UEFA teams up with Disney in a bid to boost girls participation

first_imgWhile more teenage girls and women are playing football, girls tend to start later than boys, choosing other sports or activities.UEFA examined research which showed that globally 84% of girls under the age of 17 are not meeting the World Health Organization minimum activity guidelines.When girls reach the age of 15-24, they are half as likely to participate in sport as boys the same age, according to studies by the European Commission for Education, Sport, Youth and Culture.Kessler says that sessions at Playmakers events will be very different from traditional training sessions.”There will still be football cones and a ball but these sessions will allow girls to play out scenes of their favorite Disney movies, they will be empowered to take on the character and roles of their favorite Disney heroes.”It is broken down into 10 sessions and the girl will learn basic football skills by completing different tasks,” she added.The Playmakers project will launch in Scotland, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Romania, and Serbia this spring, before a full pan-European roll-out.Disney is not one of UEFA’s commercial partners and has joined up with the organization specifically for the Playmakers project.”It is a completely new agreement we have signed and a very important one,” said Kessler.”If you decided to create a program based on play-based learning then you want to have the best characters and stories in the world and I think Disney has inspired generations and we are really happy to be able to use some of this magic.”Topics : The first stage of the project will be based around the Incredibles 2 film and characters.UEFA had already committed to an ambitious target of doubling the number of women and girls playing the sport by 2024 and the youngest age group is seen as key to that change.Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s Head of Women’s Football, told Reuters that the aim of the program was to “create an environment for all girls to flourish and develop, whether that be fundamental movement skills, football basics or life skills and values.”We truly believe that this unique program can be the spark for a more active generation of football-loving girls.” UEFA has teamed up with Disney to launch a pan-European project aimed at increasing the number of girls playing football.The biggest-ever attempt to boost girls’ involvement in the game will start this spring in seven European countries before being introduced across the continent, European soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.The new ‘Playmakers’ project is aimed at girls aged five to eight years old, who are not currently playing football, and is focused around play and games involving popular Disney characters and storylines.last_img read more

More Gold Coast homeowners deciding to auction their property

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThis three-bedroom apartment at Sun City Resort sold for $925,000.Among the sales was a three-bedroom apartment in Sun City Resort which sold for $925,000.The 204sq m apartment is on the 31st floor and offers 250 degree views of the ocean, skyline and river.A block of land at 63 Compass Drive, Biggera Waters also sold for $850,000. A buyer paid $850,000 for this waterfront block of land at Biggera Waters.On the entry-level front, a two-bedroom unit at 13/103 Frank St, Labrador sold for $273,000.Mr Atherton said auction numbers were up by 30 per cent on the Gold Coast compared to the same time last year.“People are capitalising on stronger competition and I think it’s an evolving thing,” he said.“People are more interested in not just selling to the first buyer that comes along but maximising the value.” This unit at 3105/3400 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise sold for $925,000.MORE Gold Coasters are jumping on board the auction trend as the market heats up.Harcourts Coastal director Dane Atherton reported six sales at the group’s in-room auctions yesterday.He said eight properties were offered with bidders registered on every property.“There was a good mixture of buyers with good strong competition,” he said.“Of the six properties that sold three were to interstate buyers.”center_img This two-bedroom unit at 13/103 Frank St, Labrador sold for $273,000.last_img read more

Thiago: New Messi emerges at Barcelona

first_img Loading… At 32-years-old Lionel Messi isn’t showing many signs of his brilliance coming to an end but the Barca legend is closer to the end of his career than the beginning at it’ll be a sad day for football when he does hang up his boots. With people always desperate to find the ‘next Messi’ they may not have to look too far with the Argentine’s eldest son Thiago, who is seven, showing he’s got his dad’s skills. A video of his run and composed finish has gone viral: He didn’t have to get past anyone like his dad often does but Thiago still showed excellent touch and brilliant pace and composure to score the goal. Very much unlike his dad, the youngster finished the goal with his right foot, choosing to cut across the ball rather than strike it with the left foot. Perhaps Lionel can work with him in the back garden to use his left foot more often, then he’ll have one over on his dad for sure.Not only does the goal suggest that Messi’s legacy could be continued through his son but it also points towards a future where the Messi vs Ronaldo debate doesn’t go away. The Barca forward and Cristiano Ronaldo have 11 Ballon d’Or titles between them and fans are usually split over which is the best of all time. At 34 Ronaldo is also nearing the end of his career, though again he could still go on for some time, and his son is also impressing in the youth ranks. Cristiano Ronaldo Jr is nine years old, the sons share the same age gap as their dads, and has scored some eye-catching goals for Juventus’ youth teams. There aren’t many records in football that the two dads haven’t broken between them and both are considered the best ever. Read Also:Messi tops ‘Players of the Decade’ chart, Ronaldo missing It remains hugely unlikely that we’ll ever see their like again, once they retire, but seeing how their sons are starting out it might all be in the family. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Thiago Messi has shown that he could certainly be the ‘next Messi’ with a brilliant goal for Barcelona’s youth team. Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About ChinaThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Officials say Haspin Park can stay open

first_imgBrookville, IN—Franklin County officials received complaints recently regarding an off-road vehicle park being open over the weekend.  The complaints received were that the park known as Haspin Acres was not closed due to the Governor’s “Stay-at-Home” order.After investigation, officials found no difference, as the “Stay-at-Home” order is written, between the off-road recreational vehicle park and the state-owned parks that have not been closed.  Both are used for recreation.  According to the order, citizens who attend recreational parks are encouraged to practice social distancing by remaining six feet away from other people.For further questions or concerns regarding the “Stay-at-Home” order, citizens can contact the Governor’s office at 800-457-8283.last_img read more

Pellegrini unsure of best attack

first_img Negredo’s performances could put him in line to replace Dzeko but Pellegrini wants both players in good form with a tough spell of fixtures ahead. Pellegrini said: “Alvaro Negredo is always a very important option, Edin Dzeko is exactly the same. “They are different players but they are both very good players, so the important thing is how useful both are for the team. “They have competition always for a place but they can play together also, so they are two important players for the team. “We have to play seven games in 21 days, so the most important thing is not the 11 that start, but the performance of each player in every game. “All the players we have, if they give a high performance, have the option to play.” The paths of Pellegrini and Negredo briefly crossed at Real Madrid after the club, having sold the player to Almeria two years previously, exercised a buy-back option on him in 2009. But with other forwards competing for places in the Real side, notably Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, he was sold soon afterwards to Sevilla, for a nine million euro (£7.5million) profit. Pellegrini said: “He had just played that year in Almeria and he had a very good year but in Real Madrid at that moment was Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Ruud van Nistelrooy – too much. “So it was very important for him to continue growing as a player and he signed for Sevilla and it was a very important four years for him.” Press Association Negredo has made a good impression since his £20million summer arrival from Sevilla, scoring off the bench in the last two games against Cardiff and Hull. The Spaniard also found the net on his debut against Newcastle, only to have his effort ruled out in a tight offside call. After also scoring on international duty last week, the 28-year-old is pressing for his first City start as Pellegrini’s men travel to Stoke in the Barclays Premier League this weekend. Pellegrini, who briefly worked with Negredo during his short spell in charge of Real Madrid four years ago, said: “I think that in every game he played he did very well. “He has scored in all the matches so I hope we will see the best of Negredo, that I saw in Spain for the last seven, eight years. “He was a very young player when I was at Real Madrid. He started there and after that, every year, he has been a very important striker in Spain. He will be here in England also.” Negredo is competing with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and another summer arrival in Stevan Jovetic for a place up front. Between them the four players cost City £107million and Pellegrini has no firm idea of which pairings might be the most effective. “No, I don’t know exactly,” he said. “We have four important players for that combination.” Dzeko has so far been the preferred option alongside Aguero, while Jovetic is still awaiting his debut. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini concedes he does not know his best striking combination – but expects Alvaro Negredo to build on the superb start he has made at the club.last_img read more

Giants douse Blaze

first_img Tensions were high with both sides occupying the top two spots in the standings and that was heightened further when it was 2-2 after a see-saw first period. Derek Lee put the visitors 2-1 up after Jereme Tendler had earlier cancelled out Mike Kompon’s opener, but Ray Sawada levelled up on a powerplay. Belfast Giants ended Coventry Blaze’s 100 per cent start to the Elite League season with a 4-2 win at the Odyssey Arena. After both sides drew a blank in the second period it was Belfast who seized control in the final stanza as goals from Jeff Mason and Mark Garside wrapped up the win. Nottingham Panthers slipped to a 6-1 defeat to Hull Stingrays in their Elite League/Challenge Cup clash at the National Ice Centre. The current cup holders were 5-0 down early in the third period thanks to braces from Eric Galbraith and Cory Tanaka and one from Zach Hervato. Even though the Panthers got on the scoreboard through Bruce Graham, Tanaka completed his hat-trick to round off the rout. Elsewhere in the cup, Sheffield Steelers fell to a penalty shootout defeat to Cardiff Devils 3-2 at home, with Jake Morissette and Joey Martin scoring in the shootout for Cardiff. North of the border, Edinburgh Capitals lost 3-2 to Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers thrashed Braehead Clan 4-0. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tony Pulis stands up for Jose Mourinho

first_img Press Association West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes it would be disrespectful to Jose Mourinho to credit Guus Hiddink with Chelsea’s revival. The Dutchman replaced Mourinho as interim boss until the end of the season and has won two and draw two of his games, with Chelsea 14th in the table. But Pulis rounded on any of Mourinho’s critics who would suggest Hiddink is the sole reason for Chelsea’s return to form. He said: ” The fact is Mourinho won the league last season by a country mile. There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year b ut to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order. “What you said was disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year because they played some great football last year, some fantastic football. “We’re in for a tough game It’s Chelsea they’ve some wonderful players and we’ll have to be on it and at our best. “That’s the same with every top four or five club. If you go away and play against them you have to have at least ten of your players playing to their maximum to get a result.” center_img The Baggies to go Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the champions unbeaten since Mourinho was sacked last month. Hiddink has taken charge for four matches but the Blues are three points behind Albion in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Waugh returns to give Australia an Ashes lift

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia have brought back former captain Steve Waugh to help the squad prepare for the final stretch of the Ashes series against England as the tourists look to rebound from the painful third test defeat at Headingley.Waugh had left the squad after the first two Tests as scheduled but has rejoined the group ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford starting on Wednesday.With the series locked at 1-1, one victory in the next two tests will ensure Australia retain the urn in England for the first time since Waugh’s side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.“We asked him to stay for the third test, but he had to go back for a function,” Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters in Manchester. “But he was actually going to fly there, do the function and fly back the next day. That’s how much he’s enjoying it.“He’s been like a kid at Christmas.”Having Waugh in the backroom staff, much like Ricky Ponting taking on an assistant coaching role during the World Cup, was a priority for Langer after he faced many testing moments during his first year as coach. “Guys like Punter (Ponting) and Steve Waugh, not only do they have a great presence in the group, but they are great psychologists,” Langer added. “They’ve been in the cauldron before, they’ve seen it all, so to have that those type of guys, we are talking about developing leadership in Australian cricket, to have our guys to learn from people of that calibre is very important short term.”Australia’s one-wicket defeat in the third Test was a bitter pill to swallow but they would put it behind them, he said. “I actually felt physically sick after it and then I went back to my room. I wasn’t sure whether to cry my eyes out or smash my hotel room,” he said.“Everyone in that change room, probably a lot of Australians felt it, felt completely sick. “You never like to let opportunities slip… that’s OK, we’ll make sure we learn from it.”last_img read more

CA to lobby for reserve days for men’s T20 World Cup

first_imgCRICKET Australia (CA) will have an opportunity to lobby for the inclusion of semi-final reserve days in the men’s T20 World Cup scheduled later this year, but currently there exists no formal provision to avoid a repeat of the wet weather problem that dogged the recent women’s event.The women’s World Cup, won by Australia at the MCG earlier this month, was thrown into chaos when heavy rain in Sydney forced the abandonment of the first scheduled semi-final between India and England, and foreshortened the subsequent Australia-South Africa match.As the ICC’s current playing conditions stand, the men’s T20 World Cup – still scheduled for Australia during October-November this year despite current global uncertainty – also features semi-finals in Sydney (November 11) and Adelaide (November 12) with no reserve days available before the final at the MCG on November 15.An ICC spokesperson confirmed the playing conditions for the men’s T20 World Cup – which starts with a pre-qualifying tournament on October 18 – are not expected to differ from those under which the women’s event was played.However, the spokesperson added the organisation’s Cricket Committee is scheduled to meet in the middle of this year where playing conditions will be discussed before they are formally signed-off by the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC) later in the year.Should any of ICC’s member boards wish to suggest changes to playing conditions, they will have opportunity to do so at the CEC gathering, although it’s rare for standard playing conditions to be revised at that stage.CA Chief Executive Kevin Roberts, who will be part of that CEC meeting, noted a case existed for the inclusion of reserve days in the upcoming men’s event but also conceded there was a valid argument to maintain the playing conditions that governed the preceding women’s tournament.“There’s always cause for reflection at the end of any tournament or any season, in terms of how you approach future tournaments,” Roberts told cricket.com.au.“In saying that, there will be people who suggest there should be semi-final reserve days for the men’s game.“But I’m not sure how the English women’s team would feel about that, not having had a reserve day in their leg of the tournament.“I would imagine the playing conditions are in place for the women’s and men’s events within this tournament (in 2020) and can be discussed and considered after that’s completed.“Typically, the playing conditions are determined before a tournament starts and we’ve got two events here – women’s and men’s – within the one tournament, albeit staged at different times of the year.”Over the previous decades, the men’s and women’s iterations of the T20 World Cup have been held concurrently which meant both tournaments abided by the same playing conditions.The ICC’s decision not to schedule reserve days for their showpiece T20 tournaments also reflects the shorter window they fill on the international calendar, with the 20-over competitions taking three weeks (excluding the pre-qualifying matches).By contrast, last year’s men’s 50-over World Cup took almost six weeks to complete and included the provision of reserve days for knock-out finals, in keeping with existing playing conditions for the ICC’s men’s and women’s ODI tournaments. That protocol remains in place despite Cricket Australia’s decision to split the T20 competitions into standalone events played across two summer seasons, with the playing conditions framed for the 2020 Women’s World Cup explicitly stating “there shall be no reserve day for all matches except for the Final.”No change to the playing conditions for the men’s T20 World Cup would also ensure a minimum of 10 overs per side much be achieved in rain-affected fixtures to constitute a match, as opposed to five overs in bilateral 20-over internationals.While confirmation of Australia’s two-Test series in Bangladesh next June came prior to global travel restrictions now enacted due to the coronavirus, the next piece of the men’s team scheduling puzzle will be the 2020-21 home international programme due to be finalised next month.That fixturing was discussed at yesterday’s CA Board teleconference, with the Test fixtures for next season expected to include four matches against India and a maiden encounter between Australia and Afghanistan in line with the ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTP).No venues or timings had been announced at this stage, but Roberts indicated Adelaide Oval remained the front-runner to host a historic first day-night Test between Australia and India now that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had warmed to the idea of pink-ball matches.“We’d love to see a day-night Test in Adelaide,” Roberts said.“It’s arguably the best day-night cricket venue in the world, and many would say the best place in the world to watch cricket.“So a day-night Test in Adelaide would always be fantastic, regardless of the season or the opposition.”He declined to be drawn on BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s recently floated proposal for an annual four-nation ODI ‘super series’ featuring India, Australia, England and another drawcard, other than to note “it’s nice to see the BCCI thinking about different ways to grow the game”. 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B’ville ice hockey edges Fulton, 2-1, in sectional quarterfinal

first_imgSix days apart, the Baldwinsville and Fulton ice hockey teams ended the regular season and opened the Section III Division I playoffs squaring off against each other, and it ended in a 2-1 score.Most importantly, the Bees won both of those decisions, and by doing so secured a return trip to Meachem Rink to try, again, to take down reigning state champion Syracuse in next week’s sectional semifinal round.Fulton was one of Central New York’s most improved teams, building a 10-7-2 record behind two first-team All-League selections, forward Derek Schumaker and goaltender Jadon Lee. Dan Bartlett was also tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year. Despite all this, B’ville, by defeating the Red Raiders in the Feb. 14 regular-season finale, climbed up to fourth place in the final regular-season standings, meaning that the playoff rematch would take place Thursday night at Lysander Ice Arena.On the same week that major renovations were announced by the facility’s new owners, everyone gathered for what turned out to be a playoff thriller.They traded first-period goals, B’ville getting on the board as Matt Carner scored, Fulton seeing Schumaker find the net, and they would stay 1-1 for a while. Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockeycenter_img Constant B’ville pressure throughout the second period did not lead to a go-ahead goal. But the Bees were patient and, in the third, broke the tie thanks to Luke Hoskin putting the puck past Lee.The Red Raiders would nearly answer late and force overtime, but B’ville held on and now plays Syracuse, with whom it split two regular-season meetings, prevailing 3-2 early in December but taking a 4-0 defeat on Feb. 13 right before the two battles with Fulton.When the sectional All-Star selections were announced, no B’ville player was on the first or second teams, with Hoskin, Alex Pompo, Braden Lynch, Matt Speelman, Casey Scott and Brad O’Neill on the Honorable Mentions list.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more