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Welcome to Oxfordshire Sports Partnership “Coaching Matters” Issue 8 This Enews is for you “the coach”. It is packed with hints and tips, articles from coaches, coach educators and information about NGB Coach Education courses. It is your forum and your voice; we want to hear from you about what is going on in your Sport, your examples of good practice, projects that you are proud of and would like to share.

The Newsletter will be produced quarterly at the end of September, December, March and June and the deadline for submitting articles will be the 24th of the month.

If you have any comments about the Coaching Matters, or wish to share information or examples of good practice, please get in touch with Denise Brown, Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Development Officer




Coaching Conference “The Legacy of 2012”


Sports Awards


Sports Coach UK Updates


E-learning survey Oppprtunity to win £50 in Vouchers


Is Your Sport Clean…?


Focus on Golf / Feel Inspired Academies






Badminton & Football


Cycling & Handball




Rugby & Netball




Table Tennis, Rowing & Canoeing




GB Sport “Are you ready for the tax authorities….?”

20 -21

Business & Marketing Essentials


22 - 23

Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Conference After the amazing success of the London 2012 Olympics, the question on many coaches’ minds is how are we going to cope with the surge in demand at grass roots level for sports coaching triggered by the inspirational performances of the world’s top athletes?

This was the theme of the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Conference “The Legacy of 2012” that attracted 115 coaches from 9 sports for a day of talks and workshops on July 15 at Cokethorpe School in Witney.

RFU Player Development Manager, Gary Townsend, presented the key speech on “Athlete-Centred Coaching”, to an audience of coaches from archery, athletics, rugby, netball, hockey, football, ice skating, rowing and synchronised swimming. Workshops were both generic and specific sports and included; practical workshops on “Building possession with young players” and, “Developing quick interplay” from the FA’s Paul Holder and Paul Lever. Other workshops included – “How to Deliver Engaging Sessions”, “Developing Talent”, “Introducing Rugby to Children”, “Developing the Whole person”, “Strength and Conditioning” , “Planning and Periodisation”, “Coaching Science - Theory to Practise” and “Maximising Potential”. Feedback received by conference organisers, Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, was very positive. Coaches said that the event was valuable in terms of new knowledge, theory, techniques, and of huge benefit to their own professional development.

Gavin Williams, RFU Coaching & Playing Development Officer said, “I really enjoyed the conference and thought it was an excellent example of partnership working”.

Liz Burkinshaw, scUK tutor said, “I was really impressed with the Coaching Conference and Oxfordshire Sports Partnership for pulling coaches together under the big theme of participation. The keynote speaker was fantastic.

Neil Meardon, Coach at Wallingford Rugby Club, said, “Thank you for organising another very successful Conference. I have attended them all and always come away having learnt something new, not just from the workshops, but from talking to people from other sports to find out how they are dealing with different issues. A great venue at Cokethorpe School and A great Conference!”

If you would like to be involved with next year’s Conference, please contact the Coaching Development Officer Denise Brown: / 01865 252689.

2012 Oxfordshire Sports Awards Nominations are now OPEN. You have until Friday 5th October to make your nomination! The seventh annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards take place on Friday 23rd November at the Kassam Stadium. This year’s Awards promise to be very special as they follow in the afterglow of London 2012 Games and the greatest year of British Sport in living memory.

We need YOUR help to identify your local sporting heroes who you believe should receive nominations for their excellent work over the year. We are looking for: 

Talented sportsmen and women and youngsters of all age groups and abilities

Successful sports clubs and teams.

The dedicated volunteers and coaches who deserve recognition for their time and commitment

Junior Team Of The Year 2011 Henley Rowing Club Junior Girls Quad

The 2012 Award Categories are: • Active Workplace Award - sponsored by BRITA • Club of the Year - sponsored by GLL • Coach of the Year - sponsored by Premier Sports Group Ltd • Disability Sports Award of the Year - sponsored by London Welsh RFC • Junior Sportsperson of the Year - sponsored by Oxford City Council, Leisure & Parks • Junior Sports Team of the Year - sponsored by Fullflight • Sportsman of the Year - sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle • Sports Team of the Year - sponsored by Premier Sports Group Ltd • Sportswoman of the Year - sponsored by Oxford Brookes University Sports Department • Unsung Hero - AVAILABLE • Young Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Parkwood Leisure

For more information please visit

Latest Coaching Research & Updates from Sports Coach UK

Coach Tracking Study This four year study is now complete and a headline report has been published covering some of the main findings, click here.

Identifying Excellent Coaching Practice along the Sporting Pathway What does excellent coaching practice mean? Coaching study with Scottish Hockey studying coaches and participants at all levels of the hockey sporting pathway (children, young people, adults, talent development, and elite players). As well as listing examples of excellent coaching practice in each environment, the results show the similarities and differences along the pathway. For more information, click here.

Coaching Insight To help Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sport Partnerships with future planning we have produced a Coaching Insight report. This is a compilation of existing statistics and research on coaching that can be used to understand future trends, For more information click here

Follow the scUK Research Team on Twitter at

Why? This is something that the coaching research world has been notoriously bad at and we are trying to improve this through the scUK Excellent Coaching Practice project. Our mission with this page is to become a hub for coaching research. Rather than just comment on what we are doing we want to point people towards other coaching research and information that is going on..

What is Coach Talk………..? Coach Talk is a monthly update that allows you to check out the latest blogs on the sports coach UK website. Just click on the links below and take a look at what people are talking about.

The Talent Equation: Rory McIlroy - A Talent Nurtured Stuart Armstrong, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer - Talent, explores the importance of nurturing talent from a young age and the impact it had on Rory McIlroy.

C is for Confidence Liz Burkinshaw sports coach UK Development Lead Officer, looks at the importance of increasing participant's confidence and promoting a have-a-go attitude.

The Inevitable Surprise John McIlroy, sports coach UK Information Manager, talks about research looking at what makes coaches exit coaching and what could be done to help with this issue.

Coaching Children? Make it Memorable...Think Like a Kid! Pete Sturgess, FA National Development Coach 5 -11 examines the importance of 'thinking like a kid' when coaching children.

Can You Find a Mentor...Who are They....Where do They Come From? Kurt Lindley, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer for Coach Development, considers who makes a good coach mentor, and where to find them.

Sharing your thoughts on E-learning sports coach UK is keen to understand to what extent coaches are actually using online and computer based resources to develop their coaching knowledge and practices. This is an opportunity for coaches to shape the future of coach education. Views on the use of e-learning and other learning technology within coach education will help to play a part in how the future looks. So we would be very grateful, if you could spare a few minutes, to complete this survey, giving us your experiences and usage of online and computer based resources as a coach. To complete the survey click here. All those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £50 Love to Shop vouchers.

Is Your Sport Clean…….?

An interactive e-learning programme designed to give coaches the knowledge and understanding to help guide athletes in clean sport. Coach Clean has been developed by sports coach UK and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and is the only anti-doping course that relates to the coach’s role. Complete Coach Clean and you’ll:     

Be able to support clean sport Improve your understanding of anti-doping and what this means for coaches and athletes Better prepare athletes for testing Be able to explain the wide-reaching consequences of an anti-doping rule violation Have ideas about how to promote clean sport in your own coaching environment

Price: £15* inclusive of VAT (usual price £25). To book on the course click here.

BERKS, BUCKS & OXON GOLF PARTNERSHIP New Coaching Coordinator for BB&O, Duncan Woolger Right Coach, Right Place, Right Time…Good coaches ensure that individuals participating in golf have positive experiences in the game and are therefore more likely to continue their involvement into the future. The BB&O Golf Partnership aims to ensure that all golf coaches involved in growing the game across the region are appropriately trained and qualified to coach at their chosen level. Duncan Woolger has recently been appointed as a Coach Coordinator to help implement a comprehensive professional development programme for the local PGA professionals and UKCC volunteer coaches in the BB&O region. His responsibilities are;     

To develop and manage a golf specific coaching conference to kick start a winter programme of coach education To conduct various Training Needs Analyses in order to determine the most appropriate and relevant CPD for the local coaching workforce To construct a comprehensive winter training and education programme for local coaching workforce To develop relationships and a mutually beneficial network amongst local coaching workforce To assist with an appraisal system for coaches working for the BB&O Golf Partnership on the Junior Academy Programme

Coaching Method/Philosophy: I use The Plane Truth System

Everything you do at address or during the swing affects impact. I diagnose what I think is making the biggest influence on your bad shots and neutralise it. In other words, I make your worst shots better as quickly as I can without re-modelling your swing. I really care about all my students and want them to get back playing their best golf as soon as possible, not in 6 weeks, but in 6 balls!

Plans for 2013: To keep learning and improving. I will be starting my PGDip in Sports Coaching and look forward to that challenge, as well as helping all my fellow professionals throughout BB&O stay at the forefront of career development by putting on seminars and clinics from industry leaders over the winter.

BERKS, BUCKS & OXON GOLF PARTNERSHIP “Growing the Game by Improving You” Conference Wed 21st November at Blue Mountain GC Berkshire RG42 4EX. More information to follow in due course on BB&O website

Feel Inspired Academies Over the last 3 years the Berks, Bucks and Oxon (BB&O) Golf Partnership has developed an excellent Junior Academy Programme aimed at developing junior golfers across the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire region.

When the concept of a “Feel Inspired Academy” for children with special needs was considered in March 2010, BB&O GP were unsure of the amount of interest that would be generated, but agreed to run a pilot project in the Oxford area based at Waterstock Golf Club. The Partnership decided to create the “Feel Inspired Academy” which would give children with learning disabilities the opportunity to learn to play Golf.

BB&O GP advertised 3 taster days for children with learning disabilities in the Oxford area. These were advertised through mainstream and special needs schools, the CSP and social networking. All 3 days were hugely successful with 60 children receiving an introduction to golf coaching. Twenty enthusiastic students were then invited to take part in the “Inspired Programme”. Each received 6 x 2 hour sessions of golf coaching throughout the spring and summer months of 2012. BB&O sourced some funding from Oxford County Council’s “Short Breaks” which enabled the Partnership to purchase equipment to aid the quality experience that the children would receive on the programme.

At the completion of the first year's course, all of the participants - who have a range of disabilities were presented with a golf club and putter to keep practicing. They were invited to come back in 2013, for a similar six session programme. Local interest has been strong with the Oxford Times & Oxford Mail reporting on the Academy.

Commenting on the Feel Inspired Academy, BB&O GP Chairman, John Low said: "This initiative has been a massive success, we have had excellent attendance from the pupils and have seen improvement in their balance and social skills during the six session programme. The professional team led by Tom Baker, and supported by volunteers, have all been really impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the boy and girls."

ATHLETICS Run England launch new resources for group leaders Run England is pleased to announce new resources for group leaders to help them manage their group. Thanks to funding from Sport England their new Group Finder map will allow leaders to not only manage the information on their group more easily, but to also have a secure online register of their group members to know who their members are and which sessions they have attended. For more information click here

Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) Saturday 6th October, 8.30am – 5pm at the Oxford Academy. There are still spaces available, if you are interested. Contact Vicki Galvin, GO Active Coordinator / 01865 252720

England Athletics announce details of their 2012 Coaching Conferences North Saturday 29 September, Leeds Metropolitan University South Saturday 29 September, Lee Valley Athletics Centre Midlands & South West Sunday 30 September, Birmingham High Performance Centre Each conference will deliver bespoke workshops for Run Leaders and those holding the LiRF qualification alongside the traditional workshops. Conferences will provide the perfect opportunity to: 

Network and share ideas with other Run Leaders and Athletics Coaches

Consider best practice around promoting your running group and forming club links

Learn more about the support available to coaches and leaders from England Athletics

Understand the pathway from the “Leadership in Running Fitness” qualification to the “Coach in Running Fitness Award”

Gain tips from expert coaches to help you plan and develop your sessions.

Visit our coaching marketplace with products and services to support coaches and leaders from a variety of organisations and England Athletics partners. To book your place click here.

VOLLEYBALL What did the Olympics do for us? Despite a dearth of real evidence, “Joe Coach” decides to draw hard and fast lessons from the Olympic experience and looks to volleyball’s Audrey Cooper for some inspiration. London 2012 has been a breakthrough Games for 50% of the population. Women have never been so prominent, with every country having at least one woman taking part and competitions in every sport, including boxing, for both genders. The most seen but least commented on piece of gender equality was getting attractive young men to carry the medals and flowers into medal ceremonies rather than attractive young women. To read the full article click here.

Volleyball England Open applications for 2013 Young Coaches Academy In spring of this year, the Youth Sport Trust held their National Young Coaches Academy (NYCA), an event which took 20 of volleyball’s most promising young leaders to inspire them to continue along the coaching pathway and beyond.

Volleyball England is delighted to announce that this academy will be running again and will see the 20 young leaders selected join 180 other promising young leaders from 9 other sports in an amazing multi-sport coaching opportunity. The event will take place at Loughborough University from Friday 4th January to Sunday 6th January 2013. Following this academy, Volleyball England will provide its own academy which will focus on practical delivery as well as volleyball specific techniques. This academy will take place at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering from Saturday 2nd February to Sunday 3rd February 2013 (may be subject to change)

If you would like to attend these academies or know anyone who would be interested in your club or school environment, then please contact Dan Warburton, Young People Coordinator at or on 01509 227 727.

Badminton Level 1 Course Day 1: Sunday 14th October Day 2: Saturday 27th October Assessment day: Saturday 1st December National Badminton Centre, Loughton Lodge, Milton Keynes, MK8 9LA

Badminton Level 2 Course Day 1: Sunday 28th October Day 2: Sunday 11th November Day 3: Saturday 2nd December Assessment Day: Sunday 16th December Venue: Cedars Coaching Academy, Cedars Upper School, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2A. For more information or to book a course click here.

PARA-BADMINTON ‘Para-Badminton’ Resource is available free online, giving coaches advice and coaching plans to make your clubs sessions inclusive to new disabled players. In addition, for coaches who wish to learn more, there is a Disability Badminton Coaching course available to those coaches who have taken or registered for their Level 2 award. For more information about Para – Badminton click here or contact Tom Webster


FOOTBALL Coaches required to work in OFA programmes The OFA are in the process of recruiting casual based football coaches to work within our coaching programmes. We can offer  coaches excellent CPD opportunities via free  membership to our Coaches Association and FA  Licensed Coach’s Club, as well as support and mentoring from OFA staff. For more information     click here. 

CYCLING Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling The Level 2 qualification is many people's starting point on the coaching pathway and is aimed at those who are new to coaching, but have some experience of cycling. Coaches at this level are vital to ensure that everyone involved in cycling at the grass roots level has a positive and enjoyable experience, ensuring the ongoing future and success of cycling in Britain. The Level 2 Coaching Certificate enables coaches to independently plan, deliver and evaluate a series of cycling activity sessions to groups of beginner and intermediate level children or adults. Level 2 coaches are able to use the British Cycling Go-Ride Gears 1–4 Coaching Workbooks to help plan their coaching activities. For more information click here. There may be some financial assistance available. Please look at the British Cycling funding pages to see what funding streams are available in your region For more information click here. ………………………………………….

HANDBALL Level 1 Award Fast, physical and furious ………. Tuesday 30th October 2012, there is a Level 1 Handball Coaching Course being delivered in Leighton Buzzard at Cedars Upper School. It runs from 10am to 4pm and costs just £65. Sport Structures co-ordinate the bookings for this course so to book on, click here and scroll down to the Leighton Buzzard workshop.

HOCKEY Identifying Excellent Coaching Practice The research was undertaken by sports coach UK with help from the University of Stirling and Scottish Hockey. Interviews took place with coaches, players and parents within hockey in Scotland in five different coaching environments:

childrens participation

youth participation

adult participation

talent development

high performance.

The summaries provide information on what an excellent coaching session would look like in each environment, how coaches operate in that session and recommendations for future coach development.

ENGLAND HOCKEY What is the ‘Proud to Coach Children Award’? Any Level 1 hockey coach who completes the ‘Proud to Coach - Children Award’ will be certified by the England Hockey Board (EHB) to coach children 5-12 years old (U12 age group i.e. 11 at 1st September) independently from September 1st 2012. Without the ‘Proud to Coach – Children Award, Level 1 coaches will only be able to operate under the supervision of a Level 2 coach. The Award comprises of 5 elements 

UKCC Level 1 Assistant Hockey Coach Award £160 - 2.5 Days

Quicksticks online course FREE - 30 mins

In2Hockey online course FREE - 30 mins

Safeguarding and protecting children course £10 - 40 mins (if UKCC was achieved after 2011)

Basic First Aid course - 3 hours (externally provide)

For more information click here.

IRB Rugby Ready Courses Saturday 13th October 9.30 - 12.30 Oxford RFC Saturday 20th October 9.30 - 12.30 Oxford University

£18.50 (incl. VAT)  Everybody involved in coaching, refereeing and playing rugby needs a sense of safe practice. The IRB Rugby Ready programme is intended to raise awareness of good practice and help stakeholders manage the inherent risks of the sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place. Coaches need to be 16 yrs old or above to take part in this course. Please note: the Rugby Ready course is a prerequisite for any coach looking to take a Coaching Children Rugby Union Award (UKCC Level 1) or Coaching the 15 A-Side Game of Rugby Union (UKCC level 2). The course is both a theory and practical workshop, for more information and to book click here.


Activate: Essential Attacking Skills for Netball This course will examine the qualities of an attacking player and will explore the methods a player can utilise to get free. The workshop will apply the Games for Understanding approach and review how a meaningful games experience can be embedded in the coaching session. Coaches will be introduced to the principles of attacking play and will observe and analyse performance in relation to these in the workshop. The coach will be equipped with the skills to plan practices which are in a games context and will recognise the value of placing conditions on games to improve the practice. The workshop will address set ups and first and second phase options in a range of game situations. The cues an attacker should attend and respond to will be a feature of the workshop with a particular emphasis on the centre pass.

Date: Venue: Time: Tutor: Cost:

Saturday 13 October 2012 Rye St Antony, Pullens Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BY 9:30am - 12:30 Kathryn Ratnapala Affiliated: £25 Non Affiliated: £35

For more information or to book contact Lil Roe / 07540 126 596

SQUASH World Squash Day will be taking place on 20th October – sign your club up now and get involved in the World’s biggest team match ever! More than 10,000 players have now signed up to take part in the biggest squash match in history. For more information click here


A Celebration of Coaching The ESR Coaching Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Squash and Racketball Coaches and the contribution they make to the coaching landscape. The purpose of the coaching awards is to thank and recognise coaches for their dedication and tireless commitment in the development of Squash and Racketball coaching in England. Nomination Process. To nominate, please complete an official ESR Coaching Awards nomination form. Please note, all nominees must be current ESR licensed coaches (including current ESR coaching membership).

To download full information and criteria for the Coaching Awards, along with a nomination form, please click here.

Nominations close Friday 9th November 2012 Categories in the Coaching Awards are:


Young Coach of the Year 2012

Club Coach of the Year 2012

Participation Coach of the Year 2012

Elite Coach of the Year 2012

Special Recognition Award 2012 (Selection by ESR Coaching Awards Panel)

TABLE TENNIS Level 1 Course Location: Kidlington Table Tennis Centre Dates: Sunday 9th December 2012 (day 1) and Sunday 20th January 2013 ( day 2 and assessment) Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm each day. Mixture of paperwork and practical’s Cost: £190 (Karl Bushell is currently organising grants/funding to cover part of the costs involved, however please register as soon as possible.) For more information contact Karl at



Prestigious Award goes to Falcon Rowing and Canoe Club The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. The award was created to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002, recognising outstanding contributions by groups of volunteers. For a voluntary group, it is the equivalent of getting an MBE. Congratulations to Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club.

In The Zone / Oxfordshire Sports Partnership workshops Forthcoming Safeguarding and Protecting Children and First Aid workshops

In The Zone is Oxfordshire’s Education for Sport and Physical Activity Directory, developing your skills, knowledge and confidence. To find out more click here

Talented Coach Breakfast Club This event is a Level-3 coaches (or aspiring Level 3 ) Coaches working within a governing body talent development or performer pathway Thursday 4th October 9.00 - 11.30am (breakfast at 8.30, workshop presentation starting at 9.00). Chinnor Rugby Club, Thame Workshop

“Using the ’C System’ to develop excellence in coaching” This workshop is free, however it is expected that places will go quickly, so don’t delay….

BOOK NOW! This 2 hour session aims to bring like minded coaches together to share valuable ideas, examples of good practice and how to overcome common barriers.. ……And all of this will be enjoyed during and after a kickstart breakfast!

For more information and to book click here.

Business Essentials Course Are You READY for the Tax Authorities? HM Revenue and Customs announced in 2011 that they were embarking on an investigation into those who work (full-time or part-time) as an instructor/tutor/coach in the sport and leisure industry. Since then, a number of sports workers and clubs have been investigated and found to owe significant sums of money because of irregularities in the following areas: 

Paying for the services of a self-employed coach/instructor

Inadequate paperwork for workers paid on a casual basis

Payments to volunteers and coaches for 'expenses'

Honorarium payments to committee members

We believe that our courses are currently the only training of their type specifically available for sports coaches and administrators and that they provide essential information to ensure that they are operating legally and safely and thereby play an important part in professionalising the services they provide. All delegates attending the courses receive an electronic copy of the relevant course material as well as essential forms, guides and sample contracts. Wednesday 24th October from 10am to 2pm at OXFORD CITY ATHLETIC CLUB, OX4 2RR This interactive course provides essential business and financial information for sports coaches and their clients to ensure both parties satisfy government regulations and requirements. The course includes advice and guidance on the following: LEGAL STATUS

We detail the definitions and requirements for the various ways coaches/workers can be paid in sport - self-employment, employment, casual work, volunteering with expenses - and outline the paperwork required for each of these types of service.


We outline the strict HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) selfemployment guidelines that, if not satisfied, can result in a hefty tax bill for both coach and client. We detail how to check whether you are meeting the guidelines and what documentation is required to satisfy HMRC.


We review the various types of employment available to those in sport, including a detailed look at flexible contracts such as zero hours and casual worker contracts. We outline the paperwork

required by HMRC for the various types of service.


We provide delegates with a sample contract for self-employment which outlines the ideal working arrangements for both coach and client to meet the HMRC self-employment guidelines.


We detail the Health and Safety and insurance requirements for coaches and clients and how to minimise the risk of a policy not paying out.

Marketing Essentials Course Thursday 25th October from 10am to 2pm at OXFORD CITY ATHLETIC CLUB, OX4 2RR The course includes advice and guidance on the following: BRANDING

What is a brand and how to build one that will professionalise your services and increase your income


How to put together a business/marketing plan that is simple to use and update, including examples of the key essentials all good sports marketing plans should contain


The key elements you need when researching your brand and competitors with practical ideas and examples


Why first impressions count appearance, punctuality, facilities, your team - and we review best practice for customer care


How to use Facebook and Twitter to bring your services into the 21 st century and increase your profile and income


Case studies showing some of the best ideas we have come across in sport for you to implement in your programme

Places on the courses cost just ÂŁ45 per delegate per course and are approved for licence credits with relevant National Governing Bodies (contact us for details).

You can book places

on the course by contacting us on 01952 620099 and we accept payment by cheque or debit/credit card.

Funding and Grant Opportunities Sport and Recreation Alliance Community Asset Transfer – case study - Esprit Gymnastics, Swindon The use of community asset transfer by Swindon borough Council has created an ‘Olympic’standard training facility for British Gymnastics. Esprit Gymnastics is an example of community asset transfer that has worked. It has worked for British Gymnastics which has been able to provide funding to bring the facility up to an Olympic standard. And it has also worked for the local community where 2,000 people come through the doors every week. For more information and to assess further resources click here.

Cash 4 Clubs If you are a sports club and are looking for funding then this might be the place for you. Cash 4 Clubs is a sports fund aiming to support grassroots sports clubs all over the country. We have given away over £30,000 over the past year to deserving sports clubs up and down the country. Now we are stepping up our efforts to spread the fund as far as possible to reach as many worthy sports clubs as possible

Mark Foster - Olympic Swimmer and World Record Holder "Community sports clubs are the grassroots of sport. It was at my local club in Southend that I started swimming and developed into a professional and without the support of this community based club I would never have represented my country at the top level of the sport. Clubs need funds and that is why Cash 4 Clubs is such a fantastic scheme as it gets money straight to where it can have the most impact." Next funding applications will be accessed in November so don’t delay.

The Squash & Racketball Foundation

The Foundation was set up to support anyone who wants to encourage more people to play and love our sport.

The Foundation has an ongoing commitment to help more children play squash and to increase the number of women and girls who play our sports too. We will provide grants via an open application process as and when we have money to spend. When we are unable to financially support projects ourselves we have invested in a Grant Finder tool on our website - so please visit and make good use of this free support to get your project off the ground!

We really want to make a difference and have already had ÂŁ15,000 donated to a project in Islington. Thanks TD Securities, Fasken Martineau LLP, Excitech Ltd and Academia Ltd, we are supporting a year long project that has already delivered Mini Squash to hundreds of schoolchildren, giving them the chance to pick up a racket and start playing. We want to run more projects like this, so please help us by donating at

We have already got a huge amount of support, including, Peter Nicol as a Trustee, the world's top players, who are helping fundraise at our launch, (including James Willstrop, Nick Matthew, Jenny Duncalf, Nicol David and Amr Shabana) and backing from England Squash & Racketball. Please visit the website for more information

If you have any queries contact the Foundation Manager, Amy Tilley at Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @thesrfoundation.

Awards for Young People A generation was inspired by the Olympics and now young people in the Vale are being encouraged to be inspirational themselves. Whether it be through excellent citizenship, sport achievement or brilliance in the arts, residents aged 11-18 can now apply for an award from the Vale of White Horse District Council. A total of ÂŁ5,000 is up for grabs with individual awards worth up to ÂŁ100 each to recognise achievement and help develop talents. The application process opens on Monday 3 September and there are three different awards available.

The citizenship awards are for those who are dedicated to helping out in their community, for example through helping in an old people’s home or acting as a mentor for other young children. The arts awards recognise achievement in music, dance, drama, creative writing, painting, sculpture, photography, video production, multimedia and crafts. The sports awards are intended to reward those representing their county in any sport.

The closing date for applications is 21 December.

To apply, please visit If you would like further information about the scheme please contact Ed Nieburg, Shared Grants Officer / 01491 823614

Funding Opportunities for Coaching For further funding opportunities and advice go to the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership website click here.

Coaching Matters Issue 8  

News and busiiness for sports coaches across Oxfordshire

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