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WITH over 300 speakers at this year’s Elevate, taking place on 8-9 May at ExCeL London, there are several dedicated seminar sessions addressing the increasing importance of physical activity and facilities in the fight against physical inactivity. Elevate represents one of the best

opportunities of the year for physical activity businesses and professionals to make purchasing decisions, discover the latest innovations and meet the leading suppliers face to face. Registering for Elevate provides attendees with full access to an extensive range of speakers and sector facilities exhibitors. Due to the sector’s ongoing transformation

in response to physical inactivity’s threat, physical activity facility organisations must carefully consider the design, build and management of play, sports, fitness, recreation and leisure facilities across the UK. A seminar session in Elevate’s Strategies for

an Active Nation stream focuses on ‘Transforming leisure facilities to maximise community engagement’, which will explore the various challenges facing leisure facilities from austerity, family and community engagement and the health and wellbeing effects of physical inactivity. Client services

Maximising community engagement through physical activity-based facilities will be a key focus at this year’s event.

director at ukactive, Steve Scales, will chair the session, joined by James Foley, commercial director at Alliance Leisure, and Lisa Dodd- Mayne, director of sport and active communities at the University of Warwick. The ‘Making sport and physical activity

accessible for all’ seminar will explore the ways in which facilities and operators can enable simple low cost adaptations which simultaneously create inclusive facilitates. Leading this session is Lyndsey Barret, senior occupational therapist and founder at Sport for Confidence, with additional presentations from Dr Hayley Barton, associate director at Access Sport, Martin Symcox, CEO at Metro Blind Sport and Kerl Haslam, chief executive at SportsAble. Elevate Kids marks its debut at the 2019

trade show with a dedicated exhibition area for suppliers offering equipment for schools and play centres, supported by BALPPA, API and the Sports & Physical Education (PE) Association UK. Chris Sharman, managing director of iKidz Training and Consultancy will facilitate ‘Creating services and spaces for active kids (and families)’ including support from speakers Susie Malcolm, group family manager of David Lloyd Clubs, John Penny, managing director of Third Space and Steve Shaw, director at Pavigym.

Elsewhere, the Active Aquatics feature area

will focus on exploring aquatic strategies for facilities that both maximise use of the pool and increase membership numbers. Exhibitors will have the chance to demonstrate their latest in pool and open water swimming, equipment, research, monitoring and performance. Supported by Swim England, there are various seminar streams based on specifying and operating pools, spas and saunas. The ‘Building the swimming pools of tomorrow’ seminar will explore how to create sustainable and inspiring environments for people to venture into water activities, whilst providing an insight into the development of sustainably fit for purpose facilities. Richard Lamburn, head of facilities at Swim England, will chair the session alongside Mike Lawless, director at LA Architects and Simon Whittingham, managing director at FT Leisure. 21

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