Why Sports Conference 2019
Activating The Nation
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Why Sports 2019 Conference

08:00-09:00 Registration and Networking
Refreshments served in networking and exhibition zone
09:00-10:30 Morning Plenary Session I (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Chair`s Opening Address
  • Welcome to the Why Sports 2019 Conference
Yvonne Harrison (confirmed)
Managing Director
Project `92
Towards An Active Nation
  • An update from the CEO of Sport England
Tim Hollingsworth (confirmed)
Chief Executive
Sport England
Is There Still a Fighting Spirit Left When Older People Enter Care Homes?
  • The answer is a loud and clear YES!
  • Hear and see why thousands of elderly compete in Road Worlds for Seniors each year.
Jan Inge Ebbesvik (confirmed)
President for the Road Worlds for Seniors
10:10-10:30 Questions and Answer Session
Questions and Answers with our Panel of Experts
10:30-11:00 Morning Coffee and Networking
Refreshments Served in the Atrium
11:00-11:30 Morning Plenary Session 2
Why Play Has the Answer
  • Play is the way all children are naturally programmed to keep active and happy. It is accessible by and inclusive of all children. 
  • Over 50% of UK children are not getting nearly enough outdoor play.
  • 1.4 years of a child’s primary school life is spent at play.
  • Schools spend £.75 billion on the poor supervision of play and waste 95% of available space.
  • Targetting play in schools is a highly cost-effective way to increase activity and wellbeing.
  • The OPAL Primary Programme is a scalable, repeatable model that enables schools of every kind to dramatically and permanently improve the quality of play for every child, leading to better schools and happier, healthier children.
Michael Follett (confirmed)
Opal Outdoor Play & learning CIC
Healthy Streets and Active Places
  • Our cities populations are growing.
  • Air quality, obesity and mental health issues are challenges we are facing.
  • Our traditional transport networks are overcrowded and slow.
  • Over 80% of our public spaces comprise of streets and through-fares.
  • Over the last ten years there has been significant investment in walking and cycling.
  • We design places to transform peoples lives for the better.
  • Case Study examples: Kingston Upon Thames, Regent Street Strategy, Hampstead Heath Ponds, Morecambe Promenade and Davenport School.
  • The way we integrate with our urban environments is changing.
  • Technology can be used to support increased activity and Play.
  • Key to the City will unlock the hidden layers of history, heritage and culture.
  • Human centred design approach is how we need to create better environment for our future generations.
Neil Manthorpe, BA (hons) DipLA CMLI MAUD (confirmed)
Associate Director Landscape and Urban Design
Atkins Global
11:30-12:10 Workshop Presentations Delivered by Sport England
Helping More Women and Girls Become Active (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
  • What we are learning from the This Girl Can campaign
  • Our wider work to drive up the number of women and girls taking part in sport and physical activity
Lisa O`Keefe (confirmed)
Director of Insight
Sport England
Supporting those Living with Long-term Conditions to be Active. (Niam Dangoor Auditorium)
  • Challenging the status quo
Sarah Ruane (confirmed)
Strategic Lead - Health
Sport England
`Missing in Action: closing the socio-economic gap in youth social action through sport` (Seminar Suite)
  • Looking at UK’s volunteering landscape and challenges, particularly considering socio-economic barriers
  • Sharing Sport England and the #iwill Fund’s £3m partnership programme to bring together youth social action and sport
  • Showing how sport and physical activity can be different and looking ahead to what can come next
Jenny Betteridge (confirmed)
Strategic Lead Volunteering
Sport England
12:15-13:00 Masterclass Presentation Session I
National Pride – A New Concept in Property Development (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
  • Who and what is National Pride – ‘a social enabler to make a difference’
  • Case Studies to illustrate our model and approach
  • Why should you become part of our ‘movement’?
Irene Bisset (confirmed)
National Pride Uk Ltd
Andy Whitlock (confirmed)
Technical Director
National Pride
Valuing the Impact of Sport (Niam Dangoor Auditorium)
  • De-mystifying sporting value/social value
  • Knowing what to value in your own sport/organisation for multiple audiences
  • Example valuations from Substances work with UEFA, Sport England Local Delivery Pilots and local sports clubs
  • Where to start and what really matters!
Tim Crabbe (confirmed)
The Active Office - Keeping You Healthy and Productive (Seminar Suite)
  • Why sitting is the New Smoking
  • How we have come to this
  • What we can do to combat it
  • Understanding 3D Ergonomics
  • Designing the Active Office
Mark Williams (confirmed)
Active Sit Stand Ltd
13:00-14:00 Lunch and Networking
Lunch to be Served in the Atrium
  • Opportunity to network with sponsors, delegates and speakers
14:00-14:45 Afternoon Plenary Session 1
Case Study Presentation by Schools Running Movement
  • A Collaborative Revolution for Movement and Change #MoveForLife 
Rebecca Richardson (confirmed)
Co-Founder Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events
UK Run Events Ltd
Joe Williams (confirmed)
Co-Founder Schools Running Movement by UK Run Events UKRunChat
Schools Running Movement
How Do We Get People More Active Outdoors?

Based on our unique research project into peoples’ attitudes to exercise and outdoor gym equipment.

  • What did we do
  • What did we find out
  • What did we do next
  • What have we learnt
Tom Willock (confirmed)
Managing Director
Fresh-Air Fitness
Case Study Presentation: Activating the Nation with Modular Design
  • Who is Portakabin
  • Benefits of Modular Construction
  • Project Overviews
Philipp Grubler (confirmed)
Business Development Manager
Portakabin Limited
Comfort Break
15:00-16:30 Afternoon Plenary Session (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
The Leaderboard Academy
  • Increasing diversity in the boardroom
  • Our work with National Governing Bodies of Sport 
  • National and regional direction
Arun Kang (confirmed)
Sporting Equals UK
New Group Training Qualifications and CPD
  • Why there is a need.
  • What problems it solves. 
  • Our role in developing market-leading qualifications.
  • Ensure instructors deliver excellence every time.
Gillian Reeves (confirmed)
Head of Instructor Development
Helpful Happiness – Never Forget How Important You Are to the People Around You
  • Helping other people can make us happier
  • How can we do more to make other people feel good…including ourselves! 
  • Why it matters to feel part of something.
Guy Wendon (confirmed)
Commercial Director
BUCS Active – Finding the Upshot
  • British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is about to launch the third phase of their Sport England-funded ‘BUCS Active’ programme.
  •  BUCS Active delivers projects in higher education institutions to;
  • - tackle inactivity in female students
  • - address mental health issues
  • - and increase the number of students from low socio-economic backgrounds engaged in sport and physical activity.
  • - Learn how the Upshot system is used to monitor projects across 18+ universities and produce powerful impact reports.
Mr Jason Michalski (confirmed)
16:15-16:40 Question and Answer Session
Opportunity to Ask Questions of the Panel
16:45-16:45 Conference Close
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