Please note the relocation address for our Redhill Outlet with effect from 8 June 2013.
Our new address is:
Blk 57, Dawson Road
#01-11A, Dawson Place
Buses nearby: 33,51,64,111,120,139,145,186,970
From Queenstown MRT: Buses 51, 111, 186, 970 towards direction of Redhill Station
From Redhill MRT: Buses 33, 64 towards the direction of Queenstown Station.
Friday, May 17, 2013
- The turkish saleswoman tried to describe the breads for me without unwrapping them.
- Although I didn't intend to question her good taste, I finally asked her: "Could I.... maybe... see the bread?"
- She answered: "You have to propose marriage to the bread first!"
And it was the first time that I blushed at sight of a bread.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Football Association of Wales is the governing body of football in Wales and, in addition to its administration responsibilities for football, has the responsibility of running the international teams. Alongside the FAW, the Welsh Football Trust (WFT) is the charitable organisation responsible for developing the grassroots game, including working with coaches and volunteers and increasing opportunities for young players to play and improve.
Here, FAW Research and Evaluation Officer Llŷr Roberts, and the WFT’s Operations Manager Kevin Moon describe how the School Sport Survey can make a difference for Welsh football.
There are many different elements to our work but ultimately we want Wales to become a more successful football nation at grassroots and international level.
Among our high level targets are for Wales to achieve a Seven Star Rating for the UEFA Grass Roots Charter, and to qualify for major international tournaments.
Football is by far the most watch and played sport in the country but, to keep it that way and continue to grow and improve, we need to have a picture of the participation and views of the people who we want to play and enjoy the game.
At a grassroots level, the Sport Wales School Sport Survey gives us a valuable suite of data that we can use as evidence and background to guide our work and target our resources.
Using the data from 2011, we wanted to establish baseline figures of both club membership and also wider participation in football. We have information relating to club membership but needed assistance in obtaining indicators of informal participation so that we know exactly what types of footballing opportunities young people are taking part in.
We have been working with Data Unit Wales to undertake initial research and recommendations, but the School Sport Survey provides both membership and participation data and prevents duplication of work.
We will also be using School Sport Survey as the data source for our annual reporting and making use of the forthcoming adult survey data for the senior game.
The term ‘school’ in the title of the survey masks how much pupils filling in the questionnaire can influence how the game of football in Wales is planned. That is why we would urge schools to complete the survey and ensure that all of us working in sport have the knowledge and information to provide the best possible opportunities we can.
Llŷr Roberts and Kevin Moon.
For more information on the Sport Wales School Sport Survey visit www.schoolsportsurvey.org.uk.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Peter Drew, CEO Tennis Wales
Introducing tennis to children at school is probably the most important part of Tennis Wales’ 2020 Vision Plan to grow the game. Tennis Wales is aiming to double tennis participation over the next few years and introducing children to tennis at school is a very important part of that objective. We want every child in Wales to have the opportunity to be introduced to tennis when they are at school and the School Sport Survey helps us greatly to understand how successful we are being with that, and helps us to identify where the gaps are and where we need to be better at that.
The data that we got from the 2011 School Sport Survey was extremely useful to us when we came to develop our 2020 Vision Plan in 2012. Some of the key themes that we saw from the data were that 60% of Primary Schools provided tennis, 53% of Secondary Schools provided tennis, and 40% of children Year 3 to 6 played tennis. This is very valuable information for us because by 2020 we want all of these numbers to be as close to 100% as possible. The 2013 survey will help us to know how successful our current strategies are for trying to achieve this. The 2011 data also showed several other very interesting and useful trends for us. It showed us that at Primary School there are roughly equal numbers of boys and girls playing tennis, but at Secondary School there is a significant drop-off in girls relative to boys. As a result of this we have now introduced two new programmes aimed at retaining and attracting more teenage girls to tennis. The 2011 data also showed us that there was a big increase in school tennis participation in 2009 coinciding with a big push in the schools tennis programme the year before when a lot of our current schools tennis initiatives were launched. We also saw that there is a really huge latent demand for children at school who would like to play more tennis. Tennis has one of the highest levels of latent demand in school children out of all the sports in Wales. So this means we know that investing significant resources into our schools tennis programme is going to have a big impact on tennis participation. This is very valuable information both for Tennis Wales and for its other funding partners, namely Sport Wales and the Tennis Foundation. From this data Tennis Wales, Sport Wales, and the Tennis Foundation can all be very confident that investing resources into schools tennis in Wales is going to have a very positive impact on getting every child in Wales hooked on sport.
Tennis Wales is increasingly using a very focussed, evidence based approach to developing and implementing its strategies, and determining where to prioritise its resources. The School Sport Survey is absolutely critical for this purpose and is one of our most useful strategic tools.
Friday, May 3, 2013
I’m very excited to announce that our Annual Conference will be held on Monday 17 June at Cardiff City Stadium.
Designed to unite key stakeholders from across sectors for one day to discuss, debate and identify practical ways to deliver our shared agenda, it’s a crucial event in the Sport Wales diary in ensuring that we remain a strong and united sporting nation.
It’s a great opportunity to reach out to different sectors who may be able to use the influence of sport to their advantage – I believe in a multi-agency, multi-partner approach to creating a more active, healthy and confident population. Whether it’s across local authority departments, sectors such as health and education and even in business, we all have a responsibility to shape the future for our next generation.
The programme for this year reflects this view and will focus on a theme of leadership and legacy - we have invited leading professionals from inside and outside of the sector to stimulate important debates and discussions.
As part of the programme, we are thrilled to welcome Lord Sebastian Coe to the stage - not only one of the world’s greatest ever athletes, he also helped lead the way in exceeding our expectations for London 2012. It will be interesting to hear his thoughts on how we can strengthen the connections between the work at UK and home nation level to build on the success of the Olympics and Paralympics to keep the momentum going as we look towards Glasgow 2014.
We also welcome John Griffiths AM – his debut as Minister for Culture and Sport. I know that John is someone who has a personal love of sport and exercise, but more than that I know he will bring a drive and enthusiasm to the clear direction we have set out for the sports sector in Wales. I look forward to hearing his address.
We’ve had a record-breaking year for Wales and for GB sport with the national rugby side defending their RBS 6 Nations crown, Cardiff City FC lifting the Championship trophy, Swansea City winning the League Cup, Becky James winning two cycling World medals and a host of other successes.
This means that more than ever we need to be challenging the sector. I’m very proud of what we in Wales have achieved as a nation but we can always push ourselves further – the conference has an important role to play in this.
This is an event not to be missed - I urge those who have received an invitation to make sure they attend. The day is an undeniably important opportunity to drive sport forward in Wales.