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EFL stars tackle mental health silence

Stars from English Football League (EFL) clubs turned heads at King’s Cross on World Mental Health Day, as part of a live exhibit highlighting the role football can play in tackling mental health problems.

Four footballers from across the leagues – James Shea (Luton Town), Deji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon), Luke Prosser (Colchester Utd) and Darius Charles (Wycombe Wanderers) – took centre-stage at a special temporary installation on the King’s Cross station concourse, on behalf of the EFL and its charity partner, the mental health charity Mind.

Sport marks World Mental Health Day

Swim England is among a host of UK sport industry organisations and partners activating around World Mental Health Day 2018.

The governing body of swimming in England released the findings of a YouGov poll it commissioned into the impact of swimming on participants’ mental wellbeing.

It found that 1.4 million adults in the UK believe that swimming significantly reduces the impact of their mental health conditions.

Limelight takes over London Tri

Limelight Sports is to take over the running of three major mass participation events under license from IMG.

The mass participation specialist will operate the AJ Bell London Triathlon, The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, and Etape Caledonia from 2019.

Under the agreement, Limelight Sports will run all aspects of the respective events with the target of growing their impact and attracting new participants and commercial partnerships.

Pugh and thinkBeyond hail government’s ‘landmark’ oceans call

Endurance swimmer-turned-campaigner Lewis Pugh is hailing the decision of the UK government to table a UN motion calling for 30 percent of the world’s oceans to be protected by 2030.

Pugh has been lobbying governments worldwide to adopt the ambitious strategy, including via his ‘The Long Swim’ campaign, crafted with the support of sport-for-social change consultancy thinkBeyond.

Now the UK has declared it will urge other nations at the UN General Assembly, taking place in New York this week, to treble the current 10% global target for marine protection.

British Gymnastics to boost training opportunities

British Gymnastics has agreed a new three-year partnership with Parkwood Leisure to increase the opportunities for children to take part in gymnastics across the country.

The partnership will see the governing body work with Parkwood Leisure, which manages more than 80 facilities on behalf of a range of local authorities throughout England and Wales, to standardise the gymnastics offering throughout its leisure centres.

FXTM backs Lewis Pugh's ‘The Long Swim'

Lewis Pugh, the UN ‘Patron of the Oceans’ and renowned endurance swimmer, has announced his latest challenge, which will see him call on the British government to urgently protect the seas around the UK coast and British overseas territories.

Lewis will attempt to swim the full length of the English Channel, wearing just Speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles, starting at Land’s End in Cornwall on Thursday 12th July, with the swim expected to end at Dover towards the end of August.

parkrun UK encourage people to keep active

parkrun UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners are launching an initiative which could see patients being ‘prescribed’ outdoor physical activity rather than medication.

The initiative aims to improve the health and wellbeing of health care staff, patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication. In 2017, the 1.11 billion prescriptions dispensed in communities across the UK cost £9.17bn.

RLWC 2021 launches legacy programme

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced its legacy programme, as well as a new partnership with Unicef UK, which becomes the official charity of the tournament.

The programme, ‘Inspired by 2021’, will comprise of three strands: volunteers, facilities and community engagement. According to organisers, the programme will look to use the tournament as a catalyst to develop the game of rugby league and engage with the widest possible audience.


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