SPAN Forum - Children & Young People: Encouraging Active Lives

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SPAN Forum - Children & Young People: Encouraging Active Lives

GBA's next Sport & Physical Activity Network Forum takes place on 25th September at Bisham Abbey with a focus on Children & Young People.

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre , Marlow Road, Nr Marlow, Berks, SL7 1RR
James Craggs / / 01628 472851

SPAN Forum - Children & Young People: Encouraging Active Lives

The network theme will be "How do we encourage more Young People in Berkshire to live active lives now and in the future" and will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in the field as well as national and local examples of good practice.

We are pleased to announce one of our guest speakers will be Matt Pearce, Head of Public Health & Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council, who will present a public health take on physical inactivity – "Move More and Sit Less".

Having worked in public health for over 15 years Matt has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise in population health and behaviour change. He originally graduated in Sport and Physical Education from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Development and a Master's in Public Health. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Cardiff University researching the impact of the family/home environment on childhood obesity

Matt has a range of research interests including obesity, physical activity, chronic disease managements, arts and health and the built environment. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals as well presenting at national conferences.

Matt is a Consultant in Public Health and Head of Public Health and Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England and supports the delivery of modules including epidemiology of non-communicable disease and health promotion. He is a UKPHR specialist assessor and a specialist committee member on NICE advising on the development of physical activity guidance. Matt is a a member of the Faculty of Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A representative of Sport England's Children & Young People team will provide an overview of the Active Lives Data nationally and for Berkshire and insight in to how a better understanding of children and young people's attitudes to physical activity and sport can help shape delivery in Berkshire, with particular focus on the 30 minutes outside of school.

In addition there will be plenty of chance to network and develop connections. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

A fuller agenda will be sent out nearer the time but broad timings will be as follows:

9.30am Arrival, refreshments and networking

10.00-1.00pm network meeting

1.00pm - 2.15pm Lunch and networking.

The meeting will take place at Bisham Abbey (parking available at the sports centre).

There are a limited amount of places available on this event - if tickets are unavailable when you book please contact to be put on the waiting list.


Please record any dietary or access requirements on the booking form. Please note when booking you will be asked to provide a brief overview of your organisation & any key messages you would like to communicate (this will be included in the delegate pack along with your name, organisation and email to aid networking).

GBA SPAN Forum 25th September


Focus on Children & Young People: Encouraging Active Lives.

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