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Collaboration is key at Active Sussex Network 2020

Collaboration is key at Active Sussex Network 2020

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Key partners and organisations from all corners of the county came together at Buxted Park Hotel on Thursday, for the Active Sussex Network 2020.

Keynote speaker Dr Anna Lowe, the programme manager at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) and expert in physical activity and healthy ageing, reminded delegates of the importance of collaborative working to tackle inactivity, giving examples from her Move More project in Sheffield. Her message that a joined-up approach will create a culture where ‘the whole will be more than the sum of its parts’ resonated with delegates, who embarked on a day of networking, discussion and sharing ideas.

Dr Anna Lowe (left) with Active Sussex Chief Executive, Sadie Mason MBE.


Helping to Shape the Future Sport England Strategy

Following this, a facilitated discussion around the new Sport England strategy gave delegates the perfect opportunity to collaborate and share their views on the successes of the previous strategy, as well as the direction which the future strategy should take. Partners’ feedback was collated and will be presented back to Sport England over the coming weeks.

Active Sussex lead discussions with partners around the future Sport England Strategy


Beyond 12 Weeks: Becoming Active for Good

To wrap up a morning packed with strategic conversation, delegates were joined by Bella Morgan, a coach at The Rowans Gym in Worthing, along with participants Bill and Paul. The Rowans Gym specialises in supporting people with life-limiting illness and disabilities, and Bella shared some of the secrets to their success in engaging these groups with physical activity. Paul and Bill also shared their own stories, and spoke of the positive impact that attending The Rowans Gym has had on their life.

The Rowans Gym provides the perfect case study of engaging hard to reach groups


Afternoon Hot Topics

The afternoon focussed on support for the county’s children and young people, with Active Sussex hosting a workshop to introduce our own work in that area, through Satellite Clubs, the PE & Sport Premium, and the Sussex School Games.

Gary Laybourne and Amy Fazackerley from the Royal Foundation introduced Coach Core to delegates, and discussed the opportunities to deploy an apprentice workforce to support sport and physical activity delivery.

A gallery of photos from the day is available here.


Next Event

The next event is the Active Sussex Conference, which will take place on Thursday 17 September. Details will be announced soon.