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Funding Available from One Stop

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Grants, of up to £2000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places’.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

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One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.

Applying for a grant

Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that you can apply for funding all year round. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 20 weeks of applying.

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What types of projects are eligible?

  • One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, sports events, expenses to pay for terminally ill cancer patients on visits to the seaside.
  • Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project.
  • Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres.
  • Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk.
  • Purchasing materials to undertake a place based improvement project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches.

This list is not exhaustive, and consideration is given to any projects that meet the programme’s aims and objectives.

Who can apply?
Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including:

  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Hospices
  • Sports clubs
  • Community day centres
  • Parish/Town councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Community councils (Scotland)
  • Local authorities
  • Social Housing providers
  • Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible

Businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.


Is it worth it? You better believe it is!!!

The children are more important than the sport in which they are engaged. The game is not the thing, the child is…..

Being a kids football coach

So once again, I find myself in a contemplative mood on a Monday morning. Questioning why I coach, what my motives are and whether it is ‘worth it’?

My kids football team played again yesterday. We were beaten 7-0, which in itself is no issue for me. It is the manner in which the other team played that upsets me. Win at all costs. Physically bullying my team. Kicking and constant fouling, which I believe, has to be ‘coached’ because at this age, the kids don’t play like that naturally.

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All of which went unpunished by the ‘home’ referee (Qualified ref by the way), who looked like he couldn’t care less. The welfare of the children was not on his radar at all. All of this in a format called ‘Festival Football’ which is supposed to be about fun, learning, development and teamwork.

Here are some of the quotes from the FA’s mini soccer and U9/10’s football guides:

The children are more important than the activities in which they are engaged. The game is not the thing, the child is

If children are to enjoy and take part in football they need to:

• Feel success

• Take an active part in the game

• Learn to play as a team

• Understand the Laws

• Develop soccer skills

• Be able to take part whatever their ability

• Develop fitness

The Referee will have an important role to play in Mini-Soccer. Carrying out their duties without favour they should look to create a playing environment, which is fun for all taking part.

The Referee should encourage fair play, fun, respect for others, development of skills and team work, understanding of the Laws of the Game. The Laws of the Game should be a guide for the Referee in Mini-Soccer, with the spirit of the laws being more important than the letter of the law.

Appreciation of the needs of the child is essential

Coaches/Managers must always promote the appropriate Code of Conduct and positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) to players, parents and spectators alike. Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of the prohibited substances or techniques

Coaches/Managers must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance
Mini-Soccer aims to set realistic expectations. It focuses on the development of children rather than the result of the match.

Now I am not perfect. Not by any means. I do however, take my role as a coach seriously. I first started coaching my eldest son’s team when he was 6. He turns 15 this year. When he was 12, I decided to take a step back and let him experience a
different coaching style. I was only out of the game for 6 months, before I was asked to get involved with my younger sons team. (He was 7). Because I genuinely love coaching, I said yes.

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The festival football format was just getting under way and I believe in its ethos and felt that we could really help these kids develop in an environment that didn’t place emphasis on winning. There are no league tables in festival football.

Scores cannot be published. It is played in an environment that doesn’t put pressure on the children. Or at least that is the theory. The reality is somewhat different:

I have been contacted by other coaches and asked to provide my scores to them every weekend, so they can keep a ‘league table’
I have witnessed coaches encouraging players to ‘hurt’ or physically bully my players, just to ensure they win

I have witnessed ‘home’ referees, who are so biased to the home team, in terms of decisions, protection, encouragement and understanding of the game, that it has caused members of my team to physically cry with frustration

I have witnessed coaches leaving their perceived ‘weakest’ players on the bench, giving them little or in some cases, no game time.
I have been verbally abused by up to 10 parents at one time, for asking the referee to protect my children

I could go on and on but I won’t. I don’t want you to think that I don’t love the game. Because I do. I genuinely love coaching these kids and seeing the smiles on their faces when they do something well. Seeing them develop from kids that just know they enjoy kicking a ball around, to kids that enjoy kicking the ball around and can do it with a little bit of skill. Watching them form friendships in the group. The positive influence we can have on these children is immense. What drags me down is the negatives that appear to be lurking.

If the FA really want to make a change, then they need to get serious. They need to create a framework for coaches of all ages, that spells out what is acceptable and what isn’t. They need to back that up by giving the power to the local leagues, to exclude the teams that don’t want to adhere to this. And they must use it.

If the ‘coaches’ of these teams are lost to the game, then so what? It will be a bigger tragedy if we lose kids from the game who don’t want to play any more, because they are sick of being kicked, pushed and generally bullied by teams who only care about winning.

Its worth noting that I am not a ‘bleeding heart’ liberal who doesn’t want any sort of competitiveness. I encourage my boys to learn that there are winners and losers in every aspect.

If we lose, we do it gracefully. If we win, its because we have played better football than the other team and we do that gracefully as well
I will leave you with one of the quotes from the beginning, which to me, sums it up perfectly.

“The children are more important than the activities in which they are engaged. The game is not the thing, the child is.”

A coach.

 

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FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards – Nominations’ open NOW

The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are for people who make a positive difference. We recognise those individuals and groups who put their heart and soul into the game. It’s our chance to celebrate fantastic work – and say thank you for inspiring us all to aim for greatness.

Know someone who fits The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards criteria?

This is your chance to say thank you for everything they do to make the game great. Share your stories so that we can reward the grassroots champions among us. Please remember to read our terms and conditionsawards criteria and review our privacy policy before completing the form.

‘THE SILENT WEEKEND’ – IS IT NATURAL? HOW ABOUT ‘A NOISY WEEKEND?’

As an organisation working with parents in sport are asked many times to help support and promote the Silent Weekend, the Silent Sunday or indeed the Silent September.

We are often asked about how we feel about these events and our stance has always been that we love the concept and motivation behind running these but also feel that something needs to be done to help support the sporting parents on the side during the process.

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These events are fantastic for raising awareness, but must also provide some positive channels for discussion and the opportunity for parents to understand why a certain type of support is more beneficial for their child’s development and enjoyment; this has not always been particularly well addressed.

In some quarters it has been seen as another opportunity to criticise and bash parents for displaying in what many ways are just normal human emotions. Granted, some of these behaviours can be extremely misguided but what have we really done to address those beliefs?!

The issues that we face on the sidelines can be traced all the way back to Roman times. Sport was always a release from the sterile nature of day to day life and an opportunity to let off some steam. People merely wanted to have fun when watching the gladiatorial games and in many ways sporting parents have continued this trend.

Life has become sterile for many and do we really want to take away the excitement for them watching their child play and being involved in sport?

Parents behave in a way that society perceives sport, the games they watch in stadiums or the matches they see on TV and merely fall into line with these environments when watching their children play. It is not high on their agenda to be thinking about the ins and outs of sports coaching and child development.

That is the role for us as coaches and educators to help support them.

Sport is passion and we need to find new and engaging ways to support sporting parents and allow them to channel what quite frankly are normal emotions. The weekend is a time for them to allow some of their passion out!

There is no doubt that local bragging rights can often be at stake and many poor behaviours are due to that fear of dented pride.

If that is the case ‘The Silent Weekend’ goes against all normal levels of human emotion and could we maybe try something a bit different that is far more natural and perhaps allow parents to adapt behaviours during the process.

Many parents are peaceable human beings (not all) who would be happy to be guided by clubs, coaches and other parents.

As a result, we all have a great responsibility to ensure the environments that we create are natural but still crucially allow our children to flourish and develop.

So how does this sound as a concept?

‘The Noisy Weekend’ – parents are allowed to make as much noise as they want watching their children play, creating a wonderful atmosphere but we put against that the following set of guidelines.

  1. You must not shout any instructions to your child or any other player on your team.
  2. You must not shout anything aimed at the official.
  3. You may not shout at an opposition player but you may praise them if they did something well.
  4. You may not shout towards the opposition coach or parents.
  5. You can be as ‘Noisy’ as you wish following the guidelines above.

With our work on the sides of some grassroots matches we have witnessed some absolute crackers. Great games, great support from the side, huge ovations for both sets of players for putting on the most fantastic, entertaining game of sport. It can be done, that lovely mix however can be difficult to find and requires all parties involved in that specific match to hold similar beliefs and approach the contest in the right way.

We are not claiming to have found the solution to our problems on the sidelines but is it worth us being creative, trying different things that raise awareness but crucially create environments that allow everyone to flourish and really look forward to their matches at the weekend.

Article by guest author Gordon Maclelland from http://www.wwpis.co.uk

 

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Does over praise have a Positive or Negative Impact on a player?

To add to the growing minefield for sports parents we have to ask the question about the amount and type of praise you are giving your children.  Does it have a positive or negative impact on their sporting performance?

There are a number of things that you need to think about.

How much praise is too much praise?

How often should you be praising your child?

Is some praise simply a waste of time?

Praise can take many different forms encompassing the following:

‘commend, express approval of, express admiration for, applaud, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back’

In any form of praise that we may consider giving our children we must use appropriate language.  A skilful use of language can directly increase self esteem and develop confidence whilst careless use of language can lead to low self esteem and a drop in confidence.

Why do we need to give any praise?  Well that is simple, praise can regulate and reinforce positive behaviour and character traits.

Praise must also be directional, ‘good work’ for example is a bit vague, meaningless and many children are not stupid and will often see phrases like this as just empty praise.  Can your praise allow them to reflect, are you in a position to give them some useful advice on what went well and what may require some further work?

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In this day and age many parents over praise their children, as they believe that if they are not going to do it then who will?

Children can see right through this and often know that their parents are saying that quite simply because they are their parents rather than being based on any fact or actions.

Now in many cases I would hope that your child’s coaches would be doing this part of the job for you with their praise and feedback, allowing you to play a predominantly supporting role but it is still good to be armed with some appropriate tools.

Learning to praise appropriately, is an important part of developing a child’s confidence and raising a high performer. Here are some helpful tips:

PRAISE EFFORT

  • It allows you to praise both failure and success.
  • Focusing on the effort instead of the outcome keeps you present with the children in their struggle, holding their hand and even carrying them at times.
  • It makes you a partner in the process and allows your children to give their attention to the journey and not the destination.
  • Praising effort prevents us from being so focused on the prize that we forget what got our child there in the first place.
  • Foremost, high performers are all about the process, and the process is all about effort.
  • BE CLEAR AND CONCISE IN YOUR PRAISE
    • Your praise should come in the form of encouragement for your child and should be specific, clear, and focused on the process.
    • “Good job today” is nice, but it’s not action, effort, or goal-specific
    • On the other hand, “You’ve worked really hard in training on that piece of skill and it was great to see it used so well today.  That is the first time it has really worked in a match situation. This encourages your child for his/her effort, perseverance, progress, and competence.
    • It activates your child on multiple levels and sets the stage for further improvement, additional goal setting, and continued improvement.

    AVOID OVER-PRAISE

    • Avoid over-praising your child. We have all met the ‘over-praiser’, the parents who are afraid that their child’s self-esteem will suffer if they are not encouraged and praised for every outcome, however, this is not true.
    • Over-praising your child can be a negative on two fronts. First, children can become apathetic to praise, since they hear it all the time. You will run out of superlatives and be unable to discern real achievement from the everyday norm.
    • Second, kids are smart, and they soon catch on if everything they do is “fantastic” or “brilliant” or “awesome.” It’s not, and your kids eventually know a good performance from a bad one.
    • They will grow cynical to your words if everything is incredible.

    AVOID PRAISING BY COMPARISON

    • Avoid “over-praising” your child by comparing him/her to others.   You should not be comparing or making your child better by criticising team mates or opponents.
    • This not only can cause a fixed mindset, but it is very destructive of team dynamics.
    • Even if they are the best player on the team and you consistently tell them that, the world is a big place and these comparisons can have long term implications once the player pool changes and your child is no longer the best player.

    BE CAREFUL OF SARCASTIC PRAISE

    • Some players respond to sarcastic comments made at opportune times, but such comments are not appropriate before, during, or after an event or game.
    • All sarcasm has a hint of truth, and young children are so emotional that it is very difficult to know if it will go over well.
    • Sarcasm does not go down particularly well from parents.  It is best to find other ways to encourage and motivate your children.

    As we have said many times before on this site, sports parenting can be tough and does require some reflection and practise.  Try some of the above, if you feel something that you have said has not had the desired effect or has indeed had a negative outcome then be brave enough to admit you may have got it wrong, think it through and then try a different approach the next time…..no one is perfect!

    Article courtesy of guest Author Gordon MacLelland from www.parentsinsport.co.uk

5 WAYS TO WORK OUT IF YOUR SEASON HAS BEEN A ‘SUCCESS’

With the grassroots football season coming to a close it is a great opportunity to reflect on the ‘success’ of your season.  Use the five questions below to get a balanced view on your achievements since last summer.

1) Has your team developed as a group?

League positions and trophies are the common way that coaches define ‘success’. However, there are other ways in which your season can be deemed successful. Have your group successfully implemented training ideas into games? Are the team happy to have equal playing time? Do the players take ownership for elements of training and matchday – such as the warm-up or arrival activities? Have you seen friendships begin to form?

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2) Have individual players progressed?

Taking time to consider the individual development of each player in your squad is a good use of time. What was the individual like last summer when you had your first training session of the season? How have they developed across the four corners of player development: technical/tactical; physical; psychological; social. Don’t forget, for some players simply being more confident and willing to communicate at training and in the changing room is a huge success.

3) Have you improved as a coach?

Have you tried anything different with your coaching over the last 9 months? It might be something that you identified on an FA course, through feedback from others or from your own personal reflection. Changing your coaching philosophy and approach can be a long journey. Positive tweaks and changes to your methodology across the course of the season should be seen as success.

4) Has your communication with parents improved?

It is not only on the pitch performance that should be considered when reflecting on your season. What work has been done to develop positive relationships with the parents involved at your club?  Have you shared your playing and coaching philosophy? Have you involved the parents in any of the decision-making processes or involved them at training or on matchday? Time spent developing stronger relationships with all those involved in the club should be seen as a success.

5) Do you have a plan in place for next season?

It can be hard to objectively reflect on your season if you don’t have clearly defined targets to review against. Use this time of the year, and the questions above, to set some goals for next season. And, remember, success can be defined in many ways. What do you want to ‘win at’ next year?

 

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Retain the game Grants – £750 Grants to Support Adult male teams

RETAIN THE GAME

The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30 May at 5pm.

STEP 1 – ELIGIBILITY

Who is eligible?

Clubs that operate with two or more male teams  (U17-U21, Open Age and Vets) and

  • ✓ Hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award
  • ✓ Operate in a Charter Standard Development or Charter Standard Community Club or
  • ✓ Adult Clubs that commit to become FA Adult Charter Standard within season 2018/19

Only one application can be submitted per club.

Priority applications

The following clubs will be prioritised for a Retain the Game grant:

  • ✓ Clubs with three or more adult male teams
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 5-9 seasons
  • ✓ Clubs that have been in existence for 10 of more seasons
  • ✓ Clubs who operate in leagues employing Full Time

Who is not eligible?

  • ✘ Walking football
  • ✘ Futsal teams
  • ✘ Small sided football teams
  • ✘ University, College, and Armed Forces Intramural teams
  • ✘ New teams
  • ✘ Clubs who have received Grow the Game funding for an adult male team in the past two years
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What do I need to do if our club is not Charter Standard?

In order to apply for Retain the Game, non-Charter Standard clubs will need to demonstrate they are willing to commit and work towards Charter Standard status. This requires clubs to contact their County FA and initiate the process prior to submitting an application. Charter Standard status will need to have been achieved by January 2019 to receive any further funding in 2019.

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Why is the FA promoting Adult Charter Standard?

The FA’s research has demonstrated that Adult Charter Standard clubs are more sustainable and attract additional teams, players and volunteers. If clubs maintain this status they also receive an annual benefits package from the FA.

STEP 2 – ABOUT THE GRANT

What can the money be spent on?

The grant is designed to cover core costs including:

  • Facility hire (match day or training venue)
  • £100 Voucher for Nike Kit/Equipment (including First Aid) – to be redeemed through our bespoke portal
  • First Aid course

Grant Payment

The grant of £750 will be awarded split across two years. The grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.

The breakdown of funding is shown in the table below:

Type of club Year 1 – 18/19 season Year 2 – 19/20 season
Adult Charter Standard, Development or Community £500 £250
Non- Charter Standard £250 £500

Claims

Year 1

Clubs will be paid their Year 1 instalment upfront once they have met all the grant pre-conditions and accepted the grant.

Year 2

To release Year 2 payment clubs must meet the following conditions:

  • Clubs will be asked to provide their receipts as evidence of the eligible expenditure for the 18/19 season (Year 1)
  • Payment will be based on the retention of male teams within the club.

Your club must retain the following:

Club size Retention rate
2 male teams 100%
3-5 male teams 80%
6-9 male teams 70%
10+ male teams 65%

The Year 2 funding will not be provided if the above retention rates are not met.

Please note

  • All receipts provided must be dated after the grant offer date.
  • The Football Foundation will not reimburse payments made prior to the grant offer.

 

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Retain the Game equipment

As part of the Retain the Game funding you are able to receive a £100 voucher towards kit or equipment packs (including first aid kit). Charter Standard clubs will be able to receive this voucher in the first year of the funding. Non-Charter Standard  clubs will be able to receive this in the second year of the funding, once they have achieved Charter Standard status.

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STEP 3 – HOW TO APPLY

Applications are made through Grantshot, the Football Foundation’s online application portal.

If you have a Grantshot account, please login to start your application. If you do not already have an account, visit Grantshot to create one.

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Applicants will be notified if they have been successful, or not, by Tuesday 17 July.

A GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) UPDATE FROM THE FA AHEAD OF NEW LAW

A new data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is coming into force on 25 May this year.

The GDPR reshapes the data protection landscape by replacing the Data Protection Act 1998.

The GDPR provides increased rights for individuals, including a right to detailed data protection notices and new rights to delete data, and comes with new accountability obligations that will help protect the personal data of those involved in football.

Organisations holding personal data, including County FAs, leagues and clubs, will need to give more information to people about what they do with their data, why and for how long.

The FA has been working with Muckle LLP, who provide support to County FAs and Chartered Standard Clubs via a legal helpline, to draft some new GDPR templates that are easy to customise, and will help County FAs, leagues and clubs work towards compliance, ahead of the regulation coming into force.

The templates, which sit alongside a range of other GDPR resources aimed at County FAs, leagues and clubs, including a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), online training modules and fact sheets, are available on Muckle’s web-site.

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Funding Available Apply HERE – JEWSON BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES FUND

£250,000 FOR GOOD CAUSES.

Building Better Communities rewards good causes with a share of £250,000 in building materials. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to nominate your project or trade hero, register now.

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COMMUNITIES

Whether it’s a village hall wanting a new roof, a tradesperson in need or a sports club with poor facilities, we want to support good causes at the heart of local communities.

COMMUNITY PROJECT

Know a community group in need of a helping hand? Nominate your good cause to win a share of £250,000 in building materials. Register to nominate a community project close to your heart

 

COMMUNITY PRIZE PROJECT

MULTIPLE PRIZES £500 TO £10,000

These worthy causes might not need £50,000 but still need a helping hand to continue their great work. From 11 regions of Great Britain, we’re looking to support projects like:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Educational facilities
  • Not for profit buildings
  • Other significant community facilities

With branches from the Scottish Isles to Penzance, we’re proud to be part of the communities where we live and work. That’s why we’re awarding £250,000 in building materials to good causes across Great Britain.

PHASE 1 – NOMINATIONS

9TH APRIL – 9TH MAY

Tell us about your project – It may be a new sports club changing room, a much needed play area for children or a facelift for a community building that’s seen better days. Whatever it is nominate your good cause via the website before 9th May. Just choose the category that’s right for your good cause, tell us why it should win, send us a picture or video…and that’s it.

PHASE 2 – SHORTLISTING

9TH MAY – 25TH MAY

Our judges will select their shortlist from all entries, reviewing each nomination against a set of criteria including:

  • How many people it will help in the local area
  • How it will continue to help people in the future
  • And how detailed your entry is

Our panel of judges will choose their favourites and these will then go to a public vote at the end of May.

PHASE 3 – VOTING

31ST MAY – 20TH JUNE

If you make the shortlist, you then need to spread the word as the more votes you get, the better. We choose the winners of Building Better Communities based on a combination of the judges’ scores and the public vote, so get as many people voting as possible.

PHASE 4 – JUDGING

21ST JUNE – 1ST JULY

With voting closed, our panel will judge each entry, considering both the entry information and the public voting. 50% of the overall score will come from the judges, and 50% from the public vote.

The judges will decide the Community Project winners who will receive between £500 and £10,000 in building materials, and the Top Community Prize of up to £50,000 that can be a combination of materials and labour. We’ll also award prizes to our Trade Heroes with a top prize of up to £50,000 in building materials up for grabs.

PHASE 5 – WINNERS

3RD JULY

After calculating all the scores, the winners of Building Better Communities will be announced in early July at a ceremony with a special celebrity host.

The winners can then use their prize to make a difference to good causes across the UK.

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Funds Available – Wilkos Helping Hands Fund, Apply HERE

Helping hands

Helping our local community is really important to us. That’s why every wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. You could get wilko gift cards, products or volunteers to help with whatever you’re doing for your community – whether it’s a raffle prize to help with fund raising or tins of paint and extra helpers to do up a community centre – we’d love to help you!

It’s easy to apply, just by three . steps!

Step 1

Fill in an application form – this can be found either at your local store or you can download the form below.

Step 2

Hand it in at the help desk at your local wilko store.

Step 3

We’ll be in touch to let you know how your application got on (we review applications at the end of each month. Please give us as much notice as possible prior to your event to avoid disappointment).

Sadly, we can’t help expeditions, political parties, private or fee – paying schools, branches of national charities, profitable organisations or third party private fundraising groups.

However, we CAN help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community and tenants’ associations plus appeals from the local police, fire service and local councils and many more!

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HOW LONG DO YOUR PLAYERS STAND AROUND FOR AT TRAINING?

“How long do the players in your team have to wait until they kick a ball at your practice session?”

This is the type of question, Merfyn Roberts, FA Coach Educator for the social corner, wants coaches to ask themselves when they are struggling with ‘poor’ player behaviour.

“Coaches spend endless hours of planning coaching points, technical practices and small-sided games.  But when it comes to planning to keep the players engaged and manage their behaviour, there is no plan at all.  How stressful is that when we’re out there delivering?” asks Roberts.

“Take the Saturday morning coaching scenario: when the players arrive the session theme should be written on a whiteboard, the practice area should be marked and the footballs ready. When the kids start arriving they can go straight into the first activity.”

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Arrival activities have the dual benefit of getting the kids moving as well as giving them with some social time to catch up with their friends, explains Roberts.

“During the arrival activity time they can be chatting away about what they’ve been doing at school and all the stuff the coach doesn’t really want to listen to. By building this into the routine you’re recognising they are social animals and they need to do that – this is especially true of the younger players in grassroots,” he adds.

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Roberts, who tutors on The FA’s Advanced Youth Award, believes coaches should minimise the time kids are spent standing around without a ‘task’. This involves standing in queues or spending too long whilst the coach sets up the next practice.

Once the players are engaged, challenged and active, the next step is to give the players both voice and choice.

“Part of improving player behaviour is putting on sessions that give empowerment and ‘hook the kids in’ by giving them some choice and input,” he adds, acknowledging that handing all the influence to the players requires high-level skill.

Article courtesy of the FA Bootroom

Author ; Merfyn Roberts, FA Coach Educator

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The FA Launch FREE Sudden Cardiac Arrest Module

The FA has launched a free online module to raise awareness and knowledge of sudden cardiac arrests in football. 

The module will enable you to recognise and respond appropriately to a sudden cardiac arrest while also providing you with key facts and information.

Available online, you can complete it at a convenient time and place. Plus, it only takes one hour!

Upon completion, you’ll receive one hour of CPD and an FA certificate.

Research shows that 12 young people lose a life each week in the UK and those with an inherited heart condition can be up to three times as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest if they participate in intensive or strenuous exercise.

What’s more, at least five fatalities occurred during football matches or training over the last year in England due to cardiac arrest, including former England international Ugo Ehiogu, who died while working as coach at Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Dr Lisa Hodgson, The FA’s medical education lead, said: “The FA is passionate about raising the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and highlighting the fact that this can occur in what appears to essentially be, from the outside, a fit and healthy young person playing sport.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is infrequent but it is not a rare event.

“The more awareness we can raise on this issue, the greater is the chance of early recognition and lifesaving intervention being performed.

“We would like as many people as possible to complete this module and to share it among their peers.

“Everyone should be taught these lifesaving skills in all walks of life, not just in sport and we hope that this module helps to do just that.”

To complete the module, click the following link and press ‘ACCESS AWARD’ top right.

COMPLETE THE MODULE