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APSE Southern Sports and Leisure Seminar


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Councils and the leisure sector continue to champion the benefits of physical activity, promoting sports, system change in participation levels and ensuring the health and wellbeing of the local population especially among girls and members of the community who may traditionally have been overlooked from sports as well as other leisure activities. Councils continue to promote physical activity; despite the many issues they face including labour shortages, the energy crisis and the cost-of-living crisis.

This seminar brings together a range of expert speakers, to explore the challenges and future of local authority sports and leisure services, staffing and look at the different ways that local authorities and partners continue to drive and increase physical activity in all.

Packed full of ideas and forward-thinking initiatives, we look forward to welcoming you to this MUST ATTEND EVENT, to explore with likeminded colleagues and partners, the local authority role in tackling inactivity and the effective provision of sports and leisure services.



The future of local authority sports and leisure services
Speaker: Mo Baines, Chief Executive, APSE

Exodus of staff from leisure services and facilities and it’s impact on service provision.
Speaker: Alison Burford, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Vision-Redbridge Culture and Leisure

A word from our Sponsor:  Developing Leisure facilities in a challenging financial climate
Speaker: Tom Fairey, Development Director, Alliance Leisure

Muslim Women in Sport: Removing Barriers and promoting Physical Activity
Speakers: Yashmin Harun BEM, Chair & Founder and Ibtisam Belola, Trustee, Muslimah Sports Association

Embracing Equity: Developing belonging in PE, sport and physical activity for all girls.
Speaker: Wendy Taylor, Development Manager - Girls, Youth Sport Trust

Eastleigh: Year-long drive to get women active

Speakers: Richard Wood, Leisure Services Manager and Shannen Betts, Sport & Leisure Officer, Eastleigh Borough Council

Getting Merton Moving More
Speakers: Barry Causer, Public Health Lead for Adults, Health Improvement and Health Protection, Merton Council; Gemma Dawson, Deputy Director – Merton Health and Care Together, NHS South West London and Mike Diaper, Independent Consultant working with Merton Council.

Helping the sport and physical activity sector to become more dementia-friendly
Speaker: Matt Hughes-Short, Strategic Change Programme Manager – Sport United Against Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society

How sport and physical activity can be used to benefit people’s mental health.
Speakers: Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity, MIND

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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