The aim of the event was to bring together people with lived experience of inequalities, change-makers and innovative thinkers for a deep-dive into how we can collectively tackle the deep-rooted inequalities which exist across the sport and physical activity system.
The event, a follow up to 2020’s Sport for All? Conference, was held at Manchester People’s History Museum and saw more than 100 people attend to explore approaches to tackling inequalities and racism within sport and physical activity. It featured a welcome from Manchester City Council Leader, Bev Craig followed by Sport England Chair Chris Boardman MBE.
The day ended with a brilliant panel of GM Moving partners sharing their experiences, learning and actions in leading change to tackle inactivity and inequality. This was chaired by Eve Holt (GreaterSport) and the panel members were;
There was good representation throughout the day from GM Moving partners including Activity Alliance and the Seashell Trust from national organisations such as Sported, UK Sport, StreetGames, the Activity Alliance, Muslim Sports Foundation and numerous national governing bodies, who all took part in the workshops throughout the day.
Hayley Lever, Exec Lead, GM Moving and CEO, GreaterSport said “The Closing the Gap conference left a deep impression on me, personally and professionally.
I learnt a lot from the speakers, group sessions and individual conversations throughout the day. The format of the event helped me to think, connect, be inspired and create space for reflection and intention setting. I was particularly struck by the openness of speakers, the depth of the research and insight and how that was brought to life in their stories”.
Video recordings of the speeches and panel discussion will be made available on the GM Moving website soon, however in the meantime you can read more details about the event on the Sport England website
As part of Greater Manchester’s local pilot project, Tameside Council is supporting its region’s organisations to find more opportunities to adopt active workplaces and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their teams.
These events bring people and partners together across GM to share and explore stories, challenges and expertise that help make GM a better place for people to walk, cycle, wheel and to live active lives.
GM Moving Partners' Commitment to Inclusion: Creating a Greater Manchester that enables active lives for disabled people and people with long-term conditions.