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400,000+ rEADErs leisure opportunities 14 january - 21 january 2013 ISSUE 597 Daily news & jobs: Funding boost for disabled sport

Sport England has announced it will invest £2m over the next two years to encourage sport as a lifestyle choice for disabled people. The money will be given

to the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) to provide expertise to sports organisations to help them motivate disabled people to take part. Sports to be focused on include athletics, cycling, swimming, cricket, gym- nastics, badminton, tennis, football, table tennis, eques- trian, golf and volleyball. Despite the number of dis-

More emphasis should be placed on exercise

Report recommends ‘more emphasis on GP referrals’

Te funding aims to make sport more accessible to disabled people

abled people participating in sport steadily growing since 2005, non-dis- abled people are still twice as likely to take part regularly. Sport England’s director of sport Lisa

O’Keefe said last year’s Paralympic Games put sport for disabled people in the spotlight and

Survey studies impact of social media on arts

A survey of US art organisations has revealed how technology – such as social media, the internet and mobile connectivity – can have a positive impact on their operations. The Pew Internet survey ques-

tioned 1,244 organisations that had received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) between 2007-2011. Te survey found most organisations agreed digital technologies had increased engage- ment, made art more accessible and established more diverse audiences. Details:


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EFDS now has a vital role to play in inspiring more disabled people to get involved. “We need everyone in sport to work together

to challenge the uncomfortable truth that dis- abled people are still far less likely to be taking part.” Details:

Mytime Active acquires MEND

Social enterprise Mytime Active has acquired healthy lifestyle provider MEND, which will save the weight management business from going into administration. MEND (Mind, Education, Nutrition, Do it!)

delivers over 200 healthy lifestyle programmes throughout the UK for children and families in local communities. Since being founded in 2004, MEND has helped more than 55,000 children and adults across the world improve their health and lifestyles. As part of the acquisition a number of staff

will transfer across, including dieticians, phys- ical activity specialists and psychologists. In addition to the wealth of knowledge within

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the business, MEND has developed a 20-year research partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and University College London Institute of Child Health. Details:

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A new report has recommended the pre- scription of leisure activities at council facilities become widespread, as local authorities prepare to take over public health responsibility from the NHS. A Dose of Localism: Te Role of Council

in Public Health welcomes the transfer of responsibility, set to happen in April, stating local government services such as housing, planning, licensing, welfare and leisure play a role in preventative public health measures. Details:

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