Clubs, Coaches, Volunteers Newsletter March 2023

Spotlight on: Female Participation

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As Sport England announces the next phase of its flagship campaign ‘This Girl Can’ and shifts its attention to tackling the exercise ‘Enjoyment Gap’, and as Project 500 (More Women, Better Coaching) celebrates its 10th Birthday, it seemed timely to do a Spotlight On: Female Participation.

Showcasing the support available to help more women to become more active, to reduce the enjoyment gap, to encourage more women into coaching and to help women move through the various life stages, we hope you find the articles and information of interest.

Spotlight on: Female Participation

Training Opportunities

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Active Kent & Medway Workshops

Active Kent & Medway support the delivery of training opportunities for clubs, coaches and volunteers across the county.

Covering topics such as safeguarding, volunteer experience, and time to listen, there are a range of face to face workshops and virtual sessions taking place over the coming months which you’re welcome to attend.

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Activity Volunteer Award

The Activity Volunteer Award developed by Sports Leaders UK provides an accredited learning pathway into volunteering for young people aged 13+ through building transferrable core skills. The Skills are Self-Belief (Confidence), Communication, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Self-Management.

As the learners progress through the programme, they complete a series of tasks, recording their progress in their own personal Volunteer Profile, creating a record that demonstrates their growing skills.

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Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officer Training

This online training session is essential for safeguarding adults in sport and activity clubs. Delivered by Ann Craft Trust, it includes how to identify concerns, respond to concerns and disclosures, and how to create a safe culture within a sport or activity club setting.

Date: Thursday 20 April 2023
Time: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Visit Ann Craft Trust to book a place

For those with no previous safeguarding adults training, Introductory e-Learning Courses are also available.

Funding Opportunities

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Everyday Active Small Grant

Small grants are available of up to £500 for local clubs and organisations looking to encourage and increase participation in physical activity for those living in Kent or Medway.

Funding could be available to cover facilitator or coaching costs, venue hire, equipment, marketing and publicity for projects such as new programmes, festivals, events, launches or celebrations of activity, that re-engage with previous audiences and/or encourages those new to activity to continue to be active.

“A simple application and fast to be approved. It’s made such a difference to the lives of the people within the group.”

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Sport England and CrowdFunder have teamed up to make £7.5million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector to recover, reinvent and build resilience. Get up to £10,000 to keep your community physically active.

As part of the Active Together programme, Crowdfunder is running a series of FREE online workshops to show sports clubs and teams how crowdfunding can be an effective way to raise funds.

Book your place – Introduction to Crowdfunding Workshop

Free Access for National Sports People

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The Kent county-wide FANS (Free Access for National Sports People) scheme provides support to the county’s leading sports performers (all ages) through free, off-peak access to a number of the county’s sports facilities for personal training and development.

Facilities involved in the scheme include leisure and sports centres, swimming pools, fitness gyms, artificial/synthetic pitches and athletic tracks plus a range of other specialist and general indoor and outdoor facilities.

Find out if you or someone you coach is eligible for the scheme and the benefits you can access to help you stay in the best possible condition.

Visit the FANS Scheme to find out more

Conversations with Coaches

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As we congratulate and celebrate Project 500‘s 10th Birthday this month, Louisa Arnold, our Workforce and Coaching Manager, has been catching up with supporters of the programme and recording a series of short podcasts.

You can hear about the history of Project 500, how it’s helped women forge a career in sports coaching, what female coaches wanted from the programme and why it was ahead of its time – plus so much more.

Visit Project 500 Reflections podcasts

Become a dementia friendly club/venue

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Could your sports club or venue become dementia friendly?

Alzheimer’s Society recently launched a new guide which sets out how to be accessible and inclusive for people affected by dementia. Based on insight from people’s real-life experiences, the Dementia Friendly Sports Clubs and Venues Guide offers a blueprint for how organisations can make a difference.

It provides practical advice on what’s needed to equip staff, plan events, and provide the right facilities so that people affected by dementia can continue to enjoy live sport.

Access the Alzheimer’s Society Guides

Mental Health Awareness Week

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems we can face. In a recent survey, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. On a positive note, anxiety can be made easier to manage, and physical activity can help.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15 – 21 May) aims to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.

Hear how Trevor and John feel the benefits of connecting with the natural world to overcome anxiety and depression.

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