A healthier Scotland through sport and physical activity
how we can work together to make Scotland healthier by getting more people, more active, more often
A one-day conference on how we can develop community sport and physical activity for everybody, throughout life, and make a contribution to a healthier society
12th September 2017,
Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling
Download programme Healthier Scotland Conference program with registration form
It is widely accepted that sport and physical activity can have a positive impact in a number of areas on our physical and mental health, and importantly, on preventing health problems.
Physical activity can help reduce obesity, help people to socialise, engages us in the local community, help health bodies to communicate with hard-to-reach groups and can help improve mental wellbeing, to name just a few.
The Government recognises that regardless of age, income, educational level, social group or where people live a physically active life can give us great physical and mental benefits.
Despite these obvious benefits, it seems that community sport organisations and physical activity providers and the health sector do not always work together. Often they operate in separate silos, use their own jargon, measure success in different ways and generally do not create the synergy which could improve results in so many ways and optimise the outcome.
At the same time, there are a number of case-studies where local authorities, patient organisations, healthcare professional and research bodies, NHS healthcare providers, sports organisations, community groups, GP practices, workplaces and physical activity providers have developed and delivered innovative and efficient initiatives by creating shared values, through dialogue and engagement.
This conference is not about policies and strategies.
It focuses on best practice and provides thoughts, tools and to-dos.
Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared on how to create a healthier Scotland by getting more people, more active, more often
The conference will focus on areas such as
- How can we develop collaboration and partnerships locally between sport, physical activity and health?
- Should we develop new sport and physical activity offerings aimed at ‘new’ groups or should we offer them the traditional or slightly adapted opportunities?
- Who and how do we finance the various initiatives?
- How do we develop and deliver sport and physical activity opportunities for hard-to-reach groups?
- How do we develop and deliver sport and physical quality activity opportunities for people with social and mental health problems?
- How can the various departments within our local authorities improve the way they cooperate internally and thus improve the benefits and outcome of their work
- How do we satisfy the sport and physical activity needs of for new target groups, such as generation z, older people or immigrants?
- How can we motivate and help sports clubs to become hubs for their communities and develop and deliver #MoreThanSport?
- How can we create/improve sport and leisure facilities which integrate sport, physical activity, health and community?
- How do we measure behaviour change and impacts?
- How can we best motivate and support innovators and entrepreneurs to create new initiatives across sport and physical activity?
Sports Marketing Network is a leading provider of information and advice on how to develop more innovative and enterprising solutions on how to create vibrant, visible and viable community sport and physical activity.
For more than 10 years SMN has been working across the UK and Denmark using conferences, workshops, webinars and consultancy to support and inform.
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Adam Parry, Sports Development Manager, Percy Hedley Foundation
Another great presentation at
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A one-day conference focusing on how to increase
disabled people’s participation in sport and active recreation
16th May 2013,
English Institute for Sport, Sheffield
Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club is one of the largest Powerchair Football Clubs in the world and is also extremely successful in its competitive elements. This growth in the club has taken place over 6 years and has been a challenge when taking in to account the cost of the sport and the physical disabilities the participants have.
Rising from one participant for the first three months through to over 40 weekly participants as well as satellite clubs around the region Northern Thunder has been at the forefront of Powerchair Football nationally and internationally and Adam Parry will present to you some of the elements of this challenging and rewarding journey. In 2012 they were presented with an EFDS Star Club Award.
Adam Parry has been involved in the development of disability sport and clubs for 16 years. He currently manages the Sport Development programme for the Percy Hedley Foundation and in particular leads on the development of Powerchair Football and Wheelchair Basketball. Within powerchair football he is also the Director of Competition for the International Governing Body, FIPFA.
Rob Lake, Director,The Albion Foundation
This is the first of eight presentations at
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY SPORT – NEW CHALLENGES, NEW OPPORTUNITIES
How community sports providers are meeting the challenges and benefiting from
new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives and the economic situation
The second one-day event 16th April
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion FC
Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared
Rob’s presentation will share with you how the Albion Foundation has been able to use the medium of football and the kudos of West Bromwich Albion Football Club to develop innovative community projects that are respected both locally and nationally.
He will share some of the financial challenges the Foundation has faced over the last few years, the strategies and tactics applied to sustain and continue to grow in difficult times and some of the lessons learnt from his time at Middlesbrough Football Club.
Rob has been Director of The Albion Foundation since 2008, overseeing the continued growth and development of the Foundation. In the last 4 years it has doubled its turnover and the staffing to 37 full time staff, 52 part-time staff and over 50 volunteers. Previously Rob was at Middlesbrough in the Community where he grew their project from 3 to 53 full-time staff.