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Swindon Sports Forum 1Swindon 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.

The forum would like to invite any sports clubs and organisations in Swindon to take a couple of minutes to fill out the attached survey and return to matt@wiltssport.org. Each survey will be entered into a prize draw for a £50 voucher to be used at a Better Centre in Swindon.

Please print off the survey below and ask as many Swindon people to complete as possible:

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Closing date for completing your survey is 13th November.

Many Thanks in advance from Matt Durber, Sports Forum Coordinator, Swindon Sports Forum , 07934297795, matt@wiltssport.org


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Sport England has published the latest data from the Active Lives Survey, providing a comprehensive picture of volunteering in sport and activity for the first time. One of the most striking features of the research is a stark gender gap.download 2

Active Lives shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity, in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members.

  • 6.7 million people (14.9% of the population) in England have volunteered at least twice in the last year to support sport and physical activity
  • Contrary to trends in the rest of the volunteering sector, men are much more likely than women to volunteer in sport
  • Male volunteers in sport are more likely to hold influential roles.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “This fresh insight into volunteering in sport shows that millions of people are playing vital roles up and down the country supporting the grassroots.

"But it also highlights a gender gap that we want to close. I know first-hand the positive impact volunteering can have on a person's life and I want sports to look at what more they can do to encourage women to volunteer.”

Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, says: “The contribution of the 6.7 million volunteers to sport is immense. It helps individuals get more active, benefits local communities, and it can do wonders for the volunteers themselves. They are often the inspiration behind the activity. However, this research also tells us that there’s a lot to do to make the experience of volunteering in sport more attractive to women, as there’s a big gender gap. 

“We launched our campaign This Girl Can after research showed that a fear of judgement can hold many women back from getting involved in sport and activity, and 2.8 million women have told us they have been inspired to get active as a result. Now we need to work on attracting more women to volunteering in sport and activity, and we hope that the whole sports sector embraces that challenge.”

Some of the key volunteering statistics include:

  • 4.0 million (60%) of adult (16+) volunteers are male, and 2.7 million (40%) are female – a gender gap of 1.3 million (20%)
  • 1.2 million (74%) of volunteer referees or umpires and 1.7 million (67%) of volunteer coaches or instructors are male
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds (NS-SEC 6-8) make up 31% of the population, but only 10% of the volunteers. Disabled people make up 21% of the population but only 11% of volunteers.

The Active Lives survey, which runs 365 days a year, also asks people over 16 across England about their sport and physical activity habits. The figures published today represent the first 18 months of data collected by the new survey, so year on year comparisons are not yet available. The first set of comparable data will be available in March 2018.

The figures show a consistent picture, with 27.1 million (60.6%) people being active, meaning they do 150 minutes or more activity per week and meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines. 11.5 million (25.6%) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of activity a week. The Active Lives survey also shows that people from lower socio-economic groups are much less likely to be active, which is why Sport England will be targeting investment on those groups under its new strategy, Towards an Active Nation.

For further information and interview opportunities please contact: media.team@sportengland.org   /   020 7273 1593 / 020 7273 1800

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Wiltshire's Equity and inclusion football programme - 20th October in Trowbridge Park and Monday 23rd October The Wellington Academy.kick it out

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Your Space Your Say 1The 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.

What do we currently know?
In Swindon, recent reports show that the majority of children and young people, aged 5-15, fail to achieve recommended levels of physical activity, and the results are worse for families living in areas of high deprivation.

To get everybody active, everyday day:

1, Swindon Borough Council highlight the need to encourage young people to make “positive choices to lead healthier lifestyles”

2. While Public Health England call upon local governments to deliver “healthy behaviour change campaigns”

3. However, in the context of growing disparity, changing behaviours to be more active is still not an easy choice for many young people living in Swindon, and actually accessing the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day is becoming increasingly challenging. Previous research highlights a range of structural, cultural and social inequalities that young people have to negotiate in their everyday lives

4. This complicates the individual empowerment and freedom of choice rhetoric we see across policy approaches to inactivity.

For full details you can print off the pdf -  pdfYour space Your say report - Depper.pdf7.82 MB

Or click on the front page below to read an online copy of the full report

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On the 21st September, The Your Space Your Say event explored what young people really think about leisure provision in Swindon. On the night 13 young people, aged 10-17, from diverse backgrounds in Swindon came together to voice leisure and broader health related matters that were important to them. The event, held at the STEAM Museum, attracted over 70 people including young people, their family and friends and local policy officers/ providers across sport, health and family services in Swindon. The aim of the exhibition was to generate creative ways of engaging with young people, such as using films, poster displays and panels to listen to young people's insights. This event was part of Annaleise Depper's University of Bath PhD research, which aims to raise awareness of key health and social challenges in Swindon.

Steve Boocock CEO of Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) commented "Including young people in decision making about issues that affect them or interests them is a vital part of improving our communities. The Your Space Your Say exhibition highlighted some of the important issues that affect young people's participation in sport and leisure how creative they can be about expressing these when provide with the right opportunities I would encourage all those involved in the planning and delivery of sport and leisure to learn more about the study and the ways in which young people can contribute to our planning for the future."

Swindon Park Run

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What is Swindon parkrun? It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it? It's run in Lydiard Park. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once.

Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Swindon parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers - email swindonhelpers@parkrun.com to help. Full details - http://bit.ly/177gFtm

We're friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Lydiard Park Cafe in the Visitor Centre (situated by the main car park) - please come and join us.

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Coombe Bissett v minetyWiltshire Netball Association are pleased to confirm that we will be running a High 5 teacher training workshop at Warminster School in October.

This 3 hour workshop is designed to give teachers, assistants, coaches, young leaders and parent helpers all the information and skills they need to deliver High 5 netball in their school/club environment. The workshop is a combination of practical and theoretical delivery and each candidate will be provided with a resource which includes a DVD and session plans.

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Where:              Warminster School, Church Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8PJ

When:               Monday 16th October 2017

Time:                9.30am - 12.30pm

Cost:                 Affiliated £25 / Non-affiliated £35

Contact:            Sam Kemp southwest@englandnetball.co.uk

The deadline to book will be Monday 9th October. 

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