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Re-Start a Heart Day 2021

This year, Restart a Heart Day will take place on the 16th of October. 

On this day in the UK, The Resuscitation Council UK along with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, NHS Ambulance Service and Saving Lives for Scotland work together to help raise awareness of cardiac arrest and teach CPR.

WASP are getting involved in Restart a Heart Day by directing you towards useful resources to support you to develop life saving skills so you can restart a heart.

  • Anyone can be affected by a sudden cardiac arrest at any time, and without intervention, the person will quickly die.
  • When someone collapses and stops breathing normally, it is important to quickly call 999, perform CPR and use a defibrillator. This gives the person their best chance of survival. If reluctant or unable to do rescue breaths, hands-only CPR will still give the person the same chance.
  • Be confident to intervene! Everyone, in every community, has a role to play in the chain of survival, whether it’s by calling 999, doing chest compressions, locating a defibrillator, retrieving it or by telling others what to do.

Learn how do perform CPR safely during Covid-19 by watching the video below by the British Heart Foundation: 

Visit the British Heart Foundation for more videos including: 

  • Administering CPR on a child 
  • Defibrillator awareness
  • Recovery Position
  • Rescue Breaths

On their website you can also find useful resources and advice relating to CPR, for your workplace, or school, including how to apply for your free Call Push Rescue training kit. 

Other useful websites and resources

  • St Johns Ambulance - advice for performing CPR on an adult or a child; how to complete a primary survey to assess a casualty, and more! You can also download the St Johns Ambulance First Aid app to access lise saving knowledge at your fingertips. 
  • The Resuscitation Council UK: videos which explain the steps you should take if you see someone in cardiac arrest; animations showing how to perform CPR safely during Covid-19; links to further resources and training, and more!

WASP also deliver regular First Aid courses which support you in developing confidence to respond to life threatening emergencies, including administering CPR and using a defibrillator. Please visit this page on our website to find out about our latest courses, or contact alan@wiltssport.org if you are interested in booking a course for your club. 


Marlborough Sports Festival

On Saturday the 18th of September head down to The Rec to try a range of activities including:Marlborough Sports Festival 2

  • Skateboarding
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Climbing
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • ...and many more!

The FREE event will also have a DJ and BBQ! 

Registration is essential, so make sure you sign up by clicking here  before the 7th of September! 



Men's Mental Health Swindon Launches New Campaign Funded supported by WASP and Sport England

Last year, WASP supported Men's Mental Health Swindon in their successful application of £5,500 of funding from Sport England's TacklingMMHS logo Inequalities Fund, which aims to support communities most impacted by Covid-19. As a result of this funding MMHS have launched a local campaign which focuses on the experiences of four men in Swindon to highlight the positive impact physical activity can have on mental wellbeing, and provide advice on how to get involved in sport in the local area.

Look out for the campaign videos which will be released every Friday, beginning on the 23rd of July on the Men's Mental Health Swindon Facebook page

You can find the launch video by clicking here

Video 1: Football has always been something that makes Ricky feel good. Getting involved with the game in Swindon again not only allowed him to stay active, but also to meet new friends, make new connections, and build his confidence back up. 

Video 2: Luke got into boxing to improve his physical wellbeing, but can vouch for the positive impact it’s had on his mental wellbeing also. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a lawyer, a police officer or an “Average Joe” - Luke’s been in the gym with them all, and it could be the sport for you too.

Video 3:  Grabbing a skateboard, and getting involved in the sport has given James the opportunity to be part of a pretty unique community. You can grab a board yourself for as little as £50, and access a skate park for free.

Video 4:  Cricklade Rugby Club really are a family. And we were saddened last year to hear of the passing of their Captain due to suicide. In this video, Mike talks about isolation, and how rugby has helped him personally. Rugby’s an accessible sport that is great for both physical and mental wellbeing. Search for your local rugby club today to see how you can get involved. 

For a news article discussing the Campaign in more detail, click here. 
For more information on the work of Men's Mental Health Swindon, head to their website by clicking here.

Inclusive Activity Day at The Link Centre, Swindon

Get down to The Link Centre, Swindon, to try a range of fun and exiting activities to celebrate the new Pool Pod! Inclusive Activity Day 27th July Poster

The full timetable is below:


 0900 – 1000 Inclusive swim (including: lane swimming; toddler splash max 4 yrs old; swim rehab with an osteopath)

1000 – 1100 Inclusive Swim Tuition (swim teachers available for advice on technique and tuition. Suitable for all)

1100 – 1200 Inclusive Swim for all ( a fun swim session suitable for all with floats and music)

Ice Skating

1100 – 1200


1300 – 1500

To book visit online: https://better.legendonlineservices.co.uk/enterprise/account/login or at the centre with the concierge.

Cost: £4 for swimming or £10 for the day

Virtual This Girl Can Festival Reveals Key Motivators for Girls Participation in Physical Activity

Our Second This Girl Can Festival took place during This Girl Can Week (12-19th June 2021) and this year, we took the event virtual!TGC 2021 infographic 

The event gave girls across Wiltshire and Swindon the chance to try something new and get active, by taking part in 3 non-traditional activities, specifically designed to encourage female participation in physical activity. 

The Festival is all about getting your hear rate up, and having fun whilst doing it!

Once girls had taken part in all 3 sessions they were asked to complete a post-festival questionnaire. Results revealed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on girls confidence to be active, and engagement in physical activity, and the key motivators to be active. 

Wiltshire Virtual School Games Results!

This year's Wiltshire Virtual School Games took place from the 7th June to the 5th July!Overall post 2

Each week we challenged you to take part in two challenges and achieve your personal best. 

We had over 15,000 entries from 14 different schools!

Congratulations to all who took part! 

For a full breakdown of results, click here: 

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