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The News In Brief

Record number of women getting active
More than 7.2 million women now play sport and do regular physical activity – 250,000 more than when Sport England launched their This Girl Can campaign. It means the gender gap, which once stood at over two million, has narrowed to 1.55 million. Read more here

A sweet deal for the sport sector
This week our Parliamentary Officer, Emma Wade, has taken a look at the latest developments to the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, and what it might mean for the sport and recreation sector.  The Government published its draft Finance Bill 2017 earlier this week, which contains details of the proposed Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), otherwise known as the ‘sugar tax’. Its publication coincided with new evidence that suggests soft drinks companies are already proactively cutting sugar content in their products before the levy is due to take hold in April 2018. Read more here

Four Olympic sports lose funding for the Tokyo 2020 cycle
Elite sports funding body UK Sport has left four Olympic sports – archery, badminton, fencing and weightlifting - without funding for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Announcing its funding decisions for the next four years today, UK Sport said it needs to continue to "prioritise” sports which have the best hope of winning medals at the Games. Read more here

Olympic and Paralympic stars of tomorrow join Hannah Cockroft at National Talent Camp
A host of young elite athletes, coaches and officials will find out how to reach their potential in the sporting field when they join World and Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp this week. Read more here

Brits on form in Manchester
With 16 swimming Rio Paralympics medalists taking part, it was a full house for the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester.
Over 250 Para-Swimmers competed at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on 10 and 11 December. Amongst the talented line-up was double Paralympic silver and bronze medallist (200m freestyle, 200 individual medley and 100m backstroke), Jessica-Jane Applegate. Read more here

Global perspectives on inactivity and health
In November, Bangkok hosted over 1,000 international delegates for the 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health.
The Congress marked a key milestone in bringing the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) biennial congress to Asia for the first time and providing a global forum for collaboration and partnerships on physical activity and public health.
Read more here

Amanda Sater becomes StreetGames Chair of the Board
On the 15th November 2016 – StreetGames announces that Amanda Sater has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Amanda has served on a variety of boards for charities and non-departmental public bodies and is presently a member of the Youth Justice Board, Chair of the Queen’s Club Foundation, and is a serving magistrate. 

Amanda’s three year term will focus on helping the charity to continue to deliver physical activity initiatives that inspire young people living in disadvantaged communities and demonstrate to policy makers that sport really can make a difference to the issues of the day. Through its national network of over 600 community-based organisations and councils, StreetGames provides young people with positive pathways into volunteering, education or work. Amanda will also assist the organisation in growing and accessing new sources of sustainable funding. 

Amanda Sater, comments, "Sport and physical activity has played a huge role in my life and I'm determined more people should be able to access the opportunities I was fortunate enough to have. That is what is so appealing about the work of the StreetGames network - day in, day out, across Britain, it takes sport to the doorsteps of people in disadvantaged communities who often have the most to gain from getting more active. I look forward to helping take the charity into its next exciting decade of growth. As a visionary charity, StreetGames is well positioned to grow and prosper for the people it seeks to reach out to."

Jane Ashworth, StreetGames CEO, said, "We're delighted to welcome someone of Amanda's calibre to StreetGames. Through both her personal and professional life, she's seen first-hand the power of sport to inspire young people and help them improve their lives."
Amanda succeeds Steve Hodkinson, who has served as StreetGames Chair since 2012, and Vice-Chair since 2007. 

Ashworth adds, "We'd like to say a huge thank you to Steve for the enormous contribution he's made to StreetGames over the past decade. His tireless energy, good humour and wise counsel has directly helped improve thousands of young people's lives and we will always be grateful for his skilled stewardship of our organisation."

Read more from Jane Ashworth in our exclusive interview here