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08:00 - 09:00 - Registration, refreshments, and networking 

Refreshments served in the Atrium

09:00 - 10:30 Morning Plenary Session I (Guy Whittle Auditorium)

Why Sports 2023 - Unlocking The Potential

09:00 - Welcome to the Why Sports 2023 Conference (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Yvonne Harrison, Conference Chair, CEO Women in Football (confirmed)
  • Welcome to the Conference

09:10 - Keynote Presentation - Unlocking the Potential (Guy Whittle Auditorium) 
Councillor Liz Green, Chair of Local Government Association (invited)
  • Presentation topics are to be confirmed

09:30 - Uniting the Movement - The Implementation Plan (Guy Whittle Auditorium)    
Nick Pontefract, Chief Strategy Officer, Sport England (confirmed)
  • Presentation topics are to be confirmed

09:50 - Headline Sponsor Presentation - Public Sector Decarbonisation  (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Neil Bland, Managing Director, Leisure Energy Limited (confirmed)
  • Supporting the transition to Net Zero Carbon in Leisure Facilities

10:15 - A New Vision for A Healthy and Active Britain (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Kim Leadbeater, Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen (confirmed)
  • Healthy Britain - A New Approach to Health and Well-Being Policy

10:45 -11:15 - Coffee, Refreshments, and Networking

Served in the Atrium

11:15 - Facilities Host Speaker  (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Julie Russell, Chair, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) (confirmed)
Iain Varah, Chief Executive, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) (confirmed)
  • Presentation topics to be confirmed

11:40 - Facilities Case Study Presentation  (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Rachel Fowler, Managing Director, Strategic Leisure (confirmed)
  • What do we mean by an Active Environment?

  • Public Sector context.

  • Transforming existing services and environments - who and what it takes.

  • Case studies for change.

12:10 Facilities Master Class Presentation (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Keith Ashton, CEO, Space&Place (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

11:15 - Leisure Infrastructure Host speaker (Max Rayne Auditorium)
Matthew Wade, Head of Research and Development, ukactive
  • Presentation topics to be confirmed

11:40 Leisure Infrastructure - Case Study (Max Rayne Auditorium)
Investing in the Future: What’s the next step for public sector leisure?
James Foley, Commercial Director, Alliance Leisure (confirmed)
  • Challenges facing Public Sector Leisure, how can the sector champion and drive forward the agenda for transformation?

  • The opportunities for continued investment in public sector facilities

  • What was happening before the pandemic, how operators have delivered construction projects during the last 3 years, and what is in store for the future.

12:10 Leisure Infrastructure Master Class Presentation (Max Rayne Auditorium)
Using Data to Develop an Evidence Base 

Alex Burrows, Managing Director, ActiveXchange (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed 

11:15 - Leadership and Skills Host Speaker (Naim Dangoor Auditorium)
The Art of the Possible. Local Skills Development Plans

Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA (confirmed)
  • Local skills development plans 

  • Local skills accountability boards

  • The devolution of the adult education and skills budget 

  • Our work with further and higher education

11:40 - Leadership and Skills Case Study Presentation (Naim Dangoor Auditorium)
​The speaker is to be confirmed
  • Presentation topics are to be confirmed

12:10 - Leadership and Skills Master Class Presentation (Naim Dangoor Auditorium)
The speaker is to be confirmed
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed 

11:15 - Healthy Place Making Host Speaker (Seminar Suite) 
Green Place-Making for Health and Well-being

Dave Bell, Principal Advisor, Health and Environment, Natural England (confirmed)
Clare Warburton, Principal Advisor, Green Infrastructure, Natural England (confirmed)
  • Introduction to nature’s role in Healthy Place-making (linking health, nature and climate resilience)

  • Health and Well-being: Highlighting the impact of the built environment on physical and mental health outcomes.

  • Exploring strategies to create environments that foster healthy behaviours and improve overall well-being.

  • Green and Open Spaces: Highlighting the benefits of incorporating green infrastructure, parks, and open spaces in community design, including improved air quality, stress reduction, and opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.

11:40 - Healthy Place Making Case Study Presentation (Seminar Suite)
David McHendry, Managing Director, Knight Kavanagh and Page (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

12:10 - Healthy Place Making Masterclass Presentation (Seminar Suite)
Infrastructure, Place and Community
Atkins Global (confirmed)
  • A series of short story projects from around the UK. Edinburgh, London, Leeds and Manchester

  • Joining up the dots of health and well-being 

  • Active travel, green and blue infrastructure

  • Creating thriving places for people and nature

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch and networking
  • Served in the Atrium

14:30 - Children and Young People Host Speaker (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Why Daily Physical Activity, Weekly PE and an Inclusive School Sport Offer Sits at the Heart of a Well School

Ali Oliver, CEO, Youth Sport Trust (confirmed)
  • Introduction to the work of the charity (Youth Sport Trust)

  • #WhenWePlayLifeGetsBetter

  • Why it is so essential we nurture active environments in education

  • The evidence base

  • The principles and progress of the Well School Movement

15:00 - Children and Young People Case Study Presentation (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
CPOMS (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

15:30 - Children and Young People Masterclass Presentation (Guy Whittle Auditorium) 
Michael Hoenigmann, Managing Director, Jupiter Play and Leisure (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

14:30 - Communities Host Speaker (Max Rayne Auditorium)
Mark Lawrie, CEO, StreetGames (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

15:00 - Communities Case Study Presentation Community Engagement at Scale in Burnley and Merton. (Max Rayne Auditorium)
Dr William Bird, Founder, Intelligent Health (confirmed)
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

15:30 - Communities Masterclass Presentation (Max Rayne Auditorium) 
The speaker is to be confirmed
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

14:30 - Activity Host Speaker (Naim Dangoor Auditorium)
Reframing Physical Activity as a Core Solution to Improving Health and Well-being

Annie Holden, Strategic Health Lead, Active Partnerships National Organisation (confirmed)
  • Exploring how Active Partnerships play a core systemic role in improving the health of their communities in place.

  • Optimising our PA untapped workforce as the first mile of healthcare.

  • Sharing an action-orientated approach.

15:00 - Activity Case Study Presentation (Naim Dangoor Auditorium)
Becoming a World Champion at 100 

Jan Inge Ebbesvik, President for The Road World For Seniors, Motitech (confirmed)
  • Thousands of seniors from countries worldwide compete each year for glory and personal triumphs.

  • How, where and why? Learn about the Road World for Seniors and how it improves the quality of life for older people and people living with dementia.

15:30 - Activity Masterclass Presentation (Naim Dangoor Auditorium) 
This Girl Can Classes: Key Things We've Learnt from Engaging Inactive Women.

Shelley Meyern, Chief Operating Officer, EMD UK (confirmed)
Claire Edwards, Head of Campaign Activation, Sport England (confirmed)
  • This Girl Can and EMD UK developed an empowering group exercise product – This Girl Can Classes.

  • Learn how it’s bringing previously nervous and inactive women into physical activity.

  • Insight shows that the fear of judgement is a significant barrier to women getting active – understand how we’re overcoming this.

  • Speak to us about how This Girl Can Classes can get your community moving.

14:30 - Environmental Sustainability Host Speaker (Seminar Suite)
The speaker is to be confirmed
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

15:00 - Environmental Sustainability Case Study Presentation (Seminar Suite)
The speaker is to be confirmed
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

15:30 - Environmental Sustainability Masterclass Presentation (Seminar Suite)
The speaker is to be confirmed
  • The presentation topics are to be confirmed

16:30 - Conference Closed 
  • Thank you for supporting the Why Sports 2023 Conference 

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