Welcome to our education update, providing the latest school sport news, funding opportunities, national and local programmes and resources as well as letting you know about courses, events and job vacancies which may be of interest to you. 

Updated: 11th March, 2020

Local News

Emergency Storm Relief Fund available to affected clubs

More than 100 sports clubs and organisations affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis across the Wye and Severn Valleys have received Sport England grants from hundreds of pounds to £5,000.  The Sport England fund, which awards National Lottery grants through the Community Asset, remains open. The fund application portal offers a quick decision process and access to cash for places in need.   To apply, click here.

For organisations where football is the main activity, applications for funding can be made through the Football Foundation (the charity of the Premier League, The FA and Government, through Sport England).  Any football clubs affected should first contact their local county Football Association to find out how to access this funding.

Your club in the spotlight!

Community clubs are invited to take part in a series of photo and video shoots for recreational activity resources that will be used by gymnasts and coaches across the UK.  British Gymnastics are looking for a group of 16 boys and girls aged between 5-13 years who represent the diverse nature of our sport. The filming will take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on:

  • Thursday 9th April
  • Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May
  • Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June
  • Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, & Wednesday 12th August
  • Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August

Gymnasts will need to be available for the majority of dates - any dates you are not available for should be sent with your application.

For further information and to apply, please click here.

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School Games Has Got Talent 

Applications to perform at the 2019/20 Winter primary Shropshire Homes School Sport Festivals, as part of the School Games opening ceremony are now being accepted!  The deadline for applications is Monday 27th April.

For further information including an application form please click here

Celebrating the best uses of the Primary PE and Sport Premium across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

These awards recognise schools that have innovated and endeavoured to provide improved outcomes for pupils using the Primary PE and Sport Premium grant.  Prizes include a school visit from a sporting champion, a written case study based on your application and a professional video case study about your school.

The application process for 2019/20 is now open!  Closing deadline for applications is 8th May.

For further information about the awards including video and written case studies from previous winners please click here

National Policy Updates and News

Free LTA Teacher Training Courses & PE Lesson Plans

The LTA is offering a free 2 hour training course for primary teachers and teaching assistants to help encourage them to deliver the LTA Youth Schools programme in primary schools. The course supports a series of PE lesson plans and demonstrates how tennis can be delivered to a whole class of children in a small place as well as how it can be adapted and differentiated for all learners.

Every teacher attending the course will receive a free pack including:

An activity book with a range of ideas for warm-ups, activities and games

Pupil achievement certificates and stickers.

View the full details

ECB launch Dynamos Cricket to inspire the next generation

A new programme aimed at 8-11 year olds will begin this summer.  The focus is on giving boys and girls the chance to get involved in the game and follow in the footsteps of heroes like Heather Knight and Ben Stokes.  The launch adds to the existing All Stars Cricket programme aimed at 5-8 year olds.

Two 6-12 week programmes will run this summer in May and July, allowing up to 35,000 more children to enjoy cricket this year.

To find out more and sign up, please click here

Big Pedal 22nd April - 5th May 2020

Families are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2020 - the UK's largest cycling, walking and scooting competition for schools.  Organised by charity Sustrans, young people will compete with one another to make as many journeys by bike, foot and scooter as possible.  Currently, only 2% of UK children cycle to school with the number of children being driven on the increase.

Last year's Big Pedal saw an incredible 3.8 million journeys made by bike, foot and scooter with over 1600 schools taking part.  This year's competition theme is 'Travelling around the body'.  Pupils track their progress on a wall chart, learning about the human body and how active travel benefits their health as they go.

To register to participate in this year's Big Pedal click here.

National Walking Month 2020 - #WalkthisMay

This year's National Walking Month focus will be the mental health benefits that come from small steps.  

Walk to School Week will take place from 18th - 22nd May when schools can explore how activity can help improve children's mood, concentration and creativity.  Classroom packs are suitable for a class of up to 30 pupils and can be purchased at a cost of £10 + VAT (PE and Sport Premium Funding can be used to purchase packs). 

All activities are curriculum aligned and contain:

  • Teacher guidance and parent information
  • One classroom wallchart with stickers for teacher
  • 30 pupil daily reward stickers
  • 30 pupil activity diaries (KS1/P1-3 & KS2/P4-7 will have different activities to suit, around the same theme)
  • 30 end of week pupil rewards

To purchase packs, please click here.

Free cycle training to be offered to every child in England

The government has confirmed that the Bikeability training programme will be significantly expanded to offer essential bike safety and skills training to every child in England - the equivalent of an additional 400,000 training places.

In addition, an extra £22 million will be invested in national schemes:

  • £20 million will go to extend the Access Fund which helps local authorities support more people to cycle and walk
  • £1 million will go towards the Big Bike Revival – a grass roots project encouraging more than 40,000 people to take up cycling who wouldn’t normally consider it
  • £1 million will be invested in the Walk to School outreach programmes offered by the government’s partners Cycling UK and Living Streets.

This means that the expected spend between 2016 and 2021 on active travel has doubled to £2.4 billion

Grants of up to £2,500 available through The Swimathon Foundation.  The grants are awarded to groups and individuals, as well as organisations supported by pools participating in Swimathon,which takes place form 27th - 29th March 2020.

If you haven’t yet signed up for Swimathon 2020, enter here.

Please click here if you wish to see the grant scheme criteria.  Application forms can be downloaded here - deadline for submissions is 13th March 2020.

Volunteering Opportunities

Rugby Football Union invite volunteers to attend regional conferences

A key objective of the RFU is to grow engagement across the game for women and girls, and central to this, is to attract more female volunteers to the game and see more volunteers - both male and female - supporting the women's game.

To address this, the RFU is running a series of volunteer conferences across the country between March and May, with a range of different themes and workshops, many of which will be connected to a Tyrells Premier 15s game.

Details of local conferences with contact details are below:

Wasps RFC, Acton, W3 9QA


12.45 – 2.45pm

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[email protected]

Worcester Warriors, WR3 8ZE


10.30 – 1.45pm

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[email protected]

Volunteers needed for Freestyle World Cup

British Canoeing are looking for volunteers to assist at the Freestyle World Cup in Nottingham from 9th - 12th July 2020.  A number of roles are available - for more information about how to get involved, please click here or to apply to be a volunteer at the event, please complete this form.

In return for your support at the event, you British Canoeing can offer you a free place on their stadium water safety course on Saturday 21st March at Holme Pierrepoint.  To arrange a place, please e-mail [email protected].

Volunteers needed for Freestyle World Cup

Archery GB is hosting the European Youth Archery Championships from 17th - 22nd August at Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre.  Volunteers are sought to help with a variety of roles from admin and athlete services, to field of play responsibilities.

Jon Nott, Event Manager, said “This event is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet new people from all over Europe, and possibly even Olympians fresh from the Games. This is an exciting year for sport. Make sure you are part of this dynamic team delivering a World Class event on your doorstep.”

All ages and abilities are welcome to apply.  If you are unable to help at the whole event, simply select the dates you can do.

To apply to volunteer, please click here.


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Courses and Events

Teacher of School Swimming Course - CANCELLED

This 2 day course is aimed at learners who have limited knowledge and experience of School Swimming and will be delivered using a combination of theory and practical work.

Please click on the course above to view further information including booking details.

Primary School Teachers FA Award:

A free FA Primary School Teachers Award course is being offered to Telford and Wrekin School Sport Partnership schools at Telford Langley School on Monday 16th March.  The course is funded by the FA as part of the Girls Football Schools Partnerships programme.  It is designed to help various groups with a basic awareness of the contribution of an invasion game (football) to the physical education purpose at KS1 and KS2 linking relevant subject content to support pupil learning.

To book on this course, you must first create an FA FAN Number https://www.thefa.com/account/signup

 Once an FA FAN Number has been created, you can register on the course here.

England Athletics National Youth Development Conference

England Athletics are inviting all coaches and leaders working with young athletes (under 18's) to attend a weekend of presentations, discussions, practical sessions and networking opportunities to help:

  • Understand the importance of Long-Term Athlete Development;
  • Develop training programmes to provide greater structure to their training;
  • Learn the underpinning principles of Speed, Endurance, Jumps and Throws;
  • Learn practical drills to help improve their athletes’ Speed, Endurance, Jumps and Throws;
  • Share good practice with like-minded coaches.

Passes can be bought for one of both days.

Date: 28th - 29th March
Location: University of Birmingham

For further details or to book click here

Shropshire FA Foundation Phase Roadshow Event - 'Games & Play'

The England DNA Foundation Phase DNA is an exciting FREE resource for grassroots coaches, jam-packed full of ideas, sessions, articles and videos based around the FA Four Corner Model for long-term player development.

There are age-specific sections which will be a real benefit to ALL coaches, but especially those entrusted with the football development of our youngest players.

The evening will consist of a presentation outlining the key messages from the DNA followed by a practical session to demonstrate how this works in coaching scenarios with young players.

To find out more about this FREE event & to book a place, click the book here link below which will take you to the coaching CPD page: 

Date: Wednesday 29th April 2020
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: Shrewsbury Town FC Community Hub, Montgomery Waters Meadow, Oteley Rd, Shrewsbury SY2 6ST
CPD Hours: Level 1, 2 & 3 Licensed Coaches
Cost: Free
Delivered by: Pete Sturgess - FA Foundation Phase Technical Lead

To book click here

British Judo host Junior European Cup

The Walsall Sports Centre, at the University of Wolverhampton, will play host to what promises to be a fantastic weekend of junior action on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2020.

In addition to the staging of the Junior European Cup, there will also be an EJU Junior Training Camp running on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June giving some of the world’s top junior judoka the opportunity to train alongside the British Squad at the Centre of Excellence.

Date: 6th - 7th June 2020
Location: British Judo Centre of Excellence, Walsall

For further details or to book click here

British Gymnastics 2020 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT British Championships

Join Britain's finest trampoline, tumbling and DMT gymnasts as they battle for the prestigious British titles.

Date: 4th - 5th July 2020
Location: Utilita Arena, Birmingham

For further details or to book click here

To view a list of courses being run by Energize please click onto our training courses page here