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08:00 - 09:00 - Registration, refreshments, and networking 
09:00 - 10:30 Morning Plenary Session I (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
09:00 - Welcome to the annual Why Sports conference
09:10 -  Improving Access to Sport and Physical Activity 
Nigel Huddleston, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. (Confirmed)
  • A New Generation of Physical Activity and Exercise

  • Levelling up Facilities, Infrastructure and the support provided

09:30 - Uniting the Movement 
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, Sport England (Invited)
  • £1.5 Billion Invested since Sporting Future in 2015 across 5000 organisations. Achievements? 

  • Uniting the Movement's Strategy, Implementation Plan, and Investment Areas Year's 2-4

09:50 -   The Vision and Role of OHID
Jonathan Marron, Director General for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care (Invited)
  • Pilot schemes & incentives to help people eat better and exercise more.

  • Cross-sector partnership working

10:10 - Headline Sponsor Presentation 
Partner to be confirmed
10:30 -11:00 - Coffee, Refreshments, and Networking (served in the Atrium)
11:00 -12.15 - Morning Plenary Session II (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
11:00 - Collaborative Working Across Local Government, Sport England, and Health 
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board (Confirmed)
  • Councils as the leaders of their places and advocates for their communities have an important role to play in delivering the implementation plan

  • Supporting work to create a joined-up, strategic plan to encourage people into health and fitness activities as well as taking action on decarbonising the ageing leisure estate, which for some councils account for up to 40 per cent of their carbon emissions.

  • £875 million investment requirements in leisure facilities, pitches, and parks to enable councils to reduce obesity; ensure a healthier, more active, and productive nation.

11:20 - Supporting The Physical Activity of the Nation
Huw Edwards, CEO ukactive. (Confirmed)
  • A new strategy that brings together the required changes to investment, regulation, and taxation can grow the reach and impact of sport and physical activity on the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the nation.

11:40 - Alternative Leisure Funding Models  
Partner to be confirmed
  • Delivering outperformance with positive outcomes

  • Sustainable wealth creation enriches investors, society, and the environment.

12:10 - Urban Innovations. Pocket Parks and Parks Provision at Scale  
Partner to be confirmed
  • £9 million of funding to help local authorities create 100 new urban pocket parks across the UK

  • Facilitating more local authorities to create macro and micro spaces to enable communities to build activity in their daily lives. 

12:30 - 13:15 - Workshop Presentation -  (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
12:30 - 13:15 - Workshop Presentation from EMDUK-  (Naim Dangor)
Presentation title and topics to be confirmed
12:30 - 13:15 - Workshop Presentation -  (Seminar Suite)
13:15 - 14:15 - Lunch, Refreshments, and Networking (served in the Atrium)
14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - Active Travel (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - Connecting Health and Wellbeing (Naim Dangor)
14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - Behavioural Change (Seminar Suite)
15:10 - Afternoon Plenary Session  (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
15:10 - Evidence and Recommendations
Lord Willis of Knaresborough, Chair of the House of Lords Committee on Sport & Recreation (Invited)
  • The effectiveness of the Government’s current sports and recreation policies?

  • Has the growth of multiple public bodies tasked with promoting participation in sport delivered a healthier and more active nation?

  • Has government policy on sports and recreation met the many expectations that are placed on sports to improve physical and mental health at a grassroots level?

15:30 - Supporting The Physical Activity of the Nation (Confirmed)

​Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA (Invited)

15:50 - Training, Employment and Skills 
Partner to be confirmed
16:10 - Case Study Presentation 
Partner to be confirmed
16:30 - Conference Close