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Applications are now open for the Young People’s Sport Panel!

Last Updated: 2/12/2018

Sport Scotland are looking for a group of young people to speak up for sport and work with them and Young Scot to help influence and shape sport in Scotland, and they would value your support to spread the word! Do you know someone who has got what it takes to speak up for sport? Applications will close at noon on Thursday 22nd February 2016 They are looking for young people who are: • Living in Scotland • Aged between 14 - 23 • Passionate about sport • Able to commit 3 hours a week on a voluntary basis • Want to make a difference More information is available online below:


Sported and Women in Sport launch a new ‘sport for change’ programme

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Sported and Women in Sport have come together to launch a new Sport for Change programme to help girls in the most deprived areas of the UK to fulfil their potential by opening up access to sport. The programme is funded by Comic Relief as part of its Levelling the Field initiative. The joint programme seeks to help community sport groups in deprived areas of Scotland, South West England and the West Midlands. It aims to tackle gender stereotypes by improving the sport offering for girls and women and better meeting their needs. The community groups will benefit from expert workshops, gaining insights from Women in Sport’s research into the values and motivations that guide girls’ decision making, and how to apply these to the design, delivery and marketing of tailored sports activities. Each group will be supported by Sported volunteer mentors and regional managers for six months to embed the insights from the training and develop a business plan with a focus on girls’ engagement and inclusion. Additionally, nine girls from across the project will be identified as peer influencers. The girls will be coached and supported by Women in Sport to encourage their female peers to participate in sport and expand their aspirations. Read more below:

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Policy Briefing - Engaging Girls in Physical Activity

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

A new policy report by researchers at the University of Bristol outlines the evidence on the gender participation gap in children. The work presented in the review can be used to support work on a local and national level to ensure that girls can be active and stay active throughout childhood and adolescence. The four findings with policy implications highlighted in the briefing are: 1. Peer power and girls activity 2. Parents can help motivate their daughters 3. Active travel is a promising way to increase girls’ activity 4. Active after school clubs are promising but need to be designed to appeal to girls and boys.

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New study reveals that physical activity levels decline from age seven

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that young people’s activity levels start to decline from the age of seven. The study used objective physical activity data, measured with an accelerometer, using data from the Gateshead Millennium Study with eight years of follow up. The authors conclude that future policy and research efforts to promote physical activity should begin well before adolescence, and should include both boys and girls.


Sport and Mental Health - Young People

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

Sport and organised exercise should be used to promote better mental health for young people (aged 14-25 years) is the conclusion of a new report published by StreetGames and the Association for Young People’s Health. Young people are most commonly affected by anxiety and depression, eating disorders, conduct disorder, substance use disorder, ADHD and autism. However, this new review shows that the benefits of sport for mental health include preventing problems from arising and promoting positive youth development to treat mental health problems once they exist. The new literature review examines the connection between young people’s mental health and sport participation focusing on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Its aim was to find out which components of sport seem to be linked to good outcomes, and what is known about the potential mechanisms.


Cashback for Communities funding now available

Last Updated: 6/15/2016

Applications for latest Cashback for Communities funding now available.


StreetGames Launches Trailblazer Apprenticeship Consultation

Last Updated: 4/22/2016

StreetGames currently chair an employer steering group for skills and training across the community sport landscape and are looking for your views on the proposed Standard for a new Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship.


£2 million Cashback for sporting activities

Last Updated: 3/30/2016

The CashBack for Communities programme is a unique Scottish Government Programme which takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people.


Sport Scotland Young People’s Sport Panel 2016

Last Updated: 2/15/2016

Applications for the Sport Scotland Young People’s Sport Panel are now open, with the aim of extending the reach to ensure young people aged between 14 – 25 years of age from across the country can apply for this fantastic opportunity.


Active Beyond Education

Last Updated: 1/8/2016

The English Federation for Disability Sport has published a new report ‘Active Beyond Education’ exploring young disabled people’s experiences of sport and physical activity during the transition phase from education to adulthood.


Active East Glasgow Programme

Last Updated: 1/7/2016

Back in May 2011, over 30 local community groups in the East End of Glasgow came together with the ambition of ensuring physical activity and sporting opportunities were available to all local young people.

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Active Play Evidence Briefing

Last Updated: 11/26/2015

Public Health Ontario has produced an evidence briefing on promoting active play for children aged 0-12.


Sustrans Pilot Award Scheme for Schools

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

Sustrans is piloting a new award scheme for secondary school pupils to help develop the confidence and skills to travel actively and independently by walking, scooting and cycling.


Health of Scotland's Youth Report 2014

Last Updated: 10/29/2015

The Health of Scotland’s Youth report 2014 has now been published.


Girls on the Move Impact Statement 2005-2011

Last Updated: 4/7/2015

‘Girls on the Move’ was launched in 2005 to increase girls and young women’s physical activity levels by addressing barriers that prevent their participation.


Girls on the Move - Big Ideas Weekend

Last Updated: 2/16/2015

Girls on the Move (GOTM) is a Youth Scotland project that aims to increase physical activity levels amongst girls and young women.


YDance Active

Last Updated: 2/6/2015

We're working in partnership with Sportscotland to deliver the Active Girls Project, supporting girls in both school and community settings to become more physically active through dance. Our branch of the project, YDance Active, is funded to deliver a Youth Training Programme and a Workforce Development Programme nationally across Scotland.

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Fit for Girls Case Study Pack

Last Updated: 11/23/2011

A series of case studies showing how Fit for Girls has been implemented in different areas of Scotland.


HBSC Scotland National Report

Last Updated: 3/31/2011

Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children: World Health Organisation Collaborative Cross-National Study.

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Teenage Girls Physical Activity Summit

Last Updated: 3/21/2011

At the 2009 PAHA conference, the Minister for Public Health and Sport announced the intention to hold two summits focused on increasing levels of physical activity around teenage girls and older adults.

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