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Active London to be supported by Mayor of London

News   •   Aug 22, 2019 16:07 BST

London Sport CEO Tove Okunniwa addresses the audience at Active London 2018

London Sport are proud to announce that their flagship physical activity and sport conference, Active London, is to be supported by the Mayor of London in 2019.

The Mayor’s Sport Unit will deliver one of three keynote sessions at Active London, exploring the ways that the Sport Unites programme is taking an innovative approach to physical activity and sport.

Sport Unites is the flagship programme from the Mayor of London’s Sport and Physical Activity Strategy which sets out his vision to make London the most socially integrated and active city in the world.

The keynote session will explore how a key pillar of the Mayor’s Sport Unites programme, a partnership between the Greater London Authority, Laureus Sport for Good, Nike and coalitions of community representatives is successfully growing community innovation around sport for social integration in London.

The programme, Model City, has previously been used to create positive change in the United States, in New Orleans and Atlanta, by empowering communities to create change in their area through the power of sport.

Active London is organised by London Sport, the strategic non-profit agency working to improve Londoner’s lives by increasing levels of physical activity and sport.

This year marks the fourth edition of Active London, which will bring together expertise from around the world and enable delegates to explore inspirational and practical approaches to working in the sector.

Two further keynote sessions at Active London will look at International Innovation, the new ways physical activity is adapted to both global cities and international communities, and Local Innovation, the creative thinking enjoying success for the future of physical activity and sport in different regions around the UK.

Hilary Lissenden, Head of Community Sport for the Mayor of London, said:

“We are thrilled to be coming on board with London Sport to support this year’s Active London. To achieve the Mayor’s vision of making London the most socially integrated and active city in the world, it is vital that we adopt new and innovative approaches to sport and we are excited to demonstrate our commitment to this at Active London.

“Our Model City work is a powerful example of the ‘bottom up’ approach that the Sport Unites programme delivers by working with local communities to help ensure they are empowered to influence the decisions that impact them.

“Empowering local groups to take the lead on the decision-making process builds trust and creates a basis for partnerships to develop and communities to thrive through physical activity and sport.

“We look forward to sharing some of our learnings from the project to date and our plans for the future at Active London 2019.”

Taking place on 10 September 2019, tickets to Active London 2019 are on sale now.

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