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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 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

pdfActive Lives Adult Survey May 16-17.pdf3.23 MB

pdfActive Lives Volunteering report May 16-17.pdf2.34 MB


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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

Not Just a Run in the Park from Create Studios on Vimeo.

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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