British Red Cross launch digital campaign

British Red Cross launches digital campaign to boost first aid skills knowledge

The British Red Cross is targeting the UK’s estimated 10.5 million runners with a new digital campaign that it hopes will spread the knowledge of vital first aid skills.

The charity’s #UpYourGame campaign hopes to encourage runners, clubs and coaches to learn the essential skills needed to act in an emergency.

British Red Cross research revealed today shows that 84% of runners think sports people have a responsibility to look after each other, yet over half (58%) would not have the confidence to help their running partners in a first aid emergency.

Word of the campaign is being spread by social media and is supported by a dedicated website section, a series of educational videos and the charity’s purpose-built smartphone app, something that it’s hoped will be effective given the proliferation of smartphone-based running and fitness apps.

Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at The British Red Cross said: “Nothing should stand in the way of someone pursuing their much-loved sporting activity. But injuries and accidents do happen from time to time.

“The benefits of first aid are well recognised and our new #UpYourGame campaign hopes to encourage an active British public to incorporate first aid learning into their sporting routine.”


More disability sports choices for 1066 country

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Sports for All project leader Martin Eglington with participants at a Bexhill session

A project promoting sporting opportunities for all in 1066 country has grown with a new multi-sport session.

The Promotion of Disability Sportspeople 1066 (PODS1066) pop-up games have started at Bexhill Freedom Leisure Centre – a new venture for Sports for All in Sussex.

The project is delivered by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council in partnership with The Grace Eyre Foundation and sessions are suitable for both able-bodied and disabled people.

Hastings council’s lead member for communities and culture Dawn Poole said: “We currently have a multi-sport based session running on Wednesdays here in Hastings, 12.30pm to 2pm at Horntye Sports Park, hosting nine sports.

“Now, its new twin session in Rother will take place on Mondays 12pm to 1pm at Bexhill Freedom Leisure Centre and will include activities suitable for wheelchair users.

“Although there is still a lot of work to do, the provision of local disability sport is in a better place thanks to the Sports for All project with support from PODS1066.

“We hope that interest from our local community sports clubs will continue and we can build further on this success.”

Rother council’s lead member for young people, sport and leisure Jonathan Johnson said: “I am delighted the hard work of Rother officers, and successful partnership working has secured external funding to help boost the opportunities for people to be more active in the district regardless of their ability. We are determined to encourage more people to lead a healthier lifestyle and take part in more physical activity and the Sports for All in Sussex project is a chance for them to do so while having fun.”

For more information on sessions and associated clubs for anyone interested in getting involved, contact project leader Martin Eglington on 01424 451441 or visit


Sport must do more for disabled supporters, say ministers

  • Sports minister and the minister for disabled people criticise facilities
  • ‘Stories of bad treatment of disabled spectators seem to be never-ending’

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, has written to all 223 clubs surveyed for a government report, along with the minister for the disabled, Justin Tomlinson. Photograph: Peter Marshall / Demotix/Peter Marshall/Demotix/Corbis

Professional football, rugby and cricket clubs across Britain have been urged by the government to improve facilities for disabled spectators after two surveys found most clubs and grounds “dispiriting” and “a stain on our major sports and leagues”.

Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, and Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, have written to all 223 clubs surveyed for a government report, Inclusive and Accessible Stadia. Calling on clubs to improve the overall experience for disabled supporters, the ministers have said: “We know there is some good practice out there and some spectator sports clubs are making a real difference to the experience of their disabled fans. But depressingly these are still the exceptions rather than the rule. The stories of bad and dubious treatment of disabled spectators seem to be never-ending and are a stain on our major sports and leagues.”

The surveys, one of disabled supporters, the other a questionnaire sent to all 223 clubs – only 88 replied – found that disabled supporters’ barriers to attending sport went beyond the most publicised issue, which is that most Premier League football clubs provide fewer wheelchair spaces than recommended in their own Accessible Stadia guide.

The ministers stressed that 11.9 million people in the UK have a disability, one in five of the population, yet they experience challenges to being able to enjoy sport, due to the failure of clubs and grounds to adequately cater for them.

The letter urges clubs to consider providing better information on their websites, enabling disabled fans to buy tickets online, ensuring disabled supporters can sit with their families, making other physical adjustments to grounds, providing enough seats for home and away disabled supporters, and training stewards, and staff at levels of the clubs in disability awareness and confidence.

The Premier League, which has been criticised for failing to ensure that all its clubs comply with the Accessible Stadia guide, promised this week to do so by 2017, a victory for campaigners including the Level Playing Field organisation whose chair, Joyce Cook, said it had taken 14 years. In their letter, the ministers welcome the Premier League’s move, but warn: “This is not an excuse for complacency. We challenge all clubs, across all sporting disciplines, to bring spectator sport into the 21st century by making sure they are inclusive and accessible to all spectators. And, in particular, we call on our higher-level and wealthier clubs to set an example and act as fast as possible.”

The Football League told the Observer that its clubs are focusing on improving the matchday experience, rather than on providing more spaces, because disabled spaces are on average only 49% occupied. The league said 87% of clubs now have dedicated staff to assist disabled fans, and 97% provide accessible parking or drop‑off points for disabled fans.

“We will continue to work with our clubs, Level Playing Field and the government to ensure that clubs continue to raise these standards and deliver the matchday experience that disabled supporters deserve,” a league spokesman said.

Premiership Rugby said it has commissioned Level Playing Field to conduct full audits of disabled access and facilities at all its clubs’ grounds, as part of the Rugby 4 All initiative with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. The England and Wales Cricket Board is also commissioning an audit of all county grounds in partnership with the EHRC, which will then inform changes counties need to make. An ECB spokesman said: “The audit is part of a wider initiative to address the needs of disabled cricket fans and ensure our sport is as inclusive and accessible as possible.”

Cornwall Golf Partnership News – August

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Welcome to the August Newsletter from the Cornwall Golf Partnership.

Click here to download a full copy of the Cornwall Golf Partnership Newsletter for August 2015.


There were a number of golf clubs that attended public venue events throughout July in the county.

In total, over 700 people tried golf during July at the Tehidy Park Golf stand at the Stithian’s Show, the Trethorne Golf stand at the Launceston show, ‘ZestiFAL’ in Falmouth and at the Polzeath Beer Festival at the Point at Polzeath Golf Club.

There is an exciting new pilot project starting in August between two golf clubs in the county and Tempus Leisure.

The idea is to create a partnership between the local leisure centre and golf club and for each facility to work closely together to increase membership for all organisations involved in the project.

Tempus Leisure operates 14 different leisure, sport and community centres around Cornwall and if this pilot project is successful, it will expand to 14 golf clubs linking with the local leisure centre in 2016!

Simon Wood – Cornwall Golf Development Officer

Upcoming Events in 2015/16


  • Mon 10th/Tue 11th August 2015
    • Get Active Truro
    • Lemon Quay, Truro
  • Sunday 7th September 2015
    • Closing date for applications for 2015 Cornwall Sports Awards
  • Sat 29th/Sun 30th November 2015
    • Level 1 course
    • China Fleet Golf Club
  • Monday 11th January 2016
    • How to maximise income from your coaching CPD workshop
    • China Fleet Golf Club
  • Wednesday 27th January 2016
    • Devon and Cornwall Golf Development Conference
    • St Mellion Golf Club


You can contact the Cornwall Golf Partnership’s County
Development Officer, Simon Wood
Phone – 07971 624313
E-Mail –

Volunteering in Sport Newsletter – July

Here is your July 2015 edition of volunteer opportunities to support you in getting involved in sport and physical activity by volunteering at a local club, organisation or event near you.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Hot topics and great opportunities for you in this edition are:

  • New! Volunteer of the Month
  • Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Cornwall Sports Awards!
  • Gymnastics needs your help
  • Volunteers needed – parkrun
  • Volunteers needed – Newquay & Par Athletics Club
  • 2nd Chance ‘Get On Track’ Opportunity
  • Groundwork South
  • Volunteer Coaching Cornwall
  • More opportunities to get involved… Just a click away!

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Special Olympics GB Newsletter – July


Welcome to the summer edition of Special Olympics GB’s Volunteer Matters newsletter.

The summer edition of the newsletter includes the following topics:

  • The annual volunteer survey
  • A Lion’s Legacy…
  • Heading up the Delegation
  • Volunteers in LA.
  • Are you using the right DBS form?
  • Didn’t they do well… celebrating some of the recent achievements of our clubs and Regions
  • Poetry Competition – the results
  • Au Revoir Jo Montague!
  • Just a note to say thank you…
  • In our next edition….

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English Federation of Disability Sport News – July


Welcome to July’s newsletter.

This edition features the Active Summer Fun campaign, EFDS’s Annual Report and Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training.

This month’s edition covers topics such as;

  • New campaign promotes active summer fun to disabled people
  • EFDS review an “outstanding year” at AGM and members conference
  • Sainsbury’s inclusive community training is perfect for #ACTIVESUMMERFUN
  • Tickets for 2015 CPISRA world games in Nottingham now on sale
  • Special Olympics world games gets underway
  • Hayat wins boys’ gold at world deaf tennis championships

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Cornwall Sports Partnership Bulletin – July 2015

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Welcome to the July 2015 Edition of the CSP Bulletin

In this month’s edition of the bulletin you will find information on topics such as:

  • Cornwall Council – Leisure Services Review
  • Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2015 Cornwall Sports Awards!
  • Participation in sport on the rise in Cornwall!
  • New Insight Document from Sport England
  • Come and see us at Get Active Truro 2015
  • Something for your lunchbreak…

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Wave Project News – July 2015

Wave Project News HeaderHappy July

Summer is well and truly here and the last few weeks at the Wave Project have been fantastically busy. On top of our courses and surf clubs, our Summer Surf Challenge at Fistral was a resounding success, we’re about to be featured on Channel 4 and (in case you haven’t already heard) we’ve been nominated as a finalist for a National Lottery Award!

Most importantly, all of this means we’re reaching more vulnerable young people than ever before.

Read on for more, have a wonderful July, and don’t forget to vote for us in the National Lottery Awards!

wave awardWe are extremely excited and honoured to have been selected from thousands of entries as a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2015.

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make.

Now we need your help to win. Voting takes just a few clicks and less than a minute of your time, and would mean the world to all of our volunteers and the amazing young people we work with.

To vote head over to the National Lottery Awards website and click ‘vote’ on the Wave Project page in the Sports category.

Or you can call 0844 836 9696 to register your vote.

(Calls cost 5p max and some networks may also charge a connection fee – check with your provider first if you’re not sure)

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Cornwall Golf Partnership News – July

Cornwall Golf Partnership LogoWelcome to the July Newsletter from the Cornwall Golf Partnership.

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Cornwall has been selected as one of ten counties to pilot a new project aimed at increasing the number of women that take up and play golf.
Nationally, female participation in golf currently stands at 13% and membership at 15%, therefore women are a huge potential growth area for the game and golf clubs.
This pilot project forms part of the wider ‘Get into Golf’ programme and will be targeting women by engaging with their specific values to inspire them to become lifelong players and members of the game.
There are eleven golf clubs in Cornwall taking part in the project and each club has produced a delivery plan with a structured programme of coaching sessions and events to increase the number of female members at their clubs.
Get into Golf is a year round activity and all clubs should embrace the Get into Golf campaign and ensure they offer regular coaching and playing opportunities for new people to the game throughout the year.
Simon Wood – Cornwall Golf Development Officer


Cornwall School Games

The Cornwall School Games took place on Friday 26th June at multiple venues all over St Austell.
Over 3,000 primary and secondary school children took part in 15 different sports and over 100 pupils participated in the golf games at St Austell Golf Club.
The Golf Foundation’s SW Development Officer Mark Boscott organised the tri-golf and golf x-treme competitions.

Photo from Cornwall School Games
The format for the primary school competition was an 8 game tri-golf format, with 4 putting games and 4 chipping games, with 10 pupils per school taking part.
There was 2 stations per game and each of the 8 schools had 5 minutes per game to score as many points in the allocated time.
4 schools took part in the secondary competition, which was an event using golf x-treme equipment. A 6 hole mini course, with holes measuring 40 yards in length were designed on the practice area using the almost golf balls.
Archbishop Benson in Truro won the primary school event and the secondary school event was won by Humphrey Davy in Penzance.

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You can contact the Cornwall Golf Partnership’s County Development Officer,  Simon Wood
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