A note from our editor

This month, I joined the Club Matters team as Editor working to select and curate the latest developments for the newsletter, covering topics that are important to me.

Women’s sport is something I’m very passionate about and I’m delighted we’re now seeing more female-focused sport on the world’s biggest stages. As well as elite sport, it’s also vital we encourage people of all ages and abilities to fit exercise into their life. Recently, This Girl Can launched their new ‘Fit Got Real’ campaign aiming to tackle inequalities in the levels of exercise between different groups of women. Make sure you read on and watch their launch video! The initiative strikes a chord with me as it closely aligns with StreetGames’ US Girls programme, which we kicked off in 2011 to tackle the double jeopardy of gender inequality and poverty. Our aim has been to get females, aged 16-25, more active by providing them with sport and fitness opportunities in their local community in a way that suits them. The project initially focused on 50 disadvantaged areas across England and quickly saw over 34,000 young women taking part!

On the topic of women in sport, I was part of the panel in the recent Club Natters podcast focussing on female participation, so stay tuned for that. There was some very interesting discussion around the topic so do have a listen – the podcast is set to launch in the next few weeks!

With Christmas just around the corner, now is a great time to make sure your club is prepared and makes the most of the festive period. The team and I have collated a few top tips on how your clubs can do this best, whether that’s celebrating on or off the pitch. With a bit of planning, there’s undoubtedly something everyone can get involved in throughout December. However, don’t forget during this festive season that for some, Christmas is tough. For the first time, we’re running our Fit and Fed projects over the Christmas break this year to tackle the Holiday Gap of holiday hunger, inactivity, and isolation. StreetGames’ Fit and Fed sessions offer activity sessions and a nutritious meal each day for local children which should go some way to help the 73% of the UK’s poorest families who cannot always afford to feed their children during the school holidays, a gap which is estimated to affect three million children and young people across the UK.

I also wanted to bring your attention to the newest Club Natters podcast. As Safeguarding Adults week has just finished, make sure you go and check it out. The Club Natters hosts were joined in the studio by Nicola from the Ann Craft Trust, who explains more about Safeguarding Adults, how your club can get it right and Safeguarding Adults week (19th-25th November 2018).

The team and I have also chosen to include our popular online training session, providing top tips on how best to use Facebook, so I hope you enjoy it all.

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