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Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:30 by Mr Tom Harwood

Cancer & Exercise Blog 4: Perspective & progress, Plus a bonus blog!

Cancer & Exercise Blog 4: Perspective & progress, Plus a bonus blog!

Read blog 3 here.

Photo caption: more photos up a hill, peak district a month after treatment finished.

BLOG 4: Progress, plateau, then progress! Plus a bonus blog!

So far I've experienced struggles, relief and complete jubilation (all at different times) as I continue what feels like a bizarre journey. Each week a new challenge appears, but am I really seeing much progress*? I'm not sure yet. I felt...

Tags: Testicular Cancer, blog, blogging, cancer, exercise, fitness

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:24 by Mr Tom Harwood

Work with team BEDS&LUTON to build your audience

Work with team BEDS&LUTON to build your audience

Need to build your audience? Take a look at how Mount Pleasant Golf Club and teamBEDS&LUTON are working together to promote offers and opportunities to be active.


Capturing new members or users of your club can be very hard. In this day in age, promotion and advertising to the right audience is crucial to boost membership or increase the number of participants attending sessions. This is made more...

Tags: Bedfordshire, blog, blogging, club development, golf, marketing, teamBEDS&LUTON

Posted: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:35 by Mr Tom Harwood

Cancer and Exercise: First time for everything!

Cancer and Exercise: First time for everything!

Click here for my last blog.

BLOG 3: Anxious visits to the gym, trying not to fall in the River Ouse and not being able to move my arms!

So at the time of writing this, it's about a month and a half after treatment has finished and I finally feel ready to test the water (literally)! I've been walking lots throughout, but if I'm going to return to fitness the exercise needs to go up a notch.

In this blog...

Tags: Blog, Blogging, Cancer, Exercise, Recovery, Testicular Cancer

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:31 by Mr Tom Harwood

Cancer and Exercise: Exercise during chemo and bad table manners

Cancer and Exercise: Exercise during chemo and bad table manners

Read my first blog here. *photo caption below, best to read the blog first!

BLOG 2: First Exercise during Chemo – Realisation, falling asleep at the dinner table & coming to terms with tiredness

I thought it would be important to add a little more context around how I felt during my treatment. This really did shape how much exercise I could do and impacts how I feel now.

When they told me I...

Tags: Bedfordshire, Blog, Blogging, Testicular Cancer, cancer, exercise, fitness, writing

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:39 by Mr Tom Harwood

Adventure-based activities build resilience and confidence – the ideal preparation for the GCSE years, writes one head

Adventure-based activities build resilience and confidence – the ideal preparation for the GCSE years, writes one head

Article taken from:

"Why should a dip in a cold lake help prepare our students for GCSEs?"

This question was put to me, in emphatic terms, by Year 9 students recently as we toiled uphill, soaked to the skin, at the end of the "jog and dip" challenge at Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater. I was too wet and out of breath myself at the time to answer the question properly, but here are my reflections on...

Tags: Adventure, Education, Learning, Recreation, outdoor activity

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:04 by Mr Tom Harwood

Exercise and chemotherapy, what could go wrong?

Exercise and chemotherapy, what could go wrong?

BLOG 1: I little introduction to how I cope with exercise after cancer treatment

Having never blogged, lets see how this goes! With a story to tell and a purpose, now seems the perfect time to write about my journey through Testicular Cancer and getting back to doing the things I love.

It's not my plan for this to be all doom and gloom, though. Cancer helps puts things into perspective, and this whole...

Tags: blog, blogging, cancer, exercise, fitness, recovery, teamBEDS&LUTON, testicular cancer, treatment

Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:46 by Mr Tom Harwood

Are you getting the right communications to your Inclusive members or users?

Are you getting the right communications to your Inclusive members or users?

Club Matters top tips on inclusive communications:

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly has risen significantly, but barriers still remain. Right now, disabled people are half as likely to be taking part in sport compare to other groups. This means there is still a long way to go to improve this imbalance and inclusive communications can play a vital role in ensuring sport is accessible...

Tags: Club Matters, Communication, Inclusive sport, teamBEDS&LUTON

Posted: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:16 by Abi Bond

First Ramadan Midnight Football Trophy 2018

First Ramadan Midnight Football Trophy 2018

We recently worked with Ciaran Alexander at Beds FA, Active Luton and Luton Council to support Beds FA to run the First Ramadan Midnight Trophy at Inspire Sports Village in Luton.

Over 10 teams entered from around Bedfordshire including teams from Luton and Bedford. Teams such as Luton Tigers, Luton United, Queens Park Crescents and Al Hira Mosque. They also had a team called Bedford Griffins who play...

Tags: Community Funding, Luton Sports Funding, bedfordshire football, beds fa, luton football competitions, teamBEDS&LUTON

Posted: Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:10 by Abi Bond

teamBeds&Luton backs first ever Coaching Week

teamBeds&Luton  backs first ever Coaching Week

UK Coaching's Principles of Great Coaching announced

Research shows that coaching benefits over 9m people across the UK

Bedfordshire's County Sports Partnership shows its support of great coaching as part of the first ever Coaching Week, which launches today, Monday 4 June.

To mark the launch of Coaching Week, UK Coaching, the lead agency for coaching in the UK; with a mission to put coaching at the...

Tags: Club Development, Clubs, Coach Development, Coaching, This Girl Can, coaching, coaching week, principles of coaching, teamBEDS&LUTON

Posted: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:08 by Abi Bond

YMCA Bedfordshire Successfully Secure Sport England Funding

YMCA Bedfordshire Successfully Secure Sport England Funding

YMCA Bedfordshire have successfully secured funding from Sport England for the Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund.

The YMCA is a Christian charity seeking to serve the community through its extensive supported accommodation and resettlement work, recreational, educational, faith, schools and outreach work and personal development training.

Tom from our team worked with them on the funding...

Tags: Community Funding, Sport Bedfordshire, Sport England, Sports Funding, help with funding application bedfordshire, sport england funding, teamBEDS&LUTON

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