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Looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life

Looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life

Dr Henk Bruggers, a GP in Somerset and clinical lead for long term conditions at Somerset CCG, presented the first webinar as part of Somerset Living Well Week on ‘looking at the ingredients for a healthy and balanced life for preservation of well-being and the prevention of illness’. (21 - 25 Sep 2020). He discusses about how you can prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes and interviews patients on their experiences. The week features sessions run by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Somerset County Council, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and Mendip Health Connections.
Impact Video 2020

Impact Video 2020

It is no secret that the sport and recreation sector has been significantly affected by COVID–19. Take a look at the impact of the work of the Alliance in preparation for the challenges to come and be ready to embrace the opportunities that may arise.
Governance Bites

Governance Bites

Learn more about governance best practice in the digital world during this workshop from 17 Sep 2020. The Alliance's Governance Bites series is packed full of fantastic digital courses and webinars, supporting you every step of the way until the end of the year.
How to Build Organisational Resilience with Howden

How to Build Organisational Resilience with Howden

The Alliance governance team joined forces with insurance specialists Howden in this webinar to explore organisational resilience. The British Standards Institution defines organisational resilience as “the ability of an organisation to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper.” In recent times, we have seen a demanding need for organisational resilience, and realistically, it is up to the board to execute this. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, for example, has brought devastating effects and economic insecurities to national governing bodies, athletes, investors, tourism, local communities- the list goes on. Hayley Foster, Governance Officer at the Alliance, highlights the areas you should consider against your own organisational needs and resources, if you haven’t done so already, and how the Alliance can help you along the way. - Leadership: As a board, how strong do you feel your leadership skills are? Is there enough support coming from the top all the way down, and is this received well? Are you not only surviving but thriving? It is the executive’s responsibility to make the tough, but right decisions- it is for the rest of the organisation to keep them accountable. Board performance evaluations, also known as Effectiveness Reviews, create an opportunity for boards to self-reflect on their performance and evaluate improvement areas. - Culture: How empowered do you feel in your role, and how empowered do you make others feel? Are you collectively working together to ensure that the best outcomes are reached? Especially now, boards should be communicating the right tone from the top and people should feel motivated and secure in their role, even if in the face of adversity. - Adaptability: How adaptable are you to change? Organisations must prove their adaptability and agility during this time, particularly through the power of technology. Gone are the days of four-hour board meetings, stacks of board papers and lengthy presentations; now, the focus shifts to providing streamlined and efficient information before “Zoom fatigue” sets in. - Processes: To be clear, preparation for sudden disruptions is not to be confused with risk management. Whilst practices such as risk registers and implementation of policies can help to tackle anticipated change, it is the defined processes to help manage change which will ensure success in the long term. - Vision: When push comes to shove, your vision can not always be completely fixed. Yes, you must plan for change, but sometimes that change is unforeseen. Creative planning and seeking new opportunities, such as diversification can help make the necessary changes without too much alteration to your vision. Remember, change must always be communicated to the wider organisation. - Resilience: Building resilience is not another agenda item, fixed entity or one step process- it takes time. Boards must ensure that practices are continually reviewed and evolve in alignment with the changing environment. Now is the time to stop the firefighting, step out of crisis management mode, and venture into the “new normal.”
Parents & Coaches: #OneTeam

Parents & Coaches: #OneTeam

This session of the Curious Coaches Club shines a spotlight on how parents can better support coaches. Robin Taylor, author of research into parents and families in sport, UK Coaching's Heather Douglas, a cricket, boxing and football sports parent, and Jennifer Owsley, mother of Hockey Gold Medallist Lily Owsley explore practical tips on how both parents and coaches can engage more effectively to support the learning environment of everyone they coach, putting the people being coached truly at the centre of the great coaching experience. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Seasonal Training for Athletes - Phase 1

Seasonal Training for Athletes - Phase 1

With Francesca Filatondi. You should only perform this programme if you are fit and healthy to do so and with parental permission (if under 18). Please make sure that the area you are using for exercise is suitable and clear from hazards. Swim England accepts no responsibility for injury occurring when performing these exercises and you undertake them at your own risk. Please follow the link for Swim England’s virtual training guidance: https://bit.ly/LandWorkCriteria
Open water and occupiers' liability: 'Resolving Rural Disputes'

Open water and occupiers' liability: 'Resolving Rural Disputes'

Open water swimming has grown in popularity recently. Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn look at some of the legal issues surrounding open water swimming, specifically in relation to occupier’s liability.
#GreatCoachingPledge - Lisa Wainwright

#GreatCoachingPledge - Lisa Wainwright

Alliance CEO, Lisa Wainwright joins the UK Coaching Week celebration by offering her thanks to the coaching community.
ReOpen webinar #2 - Reopen your pool Covid-secure

ReOpen webinar #2 - Reopen your pool Covid-secure

The second webinar in CIMSPA's ReOpen series publsihed on 30 Jul 2020 looked at reopening pools. Get some tips, pointers and guidance on reopening your leisure facilities to make them Covid-secure post-lockdown. Their panel of experts includesd Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, Jo Talbot, Commercial Director at RLSS, Katie Towner, Head of Learn to Swim, Alex Haines, Strategic Partnership Manager and Richard Lamburn, Head of Facilities at Swim England. They answer some of the sector's most pressing questions, so make sure to watch until the end. CIMSPA's ReOpen webinar series and all of their help, guidance and tools for reopening are available at https://www.cimspa.co.uk/reopen
Top tips for swimming teachers post-lockdown

Top tips for swimming teachers post-lockdown

The Swim England Learn to Swim team have put together five top tips for swimming teachers as they return to lessons following the coronavirus lockdown.
Coaching Adults (Great Coaching Behaviours)

Coaching Adults (Great Coaching Behaviours)

A person-centred approach is an important element of coaching people at any age. Recognising the Principles of Great Coaching can help in developing your own unique approach, or brand of coaching, seen through your own coaching behaviours. In this session, UK Coaching Ambassador, Wheelchair Basketball Coach, Paralympian and owner of Believe It Coaching Anna Jackson, award-winning sport and fitness industry entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Our Parks Born Barikor and Health and Physical Activity Programme Lead and UK Coaching Policy and Partnership Manager Craig Blain explore: - the behaviours that they recognise within their own coaching brands; - how these impact on the people taking part; - helpful tips on where to exhibit these behaviours for maximum impact. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Coaching Teenagers

Coaching Teenagers

Coaching teenagers can be a complex and challenging process for anyone! Young people's lives are full of change. If you think about what changes a young person faces between the ages of 11 and 20, it is completely transforming. Managing life changes or transitions is one of the main reasons why young people stop playing sport. On the flip side, it can also be a time when a new sporting habit can be formed. As a coach, you play a critical role in helping a young person maintain their sporting habit. In this session, Level 4 Rugby Coach and RFU Sports Coach Mentor Gareth Hatherley-Hurford, UEFA B and Youth Award Football Coach Caroline Ames and UK Coaching's Mark Bateman discuss how to help young people deal with change and uncertainty by providing information, emotional support and guidance. Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Coaching the 9-11 Age Group: Understanding the Whole Child

Coaching the 9-11 Age Group: Understanding the Whole Child

We understand that the challenge of children changes as they get older, in many different ways! But what does this mean in practice and for coaches? Can coaches support the emotional and social needs of the children they coach alongside their physical needs? And where does the technical and tactical part still fit into this complex recipe? It's tricky! Head of Coaching at UK Coaching Nick Levett and British Gymnastics' Gemma Kirkham focus on 9-11 year olds and discuss the challenges of coaching the whole child. How can we create learning environments that are based on an understanding of the unique experience and needs of being that age? Each week, the Curious Coaches Club brings experts together for a coaching conversation.
Competitive Structure Solutions

Competitive Structure Solutions

In the US, CWPA Commissioner Dan Sharadin discusses Competitive Structure Solutions.
Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 4 - Growth)

Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 4 - Growth)

In the US, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Commissioner discusses growth in the collegiate club ranks.
Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 3 - Goal Disparity)

Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 3 - Goal Disparity)

In the US, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Commissioner Dan Sharadin discusses how goal disparity impacts collegiate club competition.
Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 2 - Postseason)

Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 2 - Postseason)

In the US, Collegaite Water Polo Association (CWPA) Commissioner Dan Sharadin discusses the competitive format of the collegiate club divisions and how it impacts the growth of the sport.
Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 1 - Forfeits)

Competitive Structure Conversation (Part 1 - Forfeits)

In the US, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Commissioner Dan Sharadin discusses the impact of forfeits on the collegiate club ranks.
How to Work Out at Home

How to Work Out at Home

How do you work out outside of a gym? Many of us faced this question at some point over the last several months. So, we asked Donna Cataldo, clinical professor in ASU's College of Heath Solutions for some advice. Turns out, with a little creativity, you can do just about everything you can in a gym all on your own. Here are a few tips to help you create and maintain an effective fitness routine from the comfort of your own home. Video produced by Josh Belveal/ASU Media Relations and Strategic Communications
SASP Safeguarding Induction Video

SASP Safeguarding Induction Video

How safeguarding policy is embedded in the local Active Partnership's activities.
Meet The Goalie Changing The Face Of USA Water Polo

Meet The Goalie Changing The Face Of USA Water Polo

The 2016 USA women's water polo team was favoured to and did win gold in Rio. It featured in goal Ashleigh Johnson, a rangy Princeton student whose ability to read and reach opponent's shots is setting a new standard.
William Henry Lecture: Save A Baby’s Life

William Henry Lecture: Save A Baby’s Life

Episode 1
The Social Kick with Mike Bottom

The Social Kick with Mike Bottom

The 50th episode features one of the best swim coaches of all time, Mike Bottom. The conversation explores Mike’s swimming career including his experience with the 1980 US Olympic boycott, his world-beating swimmer brother Joe Bottom, where he developed his skills in psychology and the art of coaching each individual person, not just the swimmer. Mike takes us through the epic arc of his coaching career from his influence on the start of a sprint dynasty at Auburn (which he confirms is the greatest in college swimming history), back to his alma mater USC and being part of a women’s national championship, then later to joining icon Nort Thornton at Cal, coaching Gary Hall Jr, Anthony, Duje, Cavic, and finally to his current seat leading the thriving Michigan program.
Marathon Swim Stories with Qing Li

Marathon Swim Stories with Qing Li

18 Aug 2020 interview with Qing Li who started her story off by reminding us that not taking a risk is a risk in itself. Wise beyond her years, Qing's investment in self discovery after a successful, but extremely stressful English Channel swim, is sure to pay dividends in whatever she pursues next in swimming and in life. Qing's positivity is infectious, and I just love her energy, enthusiasm, and emotion. In her own words: I am a lifelong swimmer and owe my success in completing the Triple Crown to the people who believed in my crazy ideas. Swimming the English Channel was a seed of an idea as a teenager that started a deep personal and spiritual journey for me. Starting with the English Channel in 2011 and coming back to round out the Triple Crown and Grand Slam with 20 Bridges - 2018, Tampa Bay Marathon Swim - 2019, and Catalina Channel - 2019. Through this journey I can say that the open water swimming community has truly taught me so much about believing in myself, living with purpose, and letting go of fear. I strive to inspire people from all walks of life to reach just a little higher and push the boundaries of their comfort zone. I love seeing the joy of someone who accomplishes something they never thought they could.
Gravity Yoga - 12min sequence

Gravity Yoga - 12min sequence

With Francesca Filatondi. You should only perform this programme if you are fit and healthy to do so and with parental permission (if under 18). Please make sure that the area you are using for exercise is suitable and clear from hazards. Swim England accepts no responsibility for injury occurring when performing these exercises and you undertake them at your own risk. Please follow the link for Swim England’s virtual training guidance: https://bit.ly/LandWorkCriteria
7ª Edição do Performance Extraordinária - Eddie Reese

7ª Edição do Performance Extraordinária - Eddie Reese

Lice chat with Eddie Reese, coach of multiple Olympic champions and living legend.
Performance Extraordinária 2ª Edição - Bill Sweetenham

Performance Extraordinária 2ª Edição - Bill Sweetenham

Live chat with coaches Bill Sweetanham, Alex Pussiledi and Bruno Darzi.
Griffith nutrition video #3 - Tips to manage energy and return to training

Griffith nutrition video #3 - Tips to manage energy and return to training

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow Griffith Sports College in Australia narrates Managing energy intake.
Griffith nutrition video #2 - Weighing for monitoring

Griffith nutrition video #2 - Weighing for monitoring

Dr. Chris Irwin of Griffith University department of Nutrition & Dietetics in Australia takes us through some practical advice on monitoring weight and return to competition.
Griffith nutrition video #1

Griffith nutrition video #1

The first in a series of nutrition videos features AIS Senior Sports Dietitian Greg Shaw - Nutition Lead for Swimming Australia - who speaks about the importance of nutrition for athletes, energy systems and lockdown.
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