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FUEL Programme Grant Funding

Wiltshire Council has been given Department of Education funding to deliver the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme to children eligible for benefits related free school meals in Wiltshire. The programme is being delivered in Wiltshire using the brand FUEL.Girl playing with tire for movement training in kindergarden

A grant fund has been developed to support existing providers to deliver HAF related provision in Wiltshire and to expand the reach and capacity of the programme. This will help to ensure that as many eligible children benefit as possible.

 There are two types of FUEL grants available:

  • Pot A: Grant to deliver stand-alone Holiday Activity and Food appropriate provision specifically for children and young people who are eligible for benefits related free school meals (max £10,000).
  • Pot B: Grant to extend existing provision, which meets the requirements of the Holiday Activity and Food programme, to provide places specifically for children and young people who are eligible for benefits related free school meals (max £2,000).

The funding is only available to organisations operating in Wiltshire.

Successful applicants will need to ensure their provision includes a range of fun and enriching activities that provide children with opportunities to develop new skills or knowledge, to consolidate existing skills and knowledge, or to try out new experiences. This could include physical activities such as football, table tennis, cricket; creative activities such as putting on a play, junk modelling, drumming workshops; or experiences such as a nature walk, visiting a city farm.

Please note that provision must include the delivery of daily physical activity, which will enable participants to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines.

Applicant organisations will not need to provide food for participants and instead this will be sourced by Wiltshire Council and delivered to delivery venues on each day of the programme. Due to this applicant organisations are required to plan their provision to take place for four weeks from the week commencing 2 August 2021. Provision should run for four weeks, with each week comprising of four days (Monday – Thursday), for a minimum of four hours a day.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 3 June 2021. This tight timescale is to ensure that successful applicants have the appropriate time to plan, promote and deliver their FUEL programme.

Complete your application here.


Live Well, Move More - Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK and Sport England have recently partnered to help people living with diabetes who are currently inactive, become more active. They have3 Ways to Get Moving ppt slide created a number of services and resources including:  

  • Free Get Moving 10 week online courses – participants try a different, gentle activity each week, form chair-based yoga to Tai Chi and movement to music, and each week is followed by a short education session and Q&A about diabetes. Punjabi and Urdu translation is available, as well as fully chair-based courses and ladies only courses.
  • Physical Activity Helpline – we are able to offer ongoing support and motivation, as well as practical advice, to people who are struggling to start moving more. Our advisors are trained in counselling, motivational interviewing and behaviour change techniques and can work with someone over a 3 month period to help them to become more active.
  • Exercise hub -A growing resources of information, videos, illustrations and real-life stories.

For more information, click below: 

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Digital Toolkit

UK Coaching’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Digital Toolkit: Learn to Be Quick, Smart and Restart a HeartFacebook   3

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, any time, any place, with 60,000 people having a sudden cardiac arrest in the community every year in the UK. Sadly, only 1 in 10 survive. However, if effective action is taken within the first minute, it can treble chances of survival.

Our partner, UK Coaching, has recently launched a free life-saving free digital learning toolkit, which will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

The toolkit includes:

  • practical information and advice
  • an immersive scenario-based eLearning course
  • a series of high impact and informative videos
  • insightful interviews and compelling written features with survivors, their coaches, and victims’ families
  • signposting to further support.

We encourage anyone involved in sport and physical activity – including coaches, personal trainers, club organisers, referees, volunteers, parents, participants and spectators  – to access this life-saving learning.

YOU can make a difference YOU can save a life. 

Access the toolkit by clicking here


Marlborough Tennis Club Open Day

Marlborough Tennis is holding an Open Day on Saturday 22nd May from 10 am to 2pm. Untitled design

The Open Day is a great opportunity to play tennis for the first time, introduce tennis to your kids or indeed to dust off your old racket and come back to a sport you may have played years ago! Tennis as a “second sport” is becoming more and more popular!

Marlborough Tennis has something for everyone on May 22nd: 

  • Mini Tennis for 4 – 11-year-olds.
  • Family Tennis, if you fancy a hit with your children.
  • Teen Step Up for teenagers who would benefit from free coaching.
  • Tennis Express which combines coaching with the opportunity to play some points; all ages and all abilities are covered.
  • Cardio sessions which mix tennis with group fitness exercises – set to music.
  • Free Play, if you just fancy a hit.
  • Mix-In Doubles, with players of a similar ability.

With places limited for each session, it is important to book ahead by visiting the Marlborough Tennis web site. https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/MarlboroughTennis

For more info click the poster below: 

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Funding Opportunity: Toyota Parasport Fund

Sport England have partnered with Toyota and the British Paralympic Association to launch the Toyota Parasport Fund. Organisations looking to support disabled people to return to sport or activity (when Covid-19 restrictions allow) can apply for an award between £1,000 and £5,000!

Key information is outlined below: 

  • The fund opened at noon on 7 May and closes at 5pm on 31 May
  • Awards of £1000-£5000 are possiblecanva junior wheelchair basketball player MADauWYD6ZA
  • Awards are to be given to organisations supporting the return to sport or activity for disabled people
  • You must register your activity and add an opportunity on the Parasport website, this will provide you with a URL that must then be copied into page five of your application form
  • Applications should be focused on returning disabled people to previously run activity, or on enabling previous projects to adapt to resume delivery, when that's possible
  • This fund isn’t to support new projects or start-ups, and is aimed at clubs/organisations that already exist
  • Applications should be focused on key funding priorities (found on the website) 

For further information, and to apply, click here. 


Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 runs from the 10th-16th May. The theme for this year's campaign is nature. Recent research from the Mental Health Foundation has reported becoming more connected with nature can result in: 

  • Reduced stressmental health awareness week post
  • Improved overall wellbeing 
  • Feelings of positive emotions, including: calmness, joy, creativity, and improved concentration. 
  • Reduced risk of depression and anxiety

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are asking YOU to do the following things:

  • Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
  • Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.


For more information on the campaign, visit the Mental Health Foundation Website by clicking here.

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