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Strategic Developments in Sports and Leisure Services

Strategic Developments in Sports and Leisure Services

Thursday 25th April 2019

The Kia Oval, Kennington, London


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Seminar objectives

APSE Southern is delighted to announce this unique opportunity to consider the role of local authorities in addressing inactivity, affecting system change in participation levels and ensuring the health and wellbeing of the local population.

Hosted at The Oval cricket ground, the day will explore how we can drive social and financial value when re-tendering sports and leisure provision, emerging digital innovation in sports and leisure provision and maximising profitability in leisure operations.

Speakers include Rosie Rowe, Director – Bicester Healthy New Town Programme, Cherwell District Council sharing learning from a Healthy New Town demonstrator site, seeking to encourage more physical activity in schools and workplaces, Chris Strong, Service Manager for Go-Gateshead Sports and Leisure looking at how we might be more commercially minded and customer focused in leisure centre operations and William Bird MBE, CEO of Intelligent Health exploring how we can engage communities in active lifestyles connected to nature and the role of leisure services in supporting the roll-out of social prescribing.

On the day, a county cricket match will be underway at the Oval which delegates can dip in and out of free of charge in lunch and break-times.

Packed full of ideas and forward-thinking initiatives, we look forward to welcoming you to this sporting destination to explore with like-minded colleagues the local authority role in tackling inactivity across social-economic groups and the effective provision of sports and leisure services.


Presentation Slides

Session 1: An integrated approach to tackling inactivity

The Future of Local Authority Leisure

Rob Bailey, Principal Advisor, APSE


What would it take to make physical activity a part of everyday life again?

Mark Cook, Local Pilots & Prioritity Places Manager, Sport England


Healthy lifestyles integrated into the way we live, work and move

Dr William Bird, CEO, Intelligent Health Ltd


Session 2:  Case Studues - Intervention across a local area

Active Places - learning from a Healthy New Town demonstrator site

Dr Rosie Rowe, Director, Bicester Healthy New Town Programme, Cherwell District Council


Slough Borough Council - a strategic approach to tackling the town's inactivity

Alison Hibbert, Leisure Services Manager, Slough Borough Council


Session 3:  Enhancing Outcomes in Leisure services and Facilities Management 

Reducing the leisure subsidy

Chris Strong, Service Manager, Go Gateshead Sport & Leisure, Gateshead Council


Re-invigorating Leisure Provision

Stuart Glover, Sports Development & Facilities Manager, Lancaster City Council


Tackling Inactivity

Steven Ward, CEO, UK Active

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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