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‘Virtual’ Active Sussex Network provides much-needed boost of motivation for attendees

‘Virtual’ Active Sussex Network provides much-needed boost of motivation for attendees

Categories: Active Sussex Events

Wednesday 3 March 2021

The virtual Active Sussex Network saw a fantastic 214 delegates signing up to the day of sessions. The day included plenty of local and national insight, inspirational stories and energetic discussions around hot-topics and challenges to do with physical activity in Sussex.

The day started on a high, with an opening keynote from One Run Global founder, Danny Bent, voted one of the happiest people in the UK.

In his talk entitled ‘The Happiness of Being You’, Danny shared some of his biggest life lessons and stories, with plenty of twists and turns that provoked an enthusiastic response from the audience.

A stand-out quote in Danny’s talk was: “Your smile has the power to utterly change a situation”.

This summed up the underlying message of his session, which was that we all have within us, the power to turn a negative situation into something positive. The inspiring talk delivered a much-needed boost of motivation to attendees, setting the tone for the rest of the day.

The second session of the day was titled ‘What Do Children and Young People REALLY Think?’ and featured insightful feedback and opinions of young people across Sussex in the form of video clips. This provided plenty of points for discussion in breakout groups and a left a lasting impression on the delegates who attended.

Zoe Ward, This Girl Can Sussex Ambassador and Powerhoop Instructor commented:

“How fantastic the young person’s session was! It's the session that has stuck in my head all day – it was so fantastic. Determined now to get kids in Bexhill moving!”

The first afternoon session focused on the stories and impact of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund in Sussex, and the continued challenges that we are still facing at a local level. The session saw Q&A interviews with funded partners and participants which provided delegates the opportunity to understand the importance of focusing on inequalities and the true impact of a targeted approach. One of the funded partners, Sweet Circus also provided a juggling energiser for delegates, facilitated by the organisation's founder and teacher, Miz Wells.

The day ended with a session focusing on the newly-launched This Girl Can Sussex Network, which saw insight shared from Sport England on the national This Girl Can campaign, and Women in Sport on some of the latest data around women and girls. This was followed by the introduction of some of the This Girl Can Sussex champions and ambassadors who are working hard to amplify the This Girl Can message in their own areas of Sussex.

Deb Bullen, Occupational Therapist at Sport for Confidence commented:

“An inspirational day listening to the speakers at the Active Sussex Network. Proud to be one of the This Girl Can Sussex Champions, doing what I can to inspire and support women to be more active.”

Sadie Mason MBE, Chief Executive at Active Sussex said:

“With the national lockdown still in place, the virtual Active Sussex Network provided a much-needed chance for Sussex colleagues to connect and share ideas. All five of the sessions had strong themes and an excellent range of speakers that gave attendees a welcomed boost of motivation that was invaluable during this challenging time.”

You can now view the recordings of the session on the Active Sussex YouTube channel.

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