Relay - 22 October 2015

22 October 2015

In this edition: With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, we present rugby-related research and initiatives throughout the newsletter, ranging from programmes to introduce children to rugby through to the international promotion of rugby and new sport science on rugby training and injury prevention. Elsewhere, the Community Sport and Recreation concentrates on the rise of ‘masters’ competition for older athletes. Off the Bench covers recent advances in international sports systems, including such themes as sports policies, governance structures, funding models, strategic priorities and organisational development.

In this Relay

Young People

Childhood obesity strategy announcement: KiwiSport will have a greater focus on low participation groups – 19 Oct 2015
A key element of the New Zealand government’s new campaign to combat obesity will see Sport New Zealand and Regional Sports Trusts will refocus some of the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund to provide more sport opportunities for young people in communities where participation rates are low and the risk of poor health is higher. Sport NZ is also working with Regional Sports Trusts to realign some general community investment towards low-participating young people. (NZ Ministry of Health)

Action sports in NZ communities – do decision-makers and young people see eye to eye – 19 Apr 2015 (VIDEO 20 minutes)
This panel discussion, part of the Sport New Zealand National Conference, looks at challenges and strategies in the development of action sports and the change required from the traditional sports model. It features CEOs of sports organisations as well as action sport advocates. (YouTube)

Children get into rugby on global scale – 28 Sep 2015
Thousands of youngsters are being given the chance to try rugby for the first time during Rugby World Cup 2015 as World Rugby's Get into Rugby programme stages events in all corners of the world. (Rugby World Cup 2015)

New online resource for teachers promotes physical education in Australian schools – 20 Aug 2015
The new PE Pulse website is a resource to support teachers in the delivery of quality physical education and to promote connections with community sport and active organisations. (ACT Government)

Study: new PE curriculum triples performance on test – 15 Jul 2015
A physical education programme that brings commercial-grade fitness equipment to under-resourced schools, along with a curriculum based on boosting confidence and making participation more enjoyable, dramatically increases students’ performance on California’s standardised physical fitness test, a UCLA study has found. (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)

SPARK: the science behind physical education – 24 Feb 2015 (VIDEO 60 minutes)
In this webinar, Harvard Medical School academic, Dr John Ratey, one of the foremost authorities on the brain/fitness connection, unpacks the science behind physical activity and the critical role it plays in student wellness and academic performance. (Thomson Educational Publishing)

Numbers of Welsh school children hooked on sport hits new highs – 14 Oct 2015
Almost half of children in Wales are participating in sport three or more times a week according to the third official School Sport Survey launched by Sport Wales. (Sport Wales)

Record breaking year for Scotland’s Active Schools – 10 Sep 2015
Pupils across Scotland have made 6.1 million visits to Active Schools supported sport and physical activity sessions in the past year – a record high number that is a 5 percent increase on the previous 12 months. (sportscotland)

Active schools: a teacher's guide for getting kids active during school – 21 Jul 2015 (PDF)
This reference guide provides advice, ideas and tools to help create an active classroom. A companion guide for coaches provides a framework to help coaches in community-based programmes deliver early positive experiences in sport before and after school. (International Platform for Sport & Development)

Community Sport and Recreation

World calls on Canterbury for coaching advice – 12 Oct 2015
Coaches around the world wanting to step up their game are calling on Sport Canterbury’s example, where they have created a structure for coach mentoring. The results are about coach retention and satisfaction, and yield benefits for individual athletes as well as winning teams. (Sport Canterbury)

10 reasons to compete at the World Masters Games 2017 – 25 May 2015
The World Masters Games 2017 is coming to Auckland. Here are ten very good reasons why you would want to participate. (World Masters Games 2017)

St Arnaud – faster, fitter, stronger – 22 Sep 2015
St Arnaud (in the Nelson region, New Zealand) is showing other small communities how to stay active. With help from Sport Tasman, local volunteer Lois Rutherford and “her ladies’’ have set up a fitness group which has quickly become an important part of life in the village. (Sport Tasman)

No time for never celebrates lifelong love of sport – 8 Oct 2015
Ever felt too old to play sport? Ever thought that you’ve been away from the game for too long? Well, there’s no time for never according to the latest Play.Sport.Australia. video released from the Australian Sports Commission. (Australian Sports Commission)

Three key training elements for masters athletes – 10 Feb 2015
Since our bodies change as we get older, masters athletes, their coaches, and health practitioners should all be aware of any training requirements that may need to be adjusted for optimal performance. (SIRC)

Masters swimmers’ experiences with coaches: what they want, what they need, what they get – 26 Jun 2015 (PDF)
Much work addresses coaches’ contributions to younger athletes. However, the psycho-social coaching needs of adult Masters athletes remain unexamined. This Canadian study explored the lived experiences of 10 Masters swimmers through interviews. (Sage)

Park proximity, quality and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults: moderating effects of individual factors and area of residence – 2 Apr 2015 (PDF)
This Belgian study investigated relationships between perceived park proximity, park quality and recreational physical activity among adults aged 57-67 years. It also examined the potential moderating effects of gender, education level, retirement status, functional limitations and area of residence on these relationships. (International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity)

Nelson sunshine helps make Master Games a ‘huge success’ – 5 Oct 2015
Nelson organisers and volunteers cleaned up after a South Island Masters Games that were a "huge success" in ideal conditions. There were nearly 2200 competitors, slightly down on 2013, but people travelled from around New Zealand and Australia to take part, many drawn by the three new events, waka ama, stand-up paddleboarding and indoor triathlon. (Stuff)

Outdoor Recreation

Water safety sector announces ambitious new targets – 22 Sep 2015
Water safety organisations have joined together to develop a collaborative plan to address New Zealand’s high drowning toll, setting ambitious new targets in the process. The Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020 (PDF), aims to halve preventable male drownings and bring the number of pre-schoolers drowning down to zero in the next five years. (Water Safety NZ)

Increased investment one of three key priorities for recreation industry – 8 Oct 2015
Increasing recognition of the economic and social value of recreation and growing central and local government investment in recreation are two priorities identified in the Recreation Manifesto 2015-16 (PDF) recently released by the New Zealand Recreation Association. Increasing development opportunities for recreation workers is the third key priority for the industry. (New Zealand Recreation Association)

Walking Access Commission's focus for the year ahead – 5 Aug 2015
In this column, NZWAC chief executive Mark Neeson explains how the Commission's strategic plan will be implemented in the coming year. The statement of performance expectations 2015-2019 (PDF) outlines how the commission will measure its performance and progress. (New Zealand Walking Access Commission)

Outdoor Recreation Consortium secures further funding – 9 Sep 2015
The Outdoor Recreation Consortium is welcoming an announcement that further funding from the Department of Conservation’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund, P?tea Tautiaki Hapori, will be available to help volunteers maintain huts and tracks on public conservation land. (Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand)

Western Australian mountain bike management guidelines – 2015 (PDF)
These guidelines are the result of a key recommendation in the recently launched Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy. They aim to ensure that mountain bike trails and opportunities across the state are provided in a sustainable way, without degrading environments. (Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia)

Valuing Victoria's parks – 16 Sep 2015 (PDF)
This summary of a new report highlights the value of parks to communities and the economy, based on best practice environmental accounting that quantifies the benefits that parks and their ecosystems provide. The full report can be downloaded here. (Parks Victoria)

High Performance

Rugby World Cup: how the host cities are making the most of the fan influx – 23 Sep 2015
This article examines the short and long-term impact of hosting the Rugby World Cup for the whole of the UK, including how host cities’ infrastructure has been enhanced. (The Conversation)

Failure of Olympic promises forces British government to revise sports strategy – 28 Sep 2015
The London Olympics in 2012 were supposed to inspire a whole generation to take up sport. It did not happen and the UK government is now giving its entire sports strategy an overhaul in a nationwide consultation process. (Play the Game)

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will change the way a generation views disability – 9 Sep 2015
With less than one year to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the first to be staged in South America, International Paralympic Committee vice-president Andrew Parsons has outlined how the event will change perceptions across the region. Parsons said the benefits would go far beyond improved infrastructure, sporting facilities and accessibility in the host city. (Rio 2016)

Eighteen additional events in five sports proposed to the IOC by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee – 28 Sep 2015
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced that it has proposed 18 additional events from five sports to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. (Tokyo 2020)

NZ to host major international golf tournament – 1 Oct 2015
New Zealand will host the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the Royal Wellington Golf Club’s Heretaunga championship course. (Sport New Zealand)

New era for Silver Ferns – 7 Sep 2015
The Silver Ferns have ushered in a new era at the conclusion of the New World Netball Series for the Constellation Cup against Australia, with Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu MBE confirming she will not seek re-appointment. (Silver Ferns)

Organisational Capability

Para-Sport 'comes of age' with Cadbury as Paralympics New Zealand signs third major partner in four weeks – 30 Sep 2015
Paralympics New Zealand and Cadbury have announced a major partnership in support of New Zealand para-athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Cadbury is the third major brand to join the Paralympic family in just four weeks. (Endurance Sport)

World Rugby’s minnows show the huge leaps in fandom – 24 Sep 2015
Repucom has released a host of new data which shows the huge growth of the Rugby World Cup fan base across the sport’s less dominant competing nations. Three white papers covering sponsorship, fandom and the future are available to download upon registration. (Repucom)

Fan engagement and innovations at the Rugby World Cup – September 2015
World Rugby’s aim is to ensure that existing fans be given the best possible experience, whether as a ticket holder, watching in a Fanzone, or from home, using a range of social and digital media, but also to use the opportunity to reach the next generation of fans and players. (Sport Industry Group)

Rugby World Cup a global game-changer, says RFU's Ritchie – 24 Sep 2015
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is a crucial showpiece not only for growing the sport in the UK and internationally, but also for providing a window of opportunity for business and economic spin-offs from the event. (BBC)

Haka nation: how the iconic rugby war challenge binds New Zealanders together – 18 Sep 2015
In this article, Paul Whitinui, a University of Otago academic who has explored the educational benefits associated with Maori students participating in kapa haka, discusses the history of the haka and its use in rugby. (The Conversation)

Digital engagement at major events is the key to increased participation – September 2015
In this blog, Alliance Communications Officer David Callan looks at the increasing importance of digital engagement at major events and its impact on sports participation. (Sport and Recreation Alliance UK)

Building global sports brands in a digital world: connecting with mobile/social audiences through native video – September 2015 (PDF)
This report examines why major sports rights-holders, such as the NFL and Wimbledon, are bringing real-time video content onto social platforms. It also examines the opportunities that exist for rights- holders looking to build their global brands, activate new audiences and grow revenues. (Grabyo)

Sports Science and Technology

New partnership highlights positive link between sport and rehabilitation – 7 Sep 2015
The Accident Compensation Corporation and Paralympics New Zealand have formed a new partnership to support ACC injury prevention campaigns using positive Paralympic role models and promoting media coverage of Paralympics. (Beehive)

Could good genes help win the Rugby World Cup? – 10 Jun 2015
British research is investigating how a rugby player’s genetics might influence their future in the game. Dr Alun Williams, whose specialist area is sport and exercise genomics, is conducting research into the DNA of elite rugby players. His paper, Genomics in rugby union: a review and future prospects (PDF) outlines the potential applications of genomic science in rugby for improving performance and the management of injury risk. (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Fitness and sports performance wearables market will be worth $14.9 billion by 2021 – 24 Sep 2015
A new report from WinterGreen Research predicts that the fitness, sports and performance wearables market will increase from $3.5 billion in 2014 to $14.9 billion in 2021. (Wareable)

Oar Inspired rolls out ground breaking technology in collaboration with AIS and Rowing Australia – 14 Oct 2015
Australian rowers are set to benefit from a new collaboration between the Australian Institute of Sport, Rowing Australia and Brisbane-based company, Oar Inspired, which will underpin the rollout of ground-breaking new performance data measurement technology. (Rowing Australia)

Active apps you can't live without – 6 Oct 2015
Sport England recently held its first-ever Hackathon to try and find the next best sports app and has picked some current favourites. (Sport England)

Boston-based company to sell next-generation wristband to athletes – 22 Sep 2015
A new Boston-based company is hoping to take predictive analytics to sports medicine and revolutionise how teams and players themselves think about athletes' bodies and their recovery. (ESPN)

Off the Bench: Annual Reports

A living legacy: 2010-15 sport policy and investment – 25 Mar 2015 (PDF)
This document sets out the rationale for British investment in sport and outlines positive impacts achieved through sport over the period 2010 to 2015. It covers the London 2012 Olympics and its ongoing legacy, elite success, grassroots participation, investment in facilities, sport for young people, disabled people and women, as well the impact of major sporting events. (GOV.UK)

State of Play report – 10 Mar 2015 (PDF)
This research presents a rounded view of British governing bodies’ influence on sport, rather than focusing solely on their medal tallies. It provides information ranging from the number of members their organisation has to the number of volunteers, with over 1.9 million linked to national governing bodies. (insidethegames)

Triennial review of UK Sport and Sport England – September 2015 (PDF)
The review team for this report interviewed over 50 stakeholders from government departments, national governing bodies, national sports organisations, international sports organisations, academics, local authorities and education organisations about their views on the work of both these sporting bodies. (UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport)

Benchmarking analysis on sport organisations – 2014 (PDF)
This report looks at the UK, Canada, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark and covers sport governance structure and main institutions, the effect of major event hosting, sport funding structure, elite sport performance and community sport. (KPMG)

International study on the organisation of sport in 12 countries and their policy towards sport federations: country profiles – 2015 (PDF)
This study covers the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain, Australia and Canada. It examines sport organisation and structure, steering, support and performance. Note that several sections of this document are not in English. (Flemish Policy Research Centre on Sports)

Governance and leadership framework for Wales – April 2015 (PDF)
In late 2014, Sport Wales and the Sport and Recreation Alliance began to facilitate a move by Welsh governing bodies to create a structured method of leadership and governance development for the sector. Six months of consultation with these NGB’s resulted in the production of this framework. (Sport and Recreation Alliance)

Sport Northern Ireland’s Corporate Plan for 2015-2020 – 3 Sep 2015
This document sets out key priorities for action over the next five years and maps out how Sport Northern Ireland intends to use limited resources in order to maximise the positive impact of sport. (Sport Northern Ireland)

Australian sports diplomacy strategy 2015-18 – 25 Jun 2015 (PDF)
This strategy focuses on the goals of connecting, developing, showcasing and sustaining new and existing channels of sports support, sports industry partnerships and international sports networks. (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Useful Weblinks

Masters Athlete
This Australian website, run by an exercise and sport science academic, aims to ‘bridge the gap’ between sport and exercise science, and masters athletes and coaches.

The Inclusion Club
This charity is an international community of over 1500 like-minded people committed to the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation. The site provides resources, and audio-visual articles designed to stimulate thinking about inclusion.

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