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A broad consultation informs World Rugby to launch eight-year women’s strategy
Rugby’s global governing body will fire the starting gun on a broad consultation before launching an eight-year strategy to boost the women’s game.
World Rugby will ask for feedback from players, fans, unions and regional associations, as well as commercial and broadcast partners, as it bids to further its development and sustainability.
The 2017 - 2025 plan for women’s rugby will aim to stimulate: increased participation; higher performance through competition; "inspirational leadership”; a profile that breaks down barriers; and a growing audience and investment avenues.

England's cycling potential
A new tool funded by the Department for Transport shows that nearly one in five people in England would cycle to work if cycling was given more investment. This is based on a scenario where English people were as likely as the Dutch to cycle trips of similar length and distance.  
The cycling potential tool projects the levels of cycling that could be expected in England in four different scenarios using census data about travel to work to assess which journeys could be switched to cycling based on journey length and hilliness.

Public health urges BMJ to focus on childhood physical activity
Public health policy should be focused on preventing the decline of physical activity during childhood, not when individuals reach adolescence, according to British Medical Journal (BMJ) research.
The study revealed that physical activity is in decline for most individuals of both sexes by the age of seven, not when children become teenagers.
The "prevailing view among researchers”, said the report, is that physical activity levels are "adequate” during childhood, but decline dramatically during adolescence, with a marked decrease in activity for girls in particular.

Andy Burnham says football should be prescribed to soothe mental health issues
The NHS should prescribe sporting activities, such as football, to people with mental health conditions rather than "just handing out anti-depressants”, according to Andy Burnham.
Talking at an event in parliament recognising the work of the Mental Health Football Association – of which he is a patron – the Leigh MP said that sport and physical activity "should have a much greater role to play in helping people regain a sense of themselves”.
Set up by Colin Dolan, the Mental Health Football Association is a non-profit organisation that uses football as part of the recovery process for mental illness.
Burnham said the initiative was "something we should be doing more of”, and added that the impact of sport was "probably underplayed” in terms of mental health.