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APSE Leisure Seminar 2017

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Local authorities and leisure trusts are the dominant providers of a whole range of sports and leisure facilities, from swimming pools to gyms and sports stadia. Increasingly these same authorities are seeking to achieve wider objectives around the wellbeing of their local community. The Health & Wellbeing role and encouragement of physical activity are built around common objectives requiring a fresh approach to the delivery and funding of leisure opportunities.

This seminar aims to uncover the opportunities for enhancing and expanding the role of sports and leisure to take advantage of a growing awareness for investment in tackling the causes of ill health and obesity rather than focusing on curing the long term effects of inactivity.

Speakers are drawn from academia, national and regional sports bodies, local authorities and community sport. Coupled with a legal update, the seminar provides a comprehensive tour of the issues affecting the sports and leisure environment.




Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation

Justine Blomeley, Local Government Relationship Manager, Sport England


Wellbeing Services: When Health & Leisure Become One

Karen Creavin, Head of Wellbeing Services, Birmingham City Council


Leisure Law Update

Kate Webster, Director, Walker Morris LLP


European City of Sport 2016

Michelle Vorel-Adams, Strategic Manager: Leisure, Culture and Museums, Stoke-on-Trent City Council


Liberty Leisure: In-house to Wholly Owned Local Authority Trading Company

Chris Laxton-Kane, Liberty Leisure Limited/Broxtowe Borough Council


Trusts in an Ever-changing Environment

Mark Tweedie, Cheif Executive, Active Tameside 


The Developing Partnership between Public Health and Leisure Services

Andy Kingdom and Kevin Hadfield, Riding of Yorkshire Council


Premier League football - Community Involvement in Health

Carl Bennett, Stoke City Football Club


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body 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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