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20 | NOTICEBOARD | SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS An at-a-glance guide to some of the key


organisations of interest to anyone working in the independent school sport sector


Associating with success


API: ASSOCIATION OF PLAY INDUSTRIES


✥ Contact: Deborah Holt, Association Manager. T: 024 7641 4999 ext. 208. E: api@api-play.org. W: www.api-play.org ✥ What: Established in 1984, the API represents 70 manufacturers, installers, designers and distributors of outdoor and indoor play equipment and safety surfacing. It is committed to quality, standards, service, safety and ridding the industry of disreputable operators ✥ Why it matters: API campaigns at the highest level for policy recognition for play. API members are rigorously tested to ensure that they are reputable, trustworthy, fi nancially stable and deliver good value.


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HMC: HEADMASTERS’ & HEADMISTRESSES’ CONFERENCE


✥ Contact: T: 01858 469 059. E: info@hmc.org.uk. W: www.hmc.org.uk ✥ What: Professional association of Heads of many of the world’s leading independent school. It has over 250 members in the UK and Ireland. ✥ Why it matters: HMC has been providing support and advice to Heads for over a century. It also has a dedicated Sports Committee, chaired by John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham (see his column on page 22). It deals with general advice, governing bodies and runs sports-related conferences.


Rhian O'Callaghan (GSA Derby High School; back row, second from


right) is the ISFA U18 England squad’s top scorer. She has also played for her country on the England Schoolgirls football squad


GSA: GIRLS’ SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION G S A


✥ Contact: Jane Carroll: JaneCarroll@gsa.uk.com. T: 0116 254 1619. W: www.gsa.uk.com ✥ What: Represents independent girls’ schools in the UK and promotes the benefi ts of single-sex education for girls. ✥ Why it matters: Unstinting in its positive coverage for the achievements of girls in the independent sector, not least in sport. ✥ Latest news: The GSA’s annual Girls Go Gold conference is the Association’s fl agship sports event and this year is scheduled for mid- September. The conference will actually be two separate regional


events – at St Catherine’s Bramley near Guildford and Bolton School Girls’ Division - following the success of this format in 2013. Girls Go Gold is a conference for students rather than staff and gives budding sportswomen and those studying PE the opportunity to meet and learn from top sportswomen and sportsmen as well as coaches and others working in the world of sport. This year’s key note speakers are currently being fi nalised. Previous speakers have included Dame Kelly Holmes, Sally Gunnell OBE and four-time World Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington.


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