3 TOP ACTIONS TO DO IN JULY 2019
1. Sign up to join the national Physical Activity and Long Term Conditions Campaign (see the details below in the article).
2. Join the Netball World Cup Workplace Festival hosted by England Netball. It takes place at Maiden Erlegh School, Reading, on the 9th July, 6.30pm - 9.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register (Hurry up!).
3. Watch the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 with the rising star Francesca Williams as a part of the Team England. Franc is the 7th Get Berkshire Active Awards' winner and will be competing in her first ever Netball World Cup.
Berkshire School Games was a great success!
The biggest Sporting Event for Berkshire School Children
Over 1,000 local children representing 73 Berkshire schools took part in a day of sporting action and culture at the Berkshire School Games Summer Festival held on Friday 28th June 2019 at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow.
The primary and secondary school pupils, some as young as 5 years old, competed to become the County Champions in physical activities including Rugby, Tennis, Athletics, Pentathlon, Rowling, SEN (Special Education Needs) Cricket. All the sports have been developed specially for the event to include mixed and single gender competitions as well as inclusive events for special schools.
Olympic gold-medal winner from London 2012 Katherine Copeland MBE, who now lives locally, supported the Games and gave an inspirational talk. See her story here.
The Berkshire School Games are supported by Berkshire Community Foundation, Greenham Common Trust and Ascot Racecourse with Sport England as the main funder.
Read the press-release, see the photos and the Results of the Summer Games here.
Mums' Zone Ambassadors Needed
We’re looking for friendly positive women to be part of the new programme.
Are you passionate about helping support local mums with their wellbeing? We're looking for friendly positive women to be part of the new 'Mums Zone' programme taking place in Slough and Wokingham from September!
The ambassadors can get involved in a wide range of areas including:
Offering peer support;
Helping with registration;
Offering health and wellbeing advice (training provided);
Supporting with the babies when the activity is taking place;
Capturing mums stories and progress.
And most importantly being the weekly friendly face for the mums and their babies!
Mums' Zone is a holistic health and wellbeing intervention targeting inactive mums at risk of poor mental health. It aims to improve mental health and wellbeing by offering an intervention of 2 hours per week of gentle yoga along with health and wellbeing support, messaging and signposting – and an opportunity for mums to get together in a comfortable setting to aid social networking and peer support. Mums' Zone launches in Slough and Wokingham in September and will run till April 2020. For more information contact email@example.com
See more and get involved here
Britwell Community Fun Day
Activate Britwell's Team is growing
The Activate Britwell team were out in force on Saturday 22nd June at the Britwell Community Fun Day.
The community had the opportunity to take part in boxing, disc golf and new age bowls whilst the team collected information about what young people would like to see happen in the area.
Activate Britwell were very lucky to have 3 volunteers help on the day, supporting with the games, handing out prizes and sharing informational leaflets with the public. The team is growing!
This Girl Can National Campaign in Berkshire
At Get Berkshire Active we are building a community of #ThisGirlCan supporters, with one key aim being to promote This Girl Can 'friendly' sessions for girls and women. This Girl Can celebrates active women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get.
If you're an individual...
1. Become a This Girl Can Ambassador (download a brochure from the This Girl Can's website page).
2. Let us know about any female only sessions or activities that you think might be appropriate for our activity and/or event finder.
3. Tell us about your own #FitGotReal stories so we can use it to help inspire other local women and girls to be more active.
4. Consider becoming an activity leader or coach and make use of the discounts we have available for courses and workshops.
Join #ThisGirlCan in Berkshire. Contact Kirsty.Health@getberkshireactive.org to initiate your participation.
We are saying bye to Mekaya Gittens
And wishing her success in her new role!
Mekaya Gittens, GBA's Workforce Officer, is leaving the organisation to pursue the next stage of her career. We are saying huge THANK YOU to Mekaya for being a part of the Get Berkshire Active team for so many years.
Mekaya has been an integral part of the GBA team since 2012, starting as an intern we've seen her confidence and knowledge grow over the last 7 years. She's never shied away from a challenge and her commitment and passion for her workforce role means she is leaving behind big shoes to fill!
We are hiring a new Workforce Officer and will announce the name in a due course.
Please contact James.Craggs@getbekrshireactive.org on all related to the workforce and volunteering.
GBA Partner Network's Forum
25th September 2019
Get Berkshire Active will host its next Partner Network's Forum on 25th September 2019 at Bisham Abbey, Marlow.
The next event's focus will be "Children and Young People" .
A full agenda will be sent out nearer the time however as on previous occasions there will be opportunities to network.
Watch this space for more details and the booking link when open.
JOB AT GET BERKSHIRE ACTIVE
Get Berkshire Active are hiring!
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to work as part of the GBA Team to support and develop the wider sport and physical activity workforce across the county.
This role requires an individual willing to evolve and develop the position to ensure the programme makes a real difference and has the desired impact. You will likely have an appropriate degree and relevant experience. You will need to be self-motivated, have brilliant interpersonal skills and be a great and supportive team player.
More information including the Job Description & Person Specification together with the Application Form can be found and downloaded here.
New platform for Buyers and Suppliers
Get Berkshire Active's partner and one of the sponsors of the 7th GBA Awards has launched a new platform JoCoBu connecting Buyers and Suppliers for stronger, more valuable, relationships that align business values.
The idea of their platform is to give charities a way to easily collaborate in buying their supplies / services together in order to achieve savings through joint buying power.
See how the platform benefits you here and join for FREE.
Survey results for This Girl Can
BUSY MUMS ENCOURAGED TO PRIORITISE THEIR OWN ACTIVITY LEVELS
A survey conducted by Opinium for This Girl Can, showed that a lack of time is keeping busy mums from exercising, with 30% reporting to have less than an hour free to themselves per day. It also showed that 61% of mums would feel guilty about taking time to exercise.
This new research sends a strong message to mums about the importance of self-care. Learn more here.
Active Travel & Physical Activity
Evidence Review May 2019
The report provides clear consensus of active travel's huge potential. To harness this, it's crucial we engage with and listen to people in the places they live and work – to recognise barriers, challenges and local context, and understand how active travel can work for them. The report also carries recommendations to invest and collaborate in active travel more effectively, and an important reminder of how further research and robust evaluation can help us continue to improve provision and delivery.
Active travel has a vital role to play in achieving a more active nation. Read the report here.
The Game Changers
Fearless women in Sport
PromotePR introduced their The Game Changers podcast in June 2019, featuring trailblazing, fearless women in sport.
Sport has the power to transform people's lives, both on and off the field. Women's sport has a particular opportunity to inspire, knock down barriers and challenge the status quo.
The Game Changers features some of the biggest names in women's sport talking frankly about their historic careers, what drives them and how they've dealt with the toughest challenges they've faced.
You may be surprised at what you hear – you'll certainly be inspired!
Announcing NEW physical activity campaign
People with Long Term Conditions
A new national behaviour change campaign has been announced by Sport England in partnership with the Richmond Group of Charities to inspire and support inactive people with Long Term Conditions to get active.
The Campaign aims to challenge misconceptions around being active with Long Term Conditions, providing a unified voice and strong emotional platform to engage and motivate sustainable behaviour change across all conditions.
The Campaign is currently planned to go 'live' at the start of September 2019 for an initial period of six weeks but is anticipated to be the beginning of a longer-term plan to raise the profile of physical activity so it becomes the norm.
Follow the LINK and register to watch a webinar. It will include a presentation by the Health and Inactivity Team at Sport England and has been designed to share some of the initial background to the campaign.
We recognise that there is already some great work happening in this space, and therefore the Campaign is an opportunity to stimulate further discussion, action, and build on or accelerate existing work.
Sports Parents Promise
7-13 October 2019
Ahead of Parents in Sport Week 2019, we're asking parents to make a promise to their child to make sure they have safe and enjoyable experiences of sport.
This 3-point promise highlights how you can be a great sports parent. You can click each point for advice and tips on ways you can fulfill your promise:
- Promise to make sure the club we choose together is safe and fun
- Promise to listen to you if you have any concerns about your sport
- Promise to make sure that I always support you and your teammates in a positive way
If you're a sports parent, take a look at the information for parents.
If you're a coach, club or sports organisation, take a look at the guidance on working with parents in sport.
#LiftTheBaby featuring London Irish
Campaign promoting safe baby sleep to Dads
Players from London Irish Rugby Club have teamed up with health chiefs to launch a major video campaign aimed at cutting baby deaths.
Six members of the team have worked with NHS child safety staff from Berkshire on the video which is being launched in London on Tuesday 25th June).
The video is called Lift the Baby and is aimed at promoting safer sleeping in younger babies. The move follows figures showing more than 130 babies die in the UK every year in hazardous sleeping circumstances, for example, where a parent or carer falls asleep whilst holding the baby, unwittingly placing the child at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A special website has been developed in partnership with the Lullaby Trust and features a link to the video along with a range of safe sleeping advice. www.liftthebaby.org.uk
Campaign promotes fairness and justice in the sport
EUROPEAN HOCKEY FEDERATION LAUNCHES GENDER BALANCE CHARTER
The EHF has already taken steps to promote gender balance with the introduction of The European Hockey Female Leadership Forum (EHFL) and expanding the current Euro Hockey League (EHL) to include the top women's clubs in Europe.
The launch of the Charter will be supported by content-led campaign of the same name, #EquallyAmazing, to drive engagement and profile. The campaign features advocates from across the sport, from athletes, coaches, umpires, youth panel members through to board members who share the same values in promoting gender balance and driving change to the sport.
For more information, please visit www.eurohockey.org and EHF social media channels - Instagram: @eurohockeyorg | Facebook: @EuroHockeyorg | Twitter: @eurohockeyorg
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