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NEWS IN BRIEF! Short stories with BIG news in sport!

Association for PE (London Region) Annual Conference

The Association for PE (London Region) are hosting their annual conference on Thursday 15th June at the University of East London's prestigious SportsDock http://www.sportsdock.co.uk/contact.htm (nearest public transport is DLR Gallion's Reach). This one-day conference aims to reinvigorate professionals to redesign their curriculum to ensure they provide high quality PE.  With a keynote from Michelle Moore on Diversity and Inclusion, plus various seminars to improve your knowledge and practical workshops to raise your pedagogic practice. Join in sharing ideas and strategies to work through this challenge and create a network with like-minded colleagues.  You will leave refreshed and inspired, having been challenged as a professional learner and equipped with ideas and starting points to use in your own practice. Full details available here: http://bit.ly/2q0YwdF

London 2017 & Starting Blocks - win a visit to your school from David Weir

Schools across the UK can win a visit from legendary British Paralympic wheelchair racer David Weir and Whizbee the Bee – the official mascot of the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 – through the Starting Blocks programme.

Starting Blocks is an engaging, motivational and inspirational education programme which has been specially created for the Summer of World Athletics.

A wide range of fun and free resources, suitable for kids aged five to 14 and created to open young people’s eyes to new opportunities and experiences, are available for download through their homepage.
The World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017 are together the biggest sport event in the world in 2017. Three themes from Starting Blocks will help to get your students inspired and engaged:

  1. A Summer of World Athletics introduces young people to the events and excitement of the summer and to the sport of Athletics in PE and Sport.
  2. The World in One City celebrates the 200 nations who will come together to compete and their unique cultures using maths and numeracy.
  3. Faces of the Summer uses English and literacy to showcase the people who will make the summer great including athletes, their support teams, volunteers, sponsors and organisers.

To be in with a chance of winning your school a visit from Weir and Whizbee all you need do is register with Starting Blocks before 26 May. There is also a signed limited edition ‘The Race is On’ poster and 150 Summer of World Athletics posters up for grabs.

British American Football AQA success!

British American Football is very proud to announce that the new AQA Technical Award in Sport will be available for first teaching in September 2017 (after it is formally signed-off by the DfE, post-purdah) and will offer an exciting and new American Football content that will be easy for teachers to deliver and learners to follow to successfully meet the assessment criteria. It has been designed so that the learner’s portfolio requirement can be built-up through involvement in the School Games and/or the Touchdown Programme’s activities and therefore will also provide a ‘real-life’ context for the sport and their engagement with it.

Furthermore, a new BAFA website dedicated to teacher and student/learner resources will be available later in the summer. There is now the most comprehensive and integrated British American Football Association schools’ offer the sport has ever had in the UK. For example, learners could play in the School Games and use that experience as evidence for the ‘Player Performance’ assessment in the Award. Never has it been so easy to deliver this exciting sport in a modern and inclusive way. Our schools philosophy: ‘Play, Discover, Excite’. See the full announcement at;

MyLocalPitch releases grassroots sports search and instant booking app.

MyLocalPitch, the leading search and booking grassroots sports portal, has released its pioneering iOS app for people to instantly book facilities.

The user-friendly app enables grassroots players to search for and instantly book facilities on the move throughout London, Manchester and Dublin.

There are listings for 17 different sports, including football, tennis, netball, badminton and squash - each can be paid for securely through the app.

An interactive map using geolocation means users can explore pitches and courts in their desired location, all with professional photographs, before placing an online booking. This feature quickly lets users find the nearest sports facility to cater for the impulsive nature of sport. 

Key features:
  • Book instantly through the App at a wide selection of MyLocalPitch venues;
  • An interactive map using geolocation - search by postcode or current location;
  • Secure payments;
  • Manage upcoming bookings in calendar;
  • Free from App store.

MyLocalPitch co-founder, Jamie Foale, commented: "Our philosophy is making it simpler to get involved in grassroots sports and our latest app promises to significantly enhance people’s sporting experiences. More people engaging with grassroots venues will deliver direct health benefits for players and facilities alike.”