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New Sport Challenge Fund

Last Updated: 1/19/2018

Spirit of 2012 today launches a new Sport Challenge Fund, offering a grant opportunity for a project that opens up sport or physical activity to an under-represented group. Applications are invited from organisations whose work is also focused on improving wellbeing, challenging perceptions towards disability and impairment, and decreasing social isolation. Research from Sport England shows that sport and physical activity can boost mental health, wellbeing and connect people, helping to reduce social isolation. However, the demographics of sport participation do not evenly reflect the demographics of the country, or of the communities where sport is played. The Spirit of 2012 Sport Challenge Fund will award £200,000 to a single project in Wales or England that brings new people together to enjoy being physically active. An essential element of this will be including time for social contact, in order that the project increases the mental as well as physical wellbeing of participants. Our preference will be for applications that focus on a beneficiary group not usually targeted with sports and physical activity provision – including but not limited to disabled people, those with long-term health conditions or an under-represented ethnic group or gender. Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 9am on 19 February, 2018. More information can be found here:

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Sport participation continues to rise

Last Updated: 1/10/2017

The latest figures from the Active People Survey (APS) in England 10 (October 2015-September 2016) reveal that sport participation continues an upward trend, with 15.97 million people (aged 16+) playing sport at least once a week. This is an increase of approximately 230,000 since 12 months ago and 1.9 million since the first APS in 2005/06. A demographic breakdown reveals an increase in the number of women playing sport and getting active with more than 7.2 million women regularly taking part in sport and physical activity. This has narrowed the gender gap, which once stood at over two million to 1.55 million. Going to the gym and keep fit sessions remain popular with exercise classes, eg, spinning, pilates and boxercise continuing to attract large numbers of people. Swimming is still the most popular sport, followed by athletics, cycling and football. Full statistics can be downloaded below:

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Changes in children’s body mass index

Last Updated: 10/25/2016

New statistics have been released by Public Health England showing the changes in children’s weight between 2006/07 and 2014/15 based on data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

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Workplace Health Week launched

Last Updated: 5/23/2016

The Workplace Challenge has launched Workplace Health Week

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Council Announces Plans to Charge for Parkrun

Last Updated: 4/15/2016

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has voted to become the first in the world to charge Parkrun a fee for the use of its grounds.

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Focus On…Sport

Last Updated: 11/26/2015

Focus On…Sport is a detailed report using data from the Taking Part Survey.

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