Alliance Leisure Sponsor ukactive National Summit 2016

National Summit pictureAlliance are proudly sponsoring this year’s ukactive National Summit event on the 9th November.
Keynote speakers to include Simon Stevens, Nicola Blackwood, Jennie Price, plus Dr Chris Van Tulleken and Sir Muir Gray
ukactive today unveiled the detailed agenda for National Summit 2016, featuring an unprecedented line-up of thought leaders from the worlds of physical activity, health, and politics.
Taking place at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre on 9 November, this year’s Summit combines networking and highly-topical breakout sessions with an impressive collection of keynotes, including a speech from the chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens.
As head of Europe’s largest single employer, Simon Stevens is expected to discuss the future of the health service and the important role of prevention in helping to shape it. The NHS England CEO has taken the lead on this theme by unveiling a raft of workplace wellness initiatives, including a £600m national incentive fund to help frontline NHS staff stay fighting fit through a range of physical activity and healthy eating offerings.
The central theme for this year’s Summit will be Physical Activity: Always Moving Forward, exploring how the sector can support the NHS to deliver its ambitions for a healthy, active nation and ensure physical activity is at the heart of the preventative health agenda.
National Summit picturev3The Summit will feature a series of breakout sessions bringing together leading public health and physical activity experts to explore key topics such as delivering physical activity as part of the government’s new strategies, the role of prevention in the future of the NHS, and the professionalisation of the physical activity
sector. In addition to Simon Stevens, there will be keynotes from Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood, Sport England CEO Jennie Price, ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson and ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward.
There will also be a joint session led by Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE, Chief Knowledge Officer to the NHS, and Chris Van Tulleken, a doctor and TV presenter. Having recently featured in the high-profile BBC documentary The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, the pair will deliver a topical talk looking at the importance of the
preventative agenda in cutting down Britain’s dependence on prescription pills.
As the marquee event in the physical activity calendar, Summit 2016 will gather more than 500 thought leaders on public health and physical activity, offering invaluable networking opportunities and the chance to gain unique insights into the wider issues facing the sector.
The event will also serve as the launchpad for ukactive’s latest report, Blueprint for an Active Britain: Milestones Review. The document will build on the foundations laid by last year’s Blueprint for an Active Britain report, assessing the key areas of progress to date. These have included the adoption of many Blueprint recommendations in the recent physical activity strategies put forward by the government and Sport England. Backed by a broad coalition of key stakeholders, the new report will make a series of new policy recommendations for the year ahead and outline key areas of priority the physical activity sector.

Looking forward to the event, ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “We felt it would be difficult to top last year’s Summit in terms of quality, but the line-up of heavy hitters due to speak on the day will take our marquee political event to new heights.
“Summit is a golden opportunity to establish key business contacts, glean insights from top-tier keynote speakers and take part in breakout sessions on major topics affecting our sector, such as delivering on the government’s new strategies, behaviour change among society’s least active and embedding more movement in the workplace.
“The QEII will be packed with leaders from the public, private and third sectors, coming together to focus their collective firepower on the pressing need to create a more active nation.”
National Summit picturev5Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, legendary Paralympian and chair of ukactive said: “I am delighted to have Simon Stevens – Chief Executive of NHS England delivering a keynote at our National Summit in London on the 9th November 2016. This is a seminal moment for the physical activity sector and symbolic of its importance on the frontline in the fight against the dangers of sedentary lifestyles.
“Whereas last year was about setting a vision for an active nation, this year we turn our focus to how we can develop and deliver this practically, connecting government and stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors to ensure that physical activity is at the heart of the preventative public health agenda.”

Landmark 4-year leisure agreement secured with Denbighshire Leisure

denbighshire twitter imageAlliance Leisure has been appointed as part of a four year framework agreement to develop new facilities and refurbish existing leisure facilities in Denbighshire County Council.

The Council had already made a firm commitment to continue improving and enhancing its leisure offer across the county and is bucking the national trend by actually investing in its facilities during difficult financial times.

Alliance had been appointed to a previous framework and was recognised as bringing external expertise and innovation to the design and construction of facilities. The Council then advertised this latest framework on the open market and attracted significant interest from major construction companies.

The framework will be open to all UK local authorities, with Denbighshire as the lead authority.

Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Assets, said: “Our aim is to work with our development partner to design, build and fund capital projects and ensure that we deliver the right projects, on time and within budget.

“We have an excellent track record of working with Alliance on the previous framework and delivered successful projects at Ruthin and Denbigh leisure centres, as well as the redevelopment of the Nova, Prestatyn.

“The company itself has a wealth of experience in design, project management and an innovative approach to developments.  The appointment of Alliance as our development partner on the previous framework was recognised as sector-leading and provided facilities that are fit for the 21st Century and improved participation opportunities and PE standards in our dual-use sites. This, in turn, helped improve the health and well-being of residents.

“We are delighted to be awarding the latest framework to Alliance after a stringent and open tendering process – this will help us to continue investing in facilities and develop our vision for improved leisure facilities to benefit all”.

paul cluettPaul Cluett, Managing Director of Alliance, said: “Alliance Leisure are delighted to have been appointed as the Partner to the Council to deliver the Framework for the provision of leisure developments and related services over the next four years.

“Alliance has a track record of delivering sustainable, ambitious and innovative enhancements to local authority leisure services throughout the UK.  Indeed, locally schemes such as the Nova redevelopment have already shown what can be achieved, and now we will be able to bring this experience to Councils across Wales, England, Scotland and N Ireland.  This ground breaking Framework model being delivered by DCC will also ensure that the Authority receives the public awareness it is rightly due for helping other Councils deliver services as successfully it has done.

Phase 2 Starts at Exmouth Leisure Centre

Swimming_1_ELC_News_BlogExmouth Leisure Centre’s phase 2 development is now underway as part of the £800k investment in the facility.  This phase will see the refurbishment of the wet changing areas and is part-funded by £180k from Sport England and £180k from East Devon District Council.  LED Leisure Management Ltd are providing the remaining funds.

The scheme is due to complete in March 2017.

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NEW FACILITIES OPEN AT BRADLEY STOKE

Work has been completed on phase 2 of the leisure development at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.  The 850k investment in the centre, operated by Circadian Trust, sees the sports hall converted into 17-wall XHeight climbing centre and large play centre.  As part of the extension the Soho cafe was also refurbished and extended.

Phase 2b now continues and will reveal a new gym to the community at the end of November.

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