Did You Know – 17 Oct 2017

Thursday 12th October 2017

HM Revenue and Customs – Community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) registered with HMRC

Check which sports clubs are registered with HM Revenue and Customs as community amateur sports clubs as at September 2017. You can use this list to check if a sports club has registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as a CASC if you’re a:

  • Local Authority
  • Sports Governing Body
  • donor who wants to make a Gift Aid donation

Access the information

CSP Network

Using ‘open opportunity data’ to make sports and physical activities more accessible in local communities and how CSPs are influencing progress The challenge with limited access to data about sport and physical activity opportunities

Improving local engagement in sport and physical activity is an on-going challenge. For every person leading an active lifestyle there is another who is struggling to establish a physical activity habit.

Nearly 18 million adults in England experience a changeable relationship with physical activity. They face on-going barriers, such as not knowing what opportunities are available in their local area, being easily distracted by other interests competing for their free time and life events such as moving house or having kids getting in the way.

People who are trying to discover relevant opportunities to get active face hurdles in doing so. Information, such as when a swimming class is, or where a community running group takes place, is hidden behind closed data systems, listed in brochures or sitting redundantly in PDF documents that quickly become out of date. This is known as ‘opportunity data’. The lack of opportunity data accessible for others both limits the services that can use the data to attract more people to activities and reduces the choice of activities people can find.

The OpenActive initiative, stewarded by the Open Data Institute (ODI), supported by Sport England, and formed of member organisations and individuals in the sport and physical activity sector, share a vision to help people get active by stimulating use and innovation with open opportunity data – data that is openly available for anyone to access, use and share.

The initiative hopes to play a part in overcoming some of these barriers by supporting organisations offering products and services for people wanting to get more active such as fitness and health organisations in the public and private sector, innovative lifestyle and sports apps, sports and leisure activity finders, platforms and supporting services. This will help the sport and physical activity sector keep apace with people’s digital expectations, making it as easy to find a local walking group or book a badminton court as it is to book a hotel online.

The ODI is continuing to build the OpenActive community with CSPs and other organisations interested in exploring how open opportunity data can support their local sport and physical activity aims. Through events, talks, workshops, guidance and training, CSPs can establish a clear understanding of the role of open opportunity data, its value and how it can help to solve common hurdles with getting people more active.

If you’re interested in finding out more, including upcoming training, events or want to speak with the OpenActive team please get in touch at hello@openactive.io. You can find out more online http://www.openactive.io, or sign up to the monthly initiative update.

View the full news item

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Case study: Recruiting a gender diverse board

At the start of 2017 the Alliance approached a new set of recruitment practices to successfully bring gender parity to our board and to also showcase our efforts to improve other strands of diversity, including ethnically diverse communities and disability representation.    This case study will help provide practical tips for you to enhance your own board recruitment practices by outlining how we identified and facilitated the recruitment practices and policies needed and how this shaped our current board composition.   View the full on-line case study

Stoke-on-Trent Festival of Running to officially launch

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is delighted to partner with the Stoke-on-Trent Festival of Running to bring one of the biggest running events to ever hit the city.

On July 15, 2018, the city will come alive with a host of running events suitable for everyone from the seasoned marathon runner to younger people hoping to find a lifelong love of pavement pounding.   The event will see racers of all ages and abilities taking in a host of iconic sights of the city with races leaving both the bet365 Stadium and Vale Park. Runners can enjoy five main races: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 5k run, a fun run and an oatcake run.

Online sign-up will also be available with the official website. For further details, see the Stoke-on-Trent Festival of Running Facebook page or contact the City of Sport team at: CityOfSport16@stoke.gov.uk

View the full news item

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launches new online services

We’ve introduced new online digital services for you to use. We’ve introduced new digital services for you to use. We know that you’d like more online services, which will improve our processing times and help you manage your information quickly and easily.


Our new online barring system is now available View the details

Changes to identity checking guidelines

Information regarding changes to identity (ID) checking guidelines when applying for a standard or enhanced check. New ID checking guidelines are being introduced on 2 October 2017. These new guidelines will apply to all applications for standard or enhanced checks.

The new guidelines will run in parallel with the existing guidelines from 2 October 2017 until 29 December 2017, when the existing guidelines will cease to apply. We appreciate that you’ll need to make changes to relevant literature and inform your customers. Therefore, you can start using the new guidance from the 2 October, but have 3 months to transition fully to the new guidance.  View the full details


Webinar – Understanding and supporting parental involvement in sport

This webinar, held 2 October 2017, [discussed the] pivotal role parents play within the lives of young athletes and how extremely demanding and challenging parenting young athletes can sometimes be.

Webinar resources: recording of the live webinar

webinar presentation (PDF)

Note: If you didn’t attend the live webinar, you’ll need to register your name and email to view the recording. This is free and takes only a few seconds. Source of information

Youth Sport Trust – How to get your children active – 10 top tips for parents

‘How do I become a better sports parent?’ is a question parents may be asking themselves now that the new academic year is in full swing. On National Parents in Sport Week we have created 10 top tips across the three key stages of your child’s sporting development on how you can support them to be the best they can be. View their 10 Top Tips

Sport England – Spotlight on Gender: Active Lives Adult Survey November 2015-16.

Focusing on the gender gap, the report unpicks the differences between how men and women engage with sport and physical activity, looking at factors like ethnicity, pregnancy and retirement. It’s the first of what will be a series of reports that scratch beneath the surface of our Active Lives Adult Survey results. Download a copy

Evaluating the Aspire Programme – key findings. UK Coaching

In June 2017 UK Coaching commissioned an evaluation of the Aspire Programme. This paper summarises the key results. The Aspire programme was designed to accelerate the development of the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours of coaches working with identified individuals within national age-group squads who had the potential to progress into world-class programmes, or to senior elite non-Olympic level. A key aim of the Aspire programme was to develop coaches’ expertise in the talent/performance foundation domain by expanding their insight, broadening their understanding and influencing their coaching practice.

Four cohorts have been involved with the Aspire programme, with the first Aspire I workshop held in February 2012 and the final celebration event for Aspire IV in June 2017. The four different cohorts were involved with the programme for approximately 18 months with coaches gaining access to development days, mentoring support, technological tools, support materials and guest speakers. Download a copy

VAST launch Kiln – a creative agency for the voluntary sector!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Kiln, our very own creative agency working exclusively for the voluntary sector.
Kiln provides a wide range of services, including: website creation, graphic design, printing and marketing services, merchandise development and database support. Our expert team understand the sector and are committed to providing professional services at affordable prices.

As a ‘Socially Responsible Creative Agency’, Kiln will reinvest funds in the local community and voluntary sector by subsidising some of its services and providing an innovative bursary scheme.

If you’d like to know more about our exciting new venture, visit the Kiln Website or call us on 01782 683030.

Department of Health and Public Health England 

New £15 million programme to help train one million in mental health first aid

The programme will train a million people in basic mental health ‘first aid’ skills. A new £15 million programme will see up to 1 million people trained in basic mental health “first aid” skills. The programme will improve personal resilience and help people recognise and respond effectively to signs of mental illness in others.

The campaign, designed and delivered by Public Health England (PHE), will help people assess their own mental wellbeing and learn techniques to reduce stress.

There will be an online learning module designed to improve the public’s knowledge, skills and confidence on mental health.

The government will invest £15 million in the campaign. It will launch next year for 3 years. PHE will work closely with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and other mental health organisations to ensure the campaign builds on the knowledge and experience of the sector.

View the full press release

View what StreetGames says about this programme

UK Coaching – Over nine million people in the UK benefitted from coaching in the past year

  • Coaching is delivering a wide range of benefits beyond physical activity
  • People who receive coaching agree it improves their physical and mental health

New research conducted by YouGov on behalf of UK Coaching has revealed that over 9 million people in the UK have received coaching over the past 12 months with a broad range of benefits delivered to recipients.

The research, from a sample size of over 20,000 people across the UK, has revealed that:

  • 9.3 million adults have received coaching, representing 18% of the adult population in the last 12 months
  • 83% of people being coached agree that the coaching they receive helps to improve their physical health
  • 72% of people being coached agree that the coaching they receive helps to improve their mental health and well-being

A broader definition of coaching now exists to recognise the wider benefits it has on society, as well as incorporating the traditional coaching of teaching sport specific skills and knowledge.

Participants’ experiences of coaching include motivations to do better, encouragement to come back and support to achieve individual goals. Almost half of all coaches see their primary role as one to build confidence and self-esteem in participants.

By equipping the coaching workforce and the organisations that deploy it with up to date skills and knowledge, UK Coaching is on a mission to put great coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport.

UK Coaching plans to release more detailed statistics from the research over the next 12 months. View the full news item

 UK Coaching Statement: Athlete Welfare

In response to recent media coverage of bullying in elite sport, UK Coaching, the national charity with a mission to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport, has re-affirmed its position on athlete welfare:

UK Coaching has the highest regard for the welfare of both athlete and coach and considers this an absolute priority. Coaches have a responsibility to put the welfare of their participants first.

The UK Coaching Code of Practice for Sports Coaches outlines what constitutes best coaching practice.

Coaches who abide by the Code will create healthy, positive environments for participants to thrive in, developing skills and fitness and building lifelong connections to keeping active – whatever their performance level. View the full statement

For more information contact:

Nathan Gallagher
Marketing Officer
East Staffordshire Borough Council
M: 07966 342240