We can no longer ignore or deny the positive impact participation in sports, movement and physical activity play in creating a wealth of social and economic benefits. It is clear to see the unique value of public sector-owned leisure estates and the crucial role they play across our much-loved towns and cities. The local government invests £1.1bn per year in leisure, parks, and green spaces in England. In 2019/20 publicly owned leisure facilities boasted 184 million visits, creating a significant social return, with positive impacts on people’s mental and physical well-being, social capital, and community development.
Through the combined efforts of the UK Government and the many associated organisations, before the pandemic, the UK had seen an upturn in participation, engagement, volunteering, job creation, leadership and investment.
Covid-19 has affected almost every person and organisation globally and sports, leisure, movement and well-being have been immeasurably affected. As we recover from the trauma of the pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to collaborate, listen, learn, feel, evolve and develop new ways of attracting people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be active.
Sport England has responded to this challenge by launching the Uniting the Movement strategy, the accompanying implementation plan and more recently, the Future of Public Sector Leisure. In 2021/22, £531 million was invested in key areas. Between 2022 and 2025, 50% of all investments will go directly to Sport England partners. This underlines their intention to build a collective movement of people and key organisations that share the same determination to tackle inequalities, level-up access and use sport and physical activity and help create more resilient, inclusive and connected communities.
At this time, physical inactivity costs the wider healthcare system over £10bn per year. Physical inactivity is attributed to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. We are witnessing a rise in obesity, and health inequality is affecting many people across the country. The time to act has passed, it is now critical. We must pool our collective resources and draw on the ingenuity of our leaders across the public, private and third sectors to tackle this incredible challenge.
The Why Sports 2023 conference will serve as a platform to promote professional dialogue and insight through defined speaker presentations, workshops and masterclasses. A chance to increase collaboration, best practices and positive networking.
We have decades of experience working with a global community of keynote speakers from government and commercial backgrounds.
Our team spend time understanding the immediate requirements and pressing agendas, aligning policy and strategy whilst highlighting best practice and outcomes.
We are delighted to be hosting the Why Sports and Activity 2022 Conference at The Royal Society of Medicine, London.
Steeped in history, 1 Wimpole Street was built in 1909 as larger premises for the Royal Society of Medicine and was officially opened by King George V and Queen Mary in the same year.
Today, the building plays host to a whole range of events, from meetings and product launches to conferences.
Preserving the grandeur of old whilst embracing modern technology, 1 Wimpole Street has established itself as one of the leading meeting, conference, and event venues in central London.
With a central London address, 1 Wimpole Street is conveniently located for guests travelling from within London and further afield. Moments from the hustle and bustle of the world-famous Oxford Street, with its bars, restaurants, and shops, delegates have plenty of things to do come post-event!