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Even Pink Duck Swims

The first of a series of books, Even Pink Duck Swims takes children through the stages of learning to swim, following guidelines set by ASA. The author, Pina Hannan, is an ASA Level 3 Swimming Club Coach, ASA Level 2 Adult and Child Swimming Teacher.

Take a look what others had to say about it.

“I’m really impressed with this magical little book! One of the most effective tools for teaching young children is through story-telling, and the great thing about these stories is the messages within. The youngsters will not only learn about key water skills through play, but also hear about friendship, working with other children, helping each other, sharing, aspiration and listening to instruction.

Pina is a very experienced and successful swimming instructor, specialising in children who may have had traumatic experiences in the water or have phobias, and has written a really unique and intelligent text that young children will love and be motivated to learn how to swim.  I recommend this highly.”

Russ Barber – Director of Coaching – City of Sheffield Swim Squad and 3x TeamGB Olympic Coach.

 

“We liked that the book was the first in a series – we thought it would be really nice to follow the characters as they progressed through the different swimming levels in the subsequent books.”

 

“The book is aimed at 4-7 year olds – we thought the language, story content and swimming ability of the characters was appropriate for this age group.”

 

 

 

“We liked the quiz at the end of the story – this would have been fun to try out practically with younger children.”

 

 

“As a parent, I would have used this book to introduce my child to the idea of swimming lessons before they started.  By following the group of children through their swimming lessons, the book illustrates how the ASA programme works in practice. The book is informative, and introduces concepts such as swimming aids, technique, basic technical terms and water safety. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that learning to swim can be fun.

As a parent, learning to swim for my two children was not optional. Initially, I saw swimming as a skill necessary to preserve life in the case of an emergency, but as my children progressed through their lessons, I saw that learning to swim offered much more than this. It gave them opportunities to make new friends, have fun and develop their confidence, fitness, strength and stamina. It offered a series of goals, and a sense of achievement and pride when these were reached. My children now have a skill that will last them a lifetime.

The experiences and emotions that myself and my children encountered through the learn to swim programme are reflected in the story of ‘Even Pink Duck Swims’. I strongly believe that all children should learn to swim, and that this beautifully written book will help introduce even the most reluctant of children to the idea of learning to swim.”

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Sport England Launch ‘Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey’

A new survey providing a world-leading approach to understanding how children and young people engage with sport and physical activity has been launched by Sport England.

The Active Lives: Children and Young People survey will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.

Schoolchildren across England will be asked to take part in this new survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England’s vision that everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, should feel able to take part in sport and activity.

Compiled on behalf of the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the survey will run on an annual basis.

Each term, a number of schools will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year.

With a sample of this size, Sport England will be able to produce estimates down to local authority level, meaning the results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy on the Primary PE and Sports Premium, Childhood Obesity Plan and other programmes.

Schools selected to take part in the survey will be contacted by their County Sports Partnership (CSP) and asked to participate. Sport England has designed the survey to be as easy for schools to administer as possible and simple and enjoyable for pupils to complete.

Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey, which will cover measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.

The reports will give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. In addition, Sport England will offer each participating school at least £100 to thank them for their involvement in the study.

Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Children and Families, said:

“We want to encourage all pupils, regardless of their background, to develop a healthy and active lifestyle and a real and long-lasting love of sport

For more information about the survey, visit www.sportengland.org/activelivescyp.

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New Swim England Report Shows Health Benefits of Swimming

 

England has released a new report detailing the health benefits of swimming for individuals, communities and population health. Swimming regularly has considerable health and wellbeing benefits in comparison to people who do not engage in swimming.

Key findings

  • Water-based activity has specific advantages over land-based exercise alone.
    Swimming regularly is associated with a 28% reduced risk of all cause mortality and 41% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.
    People who swim for recreational or competitive purposes are eight times more likely to meet the physical activity guidelines compared to those who don’t.
    Long term swim training can improve cardiorespiratory fitness or endurance in several populations including women during pregnancy, children with asthma and adults with osteoarthritis.
    The report is divided into seven chapters, each containing an evidence review for the health benefits of swimming.

The individual health benefits of swimming and other water-based activities

  • Swimming and mental health benefits
    Physiology of swimming and health benefits
    Benefits of swimming for communities within a framework of delivering community capacity
    The public health benefits of swimming
    Benefits of swimming as a sport
    The economic case for swimming.

Click HERE to read the full report, or HERE for the Executive Summary

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Get active at the Custom Solar Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

Cricket Derbyshire are offering local schools the opportunity to inspire students and promote an active lifestyle by attending the Custom Solar Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, at Queen’s Park this July.

The Club is offering FREE tickets for students and teachers to attend the Specsavers County Championship match versus Durham; which runs from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 July. Schools who attend will gain free entry to the ground and be able to watch first-class cricket, featuring international players including the world’s number one limited overs bowler Imran Tahir, South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen, and former England duo Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions, right on their doorstep.

Schools can arrive from 10.00am and watch both squads warm up before performing a guard of honour as the players take to the field at 11.00am. During the lunch interval, pupils will get the chance to go on the outfield and play small games of Kwik Cricket and other fun cricket activities.

Following the lunch interval, the pupils will also have the opportunity to take part in a second guard of honour as the players retake the field. Other opportunities with the Derbyshire players may also be available.

Dates available

Monday 3 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

Tuesday 4 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

Wednesday 5 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

 

There is only a limited number of places available for each day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

To book, or for more information, please contact Mark Tournier at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership on;
Email     m.tournier@brookfield.derbyshire.sch.uk

Tel          01246 565825

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Team Up – New free online training module

Between 2017-2019 England are hosting the Women’s World Championships in Cricket, Hockey and Netball. 

The Team Up campaign has just launched a new online module in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. The interactive online workshop will support Key Stage 2 and KS3 teachers to explore how they deliver team sports to girls and how to make it more relevant and appealing to all girls. To sign up and access the workshop please click the button below.

https://teamupengland.com/

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Creating walking cities. A blueprint for change

Living Streets has published a new guide to help practitioners improve cities and streets for walking. Create walking cities: A blueprint for change sets out seven steps to a walking city which will lead to healthier, more economically successful, greener and stronger communities.

The vision is to create walking cities that are safe and inviting for people of all ages, where every child can walk safely to school and communities have quality spaces to thrive. Walking cities mean better cities for everyone.

The seven steps outlined are based on examples of best practice and contain a range of suggested policies and programmes aimed at city leaders and officials to help create walking cities.

Seven steps to a walking city:

  1. Make walking a priority – through strong leadership to ensure ambitious walking targets are embedded in policies
  2. Plan for walking – to enable commuters to access everyday service, eg, schools, shops or public transport stops, without using a car
  3. Create a walking network – to ensure that key destinations are within a network of well-connected routes.
  4. Design streets as places to enjoy – this means they should be designed around people, making them accessible and inviting places to walk and enjoy
  5. Provide attractive alternatives to the car – by improving access to public transport for longer journeys with policies to reduce private car travel
  6. Make walking safe – tackling road safety at source to create safer places without introducing unnecessary barriers to people walking
  7. Change behaviour and celebrate streets – encourage people to walk everyday journeys, such as to school or work to help change behaviour and bring streets to life.

DOWNLOAD: Creating walking cities: A blueprint for change

Provided by http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/home/index.html

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NATIONAL SCHOOL SPORT WEEK

We are currently developing a set of resources for all schools taking part in NSSW, including downloadable PJ Masks activities, a planning guide packed full of ideas, and certificates to recognise your students who took part.

 

The first 500 early years providers that register for the Early Years day as part of NSSW will also win an activation pack.

 

Link to sign up; https://www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week?dm_i=1ZLF%2C4W34V%2CDYVA3U%2CIITSR%2C1

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County Quadkids Competition

DERBYSHIRE ATHLETICS & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE A.A.A.

U11’s QuadKids Competition

As part of the Joint Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire COUNTY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

At Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby. Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017

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The exciting athletics quadrathlon competition for young athletes is being held at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Championships. For boys and girls in school years 4 and 5 (must be aged 9 or 10 years on the day of the competition). Open to all – you do not have to be a member of an athletics club.

Each athlete competes in a 75m sprint, a 600m run, long jump and a howler javelin throw. Athletes rotate around all 4 events. Points are gained decathlon-style – the faster you run and the further you throw and jump the more points you get. Medals for top boys and girls (total of the four events) in each county.

Saturday 13th May 2017 Nottinghamshire Girls and Boys

Sunday 14th May 2017 Derbyshire Girls and Boys

For more information or to fill out the entry form please click on the link below:

quadkids event

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New framework to help young Derbyshire people to engage in more active and healthy lives

A renewed push to help young people in Derbyshire engage in more active and healthy lives has been outlined with the launch of Young Active Healthy – A Physical Activity and Sport Framework for Young People 2017 – 2021.

Physical activity levels for young people are alarmingly low across England, with the vast majority failing to meet minimum daily guidelines, and lifetime physical activity levels declining from the age of nine.

This new framework, launched by Derbyshire Sport, looks to address these challenges in Derbyshire, and aims to engage everyone from birth to 25, with a core focus on building positive attitudes to physical activity and sport in those aged five to 18.

The framework’s 27 outcomes will also aim to ensure young people remain active and address participation inequalities for girls, lower socio economic groups and disabled young people.

At an event to launch the framework, invited guests heard from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health, Derbyshire County Council; Andy Knowles, Head Teacher, Tupton Hall School; Mark Tournier, Development Manager, Youth Sport Trust; Hayley Lever, Director, Derbyshire Sport; and Craig Homer, Sport Development Manager, Derbyshire Sport.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council, also challenged those in the room to engage with a wider cross section of professionals and work with those in the NHS, housing, planning and other sectors to achieve the outcomes in the plan.

He also said the emphasis should be on encouraging young people to live active lives, rather than doing 60 minutes of physical activity per day and then being sedentary for the rest of the day.

He said: “We want people to sit less and do more. Physical activity is important throughout life. If we can get it right at the start it is much easier later in life and the positive impact on the NHS would be massive.”

Mark Tournier, Development Manager at Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “We recognise there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure all young people lead a healthy active life. The Young Active Healthy framework outlines much of this work and will help shift the direction of travel for like-minded organisations.”

According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines, once able to walk children under five should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes, spread throughout the day. All five to 17 year olds should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day, and for 18 to 25 year olds this figure is at least 150 minutes per week, in bouts of ten minutes or more.

Young Active Healthy was launched at Horsley Lodge Golf Club on Wednesday, March 8.

Young Active Healthy Framework

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Opportunities in Dance

Boys’ Only Experience Day

A day aimed at boys aged 11–17 who are interested in finding out more about dance. Whatever your previous experience of dance, come and take part in a day of workshops with inspiring Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance professionals.

This will be a great opportunity to come and find out more about the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and ask any questions you might have.


SUNDAY 14 MAY 11AM – 4PM
iC4C, 2 DAKEYNE STREET
NOTTINGHAM, NG3 2AR

This event is FREE but booking is essential.

For more information about Dance4’s CAT programme or this event, please follow the link below.

http://archive.skem1.com/csb/Public/show/fdf84–bm5bl-1hyvn9c8

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