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APSE Sports and Leisure Seminar 2019


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Recent APSE research shows that 50% of local authorities run their leisure facilities via contract, 25% directly in-house and 25% via leisure trusts; they are the guardians of a whole range of sports and leisure facilities, from swimming pools to gyms and sports stadia. 

The relationship with health has become increasingly important and the integration of leisure provision and community based interventions around healthy lifestyles is developing rapidly. It is essential that councils recognise this shift and position themselves to deliver physical activities that both increase participation and revenue.

This seminar takes a look at the whole spectrum of local authority leisure provision, the relationship with health and managing leisure directly or as a client. Speakers will outline the strategies that have worked for them, their success in boosting numbers, health outcomes and, importantly, evidencing that achievement.



What is the future for local authority leisure?

Ishbel Murray, Assistant Director of Environment and Community Services for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

The developing partnership between public health and leisure services

Karen Creavin, Chief executive, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)

“Sporting future – the road to an active nation”

Viveen Taylor, Strategic Lead Low Socio Economic Groups & Adam Rigarlsford, Strategic Lead Local Relationships, Sport England

Re-thinking accessibility and inclusion in leisure provision

Eleanor Blackburn Head of Strategic Partnerships and Commissioning, Warrington Borough Council & Emma Hutchinson – Managing Director, LiveWire Warrington

Leisure law update

Andrew UpRichard, APSE Associate

ACES Europe - Opportunities for the UK 2021 Onwards

Michelle Vorel-Adams, UK President for ACES Europe and Managing Director, Sphere Connect

Halton case study: insourcing leisure services

Paul Wright, Enterprise, Community & Resources Directorate, Halton Borough Council

Marketing leisure in 2020

John Leaver, Head of Marketing, TA6 powered by Alliance Leisure

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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