The latest news related to sport and physical activity in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Spaces Available - OTAGO Exercise Programme Leader training course

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Spaces Available - OTAGO Exercise Programme Leader training course

Spaces available for booking!

Aims, Objectives and Content

  • To understand the evidence for exercise in the prevention of falls and where the Otago programme 'fits' within local exercise continuums.
  • To identify why not all older people are the same, not all OEP Leaders are the same, and why not all strength and balance programmes reduce falls.
  • To identify what works and doesn't work when it comes to exercise to prevent falls
  • Application of the principles of exercise training in relation to older people
  • To recognise the opportunities of the OEP Leader in supporting behaviour change over-time (and achieve the required exercise dose to reduce falls)
  • To develop the skills necessary to lead the OEP effectively to frailer older people with a high risk, or history of falls

OEP Leader training journey is a mix of online and face-to-face/blended learning approaches

The OEP can be led by a range of health professionals, and exercise leaders/instructors and should be implemented as part of a broader falls prevention service. L2 OEP Leaders should be working as part of an agreed pathway whereby suitability for participation in the OEP is assessed by an appropriate health professional. Both LLT OEP learning journey span approximately 10-12 weeks (regardless of profession and setting) and comprises;

Pre-course learning (4-weeks) – online/mandatory guided learning hours minimum 8 hours

Face-to-face training days 1 & 2 are consecutive – 9am-5pm

Face-to-face training day 3 takes place 3-4 weeks after day 2 – practical and planning assessed elements

Key Dates:

  • Online training will open from the 9th February 2024. (8 to 12 hours of work)
  • Face-to-face course dates are: Friday 8th March AND Saturday 9th March 2024.
  • Face-to-face assessment day will be on either Saturday 6th April OR Sunday 7th April 2024.

All face-to-face days will run from 8.55am to 17.15pm. Full details of the course can be found at the below link:

OEP February 2024 Eastleigh 3 – Later Life Training

Please contact: for more information!

Posted: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 16:34

New Vacancy at British Cycling

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New Vacancy at British Cycling

British Cycling are recruiting a Community Developer in Swindon. Please click the following link for more information and how to apply!

Community Developer - Swindon | British Cycling

Posted: Mon, 29 Jan 2024 16:25

Senior Games Festival 2024

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Senior Games Festival 2024

On Wednesday 17th January we held our first face to face Swindon Senior Games Festival at Lydiard Park Hotel and Conference Centre. Over 40 residents took part in competitive activities including target mat throw, foam javelin, tin-can alley and golf putting. We were joined by residents from:- Orchid Care Home- Edgehill Care Home- Fessey House Residential Care- Lansdowne Hill Care Home- Ridgeway Rise Care Home

The Festival was a celebration of a 12 week programme which supported 9 care homes across Swindon working with older adults to increase their physical activity, with an aim to improve physical function and quality of life in those participating. The festival provided an all-inclusive, fun physical activity competition, which brought all participants and staff together. Well done to everyone who took part, it really was a joyful afternoon, and congratulations to Lansdowne Hill Care Home who achieved the highest scores and won the trophy!

Huge thanks goes out to Lawn Manor Academy students for their invaluable support in delivering the event, Lydiard Park Hotel and Conference Centre for hosting and looking after us, Swindon Borough Council Public Health Team, and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust team for your support over the 12 week programme and ensuring the day ran smoothly, and to Katie & Annamaria for delivering the 12 week programme within the care homes!

Posted: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 12:02

New Vacancy at Wiltshire Cricket

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New Vacancy at Wiltshire Cricket

Job Title: Wiltshire Cricket Disability Development Officer
Contract: Permanent, Full-Time Position
Hours of Work: 37 hours per week
Remuneration: £25,000 + expenses + Stakeholder Pension Scheme

Wiltshire Cricket Limited, in partnership with the Lord's Taverners wish to appoint a Disability Development Officer to deliver Lord's Taverners disability programmes (Disability Schools Cricket Programme and Super 1s) across Wiltshire. Through Super 1s, the officer will provide community-based cricketing opportunities, both competitive and coaching, for young people with disabilities. The Development Officer will use the power of cricket as a tool for change, increasing confidence, communication, leadership, and independence in the participants. The role will also oversee other disability initiatives including Disability Schools Cricket Programme delivery (table cricket & soft ball), Champion clubs and the disability pathway which directly contribute to the disability strategy of the ECB / Lord's Taverners partnership.

This new and exciting role seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual who has a passion for supporting and developing young people, working with multiple partners and organisations.

To apply and find out more visit:

Posted: Fri, 19 Jan 2024 10:53

Park Yoga Evaluation and Feedback

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Park Yoga Evaluation and Feedback

Park Yoga provides free yoga outdoors in public parks in the UK. The sessions are open to all to attend, regardless of experience, age or gender. Park Yoga runs for one hour on Sunday mornings, between May and September. Since starting in 2017 with just two parks in Dorset, Park Yoga has expanded to deliver at 32 parks in 2023 with 6 locations being held in Wiltshire & Swindon (Salisbury, Devizes, Swindon, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Wanborough.

9253 participants joined Park Yoga across Wiltshire last year (an average of 77 per site, per week). The feedback from participants can be seen below;

'Park Yoga has encouraged me to be more active. To move out of my comfort zone and try new things. I have enjoyed giving myself time for me and to relax and enjoy the outdoor space.'

'It has connected me with the community of Salisbury, which I was not part of even after moving to Wiltshire 2 years ago. It has provided a weekly social activity which also benefited my mental health.'

'Being able to just 'pitch-up' on a Sunday morning without having to make an earlier commitment adds to the general positivity Park Yoga gives me. I get so much enjoyment from joining in with this activity and leave the park with joy (even when it rained).'

Watch this space for Park Yoga 2024!

Posted: Tue, 16 Jan 2024 13:48

Funding opportunity for talented athletes who live or train in Swindon

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Funding opportunity for talented athletes who live or train in Swindon

The GLL Sport Foundation is an athlete focussed support programme providing athletes across the UK with tangible support to aid their sports performance.

Support can include free access to facilities and financial awards up to the value of £1,250. Since its inception the Foundation has provided over 17,000 athlete award bursaries totalling over £9 million worth of support. In 2023 we supported 33 athletes (from 13 different sports) from Swindon with support totalling over £21,500.

To find out more and to apply please click on the links below:

Main website (applications made here through an online portal. Deadline is 20th February 2024):

For information on funding criteria:

Posted: Thu, 4 Jan 2024 14:14

Together Fund Report 2020-2023 Released

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Together Fund Report 2020-2023 Released

The Together Fund was a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Fund that was set up in April 2020 as part of the support package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

It saw another £20 million of National Lottery funding committed to help the groups that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it was significantly impacting their ability to be physically active. The funding was invested in four key audiences:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Culturally diverse communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions

Posted: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 15:42

Club Matters Rebrands as Buddle

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Club Matters Rebrands as Buddle

We're proud to support the launch of Buddle.

Supported by Sport England, Buddle (formerly Club Matters) is here to provide guidance, resources, inspirational stories, and updates to support volunteers delivering sport and physical activity and the professionals that work with them.

Explore the new and improved site for information on:

  • Developing and growing.
  • Getting help from people.
  • Safety, welfare, and wellbeing.
  • Being inclusive.
  • Finding facilities and spaces.
  • Getting organised.
  • Managing money.
  • Environmental sustainability.

Posted: Fri, 15 Dec 2023 15:25

Active Lives Survey Published

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Active Lives Survey Published

Sport England's latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey has been published.

Overall activity levels are stable as the initial recovery from the pandemic was maintained across the 2022-23 academic year, but significant challenges remain.

Read more:

Posted: Mon, 11 Dec 2023 12:18

Job Vacancy at Table Tennis England

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Job Vacancy at Table Tennis England

Table Tennis England – Area Manager (South West)

Table Tennis England are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join their team as an Area Manager for the South West. If you are a relationship focused, driven project manager with an eye for detail, this could be the role for you.

It's an exciting time at Table Tennis England as we implement our Table Tennis United strategy – and you can be an integral part of it. We are recruiting an Area Manager for the South West (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, & Wiltshire) with responsibility of key areas from the strategic plan, to work in partnership with clubs, leagues, county associations, and other partners to deliver on the pillars of the strategic plan to build thriving Table Tennis communities.

Apply via the Application pack below

Posted: Fri, 24 Nov 2023 11:25