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Conference Season …

by | Oct 12, 2023 | News

The last month has proven to be a busy one for our Children and Young People (CYP) team, with Joe, Stephen and Nathan attending no less than three conference events with system partners.


Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England Released

The Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England was revealed at a conference in London in late September. More than 100 people from the academic, sport, and physical activity sectors gathered at the Royal Society of Arts for ‘Positive Experiences for Children and Young People: A Spotlight on Physical Literacy’.  The new statement will help us understand how our relationship with sport and physical activity changes over our lifetime and is shaped by our experiences and opportunities to be active.

Joe represented County Durham Sport at the launch and facilitated a workshop for delegates during the event that represented a culmination of 18 months’ work and explored the importance of physical literacy in providing positive experiences of movement and physical activity for all – a key priority in Sport England’s Uniting the Movement strategy.

The Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England has been developed to facilitate a shared understanding of physical literacy for those working in the sport, education, physical activity, recreation, play, health and youth sectors. The full County Durham Sport team look forward to bringing physical literacy to life in their work with wider system partners in the coming months.


Opening School Facilities Conference

Since the launch of the Opening School Facilities (OSF) programme in March this year, County Durham Sport has funded 35 schools to open their facilities up to pupils and the wider community for physical activity outside of school hours.

In early October, Stephen and Joe made the journey to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to meet with other Active Partnerships leading on OSF, as well as representatives from consortia partners ukactive, StreetGames and Youth Sport Trust.

There were lots of great conversations throughout the day with colleagues from across the Active Partnerships network coming together to celebrate success and to discuss sustainability and potential future challenges of the programme. There were also case studies from schools shown throughout the day showing the impact the programme is having in communities across England.

Schools that have not yet received funding through the programme will be able to submit applications to County Durham Sport early in 2024.


StreetGames Regional Conference (North East)

Early October also saw the full CYP team (including our Durham University placement student Lucas Walker) attend the North East regional StreetGames conference at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

Throughout the day, the team held discussions with local and regional partners, exploring areas for future collaboration. A particular highlight was the discussion around youth voice and its importance when planning activities to engage children and young people who are the least physically active in County Durham.