This week we've identified a number of key dates that can help your club or organisation better engage and support your young participants and volunteers.
  • National Fitness Day on 26 September encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK.
  • SportsAid Week runs from 24-30 September and is a fundraising drive designed to support the next generation of athletes striving to represent Team GB and Paralympics GB.
  • Parents in Sports Week from 1-7 October celebrates the important role that parents and carers play in youth sport.
  • Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to projects making a real difference across the UK. Submissions are now open and will close on 9 October. 
  • World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October to raise awareness of mental health and promote effective ways for looking after your own wellbeing. 


National Fitness Day is all about showing everyone from the inactive to the already active just how fun and easy it can be to get involved. And if you have read our recent articles on the dangerous inactivity levels among children, you know this National Fitness Day is more important than ever. 

So join the thousands of clubs and groups opening their doors to their local community by hosting an event or activity. Whether it's a fitness challenge, a dance-off, a free class or a taster session for beginners looking to get into your sport, design a unique activity that all ages can enjoy. Find more information here.


SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers. The week provides us, as a sector, with an opportunity to have fun, fundraise and rally behind our stars of tomorrow.

To get involved sign your group or organisation up for a fundraising pack and start planning your event - no event is too big or small. To get started, sign up here.


The Child Protection in Sport Unit are once again bringing you Parents in Sport Week from 1-7 October. The aims of the week are to:
  • make sure parents recognise their role in keeping children safe in sport
  • help parents understand how to positively influence their child's enjoyment and wellbeing in sport
  • encourage clubs to engage and involve parents in their child's sport
This is your chance to engage the parents and carers at your club about getting positively involved and how you can partner to create a better development opportunity for the children. Find resources to help you get involved in Parents in Sport Week here.


Have you had an idea for a local project that could benefit your community, but found support and funding challenging? The Aviva Community Fund is here to fix that. Put forward an idea for a project and your organisation could receive an award ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000!

Make sure to consider the Health and Wellbeing category, which aims to make people feel better on a number of levels, improving physical, mental and emotional health and boosting social interaction. This would include projects targeted at disengaged youth or building resilience among your young members.

You'll need to get votes to get your project to the finals, so start rallying friends and family now! Submissions close on October 9. All the information you need is here.


We know that mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for mental health and think about ways you can facilitate the conversation for your participants and volunteers.

The theme for this year's World Mental Health Day is 'young people and mental health in a changing world'. With a growing body of research highlighting the intense stress young people are under at the moment, all youth providers should be taking a hard look at the role they can play in creating a positive environment.
As sport and physical activity leaders, we are in a unique position to make lasting positive impacts due to the strong ties between activity and mental health.

So let's use the platform on the 10 October to get the conversation going. 
The charity Mind has useful online resources on mental health awareness for sport and physical activity designed for coaches, sport administrators, volunteers and front of house staff. Find out more info here.


Location: Home based or Loughborough
Organisation: Youth Sport Trust
Salary: £45,000 - £60,000
Closing Date: 24 September 2018
Location: East Midlands
Organisation: British Swimming
Salary: £32,773 - £35,212
Closing Date: 19 September 2018
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