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FLAME The ceremony for the FIA awards for operational excellence will be incorporated into the FIA FLAME Conference
across the board. Get it right and we The new conference will also which have become a benchmark for
will have a platform to take the sector provide a number of opportunities for operational excellence.
to another level. Get it wrong and we operators to network with one another The FIA expects to receive many
will be consigned to join a long list of in a social format, including the FIA Ball more entries this year to the brand new
also-rans. This conference is all about of Fire. This ball will incorporate the FLAME Awards process, which opened
making sure that we get it right.” ceremony for the FIA FLAME Awards, in December.
Dr William Bird, chair of the Interim Dawn Primarolo was most
Steering Group tasked with working up complimentary about the progress
the Alliance over the coming months, made by the FIA in the past year. She
used the Summit as an opportunity to praised the vision and passion of FIA
provide an overview of the key functions chair Fred Turok. “If only we could
of the Alliance. We are likely to be bottle it!” she remarked.
hearing much more about this initiative
over the coming years. cross-party support
Similarly, a commitment was made Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Secretary of
by Primarolo to fund County Sport State for Health was just as
Partnerships (CSPs). CSPs are the complimentary. Crediting the FIA with
local bodies with responsibility for co- leading the physical activity agenda,
ordinating sport and physical activity at Lansley also used the Summit to make a Family fi rst Jupp is due to launch a
the grassroots level. major policy announcement by pledging programme that will target families
However, during the commotion that to support Change4Life should the
resulted from Sport England’s volte- Conservative Party win the next election. operator take to the stage to talk
face, it was announced that the funding Continuity will be key in this about her initiatives and programmes.
for CSPs was to be cut by a third and agenda and the work of Turok on the Georgina Jupp is not your average
their direction limited to focusing on Conservative Party ‘Responsibility operator. She has been in the industry
sport. This caused great uncertainty at Deal’ group – with other organisations since its inception and is still at the
grassroots level, with many of the physical such as Tesco, Unilever and Asda forefront of its transformation into a
activity specialists employed by CSPs – is paying off. As outlined in HCM recognised part of the health service.
leaving to fi nd alternative employment. in September, the Conservative The fact that Jupp is an independent
The announcement from the DH approach would empower individuals operator at heart shows that, with
addressed this and it should be welcomed. by offering responsibility and control. perseverance and resilience, the health
By no means is every County Sport The Conservatives would also rename and fi tness sector can make this
Partnership a success. However, they are the Department of Health as the partnership work.
a logical network for the co-ordination Department of Public Health (DPH). This year’s Summit set the bar high
of local initiatives if they are developed for next year’s event, which will take
in the correct fashion. The new Alliance independent women place in June as part of the FLAME
is likely to take on this role and help Alongside the ministerial speakers, we Summit (see above story on the FIA
shape CSPs for the future. were delighted to see an independent FLAME Conference).
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