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NHS boss condemns English cricket’s sponsorship deal with KP Snacks

Simon Stevens says ECB’s Hundred tie-up with maker of Hula Hoops undermines fight against childhood obesity The head of the NHS has criticised English cricket for letting KP Snacks sponsor a new tournament that is designed to encourage young people to …

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‘You could be Dina’: teach children physical literacy, says Sport England

Successes of athletes such as Asher-Smith is inspiring but take-up of activity is more complexChildren should be taught “physical literacy” in the same way they learn to read and write if the gold medal successes of athletes such as Dina Asher-Smith an…

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‘I had no confidence and suffered from anxiety. Exercise helped me tackle it’ | Louise Taylor

A scheme that helps young people achieve wellbeing through sport is helping to fill a gap left by children’s services cutsWell before the end of his first archery lesson three years ago, it was clear Ben Wood [not his real name] possessed excellent han…

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Gareth Thomas revealing HIV status will ‘tackle stigma’

Terrence Higgins Trust say rugby legend’s decision will have ‘massive impact’Gareth Thomas’s decision to reveal he is living with HIV will have a “massive impact” in helping to dispel myths and stigma around the condition, the head of the Terrence Higg…

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Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas reveals HIV diagnosis

Ex-British Lions captain believed to be first UK sportsman to go public about living with virusWelsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive.Mr Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go pub…

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‘I was a dangerous person’: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian – and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she saysOne day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke…

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Geoffrey Boycott was convicted of domestic assault, so why has May knighted him? | Marina Hyde

Glacial opener, failed captain, convicted assaulter – no wonder the former PM has idolised him since childhoodGeoffrey Boycott has always represented Theresa May’s idealised version of herself, and in that sense it is no surprise that the former prime …

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Kit Carson, a football star-maker with a dark history of alleged abuse

Respected youth coach and scout faced dozens of accusers after Guardian broke scandalFormer football coach who crashed car before abuse trial ‘took his own life’ Kit Carson revelled in his image as a star-maker with the power to help promising junior f…

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Distressed Bury fans get mental health support from NHS

NHS trust to host session for people experiencing ‘emotional upset’ at football club’s demiseThe NHS is running mental health sessions for distressed fans of Bury FC following an outpouring of grief at the club’s expulsion from the football league.The …

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Golfers and rugby players show cannabis is going mainstream in sport | Andy Bull

Top golfers take CBD for calmness, while Saracens locks George Kruis and Dominic Day were so impressed with it they launched their own businessThe first time I saw Charley Hoffman play, you would not have looked at him twice. That was at the Masters in…

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‘A lot of the England team still haven’t apologised’: Eni Aluko on life after whistleblowing

When the striker called out racism in football, it ended her international career. She explains why the fight was worth itEniola Aluko is one of only 11 female footballers to have played more than 100 times for England. She has scored some of the Lione…

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Advert for gambling app banned for using young footballers

Football Index accepts it broke code by using players under 25 such as Jadon Sancho A Facebook advert for a gambling app featuring young football players including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé has been banned by the advertising regul…

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How Premier League footballers got woke

Once renowned for luxury lifestyles and bad behaviour, players are speaking out on big issues from mental health to politics“I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the [Alabama] abortion bill, but I guess people are too scare…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Coach jailed for ‘regime of sexual abuse’ against teenage girls

Philip Banning pleaded guilty to 18 indecent assault charges dating back to 1970s A former British athletics coach has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for a “regime of sexual abuse” against teenage girls at the club where he worked.Philip Bannin…

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Church criticises Wayne Rooney over Derby gambling tie-up

Former England captain’s surprise move to Derby partly funded by online casinoThe Church of England and healthcare professionals have criticised the footballer Wayne Rooney over his transfer to Derby County, which involves a lucrative deal to promote a…

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‘I felt worthless’: how the Homeless World Cup changes lives

Players say football has restored pride and self-worth as Cardiff tournament reaches climaxLauren Blud feels as if she is having a panic attack whenever she steps on to the pitch before a game. But as soon as the referee’s whistle sounds, she thinks ab…

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Kit sponsors can offer fond memories but betting logos would not be missed | Max Rushden

Tottenham with Holsten and Arsenal with JVC evoke shirt nostalgia but gambling is already front and centre in footballForty years ago this week, Liverpool announced the first ever top flight sponsorship deal in the UK with Hitachi – £100,000 over two y…

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‘No judgment. We just run’: inside San Quentin’s 1,000 Mile Club

Sport programs in prison are aiming to end reoffending. And the results are striking on both sides of the AtlanticMarkelle Taylor finished the 2019 Boston Marathon in three hours, three minutes and 52 seconds, a blisteringly fast time for a 46-year-old…

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How can we end the current impasse over transgender athletes? | Sean Ingle

One side of the argument believes that women’s sport must be protected, the other that gender identification trumps everything. Debate is needed to find a fair solutionI can’t stop thinking about Feagaiga Stowers. Or rather a picture of the 18-year-old…