As I write this piece for the August edition of our newsletter it feels more like mid-winter than late summer with the rain hammering on our roof! This feeling is reinforced by the onset of the annual sports award’s season and we have news of three awards and their application details. For over ten years we have run the annual Gloucestershire Sports Awards and this year we are delighted that the Citizen and Echo have taken the lead role in promoting and organising these awards supported by Gloucestershire County Council and ourselves. It promises to be an amazing evening and I hope that the judging panel will be inundated with nominations in each category. If that is not enough opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the contributions to sport made by so many individuals we also have details of two other prestigious awards so the potential to see your nomination being successful is greater than ever before.
Gloucestershire continues to grow its reputation as a place that is serious about providing sport and physical activity for people with a disability and we look forward to the County SEN Youth Games as well as reporting success with the national Playground2Podium project.
We also feature an update on the implementation of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) and the Vetting and Barring scheme which will be responsible for making decisions to bar those people deemed unsuitable to work with children and / or vulnerable adults. This is a tricky but important development that sport and physical activity providers need to understand.
There is much more as well, so I hope that you will find this edition informative and useful. As ever we are happy to carry your contributions and to consider your suggestions so please do not hesitate to get in touch. In the meantime get on with making those nomiantions!Best wishes
The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo have launched the Gloucestershire Sports Awards, in association with Active Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire County Council, to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the county's numerous dedicated sportsmen and women.
The Awards will recognise the contribution to sport within the county of Gloucestershire from grass roots level upwards. The spotlight will shine on those people who work behind the scenes yet contribute so much and profile the sports that rarely get mentioned while rewarding their success. These are the awards for the people, voted for by the people. So do you know a coach, official, team-mate, referee, teacher or club that deserves some recognition for their services to your sport? If so then you can put them forward either online or by using one of the nomination forms in the Citizen or Echo and simply fill it in and send it back to the Citizen or Echo.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 26th September 09. There are 12 different groups in which people can be nominated. A list of the awards can be seen below;
For more details on the sports awards categories and how to make a nomination click here.
The Ben Jeffrey Award Scheme is an award scheme administered by the GPFA (Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association) on behalf of local businessman and Councillor, Ben Jeffrey.If you are talented at sport or know anyone who is then this award will be of interest to you. Successful applicants are given a grant from the scheme to help meet their training and equipment costs. The criteria to be considered for the award are:
Past winners of this award have come from a wide range of sports including floorball, skiing, snooker, squash, boxing, BMX biking, cricket, hockey to name but a few.
For an application form please contact Graham Ross on 01452 530931 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for nomination is 14th September 2009. Presentations will take place at the GPFA AGM on the 1st December 2009 and will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO JP.
The Citizen of Gloucester award has been set up to enable Gloucester City Council to recognize the outstanding contribution made by individuals especially on a voluntary basis. It looks to enrich the lives of local people in the areas of caring, business, environment, good neighbours, public service or sports.
The successful person will receive the award in January 2010 at an evening civic reception hosted by The Mayor in the North Warehouse. A commemorative plate and framed certificate will be presented in front of invited guests and councilors.
All nominees must either live in the city, or work with residents or businesses in Gloucester. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre, The Guildhall (arts centre), various council offices, GL1 (leisure centre), The Citizen office, libraries and museums. Deadline for applications is Friday 30th October 2009 with the winner being announced in late November 2009.
For more details on the award and how to nominate click here.
It’s official. Gloucestershire’s Playground to Podium event for Children with learning difficulties and disabilities has been hailed a national success.
Gloucestershire’s Development Team Leader for Active Inclusion Anne-Dorte Andersen recently received correspondence from the English Federation of Disability Sport which said ‘Last week the "Landscape Partners" (The Landscape partners include Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Paralympics GB, English Federation of Disability Sport and all the National Governing Bodies) for Playground to Podium met at Loughborough University to review, evaluate and agree next steps for this very exciting initiative. As a group we reviewed the twenty Playground to Podium events which have been delivered to date across England. Everyone agreed this was one of the best ones delivered to date.'
Anne said ‘I am delighted that Gloucestershire was regarded as one of the best event across the county but it was testament to the young people in the county and to the help and support from partners and volunteers. Without their efforts an event like this would not be able to take place'.
For more information on Playground to Podium click here.
On Wednesday 23rd September 2009 the annual Gloucestershire SEN Youth Games will be running at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester. This event is for SEN/Disabled Children in the county's Special and Mainstream Schools. The event is aimed at children from years 5 & 6 and Key Stage 3 pupils. Young people at the event will be taking part in four sessions from a range of sports and physical activities including hockey, football, judo, tennis, street dance, extreme and tri golf and many more.
This year we have seen a record number of entries of young people and the largest number of schools registered, including a number of new schools that have previously not been involved. 285 young people from 30 schools have registered and there are additional schools set up on a waiting list!!
The event aims to give all disabled pupils a high quality sporting experience, with all activities adapted to suit each individual participants needs. This year’s event will also focus on the activities which the participants currently have, or will shortly have access to, in the community. We are therefore delighted that local clubs here in Gloucestershire will be joining us to run some of the sessions. Some of these sports will be new to the 2009 Youth Games programme and will give the children new opportunities, while others will be those which have proved successful in previous years.
With a new drive and focus, we are confident that this year’s event will be huge success. For more details on the Gloucestershire Youth Games please contact Anne Andersen on 01242 715201 or e-mail her on email@example.com.
Sports coaches are set to benefit from the new Typhoo Sports for All project which was launched by footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst.
Typhoo Tea Limited is partnering with the Federations of Disability Sport to make sport more accessible for disabled men, women and children right across the UK, and 1966 World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst is lending his support.
This brand new initiative, funded entirely by Typhoo, will train a minimum of 500 community-based sports coaches all over the UK and provide them with the skills to encourage disabled people to participate in the sporting activity of which they are a coach.
Sir Geoff Hurst is backing the project as brand ambassador to help raise awareness. He says: "I feel that this initiative is extremely worthwhile in helping to make a range of sports accessible to disabled people, enabling them to remain active and take part in everyday sport. Exercise is something which many of us take for granted and something which should be readily available to everyone. The Typhoo Sports for All project is working hard to make this possible. I am appealing to anyone in the sport and fitness industry to come on board and help raise the profile of Typhoo Sports for All to secure even more support."
For more information on the Typhoo Sports for All project click here.
In April 2009 the government announced a revised timetable for full implementation of the new Vetting and Barring Scheme which is being introduced under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA). The new scheme will be responsible for making decisions to bar those people deemed unsuitable to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.
There are new legal requirements which relate to employing barred people and the duty to refer information. This will include requirements on employers of both paid staff and volunteers. Staff and volunteers who are engaged in “regulated activity” will need to become members of the scheme which is being phased in, in order to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.
The legislation will therefore place new requirements on the sports sector, and guidance specific for the sector is being developed to help explain how this will work. For many people in sports clubs and centres these responsibilities will be able to be discharged through the organisation which currently processes their recruitment checks through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). This may be their national governing body (NGB) of sport or local authority or potentially local sports clubs.
Regulated activity with children includes work, paid or unpaid, frequently or
intensively, to provide:
In addition, any frequent or intensive contact with children in certain specified places (e.g. schools, children's homes, relevant childcare premises) is regulated activity.
Sports clubs and leisure centres are not specified places but sports activities which are organised and run by NGB local clubs or other providers and which take place within a school setting or on school premises would fall within the specified place definition.
A similar definition applies in relation to regulated activity which is targeted specifically at vulnerable adults. ‘Vulnerable adults’ are clearly defined in the legislation and would include instances where sport activities are arranged specifically for a group with disabilities. It would not include situations where an adult who happens to have a disability participates in general sporting activity targeted at those without disability.
All sports organisations (or organisations providing sport and physical activity) need to be aware of and prepare for these important changes. For further information click here.
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