Sport England

Nick Pontefract JOINs SPORT ENGLAND

Sport England has appointed Nick Pontefract as its new chief operating officer.

Pontefract, who is the executive director of the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit at the British government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will replace Rona Chester in March.

Pontefract has been credited with securing the Government funding required for Birmingham's successful bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games through his work with the DCMS.

JagTag awarded Sport England grant

The Jacksonville Jaguars has announced that JagTag, its non-contact American football initiative created for young people, has been awarded a development grant of £42,902 by Sport England as part of Sport England’s Satellite Club Programme. 

JagTag is a non-contact adapted version of American football, played by anyone between the ages of eight and 16, and suitable for all abilities.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be running eight 30-week satellite clubs in London, Surrey and Kent, for young people aged 11-16 as well as a JagTag Summer Camp.

This Girl Can goes international

Sport England is taking the award-winning This Girl Can campaign internationally, after agreeing a new partnership with health promotion foundation, VicHealth, to promote getting active among women of all shapes and sizes and all levels of ability in Australia.

The initial three-year partnership will see VicHealth adopt This Girl Can’s formula of showing real women and girls playing sport and getting active, to help others in the state manage the fear of judgement that holds many back.

StreetGames secures £3.5m funding

National sports charity StreetGames has announced it has secured a further £3.5m in funding from Sport England for 2017/18.

The Doorstep Sport Club programme launched with investment from Sport England in 2013 and the programme has supported 100,000 young people to participate in 1,000 new youth sports clubs, across 310 community organisations or local authorities across England.

Sport England & UK Sport introduce new code

Sport England and UK Sport have announced that organisations seeking public funding for sport and physical activity must meet new gold standards of governance, which includes a gender diversity target for boards of at least 30%.

A new ‘Code for Sports Governance’ sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from those who ask for government and National Lottery funding from April 2017.

Sport England unveils four-year plan for inactivity

Sport England has announced it will triple the amount of money it invests in tackling inactivity to £250m over the next four years.

The organisation is looking to target the 28% of people who do less than 30 minutes exercise per week, with a shift in emphasis towards less active groups; typically women, the disabled and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

It sees a move away from its earlier strategy, which was set prior to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and focused on getting people to play more sport.

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