Partnership to boost physical activity programmes across Yorkshire
On Wednesday 13 July, potential members including academics, local councils, Public Health England, Sport England and county sports partnerships will gather at University’s Headingley Campus to explore ways in which a regional collaboration could boost the success of physical activity programmes across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Andy Smith, Senior Lecturer in Sport at Leeds Beckett, explained: “Inspired by Fuse, the partnership between public health researchers across the five universities in north-east England, we are aiming to establish a link here in Yorkshire and the Humber. This will enable academics to directly connect cutting-edge research with policy-makers and practitioners.
Professor Jim McKenna, head of the Active Lifestyle research centre at Leeds Beckett, added: “By bringing together key contacts across the region, we want to make physical activity easy, cost-effective and accessible to people across all stages of their lives, promoting its benefits to improve the standard of public health our region.”
The event will explore ways in which a regional collaboration can add value to the provision of physical activity across Yorkshire and the Humber and establish the structures and resources needed for this to be successful.
The group will examine the current challenges of promoting physical activity within the region before looking more closely at the areas of existing good practice and what the group wants to achieve.
Talks will be presented on the role of academia in the promotion of physical activity, the national and local physical activity agenda, and successful examples of universities and public health policy-makers working in partnership.