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Hi five picAs part of  the Coaching Delivery Plan – Service Area 3 WASP wanted to ensure that the design principles of the Coaching Plan for England are applied to all Sport England programmes which the CSP has co-ordinating responsibility for.

Jordan Rose, Sports Consultant for Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and  lead for Coaching worked with selected coaches that are currently working through WASP and key partners on Sport England programmes or partner programmes targeting similar objectives to our programmes. 

Create Development were the deliverer chosen for this project. Their vision – “creating positive relationships with physical activity for life” fitted well with what we wanted to achieve through our programme delivery, in getting more people active. This approach is also instrumental in changing participant’s behavior and views on activity.

Microsoft Word Document 13062017 124738Coaches Involved:

  • Niall Bishop – Active Trowbridge – Sportivate/Street Games
  • Zoe Copper – Active Trowbridge – Sportivate/Street Games
  • Ben Deadman – Active Trowbridge – Sportivate/Street Games
  • Harriet Tate – Active Trowbridge – Sportivate/ Street Games
  • Chloe Moriaty – Active Trowbridge – Sportivate/Street Games
  • Josh Lauder – Innov8 CIC – Sportivate
  • Tony Martin – Swindon Storm – Sportivate/ Satellite Clubs
  • Dan Norman – Swindon Storm – Sportivate/Satellite Clubs
  • Ed Waddington – Swindon Storm – Sportivate/Satellite Clubs
  • Jordi Rose – WASP – Coaching Lead

How we selected the Coaches:

Coaches were selected through a meeting with the WASP Satellite Club and Sportivate Leads and they targeted the coaches working currently in Swindon and other designated hard to reach areas in Wiltshire and Swindon where inactivity is at its highest. We also worked with partner organisations to ensure that we were targeting the correct coaches from their delivery team.

Microsoft Word Document 13062017 124649WASP aims:

To ensure that the coaches working on our Sport England programmes have the required skills for the audience that they are working with, concentrating on those coaches working in hard to reach areas. Many of the coaches on our projects are newly qualified and this approach will ensure that they are appropriately skilled for the delivery, and enable that they are appropriately skilled to deliver the session with confidence to the audience.

Key aims:

  • Ensure coaches are confident in their delivery
  • Provide extra skills outside of the generic coaching badges
  • Training around group and behaviour management as independent research suggests this is lacking on generic coaching courses.
  • New engaging games, drills to develop the whole athlete.
  • To provide a sustainable ongoing analysis tool for coaches.

Focus of our approach and thinking:

  • To use Create Development to improve and develop the skills, particularly the soft skills associated with coaching, with coaches delivering on WASP’s Sport England projects. Coaches on these projects are all appropriately qualified but it is believed that there may be room for improving engagement with participants especially in some of the more challenging areas of the county. This course has provided the chance to learn the “Power of Language” & “Behaviour Change” which is vital in diffusing situations and in inspiring performance. This was one of the key areas identified that coaches working in hard to reach areas were unsure of.
  • Following the above we are providing the coaches with the needed local skills dependent on the groups and the areas that they are working, this will enable a better delivery from the coach which will lead to an increased sustained rate and an improvement in activity levels 

Create Development logoWhy Create Development?

WASP looked at several providers and training options for the delivery of this service area. Create were chosen due to their whole athlete approach and ability to adapt their training to relevant audiences. 

The course was designed by conjoining different Create modules to ensure it was suitable to our coaches and their audiences. The resources presented to coaches were clear and of high quality.

The ability to follow up on the coach’s progress through the Create Development Wheel was hugely importance as this proves that WASP’s commitment to the coaches is a long term process rather than a short course solution.

Create are now currently setting up the Activity Monitoring Wheel to allow us to continue to monitor the coaches and allow them, to share their case studies, ideas and good practice with each other through their online portal.

Intent to Impact: 

Outcomes from the first batch of coaches to go through this specifically planned and designed training programme have been positive. Aligning our impacts with the 5 strategic approaches of the Coaching Plan for England this project has supported 4 of the approaches –

  • Making it Easier to Start Coaching – 11 Coaches newly qualified will have extra support and qualifications to be able to deliver competent sessions.
  • Foster an Improvement Culture – 11 coaches who have been upskilled will continue to deliver more suitable sessions for WASP programmes in relation to their audience.
  • Transfer Learning into Practice – coaches on the front line will have the chance to use these skills. Coaches have been targeted as those who are currently working in areas which are classified as hard to reach. The course has been set up for these skills to allow this happen.
  • Measuring the Change and Communicating the Impact – coaches projects are being monitored more closely to ascertain if the coaching qualifications as led to an improvement in figures and retention.

Following the conclusion and as mentioned previously the coaches from this project will be able to continue to self-progress and self-rate using the Create Development Wheel. WASP will also continue to monitor the projects that these coaches are delivering on to look for trends in retention and participation numbers.

Learning:

Through discussions with coaches delivering on our programmes we were correct in believing that there was a gap in the coaching programme currently for coaches working on programmes and in hard to reach areas. These gaps were mainly about engagement with inactive participants and behavior management.  

What Next? 

As mentioned throughout, WASP have made a long-term commitment to the coaches from this first development stage. We will continue to monitor their progress and the impact that the course has had on their personal delivery and the outcomes of the projects they are delivering on our behalf.

We intend to run this course again for another group of coaches who are working within similar hard to reach and selected areas of the county. Following the feedback from coaches we will adjust the modules slightly to ensure that it is fully suitable for our aims.

We fully intend use the coaches from the project as ambassadors and advisers moving forward to ensure we are providing the skills and training that are required at this level. Also, we plan to integrate this group of coaches with the coaches who took part in Service Area 1 and this will form the basis of the Workforce Forum in Wiltshire. Conjoining coaches who work on different areas will allow the Forum to be able to see a wider view of coaching in Wiltshire and share learning. A medium to long-term view would be for all coaches delivering on WASP programmes to have this course made available to them to support them in having the correct skills for the group and participants they are working with.

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Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) aim to promote and support sport and physical activity. We can support your club, school and workplace with a range of services including:

If you think we can help you please get in touch… Kirsty@wiltssport.org.uk or call 01225 781500.

 

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emergeneticsAs part of  the Coaching Delivery Plan – Service Area 1 we decided to facilitate a targeted cross-sport talent development coaching network for NGBs and other key partners. 

Jordi Rose, Sports Consultant for Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) was the lead on this programme and in conjunction with the local NGB officers they chose Coaches that were working with talented athletes (from the first level after club level) to be involved. The lucky few were chosen to be part of this new Coaches Network.

  • Jordi Rose – WASP/Cricket
  • Steve Neale – WASP/Football
  • Geoff Mascall – Badminton/Boccia
  • Emergentics1Neil Bromley – Fencing
  • Nigel Morgan – Lawn Bowls
  • Tracy Watt – Netball
  • Keith Humphries – Rugby Union
  • Anthony Clark – Swimming
  • Mark Roshier – Rugby Union
  • Catherine Hall – Gymnastics
  • Joe Revelle – Tennis

Wiltshire and Swindon Sports aims were to find out how they could better support coaches working in first selective environments?

  • What is the coaches starting position – what is it like for them? What are their needs?
  • Can we support the personal growth & maturation of our coaches?
  • Can we help coaches adopt a reflective mind set and understand more about their personal profiles?
  • Could we bring together a cohort of coaches working in different sports to share in a unique learning experience?
  • Emergentics4Can we support ‘Talent coaches’ improvement and a more inclusive, accessible talent pipeline?

Emergenetics was the perfect fit for this. One of their key messages is “Value your gifts”; this suited WASPs approach.

Focus of approach and thinking:

  1. To use Emergenetics to improve the soft skills and understanding of people for coaches who are coaching in the first selective environment. It is believed that coaches may have the technical knowledge required from their qualifications but this does not consider individual differences and preferences and how these impact on those coached. Emergenetics profiling and support could give coaches the ability to understand differing personality traits and be able to adapt coaching methods accordingly.
  2. Coaches in Wiltshire are very much attached to their sports, there are very few opportunities for coaches to move outside of their sport and meet similar level coaches from differing sports. All coaches on the programme were coaching approximately at the same level of talented athletes. The approach would also foster shared learning and networking across respective sports.

Emergentics2Why Emergenetics?

WASP looked at several different providers and training courses to be able to deliver the correct level and information for the coaches operating at this level. The appeal of Emergenetics compared to most profiling companies is that they ensure that coaches know their results are their preferences; weaknesses figure less in the learning vocabulary! The profile feedback is clear and logical and alongside the Emergenetics mobile phone application is easy for day to day use in life as well as with coaching. Emergenetics also offered the coaches on the programme lifelong support.

Emergenetics Method

Participants completed a profiling questionnaire prior to the start of the programme. On the first day Emergenetics presented each coach with the results of their profiling and explained the theory behind the results. Emergenetics is broken down into 2 key elements: Thinking and Behavioural Preferences as referenced in the illustrations below:

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Each participant received data regarding their preferences which clearly showed where they were positioned on the two scales. This also gave examples of their preferred styles in everyday situations. Action Learning Groups were then established with coaches from differing sports and differing communication and leadership styles put together to work on a task.

The Action Learning Set tasks set were as follows:

  1. “Knowing me, Knowing you” this was decided on as it is essential for coaches to understand their players/participants and what situations they respond to etc. It was also for the players/participants to understand the coaches and know more about them as people to encourage a trusting and professional relationship. The full presentation for this Action Learning Set, the approach, learning, task work and recommendations is attached. 
  2. “Nurturing Talent” this was decided on as it gave the coaches chance to discover what working in the FSE requires outside of technical knowledge. The group looked at the infrastructure of sport throughout Wiltshire and Swindon and how that this is vital in providing nurturing opportunities. The presentation from this group with its hand outs are also added with the email. 

Intent to Impact:

Following the conclusion of the first year of the cross talented coaching network the impacts have far outweighed what we expected at the start. 

By delivering this course it has:

  • Fostered an improvement culture – coaches who previously may not have had the access to training such as this now have been given the opportunity to develop. These coaches can now work with athletes of different personalities and learning styles. This will lead to better delivery across the FSE in Wiltshire. Coaches are also feeding back to their clubs on the process which will lead to an increased performance from clubs.
  • Transfer learning into practice – Coaches once interviewed have stated how they are now using the Emergenetics principles in their coaching. They are now able to understand and identify different personality styles and are competent in being able to deal with this.
  • Measuring the change and communicating the impact – Coaches have filled out questionnaires at the beginning of the programme and will did so again at the end. Coaches have also been interviewed during the programme and their interviews have been published on to WASP TV to ensure people can the impact that WASP are making with these coaches. Generally, consensus is that confidence is increased with all athletes and understanding of differing personalities.
  • Enhance the delivery structure – Coaches are now able to liaise with other coaches from different sports. For these 12 coaches their coaching infrastructure has been expanded to those from different sports, with different experiences and knowledge. They have worked together successfully. Their delivery has expanded and WASP have also now the knowledge that better coaching is taking place in these clubs and FSE environments.

Listen to the coaches comments: 

 

Learning

WASP have from speaking to the coaches established that we were correct in believing that there was a need for this intervention and programme. Coaches are using the content in both life and coaching. 

Summary of learning/things we might do differently:

  • Bringing together coaches from different NGBs has derived so much learning and cross benefits; they themselves see the worth of further roll out
  • The use of Action Learning Sets has provided real practical application of the work to them and in their Club settings; it is a good learning method
  • Use of Emergenetics has been costly and cost considerations for a second tranche of coaches will need to be considered
  • To address costs, we might decide to request contributions from our NGB sponsors
  • Having engaged these coaches, we need to keep them engaged and use them as peers to others
  • The whole process has meant much time investment on our part which is certainly needed working essentially with volunteers in their time/out of hours

What Next?

The first element of the future of this programme is for the coaches to continue to work towards their projects in the Action Learning Set groups and to report the results back to WASP. The “Knowing me, Knowing you” group are keen to finalise and report on their questionnaires that have been distributed amongst Rugby players transferring from youth to colts’ squads. Following the conclusion of this assessment it will be decided if this suitable to be offered to other NGBs.

The “Nurturing Talent” group have a long scale plan due to the scale of research required and will be looking to develop their idea of a centrally located talent hub for sport; this will include a database, coaches, equipment library and more importantly cross sport connection. Their aim is draw up a plan and begin to move this forward. A timeline and action group is expected to be formed by September with a view clearly of how to move forward on this project.

The coaches involved in the programme so far have all provided feedback that this was of immense value, was of the correct level and would be useful to continue and expand to other coaches both within their own and other sports. 

Working with the coaches from this year we are minded to set up a Coaching/Workforce Forum and a network of ambassadors drawn from this cohort of coaches who have been through the Emergenetics programme. These ambassadors will join with workforce who have been involved in other service areas and they will be integral to driving coaching forward in the future. This group will be also be used as a consultative forum to support the growth and diversity of the coaching family within Wiltshire. It is further anticipated that a new group of coaches will be selected to complete Emergenetics training starting from September 2017. These coaches will also be invited into the Forum.  Further we aim to utilise this base of coaches to drive a bottom up approach to shaping a Coaching Campaign for Wiltshire shaped by the coaches themselves - this will form the basis of our service area 4 work.

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Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) aim to promote and support sport and physical activity. We can support your club, school and workplace with a range of services including:

If you think we can help you please get in touch… Kirsty@wiltssport.org.uk or call 01225 781500.

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Open universityOpen University have a new free open access online course for coaches they have just released featuring Alex Danson (hockey gold medallist) as the main presenter.

Have you experience of sport or fitness coaching either as a participant or a coach? Are you inquisitive about how sport works behind the scenes? 

In this free course, p, you will explore the influence of coaching and psychology through the lens of sports people and teams who have been successful. You will focus on coaching practices used with young people and adults, including research and advice of leaders in their fields.

The course is introduced by GB hockey player Alex Danson. Alex features throughout the course and you will learn about how coaching and psychology have contributed to her success in sport.

Exploring Sport Coaching and Psychology is aimed at level 1-3 coaches keen to learn beyond their sport, brought to life with BBC/Channel 4 clips and supported with appropriate evidence. 

For those individuals that want to demonstrate quality assured completion of the course there is a free OU digital Badge available and some organisations might use this digital Badge to prove a certain level of CPD. 

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Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) aim to promote and support sport and physical activity. We can support your club, school and workplace with a range of services including:

If you think we can help you please get in touch… Kirsty@wiltssport.org.uk or call 01225 781500.

 

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20170501 181946Elliot's Campaign Goal: Elliot Pinson a bright young 14 year motorcycle racer from Swindon in Wiltshire is competing in the British Superbikes Moto3 standard class in 2017. This follows on from two previous successful seasons, where he won two championships in his rookie season, 2015 Cool-FAB Racing MiniGP70 British Champion and 2016 Team Green Junior Cup Champion.

Unfortunately Elliot's luck ran out at the 3rd round this season at Oulton Park in May, through no fault his own he was involved in a terrible start line incident, where Elliot collided with a stationary bike that had failed to start. Amazingly he survived the initial impact unharmed but sadly was run over by another bike that resulted in a broken leg. The emergency services did a fantastic job and after being airlifted to Alder Hey hospital, Liverpool, he was operated on the same evening to pin his tibia back together. Unlike his bike !

Elliot is now on the road to recovery and undeterred by the accident. He is hoping to get back to full fitness as soon as possible and continue to race for the remainder of the season, of which there are still 9 rounds left held over the next 5 months.
However Elliot's bike was badly damaged in the crash and without a major sponsor to support him, the cost of the repairs has to be met by his family who have already funded the majority of Elliot's racing for several years now.
Please help Elliot repair his bike and get on track by donating to this crowdfunding campaign, any amount however small will be greatly appreciated.

Photographs by http://www.kerryrawson.com/racing

Here is the link to hi Podium Partners fundraising appeal page - http://bit.ly/2rUbBGZ 

Please donate and share this article to spread the word ! Thank You it really means a lot to Elliot to get back racing again.

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Fullscreen capture 31052017 114407It is time to prepare for the launch of the new Podium Partners website. We are looking to recruit new appeals to kick start the launch of the new platform. Are you wanting to raise money but just don't know how ? then this could be for you !

Podium Partners is 20% better return than any other Crowdfunding Platforms. You get 100% of the money you raise as we attract Gift Aid which turns £100 donation into £118.

We will offer you advice and support to make sure your Appeal is a success and help you develop your 'Crowd' so you have a greater network by using our contacts and platforms such as website, newsletters, press releases, radio and emails.

The new Podium Partners website brings some exciting new functionality that will help campaigns to be more effective with their promotions and fundraising activities.      

New functionality:

Fullscreen capture 31052017 1143031) Fundraising pages linked to main appeal: 

Encourage your friends, family club members to run their own sub-fundraising pages !

2) Club membership / donations benefits: 

Find out how your membership fees can attract gift aid and raise money for your appeal !

3) Workplace match funding: 

Get your members employers and local businesses involved run a sponsored event / activity.

4) Ability to offer sponsorship opportunities: 

We are always looking for partners to sponsor pages on the Podium Partners website and to sponsor appeals.

5) Events promotion and ticket sales:

We can offer a platform to advertise your events and with the use of online tickets sales you can raise money for your appeal.

6) Marketing Support: 

How to promote your campaign / FAQ & Webinars - We can support you and advise you.

7) Shop facility details:  

Clubs, organisations and schools can create and sell their own garments to help raise funds for their good cause using the online shop. There’s no cost, no stock holding and no contract our partner company Communitee look after everything for them including production, payments & fulfillment and customer service. The best part is all the profit goes straight to the main Podium Partners Appeal. Follow the link to communitee.co.uk It couldn’t be simpler.

Fullscreen capture 31052017 124222Webinar:

Join us at the next Webinar introducing the enw website and hot tips on how to market your appeal and get the most out of the fundraising platform.

Next Webinar is 29/6/17 at 14:00   Link to webinar registration - bit.ly/2rywp2R

Here is the link to our June Webinar in case you haven’t seen it yet and if you want to share it with your team and clubs and organisations.

Link to 6th April webinar recording - https://youtu.be/SV0FAadaIMI

Please get in touch if you need any advice, guidance or support while recruiting the campaigns leading up to the launch and let us know if your unable to attend the webinar, as we will be able to send he presentation out to you after the 29/6/17.

Karel Bretveld, CEO Podium Partners, Mobile: 07917236619, Email: Karel@podiumpartners.org

Podium Partners registered charity no: 1156597

Keep an eye on social media for posts and tweets which you can share an RT!  Facebook - @podiumpartners / Twitter - @podium_partners

 

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It is time to prepare for the launch of the new Podium Partners website. We are looking to recruit new appeals to kick start the launch of the new website .Podium Partners Logo

 Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) has an innovative fundraising scheme for the benefit of those playing and involved in sport in Wiltshire and Swindon.

In association with Podium Partners, WASP want to help local people to develop their potential and to be able to support clubs looking for new equipment or facilities. This will add to a wide range of services already offered by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport that support sport locally.

WASP offer the opportunity for the local community sports organisations and athletes to promote their appeal on the Podium Partners Sports Funding website, enabling them to raise funds by bringing their appeal to the attention of the wider public and businesses.

Working with a charity such as Podium Partners allows donations to be eligible for Gift Aid which increases the value of each donation by reclaiming the basic rate of tax on the donation at no extra cost. This could convert every £10 donated to as much as £12.50* This means you can get a 20% better return on donations that other such platforms like - Just Giving, as the fees are taken from this gift aid not the amount donated. Therefore £100 will become £118 to you !

Steve Boocock CEO of WASP says “It’s a great new initiative and we have already had a really positive response from local clubs and athletes who are looking for funding to support their aspirations”.

Our objectives are as follows

  • To advance the education in sport of all people by the provision of support, assistance and encouragement, (so as to enable them to fulfill their potential)
  • To advance the education, development and improvement of people (mainly) through the provision of grants so as to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible citizens.
  • In addition, the trustees have the power to do anything which is calculated to further its objects or is conducive or incidental to doing so. 

We can now accept applications from any person or organisation where the purpose of the campaign is to “educate, develop and improve” through sport those taking part (where sport is defined as all types of physical activity that people do to keep healthy or for enjoyment)

It could be a campaign to get elderly people more active through Nordic Walking or Bowls, ethnic minority women playing running or disadvantaged kids enjoying cricket endless applications.

To apply now and for more information email Karel@podiumpartners.org or call 07917236619 or visit www.podiumpartners.org applications excepted any time throughout the year !

*Gross and assumes basic rate tax payer

Here some of the people that have already benefited from Crowdfunding campaigns !

Podium Partners Launch NEW improved Sportsfunding website

It is time to prepare for the launch of the new Podium Partners website. We are looking to recruit new appeals to kick start the launch of the new platform.

Are you wanting to raise money but just don't know how ? then this could be for you !

Podium Partners is 20% better return than any other Crowdfunding Platforms. You get 100% of the money you raise as we attract Gift Aid which turns £100 donation into £118.

We will offer you advice and support to make sure your Appeal  is a success and help you develop your crowd so you have a greater network by using our contacts and platforms such as website, newsletters, press releases and emails.

The new Podium Partners website brings some exciting new functionality that will help campaigns to be more effective with their promotions and fundraising activities.      

New functionality:

  • Sub-fundraising pages to main appeal: get your friends, family club members to run their own sub-fundraising pages !
  • Club membership / donations benefits: Find out how your membership fees can attract gift aid and raise money for your appeal !
  • Workplace match funding: Get your members employers and local businesses involved run a sponsored event / activity.
  • Ability to offer sponsorship opportunities: We are always looking for partners to sponsor pages on the Podium Partners website and appeals.
  • Marketing Support: How to promote your campaign / FAQ & Webinars - We can support you and advise you.
  • Shop facility details:  Clubs, organisations and schools can create and sell their own garments to help raise funds for their good cause using the online shop. There’s no cost, no stock holding and no contract our partner company Communitee look after everything for them including production, payments & fulfillment and customer service.The best part is all the profit goes straight to the main Podium Partners Appeal. They will need to set up an account with communitee.co.uk It couldn’t be simpler.

Webinar:

Join us at the next Webinar introducing the enw website and hot tips on how to market your appeal and get the most out of the fundraising platform.

Next Webinar is 29/6/17 at 14:00   Link to webinar registration - bit.ly/2rywp2R

Here is the link to our June Webinar in case you haven’t seen it yet and if you want to share it with your team and clubs and organisations.

Link to 6th April webinar recording - https://youtu.be/SV0FAadaIMI

Please get in touch if you need any advice, guidance or support while recruiting the campaigns leading up to the launch and let us know if your unable to attend the webinar, as we will be able to send he presentation out to you after the 29/6/17.

Karel Bretveld, CEO Podium Partners, Mobile: 07917236619, Email: Karel@podiumpartners.org

Podium Partners registered charity no: 1156597

Keep an eye on social media for posts and tweets which you can share an RT!  Facebook - @podiumpartners / Twitter - @podium_partners

 

 

 

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Wiltshire and Swindon School Games - Hi 5 Netball Competition report

Bright sunshine welcomed 11 primary schools to this year’s Level 3 County School Games Netball Finals on Monday 3rd April 2017. Having qualified from their respective local rounds, the 11 schools who had travelled from all across Wiltshire, were placed into two pools where they would play a round robin competition to see who would qualify for the semi-final playoffs and then the final.

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Introduction to real PE

Introduction to real PE (New Staff) - Friday 28th April @ Taunton Vale Sports Club. For all teachers who are new to real PE schools and were not present at your original whole school training.

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The Power of an Active School

Are your pupils physically and emotionally healthy?  Does this have an impact on their attainment and achievement?  To find solutions and practical strategies, join us at our new national CPD seminar.

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