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SPORT Sports Summit 2015 shapes up

Sport England CEO Jennie Price and triathlon champion Chrissie Wellington are among the keynote speakers at the Sports Summit 2015 – held at the KIA Oval on London on 4 June. With the strapline “Fit for

the Future; face the chal- lenges of tomorrow”, the one-day event will act as a meeting place for decision makers and touch on a number of topics affect- ing the sports industry – including how tech can be harnessed to advance operations and the role of major events in securing sustainability. As part of this, Hitesh Patel, head of inter-

Triathlon champion Chrissie Wellington is among the keynote speakers

national sport and major events at the DCMS will run a workshop on the government’s Gold Framework, alongside Simon Morton, UK Sport’s director of major events and interna- tional relations. T ere will also be a talk from Dr Justin Varney, national lead for adult health and wellbeing at Public Health England, who

will be discussing the relationship between sport and the public health agenda. Organised by the Sports and Recreation

Alliance (SRA), the summit will also see the launch of a signifi cant new initiative by SRA. Chief Executive Emma Boggis said a major new programme will be announced to ensure the sector is ‘fit for the future’. Details:

StreetGames aims to get Welsh girls active

StreetGames is to lead a push to get women and girls in Wales more physically active. The sports charity has

appointed Jess Morgan to pilot the Us Girls campaign in Wales, aimed at girls aged 13-19 living in Communities 1st areas across Wales. T e campaign will include

the development of a Wales-based Us Girls con- sortium of organisations committed to increasing female sports participation, as well as recruiting dis- advantaged young female volunteers to help deliver the programme. Figures show that there is a considerable

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T e Us Girls campaign will be rolled out right across Wales

gender gap in physical activity in Wales. Nearly two-thirds of Welsh males (63 per

cent) participate in sport, while the fi gure for females is less than 50 per cent. T ere are also twice as many male members (22 per cent) of sports clubs than females (11 per cent). T e problem is related to girls becoming

physically inactive at a young age – at the end of secondary school, only 44 per cent of Welsh girls take part in sport. T e newly appointed


Morgan said there was a “huge need” to get girls across Wales more active. “It’s not just about increasing fi tness and

improving health, but giving girls opportu- nities they wouldn’t have had and increasing their confi dence and self-esteem,” she said. “T is can lead to other successes in life and give them a solid platform to build on.” Morgan will be responsible for leading and

coordinating the campaign, raising partici- pation by facilitating a network of projects across Wales. Details:

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