Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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You can now register for the Active Sussex Network 2021, which is taking place virtually on Thursday 25 February 2021. This free event will give you the opportunity to get the latest local and national updates, and to catch up with colleagues from across the county.

Details of the five sessions are below. Please note that spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Session 1: ‘Pre-Event Coffee & Networking’ (9am-9.45am)

You bring the coffee, we’ll bring the networking. An important part of any Active Sussex Network event, this informal session will give you the chance to meet some new faces from across the county, as well as catch up with some older ones.

Session 2: Keynote: ‘The Happiness of Being You’ (10am-11am)

Speaker: Danny Bent, Co-Founder, One Run Global

Danny is a regular guy with a highly irregular passion for life and humanity, with stories to light up a room. His unbridled energy has led to him representing Great Britain at Triathlon, raising over $500,000 for charity, cycling from London to India, being a finalist on BBC’s Ultimate Hell Week, writing a best selling book and creating radically inclusive communities wherever he goes. His adventures will shock you to the core, but his softness and relatability will envelop you and inspire you to do more, give more and live more.

Danny’s talks have been celebrated the world over from Nike to Google and from HSBC to Twitter.

Danny’s keynote ‘Happiness of being you’ comes with lessons for life and business and a good dollop of self-depreciating humour.

About Danny

Danny Bent was voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK, and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London. He is an award winning author and journalist, Guinness World Record holder, and celebrated adventurer and community leader.

He helps people who feel chained by life to break free, come together and realise they are capable of the incredible. Creating happier lives, more powerful leaders and encouraging the artists of life to create.

Danny worked with Active Sussex when orchestrating his most recent project – to get thousands of people from every country of the world active at the same time.

Session 3: ‘What Do Children & Young People REALLY Think?’ (11.15am-12.30pm)

Speakers: Andy Wright, Strategic Relationship Manager (Children & Young People), Active Sussex and Nick Chellel, Strategic Workforce Officer, Active Sussex

The time has come to listen more to the changing needs of children; to ask questions and hear what our young people have to say. 

Sport England have given Active Sussex a unique and exciting opportunity to shape the future of physical activity and sport for children & young people across the county, by allowing renewed flexibility and local focus on funding. The primary focus of increasing activity levels and tackling inequalities in access to sporting opportunities will remain, but it is important that these decisions are made in partnership with stakeholders and most importantly by young people themselves. Youth voice is taking a central role in the creation of a Sussex Children and Young People Investment Plan and pledges to listen to young people every step of the way.

This session will be based on feedback and insight from young people, give us all the opportunity to listen, learn and change.

Session 4: ‘Bridging the Gap: Tackling Inequalities in Sussex’ (1.30pm-2.45pm)

Speakers: Ross Joannides, Strategic Relationship Manager, Active Sussex and Henry McLaughlin, Insight Officer, Active Sussex

The session will focus on the recent success in tackling inequalities across Sussex in relation to physical activity and the continued challenges that are faced at a local level. Delving into the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund and the interim report, the learnings so far will be shared with delegates as well as the impact on partners and participants through a series of case studies.

As has been immensely popular at previous Active Sussex Network events, Q&A interviews with funded partners and participants will give the opportunity to better understand the importance of focusing on these inequalities and the true impact of a more targeted approach. There will then be a chance for the attendees to ask questions or share thoughts on how they might be able to support partners’ ongoing work.

This inspiring session will be a timely reminder of the difference that you are making to real people’s lives.

Session 5: ‘This Girl Can Sussex Network: Pioneering Movement Ready for Take-Off’ (3pm-4.30pm) (FULLY BOOKED- you can still add your name to the reserve list)

Speakers: Kate Dale, Strategic Lead, Campaigns, Sport England; Liz Prinz, Insight Manager, Women in Sport; Tess Agnew and Zoe Ward, This Girl Can Sussex Ambassadors; Gemma Finlay-Gray, Strategic Relationship Manager, Active Sussex and Carrie Smith, PR & Communications Officer, Active Sussex

Join us for a celebration of active women everywhere; who are doing their thing, no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get!

Active Sussex are excited to launch the This Girl Can Sussex Network, to inspire more women and girls to move more, and help break down the barriers that prevent so many from being physically active.

This session will explore some of the insight around women and girls participation and hear first hand from some inspirational women, with different abilities, interests and personal incentives, as to why they exercise and how they fit it into their busy lives.

This Girl Can Sussex Ambassadors will also be on hand to offer some top tips for partners to consider when planning/promoting activity, and facilitate discussions around how the new This Girl Can Sussex Network can respond to the needs of women and girls in Sussex, to support them on a journey to become more active.