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TEAM NOTTINGHAM IS SUCCESSFUL IN BID TO WIN THE PEOPLE’S MILLIONS!
Wed 26 November 14

A Nottingham project aiming to tackle childhood obesity and inactivity has won £50,000 of Big Lottery funding.

A public vote orchestrated by ITV’s People’s Millions took place on Monday 24 November and proved to be successful for the Team Nottingham partnership made up Nottingham’s six professional sports clubs’ charitable arms and Leeds Beckett University.

Team Nottingham is an innovative partnership of charities linked to the city’s six élite sports clubs who will work together to tackle the dangerous rise in childhood obesity and inactivity across Nottingham. Partnering up are the National Ice Centre, Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC), Nottingham Forest in the Community, Trent Bridge Community Trust, Nottingham Rugby and Beeston Hockey Club.

The partnership formed in response to their ability to engage and motivate people through sports and physical activities and their combined track record of effective health projects.

As Nottingham is the 20th most deprived local authority in England, children are more likely to become overweight with less access to physical activities. Approximately one in three children of Nottingham’s children are overweight and almost 50% do not reach the recommended target of 60 minutes activity every day. Obesity and inactivity are significant factors in the future physical and mental health of Nottingham’s children. Both issues have an impact on children’s ability to play, their fitness, social inclusion and confidence, among other issues. Research demonstrates that being overweight as a child means people are more likely to develop life threatening conditions as an adult. People who are overweight are more susceptible to CVD in adulthood, as well as illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes. Being fit and healthy as a child sets individuals on a path for a longer life expectancy.

As a result of the difficulties local children face, Nottingham’s six clubs will address these important issues head on and use the city’s strong sporting heritage and famous sports brands to transform lives. Combining healthy eating workshops and a wide range of fun sports coaching and physical activities, Team Nottingham will have a huge impact across the city thanks to the public’s support which allowed them to secure this funding. Professional sports coaches will act as role models who children can relate to and will be able to help them make the right life choices. Team Nottingham will engage and motivate 840 people next year, improving their lifestyles and increasing the amount of activity they do.

To tackle obesity there are three factors that need to be addressed: diet, exercise and education. Team Nottingham’s project brings together all three aspects and will strive to improve diets and lifestyles as well as increase activity levels.

Tim Hatton, Senior Manager at FITC and representative for Team Nottingham is thrilled to have won the vote and for Nottingham to receive the money for their efforts, saying: “We’re so glad so many people from all over Nottingham got behind the vote and supported us on social media. We’d like to thank all of those who were involved in the media campaign and especially a big thank you to everyone who voted. The money received from The Big Lottery and People’s Millions will be used to deliver a new project to tackle childhood obesity in Nottingham. Team Nottingham will now be sitting down together to develop a plan of how best to incorporate all of the sports we can offer and each clubs’ expertise. Together we want to lower the rate of obesity in Nottingham and increase the amount of physical activity people take part in.”

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TEAM NOTTINGHAM VS OBESITY
Mon 24 November 14

We’ve partnered with the City’s sports clubs and Team Nottingham and have been short-listed to the final few projects with a chance of winning £50,000 today.

Team Nottingham is an innovative partnership of charities linked to the city’s National Ice Centre and five élite sports clubs who will work together to tackle the dangerous rise in childhood obesity and inactivity across Nottingham. Partnering up are the National Ice Centre, Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC), Nottingham Forest in the Community, Trent Bridge Community Trust, Nottingham Rugby and Beeston Hockey Club.

The partnership formed in response to their ability to engage and motivate people through sports and physical activities, and their combined track record of effective health projects.

As Nottingham is the 20th most deprived local authority in England, children are more likely to become overweight with less access to physical activities. Approximately one in three of Nottingham’s children are overweight and almost 50% do not reach the recommended target of 60 minutes activity every day. Obesity and inactivity are significant factors in the future physical and mental health of Nottingham’s children. Both issues have an impact on children’s ability to play, their fitness, social inclusion and confidence, among other issues. Research demonstrates that being overweight as a child means people are more likely to develop life threatening conditions as an adult. People who are overweight are more susceptible to CVD in adulthood, as well as illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes. Being fit and healthy as a child sets individuals on a path for a longer life expectancy.

As a result of the difficulties local children face, the National Ice Centre along with Nottingham’s five sports clubs aim to address these important issues head on and use the city’s strong sporting heritage and famous sports brands to transform lives. Combining healthy eating workshops and a wide range of fun sports coaching and physical activities, Team Nottingham will have a huge impact across the city if the public supports them by voting on the day so they secure this funding. Professional sports coaches will act as role models who children can relate to and will be able to help them make the right life choices. If they win, Team Nottingham will engage and motivate 840 people next year, improving their lifestyles and increasing the amount of activity they do.

To tackle obesity there are three factors that need to be addressed: diet, exercise and education. Team Nottingham’s project brings together all three aspects and will strive to improve diets and lifestyles as well as increase activity levels.

Tim Hatton, Senior Manager at FITC believes the project is of great importance to the future of Nottingham’s children, saying: “This project will not be a success without the community’s help. We’ve worked in partnership with local childhood obesity experts and professional clubs to design this effective, targeted project. Team Nottingham want people to pick up the phone and vote for us on Monday 24 November. We want to use sport to give children a chance and have the best start so they can lead normal lives. We want to make them fitter and less overweight which will impact on their lives at home and at school, making them happier children.”

The telephone number to call today is XXXXXX and votes can be cast until midnight.

To get involved visit Team Nottingham’s social media sites, where you can show your support and spread the word today!

Tweet @TeamNottm or visit facebook.com/TeamNottingham using hashtags #ImVoting and #TNVO

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ICE DANCING COMPETITIONS & RESULTS
Wed 12 November 14
Coach Sophie with Ellie O'Connell & Joshua Tarry

NIC skaters have been busy competing in international competitions in Latvia & Germany this month.

Here’s how they got on:

Volvo Cup in Riga, Latvia

Charlie Parry-Evans – 14th place in the Senior Men’s category
Joshua Brown – 6th place, achieving a personal best and moving up to 3rd place in the National ranking based on highest score obtained in Junior Men’s competition during the 2014/15 season
Rebecca Gillespie – 8th place out of 44 with a personal best, achieving 1st place in the Advanced Novice Ladies National ranking
Alexandra Kunova (representing Slovakia) – 18th place achieving the European Figure Skating Championship qualification points

NRW Ice Dance Cup 2014 in Germany

Ellie O’Connell & Joshua Tarry – 7th place out of 12 with a personal best, achieving 1st place in the Basic Novice Ice Dance National ranking

Well done to all our skaters. They performed well with most achieving personal best scores whilst competing against athletes from top winter sport nations!

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FOUR TOP TEN WORLD FINISHES FOR BRITISH SPEED SKATERS
Tue 11 November 14

This weekend (7-9 November), the Great British Short Track speed skaters claimed four top ten finishes at the first ISU World Cup of the 2014-15 season. The event, which took place in Salt Lake City, USA, saw the senior squad compete against the best speed skaters from around the globe.

Elise Christie and Jack Whelbourne led the way for the Brits with some solid performances. Christie raced to the final of the 1000m and took fourth place overall after finishing second in her semi final. She also came top in her semi final race in the 1500m distance, finishing in fifth in the final.

Whelbourne broke the British record in the A final of the 1000m, racing to a fourth place finish, which put him in 7th place overall in the 1000m classification.

Whelbourne commented on the weekend: “Coming from what I thought was a bit of a disappointing performance in the 1500m, I re-focused my attention towards the 1000m race where I broke the existing British record and got a top four finish, which was a good motivational boost. I’ll now be working to bridge the gap with the rest of the world and improve my performance in the competitions that lie ahead.

National Coach, Nicky Gooch commented: “On the whole, the skaters performed pretty well this weekend. We narrowly missed out on a couple of medals which was disappointing, but this was only our second international event of the current season and we can’t always expect everything to work out straight away.

“Jack skated particularly well this weekend, beating his own record in the 1000m A final. It’s also been a few years since we’ve had a male and female skater in the A final on the same day, which is something we can take away from this weekend’s competition.”

Charlotte Gilmartin skated well this weekend, with two top twelve finishes in her races (10th place in the 500m and 12th place in the 1000m). She put in a strong performance to reach the quarterfinal heats in both distances, finishing third in both races. Jon Eley also performed well, with two top 16 finishes in the 1000m and 500m distances.

Gooch said: “Jon skated ambitiously this weekend and he was penalised a couple of times, which happens in our sport. The key thing is that he was on form and raced well and had it not been for the penalties he received, he would have qualified for the semi finals.

The junior squad were also representing Great Britain at the Alta Valtellina Trophy in Bornio, Italy this weekend (6-9 November). There were some good performances amongst the skaters, with Kathryn Thomson claiming Gold in the 500m to finish third overall and Jack Burrows skating his way to two finals to finish fifth in the overall classification.

The senior squad now look ahead to World Cup 2 (14-16 November) this weekend in Montreal, Canada.

Gooch added: “As it’s only our second international competition of the season so far, the skaters must learn from their experiences here and build on them at the World Cup in Canada this weekend. Looking ahead to Canada and beyond, we’ll be working on a few new strategies and looking to close the gap between Team GB and the rest of the world.”

The coming weekend’s competition in Canada will be streamed live on http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/index.html

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