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Legal & General to recognise sport at mental health Awards

Legal & General has announced its second annual Not A Red Card Awards* to celebrate businesses and individuals that have developed and implemented best practice around mental ill health in the workplace, and this year, in partnership with thinkBeyond, has launched the Innovative Use of Sport Award to recognise the important role of active lifestyles in helping companies better serve their employees.

Playfinder details increase in netball players post-World Cup

Playfinder has announced that it saw a 39.47% week-on-week increase in new netball users during the recent Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

Playfinder allows UK-based sports fans to find and book facilities online and the success of the Netball World Cup has already prompted people to try out the sport for themselves.

England finished third at the World Cup, with New Zealand having beaten Australia in the final to claim its fifth title. The World Cup ran from July 12th-21st at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena.

Tenzing launches anti-pollution tool for runners

Energy drinks brand Tenzing has staged its first-ever Clean Air Run to mark the launch of its new Clean Air Tool.

The run began in one of the most polluted areas of London and finished in one of the cleanest. Tenzing has teamed up with King’s College London on the Clean Air Tool, which is designed to help runners find clean-air runs in the capital.

The tool, which is available on mobiles, also allows runners to create their own route and offers challenges to find the cleanest routes in the city.

Man City and COPA90 publish women’s football audience report

Manchester City has teamed up with COPA90 to publish an international research study designed to deepen the understanding of current and prospective audiences for women’s football.

The study focused on fans between the ages of 16 and 24 and discusses five key areas of exploration to identify the similarities and differences in the behaviours, emotions and attitudes of current and prospective women’s football fans.

EFL clubs tackle loneliness

A dozen EFL clubs are to launch a new initiative aimed at helping retired and semi-retired people combat loneliness and inactivity.

The 12 clubs will work with local and national partners to run ‘Extra Time Hubs’, which seeks to bring older people together and provide a range of activities that could benefit their physical and mental health.

Funded with the support of Sport England’s Active Ageing fund from the National Lottery, Hubs will initially be created at 12 EFL Club Community Organisations across the country.

FA celebrates disability football with new film

The FA has released a new film to celebrate disability football ahead of the 2019 FA Disability Cup at St. George’s Park.

The event will take place from 15th-16th June and will mark the fourth edition of the FA Disability Cup.

The FA’s new film shines a spotlight on five grassroots disability footballers, who tell the stories of their individual journeys into the sport. It is hoped the film will encourage anybody with a disability to take up football, irrespective of ability or experience.

Made By Sport launches with £40m goal

Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams have joined forces with Prince Harry to launch Made By Sport, a new campaign set up to champion grassroots sport in the UK.

With young people from poorer backgrounds approximately 50% less likely to play regular sport, Made By Sport will create a four year campaign that will champion the power of sport to change lives and sets out to raise £40m in funds to use sport to support young people from disadvantaged communities across the UK.

Benfica claims crypto first with Utrust

Benfica has announced plans to accept online payments with cryptocurrency in what it claims marks a first for a major European football club.

The Portuguese club has linked up with digital payment provider Utrust on the initiative, which gives fans the chance to use cryptocurrencies to buy match tickets and products through Benfica’s official online store.

Benfica hopes the partnership with Utrust will help the club’s e-commerce strategy to bring tech-savvy supporters and cryptocurrency investors both in Portugal and overseas closer to the Estádio da Luz.

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