This week in Community Sports News – Hundreds gathered to honour one of Logan’s most influential sports figures the city has been home to. Sport is opening doors for Melton’s migrant youth to make friends and interact in their new communities.UNICEF launches Team UNICEF, a website to share news on its work in sport and child development. IOC President calls for sport free from discrimination at 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. As the adoption of technology accelerates throughout all levels of sport, the amount of data that is being collected for each athlete and team is expanding exponentially and it’s readily apparent that there is huge value to be found within this data. We often write about success in organisations and teams but is there a topic more important than helping young people succeed? If you (sometimes) have a child under your responsibility, helping them to succeed in life will burn for you. This article looks at how. As a nation we love to get outdoors. Whereas some of us seek peace and quiet, others want a hit of adrenaline. In business and sports, teams often experience periods of positive and negative momentum while pursuing their goals.
6/ 13/ 14: Tom Boswell – Logan News
Hundreds gathered to honour one of Logan’s most influential sports figures the city has been home to.
Gary Campbell, who passed away on May 17, was remembered by family, friends and work colleagues at Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre, a world class venue he helped establish as part of many legacies left behind, on May 26.
Logan City Council Major Venues and Facilities Manager and long-time friend Nigel Brown said Mr Campbell made a contribution to sport in the city few could match.
“Gary’s commitment to sport and the Logan community transcended his role at Council,” Mr Brown said.
6/ 16/14: Ami Humpage – Leader Community Newspapers
Sport is opening doors for Melton’s migrant youth to make friends and interact in their new communities.
Through the Team Assimilated Basketball and Soccer Program, funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the CatholicCare Settlement Program, African children aged eight to 16 are joining local teams.
Program case manager Deng Malith said the program started in 2011 when a group of 15 children aged 10 to 16 spent eight weeks learning to play soccer and basketball.
They were then assimilated into Melton teams, giving them the opportunity to socialise and form friendships.
Mr Malith said the program also gave 10 children, five in soccer and five in basketball to be trained as umpires.
UNICEF launches Team UNICEF, a website to share news on its work in sport and child development.UNICEF has spent more than 60 years advocating for children’s rights, which means a lot of experience with sport and the right of play for children.
Team UNICEF is a new website to feature the many activities, events and processes UNICEF has in place to promote sport and the right of play, together with a spirit of collaboration, teamwork and energy that sport evokes.
Team UNICEF has initiated and supported a wide range of projects designed to help children across the world through sport and play. The following programmes are highlighted examples.
Vamos Jogar’ is an initiative led by UNICEF and promoted by the City of Rio de Janeiro fostering the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean.
6/ 12/ 14 – Olympic.org
IOC President calls for sport free from discrimination at 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach spoke today of the leading role sport can play in advancing gender equality, during a speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 6th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women and Sport in Helsinki, Finland. The Conference, taking place from 12 to 15 June, is officially supported by the IOC and has the motto “Lead the Change, Be the Change”.
Welcomed onto stage by Finnish IOC member Peter Tallberg, who was a fellow member of the IOC’s first Athletes’ Commission in 1981, the President told the audience about the progress that the IOC has made in terms of women’s participation in sport.
“Women have competed at the Games since 1900, but by London 2012 that figure was approaching parity with nearly 45 per cent of competitors being women athletes. Indeed, some of the biggest teams, Team Finland for example, had more women members than men”, he said.
6/ 10 /14: NathanKinch – Sports Business Insider
As the adoption of technology accelerates throughout all levels of sport, the amount of data that is being collected for each athlete and team is expanding exponentially and it’s readily apparent that there is huge value to be found within this data.
Of course, whilst there is value for athletes, coaches, high performance teams, clubs, organisations and governing bodies, the value of the data is contextual to the individual or organisation that intends to use it.
Putting it plainly, in the highly connected world that we find ourselves in, the data that is produced from all of the technologies that enable us to participate in this world, is one of the most valuable commodities available.
Experienced Chief Technology Officer, Stuart Hudson commented by saying, ”ultimately, we have the ability to measure and capture everything about an individual, and in cases such as elite athletes, a staggering amount of data relating to the context within which they perform. The “trick” is turning this data into information and unlocking the value within, with data sciences, parallel compute architectures and cloud based infrastructure. Given the nature of elite sports, this “trick” is now merely difficult and not impossible.”
June 2014 – Leap Performance
We often write about success in organisations and teams but is there a topic more important than helping young people succeed? If you (sometimes) have a child under your responsibility, helping them to succeed in life will burn for you. This article looks at how.
The suggestions in this article come from many of us inside Leap Performance who are parents, guardians, coach sport or have (had) significant responsibility for younger people. Our suggestions are based on our experience and what makes sense to us … no more and no less. Dr Pippa Grange is, however, a formally qualified performance psychologist.
To be successful, young people will have to grow into adults who have healthy relationships, enjoy financial security / choice / freedom, are healthy and fit, become the person they want to become, and have a career that’s rewarding and enjoyable. Not too many people can claim all of that .. cos it’s bloody difficult … that’s why the help we give young people is critical.
Sport and Recreation Alliance
As a nation we love to get outdoors. Whereas some of us seek peace and quiet, others want a hit of adrenaline.
Whatever the motivation, all of this activity makes a significant contribution to the UK economy – an impact which is felt in every corner of the country.
The Reconomics report brings together all the existing information, research and evidence relating to the impact of outdoor recreation and provides a compelling case to politicians of the true value of outdoor recreation.
The Reconomics report is presented in three forms – a report, an evidence document and case study stories.
5/ 16/ 14 – Plos One
In business and sports, teams often experience periods of positive and negative momentum while pursuing their goals. However, researchers have not yet been able to provide insights into how psychological and behavioral states actually change during positive and negative team momentum.
In the current study we aimed to provide these insights by introducing an experimental dynamical research design. Rowing pairs had to compete against a virtual opponent on rowing ergometers, while a screen in front of the team broadcasted the ongoing race. The race was manipulated so that the team’s rowing avatar gradually progressed (positive momentum) or regressed (negative momentum) in relation to the victory.
The participants responded verbally to collective efficacy and task cohesion items appearing on the screen each minute. In addition, effort exertion and interpersonal coordination were continuously measured. Our results showed negative psychological changes (perceptions of collective efficacy and task cohesion) during negative team momentum, which were stronger than the positive changes during positive team momentum. Moreover, teams’ exerted efforts rapidly decreased during negative momentum, whereas positive momentum accompanied a more variable and adaptive sequence of effort exertion.