25 Aug

Are you a Club Welfare Officer wanting to learn more about the role? This workshop on Thursday 27 September in Falmer will describe how a club welfare officer works with others to create a child-centred environment, explain how the club welfare officer role fits into the wider safeguarding environment, and apply learning to case studies including sharing good safeguarding practice.

On Monday 10th September a UK Coaching 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' is running in Felpham. Create a positive sports experience for young people. Every child deserves to enjoy their sport. This workshop will raise your awareness of the telltale signs of abuse and poor practice, and give you the tools you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career.

This free e-learning course on involving children in decisions that affect them will help you put young people's views at the heart of your sport. Whether you're a sports coach, club volunteer or committee member – or otherwise involved in delivering youth sport – this training course is for you.

21 Aug

tt matchplay eveningsHorsham Table Tennis Club (HTTC), supported by Horsham District Council’s sports development team, is heeding the call from the sport’s governing body to encourage and support more people to start and stay playing and competing in table tennis by modernising local competition structures. Starting in mid-October and going through next season the club is running a weekly programme of Table Tennis Matchplay Evenings on Friday nights at Collyer’s Sixth Form College in Horsham, a venue that can accommodate up to 15 tables if required.

18 Aug

The latest Horsham and Shipley Community Project newsletter has been issued and as ever there's lots going on in the A272 adjacent field of dreams. The petanque section has been doing well no doubt helped by the hot summer we've had but in other ways the lack of rain has been causing problems in managing the grounds. The Men's Shed there has got its AGM coming up and the project will be represented with stalls at the Thakeham Village Day in September. The vets football team will have a new captain for the upcoming season and the walking football section is looking for ideas to charitably contribute to prostrate cancer prevention.

An independent review of sport in the justice system has highlighted the role that sport and physical activity can play in rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. It also identifies best practice from across the custodial estate and makes recommendations for enhancing provision. The report makes 12 key recommendations.

Sport England, in conjunction with Public Health England, NCSEM Sheffield and the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, has developed guidance and advice to maintain good levels of hygiene when involved in sport and physical activity. Good hygiene practice, by both organisations and individuals, helps ensure that everybody involved in sport and physical activity stays fit and well enough to take part, be it through participating, coaching or officiating.

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation to look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for dangerous cyclists. The consultation forms part of the government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy safety review. It recognises the difficulties of trying to create general parity between cyclists and drivers in terms of licensing and insurance, for example, but seeks to more closely align penalties for offences that result in death or serious injury.

7 Aug

The Late Birthday Project (www.latebirthdayproject.co.uk) is opening a new centre at Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath in October. As with its other centres, the focus will be on helping players born January to August to counter the significant impact of the Relative Age Effect in youth football.