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FA highlights Cup’s lower league legacy

The 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup got underway at the weekend, with the FA keen to highlight the impact of its prize fund on the development of clubs further down English football’s pyramid.

It comes after The FA doubled the prize fund for clubs competing in the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup to £30.2m.

Ahead of the first round of games this weekend, football chiefs headed to Lincoln City FC to gain a first glimpse at the League Two side’s new £1.3million Elite Performance Centre.

Sport Remembers

Organisations across the sport industry are marking this weekend’s Remembrance Sunday, which will also commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Those participating include racing’s promotional body, Great British Racing, which is drawing attention to the lives of both cavalry and horses that were lost.

Dein launches Premier League-backed prisons project

Former Arsenal vice-president David Dein has launched a new sport-for-social change initiative with backing from the government and key football stakeholders, which seeks to use the power of football to support people preparing for release from prison.

The Twinning Project will pair professional clubs with institutions across the UK’s prison system. 

Under the initiative, clubs from the Premier League and EFL will deliver coaching, refereeing and other employability skills training to prisoners, aiming to better prepare them to find work outside of prison.

Donat to stage 2nd Sports Connects in China

UK-born businessman Jasper Donat is consolidating his presence in the Asian sports market with a second edition of 'Sports Connects – the China Sports Forum' being staged at the Mission Hills sport and leisure resort in China at the end of next month.

Senior speakers taking part in the event are set to include Mailman Group CEO Andrew Collins, David Yang, CEO of Wanda Sports China and Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A, alongside representatives from Alibaba and Weibo and regional rightsholder chiefs.

Asher-Smith spearheads coaching drive

Triple European sprint champion Dina Asher-Smith has thrown her weight behind England Athletics’ new #gocoach campaign, which is aiming to attract 10,000 new coaches to the sport by 2020.

The star, who ends 2018 as the joint-fastest woman in the world, has been coached since the age of nine by John Blackie at Blackheath & Bromley Harriers Athletics Club.

Pitchero acquires rival Teamer

Two of the biggest players in the UK digital grassroots sports market are to join forces, following Pitchero’s acquisition of key competitor Teamer and its subsidiaries Club Website and Fixtures Live.

The move consolidates Pitchero’s position in the UK market for digital grassroots sports tech, growing its active club membership to over 22,000. 

This includes 160,000 teams and more than two million individuals - players, parents, coaches and club officials across grassroots and semi-professional sport. The platform receives more than 80m page and screen views every month.

HITZ marks 10 years of community impact

Premiership Rugby has marked 10 years of its education and employability programme, HITZ, with a celebration attended by playing stars including Maggie Alphonsi, Ellis Genge and Ed Jackson at the BT Centre in London.

The rugby-based programme has engaged more than 13,000 participants over the past decade, supporting young people from challenging backgrounds, including those who have dropped out of mainstream education. 

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