GBA E-News: November
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Welcome to the November edition of the Get Berkshire Active e-news bulletin!

Nominate your Sporting Heroes!!
The annual Get Berkshire Active Awards 2015 ceremony is to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Reading on Friday 5th Febuary. Nominations are now live to vote for your unsung Berkshire sporting heroes across various categories, sponsors include Decathlon, Active FM, FSP Law and Michael Burbridge. The deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday 13th November.
To get your nominations in click here.

New Online Activity Finder
Get Berkshire Active have recently updated the Online activity finder to a new system. The activity finder is a well-used signposting tool for participants to locate their nearest clubs or sport and physical activity sessions.
If you would like to register your organisation to list your activities then please contact

Workplace Challenge
Following the huge success of the September Pedometer challenge, we are now looking forward to the next activity log challenge starting in January. The perfect way to get more active and loose the Christmas pud'.
To get started and receive more information on the January Activity Log sign up here.

10,000 more volunteers for sport
Get Berkshire Active is supporting Join In and BBC Get Inspired on the #BigHelpOut mission to find 10,000 new volunteers for sport in the lead up to December’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
That’s 10,000 people ready to get stuck in where you need it most!
And that’s where you come in.
Join In will be directing these people to clubs through their website and we want to make sure you don't miss out.
So whether it’s coaches, accountants or simply someone to help make the teas, please spend a minute creating your page on Join In to tell these new volunteers what you need.

Create your page here

Free Marketing with Decathlon 
GBA have linked up with Decathlon to provide clubs with a unique marketing opportunity. Offering local clubs the chance to set up a stall in their Reading Branch on Sat and Sun, why not take advantage of Decathlon’s significant weekend footfall to help attract new members and spread the name of your club. 
For more info please contact us by clicking here.
Improve your Club in 20 Minutes 
Are you keen to improve your club but not sure where to start?
The Club Matters - Club Improvement Tool builds you a tailored development plan and points out the resources to help your club improve and grow sustainably, and now also has step by step video guides to help you complete the tool.
To find out more about the tool click here or contact

Get Physical - Oxford Academic Health Science Network Event
A half-day interactive event exploring how physical activity can be incorporated into the daily lives of NHS staff and patients to improve their health and well-being
All partners interested in the health benefits of daily physical activity are invited to attend this event.
Attendance is free, by invitation. For more information; click here or  Register now.

GBA Courses
**NEW COURSE SCHEDULE FOR 2015/16 available** 
    - scUK How to Coach Disabled People in Sport - 09/11/15
    - scUK How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Young People 10/11/15
    - scUK Equity in Your Coaching - 12/11/15
    - 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport - from 17/11/15
    - Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity Providers - 23/11/15
For a full list of the Courses GBA have coming up, including First aid and Safeguarding please click here 

Badminton England are teaming up with Macmillan Cancer Support for a week of badminton activity aimed at inspiring local people from your local communities to make a welcome return to a badminton court and hit a shuttle whilst raising vital funds for charity.
Badminton 4 Macmillan week activity will run Monday 23 - Sunday 29 November nationwide. Watch out for our local Berkshire workplaces event during the week.
For more information please contact

#Unmissable Sport
Sports coach UK and Sport England, have created a short animation and accompanying support guide for coaches to generate ideas for their sessions. ‘What makes your session UNMISSABLE for young people’ draws on recent research and contains fun ideas and tips for planning sessions.
It is the first in a series of three animations encouraging coaches to think about the needs and demands of young people.
View the animation and guide then tell sports coach UK how you have made your session unmissable using #UnmissableSport on Twitter.

Go Tri
The sports development team of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in partnership with Berkshire Tri Squad and Legacy Leisure, is running a GO TRI Training session on Saturday 21st November 2015, so why not come along and give it a try. The taster session is aimed at individuals who are 16+ years old – adults.
Date: Saturday 21 November 2015
Time: 1:45pm-4:30pm
Location: Windsor Leisure Centre, Stovell Road, Windsor, SL4 5JB
Cost: £5
For more information click here

This Girl Can - Mums and Daughters Rounders
Berkshire Youth and Hamstead Norreys Youth bring you mums and daughters rounders every Saturday for free at Dean Meadow, Hamstead Norreys. All abilities are welcome to attend.
For more info please email

Stay Well This Winter
Get Berkshire Active is supporting the 2015 Stay Well This Winter campaign. A joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public, and in particular those with long-term conditions and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they do not require a visit to the hospital.
Winter can be challenging on the health of these groups but there a number of things which can help prepare against the cold weather. Protect against flu by getting the flu vaccination, those over 65, pregnant women, children aged 2-4 and in school years 1 and 2 and people with long-term health conditions can receive this free from their GP or pharmacist.  It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors, so if possible keep homes at least 18°C (65°F) and at the first sign of illness, seek immediate advice and help from your pharmacist. Take prescribed medicines as directed and pick up any prescription medicines before Christmas Eve.  
If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit

The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter.

What's New...

GBA's Crowd Funding Website has gone live!
GBA in association with Podium Partners, have launched a crowd funding platform to support young athletes (up to 25 yrs.), athletes with a disability and any clubs, organisations or initiatives supporting them to promote their causes and raise the funds to achieve their goals.  
For more info about this funding and to apply please click here

Inspire to Achieve Bursary 2015
Following last year’s success, Get Berkshire Active has launched their ‘Inspired to Achieve’ fund for athletes 18 years or under seeking to shine in their chosen sport.
Young people from any sport, currently participating at any level can apply. Applicants must live in Berkshire and must be a member of a sports club in their chosen sport.
One male and one female will be awarded £500 to help cover expenses associated with participating in sport.
This year’s applications will be made through our new Crowdfunding website to allow individuals to raise funds beyond the £500 bursary they may receive from GBA. Alternatively, if unsuccessful in securing one of the Inspired to Achieve bursaries it will provide individuals with the opportunity to use this site to raise the funds needed via donations from friends and family.
For more information and to how to apply please click here.

Year 6 Sportivate Launch
Applications for new Sportivate projects (delivery starting from April 2016) are now being accepted. The deadline to get your applications in is 11th December 2015.
To receive an application pack or for guidance and feedback please contact

Year 4 Satellite Club Launch
Satellite clubs will continue into a fourth year to encourage community sports clubs to run outposts in new settings such as local schools, colleges, or other community venues, for all members of the community, aged 11-25. Satellite clubs provide a stepping stone to a community club for further participation.
Applications will be taken throughout February 2016, with the last date for submission being 26th Febuary.

Please contact for further information.

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