Round six of the 201 FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro

Bratislava, 15 July, 2018 – The Slovakia Ring near Bratislava was the venue for the triple-header that was round six of the 201 FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro. For Tom Coronel, hugely popular over there, it was a weekend in which he scored valuable championship points with the Honda Civic Type R TCR run by Belgian team Boutsen Ginion Racing. After qualifying, three drivers received a penalty from the stewards. As a result, the Dutchman started sixth in the field of 26 cars. With a good start, he managed to hold on to this position, but had to admit defeat to Alfa Romeo driver Giovanardi one lap later. A safety car intervention didn’t lead to any changes and thus, Coronel finished a creditable seventh to wrap up eight points for the championship.

Race 2 also took place on Saturday and Tom Coronel started from 13th place on the grid. After the formation lap, however, the left front shock absorber turned out to be broken and left Coronel sidelined for the race. The mechanics pushed the car off the grid for repair, but the race didn’t bring any result.
The Dutchman started from the back of the field for race 3 and had a good view of what was happening in front of him during the opening lap. Several drivers collided and ended up alongside the track with various degrees of damage. Coronel opted for the right line and stayed out of all the troubles to move up into seventh place. After some laps behind the safety car, he had to let one more driver past and finished eighth. This result allowed him to add some more points to his tally, amounting to a grand total of 28. With four race meetings remaining, these results add to the confidence for the events that are scheduled after the summer break.

Afterwards, Tom Coronel commented: “Certainly the best weekend of the year so far in terms of results. Everything fitted really well. Having an additional engineer enabled us to pay some more attention to detail. Qualifying started really well. We then had a minor issue with the steering rack that could be solved quickly and on we went. The changes worked out well and were effective. Now, we have found the upward trend and that shows in the results.

In the first race, I was the second Honda driver in the classification and scored some good points. In the second race, something went wrong at the left front on the way to the starting grid. A little ring had come off the shock absorber, which couldn’t be repaired straight away. Too bad, but such things happen in a mechanical sport. Fortunately, my guys were able to solve this quickly and we could start race three without any problems. Some mistakes by myself were the reason I was only 17th on the grid, but with a good start, I managed to keep up with the frontrunners.

In turn three, it went massively wrong in front of me. A lot of damage on many cars. I was on the right side of the track and joined the group of the frontrunners in seventh place. After some laps behind the safety car, racing resumed. Later, Petr Fulin closed up at high speed and missed his braking point. Fortunately, I saw it in time and moved over. I did lose one position, but fortunately, I didn’t get any damage on the car and I was the best-placed Honda driver in eighth. All in all a good weekend with some points and also the perspective that the car is handling well. Let’s hope that we can keep this up to make it a nice second half of the season.”

Result Race 1 FIA World Touring Car Cup 2018 Slovakia :
1. Pepe Oriola (Spa) Cupra TCR 11 laps in 26:24.640;
2. Jean-Karl Vernay (Fra) Audi RS3 LMS +1.734;
3. Gabriele Tarquini (Ita) Hyundai i 30N +2.374;
4. Aurelien Comte (Fra) Peugeot 308 TCR +5.525;
5. Fabrizio Giovanardi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR +5.773;
6. Yann Ehrlacher (Fra) Honda Civic TCR +7.357 and
7. Tom Coronel (Ned) Honda Civic TCR +7.725 .

RACE 2:
1.Gabriele Tarquini 9 laps in 19:54.840;
2. Norbert Nagy (Hin) Cupra TCR +2.150;
3. Yvan Muller (Fra) Hyundai i30 N TCR +3.354;
4. Pepe Oriola +4.750;
5. Benjamin Lessennes (Bel) Honda Civic TCR +5.323 and
15. Tom Coronel retired.

RACE 3:
1. Norbert Michelisz (Hun) Hyundai i20 N TCR 13 laps in 32:25.458;
2. Aurelien Comte +2.005;
3. Frederic Vervisch (Bel) Audi RS3 LMS +8.273;
4. Thed Bjork (Swe) Hyundai i30 N TCR +8-312;
5. Petr Fulin (Cze) Cupra TCR +8.796 and
8. Tom Coronel (Ned) Honda Civic TCR op 9,729.

29-30 September Ningbo International Speedpark China
6-7 October Wuhan China
27-28 October Suzuka International Racing Course Japan
17-18 November Circuito da Guia Macau

Male grassroots teams given retention boost by new £1m FA funding scheme

A brand new funding scheme is set to aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football clubs. The £1 million fund has been created to boost football’s traditional format following a recent decrease in the number of adult male FA-affiliated grassroots league teams.

Retain the Game, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, is offering existing grassroots football clubs grants of £750 to continue offering valued playing opportunities in organised football. These grants will support clubs’ adult male teams in three age categories:

  • Under-17 to Under-21
  • Open Age
  • Veterans

The grants are designed to cover core costs that are incurred by grassroots clubs, including matchday and training facility hire, First Aid training and new Nike kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

Grassroots clubs that meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply:

  • Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams that hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard award, Charter Standard Development or Chart Standard Community Club award
  • Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams who commit to become Adult Chart Standard within the 2018/19 season

Should the fund be oversubscribed, clubs that meet the following criteria will be prioritised:

  • Clubs in existence for ten or more seasons
  • Clubs in existence for between five and nine seasons
  • Clubs with three or more adult male teams
  • Clubs who operate in leagues employing The FA’s ‘Full Time’ system

The application window for Retain the Game is now open and closes on Wednesday 30 May. Clubs seeking more information on the programme should either contact their local County FA or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/retain-the-game.

Aidy Boothroyd, England Under-21s Manager, said: “I am delighted that Retain the Game has been launched. Adult male grassroots football is a fundamental part of the game and financial support provided through this scheme will have a fantastic impact in ensuring high levels of continued participation across the country. I would encourage all eligible teams to apply by visiting the Football Foundation website.”

Retain the Game is inclusive of players from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations.

This push to reverse the decline in adult male league football follows the recent Grow the Game funding window for 2018, which made £1.5 million available for grassroots clubs looking to create new women and girls or disability football teams. This offer was met by an overwhelming response and it is predicted that this year’s investment will create around 1,000 new female and disability teams in the grassroots game.

As well as Retain the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 17,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

Sports Image Search: Google Eliminates ‘View Image’ Button

If you carry out Google Image searches on a regular basis, you may have noticed a rather significant change that’s crept into the equation over the past few weeks. When searching for images, like for example sports images, of any kind, the ‘View Image’ button is now notable by its absence.

Announcing the modification by way of a Twitter post not long ago, Google had the following to say:

“Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they’re on.”

“The Search by Image button is also being removed. Reverse image search *still works* through the way most people use it, from the search bar of Google Images.”

If this doesn’t mean a great deal to you, it probably won’t affect you, either. The long and short of it is that with the removal of the ‘View Image’ button, it will no longer be possible to click on sports images in a Google Image search and have them pop up in a separate window in their full-size form. Instead, you’ll need to click through to the website from which the image was sourced.

The question being – why has Google gone ahead and removed a button used by millions of people worldwide, every single day?

A Question of Copyright

In a nutshell, it all comes down to copyright protection and the potential for infringement. Getty Images in particular has been known to speak out quite vocally over recent years, with regard to how easy Google makes it for people to steal other people’s photography and imagery.

Simply by clicking the ‘View Image’ button, web users were able to copy or download pretty much any image they came across, irrespective of whether they had the owner’s authorisation to do so.

The intention of Google seems to be two-fold in nature. For one thing, removing the button will make it at least slightly less straightforward for people to illegally download, distribute and use images that don’t belong to them. In addition, those looking to access said images will have no choice but to click through to the website of the rightful owner. Something that in turn could make a big difference to the incoming traffic volumes of the website in question.

Unsurprisingly, praise and criticism have been equally strong on both sides of the fence. While many have saluted Google for taking such affirmative action, others have gone no less than ballistic.

Arguments In Favour of Removal

As far as advocates of the move are concerned, the whole thing is something of a no-brainer. If you want to access the photography and imagery of any given business or website, you should at least have to pay the website a visit. Google can show you the way, but it’s only fair that you actually head over to the website itself.

Not only this, but anything that makes it possible to steal the intellectual property of other people cannot realistically be considered a good thing. After all, if you’re going to invest heavily in the production of outstanding sports images, you don’t want them being stolen and used without your permission. So as far as many publishers are concerned, the move is not only welcome, it’s also long overdue.

Arguments Against Removal

As for those on a more critical the side of the fence, hundreds have already taken to social media to vent their frustrations at Google. Some of whom claim to be fundamentally reliant on the ‘View Image’ button and claim to have only ever used it to access and procure royalty-free images that anyone can use. To them, their lives have simply been made more complicated for no good reason.

Particularly given the fact that there is still a quick and easy way to get around the removal of the button. When you right click it, you can select “open image in new tab” or “view image” (or whatever your browser’s equivalent option is) and there it is. So while it may be noble and proactive of Google to make efforts to prevent copyright infringement, they haven’t exactly taken things to extremes or addressed the problem in its entirety.

Still, it pretty much goes without saying that Google isn’t in the habit of backtracking on these kinds of updates and amendments. Irrespective of personal opinions, therefore, it seems the ‘View Image’ button really is gone for good.

The Grand National – Part of British Culture!

My personal memories of horse racing go back to the 1980s, where we would visit my elderly grandfather in the West Heath area of Birmingham.

Jim was originally from Dublin Ireland and was an avid horse racing fan. He literally lived his life for his main hobby which was nipping down to the bookies to place his bets on the neds each week – if you got in the way of the TV while the racing was on, you’d better watch out!

The highlight of his horse racing year, was The Grand National. The Grand National is known by many as a National Hunt horse race. The event is held each year at the infamous Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. These days instead of having to waste time standing in the betting shop, there are online betting sites where people can place their bets online, much easier.

The very first event took place back in 1839, and the present day race is a handicap steeplechase which covers 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km). There are 30 fences for the horses to leap and it takes place over two laps.

Not many people realise, that The Grand National is the the most valuable jump race in Europe. The prize fund was a staggering £1 million in 2017. As demonstrated by Jim’s passion, this race is an important part of British culture. It draws an audience from many backgrounds and ages, with the emphasis on the betting, it’s a chance for everyone to place a bet and win or lose.

Some people, including animal rights groups resent the Grand National because the course has much larger fences than those on other conventional National Hunt tracks. Many of these, particularly Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called “the ultimate test of horse and rider”.

Without being broadcast on TV the event would not be anywhere near as important or engrained in British culture. The Grand National has been broadcast live on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK from 1960. From 1960 to 2012 it was broadcast by the BBC, then from 2013 and 2016 it was broadcast by Channel 4 and finally in 2017 UK broadcasting rights transferred to ITV

A mind boggling 500 to 600 million people watch the Grand National in over 140 countries worldwide each year and it has also been broadcast on the radio since 1927. Again the BBC held exclusive rights over broadcast on radio until 2013, and Talksport now holds radio commentary rights as well.

In 2017, The Grand National was won by One For Arthur, ridden by jockey Derek Fox for trainer Lucinda Russell. This year’s event will take place on 12 April 2018 and finish on 14 April 2018. The race and accompanying festival are currently sponsored by Randox Health.

If my grandad Jim was still alive today, he’d no doubt be shouting at the TV like a mad man as the horses jumped the fences. However, he too used to admit the fences were too high with many notable casualties. This does not deter people watching or placing their bets.

Article by Simon Lucas for Blog About Sport UK.

Is the future of sports online?

By 2020 it is expected that around 11bn hours will be spent by fans watching esports, with more than 70m enthusiasts watching major finals through online streaming platforms. This is more than the MLB and NBA finals.

With the question of whether the next generation of sports fans dream of being behind a controller, or out on the pitch – Betway have compared the two to see where the future of sports lies.

Esports v Sports stats include:

  • Recent survey revealed that more young men now prefer to watch esports than traditional sports (esports being rated as their second most preferred media source, only behind movies).
  • Esports is set to eclipse traditional sports revenue by 2020– with esports revenue expected to hit £1.2bn.
  • Figures show that from the 10 highest earning competitors from UFC and esports, gamers dominate when it comes to average yearly earnings.
  • The recent prize pool of $17.5m from Dota 2: The International 2017 event already far outweighs the combined prize pool of other major sporting events, such as Tour de France, Cricket World Cup and The Open.

See how esports is catching up to traditional sports here: https://blog.betway.com/esports/esports-v-sports-is-the-future-of-sport-online/

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Graphs, Visuals and Article: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pyhdj90vn8gh3wp/AADhrbaPmbvzHPxSJVXvkZBqa?dl=0

An inspirational video featuring US ice hockey player Ryan Gunderson

Do you know your hollow from your radius? What about the difference between rockering and a forward lie? Do you know how to become a set of ‘wheels’, ie a fast player?
An inspirational video featuring  US ice hockey player Ryan Gunderson has been issued by non-profit organisation World Steel to mark the Winter Olympics in  South Korea this month (9-25 February) . In it, Ryan, who will represent the US at the Games,  describes how his love of hockey began after being introduced to skating as a young child.
Ryan, who plays professionally for Brynäs IF, one of Sweden’s best ice hockey teams, also talks about his interest in the technology of blade innovation, underlining how the steel manufacturing process is vital to creating that all-important competitive advantage.
The steel used in the team’s hockey boots is manufactured via a partnership between Canadian steel ice hockey manufacturers Bauer, and Sandvik.
The video also contains a compelling explanation of how blades for ice hockey boots are individually shaped for play.

Rugby – one of the most rewarding sports!

Johnny Wilkinson

Johnny Wilkinson

As a teenager I was more interested in football, the high school I attended seemed to have a core team of sports guys and girls that would always be picked as they had an all-round sports ability. However, my teacher noticed potential in sturdy legs and strength thus he recruited me to try out for the school rugby team. It is obviously a rough sport and we had several lads who were much bigger and more developed physically than the majority of us in the team, so matches were always one sided, and predictable outcomes when we played in two teams against each other.

However, this meant that when we played teams from other schools we demolished the opposition. Something must have been in the water in the local town when we were all growing up. Since this time I have enjoyed following rugby but mainly England rather than local teams of Gloucester and Worcester. We do have a local team where I live now too, Bromsgrove which has a very rich and long heritage with a fab ground. Myself and pals have visited various England and Twickenham Rugby events over the years, but I no longer play, I stick to running which is much safer.

The sport of Rugby can offer a brilliant way to keep physically fit, and whilst yes it is a rough sport, it can also be beautiful to watch, particularly international games against teams such as Australia, Wales, Scotland, France and the formidable All Blacks.

I think what sums up this beautiful game, is Jonny Wilkinson‘s match winning performance vs New Zealand 2002 which I have linked to below. It was the most riveting game. England fly half Jonny Wilkinson put in a match winning man of the match performance against New Zealand during his nation’s win over the All Blacks at Twickenham in November 2002. It gave a great boost to British rugby and inspired a nation of little rugger stars.

Wilkinson was with the Newcastle Falcons from 1997–2009 and had a senior career making 141 appearances for the club and scoring 2,049 points. Johnny then played for Toulon and from 1998–2011 he played for England 91 times scoring 1,179 points – a true hero and an inspiration to all budding wannabe rugby stars!

Article by Nick B for Blog About Sport uk

Take Your Love of Sport to the Next Level

Sport is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Major competitions such as the NBA, EPL, and the Champions League attract hundreds of millions of viewers. Avid sports fans around the world anxiously watch their favourite teams play week in and week out, buy their merchandise, and spend hours debating with other fans over which team is the best.

There are a few methods which can help you take your love of sport to the next level and increase the enjoyment factor even more.

Bet on Sports Online

The most obvious reason why people like to be on sports is the potential of a financial reward. Sportsbooks online and sports website by Mr Green offer very enticing promotions and competitive odds, and people bet large amounts of money in the hope that they will earn back even more. However, winning money is not the only benefit that sports betting has to offer. It’s also a great way to increase the overall entertainment factor of sports, and it can be a lot of fun too. Watching a game when you have a vested financial interest, as well as an emotional one, can make winning that much sweeter.

Despite the common misconception, sports betting is actually a relatively cheap form of entertainment. As long as you set reasonable betting limits, even if you do lose money from time to time you won’t actually lose all that much. People spend far more on fancy restaurants, going to the cinema, and video gaming.

Sports betting can also be challenging. Sports fans pride themselves on having a deep understanding of the sport and their ability to predict the outcome of games, and punters use sports betting to test their knowledge of the sports and to determine the accuracy of their predictions. As well as winning money, accurately predicting an upset and “beating the bookies” can provide an immense feeling of satisfaction.

Play Yourself – Start a Team

Playing sports has long been one of the most popular pastimes around the world. Not only is it great exercise it also helps boost self-esteem, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and it’s a natural stress reliever. If you play sports as well as watch it you’ll develop a much better understanding of the game, and your love for the sport will grow.

You can even start your own football team and play in an FA recognised amatuer league. Local councils and authorities are becoming increasingly invested in grassroots football and now is one of the best times to get started. The rise of social media has allowed for amateur football teams like Hashtag FC, and Sidemen FC to gain nationwide recognition by streaming their games on YouTube.

Watch a Team Play

Finally, if you haven’t already, you should definitely pick a favorite team and support them unconditionally. This is a surefire way to increase your love of sport and competitions. UK sports fans don’t always pay much attention to American sport competitions, like the MLB, NBA, or the NHL, but if you want to get more involved with these sports then the best way is to choose a favourite team and become a loyal fan.

5 Brilliant Ways to Get Active in the Community

The government, schools and sports clubs in the local community are all doing their part to tackle the child obesity problems we are facing at the moment. In the UK, we all need to be getting the right amount of exercise to stay healthy. While the focus is on children, adults too need to be active.

It’s the responsibility of everyone to tackle obesity and health problems. This means we all need to be spending time on our feet, away from screens and out and about. From sports tours to walking clubs, there are many ways you can start getting active in your community and helping others to do so as well.

  1. Start Small

You don’t need to become a marathon runner overnight. Even starting small, you’ll be able to see the positive difference a bit of exercise can make . Why not walk to the bank on Saturday morning, rather than take the car? Or join the children on their trampoline after school? Simply starting to get active and doing something can spur you on to do more. Public Health for England has developed the Active 10 app to get people walking for at least 10 minutes a day. This makes it simple and easy to start.

  1. Join a Local Team

If you look hard enough, you’re bound to find loads of local teams in your community; from groups for children, all the way up to elderly aquafit classes. You might find a sporting group which you’ve never heard of before but are keen to try.

If you have the chance to join a local team or club, do it. Not only are you keeping active, but it also gives you the chance to meet a whole new group of people. Joining a club means you have the opportunity to take part in rugby festivals and sports tours across the UK and beyond.

  1. Find Local Tournaments and Events

Local tournaments are a great way to get active and involved. There are some amazing tournaments and partnerships happening up and down the country, so keep an eye out to see what’s happening near you.

For example, Ospreys in the Community was launched in 2015. miTour have become their official event partner and there will be a large mini and junior rugby festival in April 2018 called the Ospreys Challenge. They will also run run other events in the local community.

  1. Discover the World with Sports Tours

If you’re a keen traveller, did you know that joining a local sports team could open up adventures for travelling? Sports tours organised by a travel company is a great way to see the world and play sport as well.

There are some amazing opportunities for children to travel, explore and stay active with sports tours. It’s another way to get to know the community and communities far from home while staying healthy. So much adventure is waiting!

  1. Start Your Own Team

Can’t find a team or club you want to join? Why not start your own get-together of people? Whether you want to make a five-a-side football team or simply get a small group together to go walking once a week, you can be the change and the cog that gets it moving. If you see a gap in your community, there is nothing to stop you from starting the process.

Why wait? Start small tomorrow and by 2018, you could be healthier and happier with your lifestyle.

John O’Leary is a director of miTour — a first-class sports tour and travel company. They’ve partnered up with Ospreys in the Community to bring sports to everybody and create unique events to get communities active.

England leaving a significant mark at the ISF World Schools Championship Athletics 2017!

England

England

From 24th June to 30th June 2017, Nancy, a French city of Lorraine region, hosted one of the biggest sports events for young athletes – World Schools Championship Athletics 2017 organised by International School Sport Federation (ISF) and French School Sport Federation (UNSS).

England made a significant mark on this event. School team boys from The Judd School Tonbridgegained 7th place in Classification by team with the total of 730 points. Represented by High School for girls Southend, School team girls ended also on 7th place in Classification by team with 674 points.

The ISF WSC Athletics 2017 gathered over 500 young athletes from 24 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom). The event represents a unique chance for young people to come together not only for sport purposes but also to get to know different cultures from all around Europe.
Renaud Lavillenie, world record holder in pole vault, Olympic gold medailist from 2012 London and silver medallist from 2016 Rio, became the ambassador of the event and spent two days with all the athletes – motivating them and training with the French team of young athletes.
– motivating them and training with the French team of young athletes.