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31 Oct 2019
Ukactive National Summit kicks off: party leaders challenged to commit to improving nation’s health

The physical activity sector has called for the UK's party leaders to commit to improving the nation's health in their election manifestos.

The appeal was made by ukactive chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, during the opening of the annual ukactive National Summit, which is being held in London today (31 October).

Speaking to an audience of 600 leaders and policymakers from across the health, fitness, sport, leisure and business sectors, Grey-Thompson said the forthcoming general election will offer parties an opportunity to “invest in the optimism” of the physical activity sector.

She revealed that she had written to the leaders of the Conservative Party, Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the DUP, asking them all to address four policy calls in their upcoming election pledge. These are to regenerate the high street through physical activity, opening schools as community hubs during holidays, improve accessibility to active travel and to support older adults to access physical activity.

"A General Election is coming and political parties are finding it hard to read the public’s voting intentions," Grey-Thompson said.

"And what does this mean for us as a sector and ukactive as your representative body?

"We must frame our arguments on policy and regulation in a way that appeals to people’s hearts as well as their heads.

"Over the coming weeks and months, the team at ukactive will intensify its engagement with the main political parties, encouraging and insisting on commitments that support both the growth of our sector and the health of our nation.

“I've written to the leaders of the main political parties requesting a number of commitments within their General Election manifestos.

"These requests will establish a new relationship with our sector in a new political environment.

“What do we want modern Britain to look like? If our sector is going to flourish and thrive – if it’s optimism is going to be realised – it needs an environment that supports it and provides people with the opportunities to be physically active.”

This year's National Summit features a long list of high-profile keynote speakers, including Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Olympic gold medallist Dame Jess Ennis-Hill, former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell and Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.

• To follow live updates from the National Summit, follow HCM Editor Liz Terry on Twitter: @elizterry


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17 Nov 2019
IAAPA 2019: 40,0000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo
More than 40,000 people from over 100 countries are descending on Orlando, Florida, ahead of the largest visitor attractions show of the year – the IAAPA Expo.
14 Nov 2019
Green Spa Network announces 2020 Summit
Trade association, Green Spa Network (GSN), has announced its upcoming Self-care and Personal Sustainability Summit, which will take place from 1-3 December 2020, at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Massachusetts, US.
12 Nov 2019
Munich to host 2022 European Championships
German city Munich will host the 2022 European Championships following unanimous approval of its bid by the participating European sports federations.
07 Nov 2019
OMA's Kube pins a mixed-use public space outside K11 Musea
A mixed-use public space comprising a golden cube-shaped kiosk and a giant floating balloon, designed by David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas of OMA, has been unveiled outside Hong Kong's recently opened K11 Musea.
31 Oct 2019
SODA's hi-tech rotating theatre recalls the past in its aesthetic
The Studio of Design and Architecture (SODA) has created a new theatre with a revolving auditorium, a quickly adaptable configuration for a diverse range of events and a striking glass, brickwork and Art Deco aesthetic.
31 Oct 2019
Project to build major indoor arena next to Manchester City stadium takes a step closer
City Football Group (CFG), the owner of English Premier League champions Manchester City, has moved closer to building a major indoor entertainment venue adjacent to its existing Etihad Stadium in east Manchester.
30 Oct 2019
HKS Architects wrap adaptable arena in Art Deco and Moderne exterior
The newly opened Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, has been designed by HKS Architects to not only be very adaptable depending on what events it is hosting but to pay homage to a neighbouring entertainment, sports and livestock complex.
30 Oct 2019
Eco Resort Network launches with 2020 conference in Slovenia
The launch of the Eco Resort Network has been announced for 2020, with an event to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 18-20 June.
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