall of China. Tackle twists, turns, steps and slopes in this once in a lifetime challenge. Experience the stunning Chinese landscape surrounding the formidable watchtowers of the Great Wall and climb the heavenly ladder at Mutianyu.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 September 2018

Registration: £149
Minimum sponsorship: £3,100

Embrace the ancient culture and local cusine, and leave a lasting memory by placing your own personalised brick in the restoration section of the wall.

Day 1 - Depart the UK for the overnight flight to Beijing

Day 2 - Arrive in Beijing

Day 3 - Huangyaguan - A warm-up trek starting at Taipingzhai. This section is popular as it used to be an army barracks 600 years ago!

Day 4 - Gubeikou to Jinshanling - On this trek, you will be covering 27 watch-towers!

Day 5 - Jinshanling - Today you will visit a remote section of the wall, with stunning views.

Day 6 - Mutianyu - Climb 1,000 steps, before trekking through 11 watchtowers and ascend the 460 steps of the "Heavenly Ladder"

Day 7 - Juyongguan and Badaling - This is when, under expert supervision, you get to place your brick in the renovations of the wall.

Day 8 - Beijing - a free day to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. Will you visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square or the Temple of Heaven?

Day 9 - Depart Beijing

Throughout your fundraising, you will be supported by our challenge events fundraiser who will help you reach your target, and be on hand to provide advice, ideas, and materials such as collection tins, posters and t-shirts should you need them.  

Whether you are taking on this adventure in memory of a loved one, to challenge yourself, or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, your fundraising will go towards providing expert palliative care when people need it most, and for that we'd like to say a huge thank you.

For an in-depth itinerary and brochure, and to register your interest in the trip, please get in touch using the form via link below.

http://bit.ly/2CaVIhp

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Sport England Logo Blue RGBBefore you consider applying for a grant, you need to be sure that your organisation and your project are suitable for funding

FundingThe information below will give you some more information about the kind of organisations and projects we want to support.

Download our Small Grants Guide: If you have any queries then you can always call us on 0345 8508 508 or email: funding@sportengland.org

 

Who can apply?

Small Grants can fund formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport. We will not fund an individual, sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not established in the UK.You will need to have a written constitution or governing document which should contain a clear not-for-profit statement and charitable dissolution clause. Your membership should be open to all sections of the community and your governing committee should include at least three people who are not related and who do not live together.Your application and supporting documents should show us that your organisation is appropriately governed. More information can be found in our Good Governance Guide.If your organisation is part of a larger organisation, you should confirm that you are sufficiently independent of them. If you do not have your own committee, bank account and constitution you will need the support of your parent organisation, which must accept overall responsibility for the award.

Our strategic outcomes

Our mission is to get more people playing more sport more often and all applications should tell us how they will help deliver our strategic outcomes:

If your project is focused on delivering sport to people aged 13 and under you will need to demonstrate how it directly supports our objectives. People stop taking part in certain sports, such as gymnastics, at an earlier age and we will take this into consideration when assessing your application.

 

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Team World Cup tickets selling fast!

We're down to the last 500 tickets for finals day - make sure you don't miss out!

 

Could you join our panel of judges?

We're looking for judges to help us decide the worthy winners of this year's Pride of Table Tennis Awards.

 

EYT10 Volunteers 007Review is on track

We'll soon be appointing at least two table tennis people to our Independent Review Panel.

 

Give yourself an Edge

The latest issue of The Winning Edge contains plenty of thought-provoking articles for players and coaches at all levels.

 

 Staying at the Copper Box for Euro ties

England Leopards now know who they will play in the first round of European Championship matches next year - and where.

 

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england athleticsWe have now published information on our track and field championships for 2018, as well as details of many other national and major events taking place in 2018. The national championships for 2017 are not yet over though. This weekend sees the English Schools' AA Cross Country Cup Final which is previewed below.

 You can also find details on Club and Championships entries for both the Virgin Money London Marathon and Club, Elite and Masters entries for the Brighton Marathon (which also provides a Masters selection opportunity to represent England).

There is a wide range of further useful information featured for clubs, athletes and volunteers below for you to take a look at. And we would remind you to save the date for our volunteer conference to be held in Birmingham on Saturday 3 February if you have not yet done so.

Championships dates for 2018

With 2018 on the way we have published our list of track and field championships for 2018. Our championships page also includes details of other national events and a downloadable PDF of other key events on the fixture list.

English Schools' AA Cross Country Cup Final: preview

The English Schools' AA 37th Cross Country Cup Final takes place this Saturday 27th November at Sevenoaks School in Kent.  Competing for the school team title are Juniors (years 7/8) and Intermediates (years 9/10). This year’s course is around the school, with the course going slightly uphill at the start and from about half way round the final section it is flat and fast.

National Cross-Country School Finals Return to Prestwold Hall for 2018

Following a highly successful switch to Prestwold Hall near Loughborough in 2017, the National Cross-Country Finals for school years 5, 6, and 7 will return to the same venue on Saturday March 24th 2018. England Athletics will be supporting the event again, and with the action from the course being live-streamed on a 12 metre screen, and live across the world, it certainly has a big occasion feel about it.

Winner's Story - Liam Hunt, Young Volunteer of the Year

Our 2017 National Young Volunteer of the Year- Liam Hunt, will be a familiar name to many: Vice Chair of the England Athletics Youth Panel, Coach and Official, 20-year-old Liam certainly keeps himself busy.

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon Club and Championship entries now open

The Virgin Money London Marathon have opened club entries and published the entry process and place allocation for the 2018 event. Club secretaries must submit their application by 5pm on Friday 8 December. Applications for a championship entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon are also now open. Runners will need to submit their application by 5pm on Monday 8 January 2018.

Club and elite places for 2018 Brighton Marathon - plus Masters selection opportunity for England

The Brighton Marathon are once again offering England Athletics registered athletes guaranteed entries at their event. They are also offering specific packages for domestic elite athletes, including domestic athlete only prize funds, and the race is also a qualifying event for Masters Athletes to gain selection to represent England.

Journey to the Gold Coast: Laura Weightman

On the 4th April 2018 the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be getting underway on Australia’s Gold Coast.  Last month, Team England announced which athletes had been selected to take the 75 allocated places on the athletics squad, and those athletes will now be preparing for what is considered the competition pinnacle for England representative teams. We will be catching up with various members of the squad as they set their sights on next year’s event in Queensland. 

Law on positions of trust

UK Athletics, England Athletics and our colleagues at the Home Country Athletics Federations welcome the news that the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has secured ministerial support to change the law on positions of trust to include sports coaches. Our organisations have supported the NSPCC campaign for this change in the law, with the UK Athletics welfare team continually lobbying over a number of years.

Preston Harriers thank their Volunteer Heroes

Clubs are full of volunteers whose tireless contributions have a hugely positive impact on other people's enjoyment within the sport. How do we best celebrate these volunteer heroes? Sophie Warden shares a new initiative her club Preston Harriers have introduced with the aim of doing just that.

The perfect Christmas gift from Athletics Weekly

With Christmas just around the corner we are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to give the perfect gift. AW has been providing the latest news and results from your favourite sport every week for over 70 years and is the perfect accessory for any athletics participant or supporter.

Simply click here (or call 01733 392018 quoting EAX17) and you can take advantage of a free gift worth £19.99 from CamelBak for you or your friend, plus a Christmas card and a 3 month subscription to Athletics Weekly all for just £29.99

Black Friday could be huge for your club's fundraising!

It's estimated that over £1.4bn will be spent online on Black Friday – as people, including your athletes, committee, friends and family, shop online.

When fundraising is as easy as collecting a free donation when you shop, if everyone who shopped online on Friday 24th November did it via easyfundraising, over £28m would be raised for good causes, including your club! Give easyfundraising a try now - sign up here

Club Matters - November 2017 update

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient and practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club. 

This month we let you know about the road ahead for Club Matters, effecive use of social media, a volunteer in the spotlight, and new animations which bring volunteering to life.

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English Federation of Disability SportTo mark World Children’s Day, Youth Sport Trust and National Disability Sports Organisations have released a new video to improve the delivery of inclusive sports opportunities through the School Games. The new video highlights how schools can work in partnership with expert partners to ensure their School Games offer is inclusive for all pupils.

It raises awareness of the National Disability Sports Organisations (NDSOs), who have expertise on providing high quality sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people. Youth Sport Trust is keen to see more schools work with the NDSOs to ensure that all disabled and non-disabled pupils can take part in school sport together.

There are eight NDSOs - British Blind Sport, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Dwarf Sports Association UK, LimbPower, Mencap Sport, Special Olympics Great Britain, UK Deaf Sport and WheelPower. Each organisation can provide advice, guidance and resources to teachers and School Games Organisers on how best to deliver sport for young people with specific impairments, and help schools to: 

  • Provide meaningful competition opportunities for young disabled people
  • Raise confidence levels of school staff to deliver inclusive opportunities
  • Develop participation pathways in school sport and beyond
  • Build relationships with local clubs to encourage sustained participation

Inclusive opportunities that are inspiring, accessible and meaningful for all young people is a core principle of the School Games. The video along with the recent relaunch of the Inclusive Health Check allows teachers and School Games Organisers to measure how they are performing on inclusive delivery. By working through Inclusive Health Check across all competitions, users are encouraged to ensure that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have access to take part in high quality competitive opportunities.

Youth Sport Trust, School Games delivery network and the NDSOs share a common goal, to see more young disabled people and those with additional needs taking part in school sport on a regular basis.

View the new video here.

To find out more about the NDSOs and access great resources to support inclusive sport in your school. Visit the Inclusive Sport page on the School Games website.

More information about the NDSOs click here.

 

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Swindon Sport Forum - Consultation Survey

Swindon Sports Forum are undertaking a consultation to gauge the opinions and feelings of local sports clubs. We hope to use this information to develop our working strategy in order to provide the best service possible to Sports clubs and organisations in Swindon.

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Your Space Your Say

The aim of the project was to explore young people’s experiences of leisure, active mobility and inequality in Swindon. This project identifies the complexities of active living and the everyday challenges faced by young people.

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