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Sport and activity at the heart of the community: Making the case

19 March 2013 9.45am - 1.00pm
Roe Valley Leisure Centre, Limavady Get Directions
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Introduction

This CIMSPA national event will explore many of the issues surrounding the current debate regarding sport, physical activity and leisure provision in Northern Ireland and the new realities the sector will have to confront if it is to meet the challenges of an ever-changing economic environment.

There’s something in the programme for ALL sport and physical activity professionals:

Programme A

This will hear from speakers with experience of leading organisations at senior management level – outlining the arguments for a more business-like approach to service provision, whilst still ensuring community and wellbeing objectives remain at the heart of the sector’s organisational ethos. With content focused on the senior and strategic management issues facing the sector, this session is intended as most relevant to:

  • Directors
  • Heads of sport/leisure services
  • Sport and leisure centre managers
  • Leisure services managers

Programme B

This offers front-line and supervisory staff an opportunity to consider both some great examples of good practice at the operational level, and also how the sector is interacting with traditionally “hard to reach” groups via the hugely successful Sport Northern Ireland Active Communities programme. This session will be ideal for front-line staff and will give these staff a valuable personal professional development and networking experience. Aimed at:

  • Sports development officers
  • Duty officers
  • Recreation assistants
  • Lifeguards

With the Review of Public Administration (RPA) process a reality in Northern Ireland, there has never been a better time to explore these important themes – keeping sport, leisure and physical activity at the heart of the our communities.
 

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Programme A

For directors, heads of sport/leisure services, facility managers and leisure services managers

Go here for Programme B for frontline and supervisory staff

 

Time Event
9.45am Registration, networking and welcome refreshments
10.15am Welcome from the Northern Ireland Management Board Chair and Board members
10.30am

Leisure Trusts: an alternative to outsourcing?

Phil Collins, Ex-CEO, Hertsmere Trust

Phil Collins led one of the early transfers of the management of leisure services from an English local authority to a charitable trust, before spending 10 years as the new organisation's chief executive, and has extensive experience of how authorities have used the trust model to maintain community service delivery in challenging times. His presentation will outline the trust concept and consider how it offers a possible "future path" for sport and leisure in Northern Ireland, both for actual service delivery and also for helping to track social return on investment through the adoption of measuring and monitoring frameworks. There'll be a strong focus on answering any and all audience questions related to trusts, so come prepared!

11.10am

The leadership deficit: bridging the gap to maximise results

John McMullan, CEO, Bryson Charitable Group

John McMullan is Chief Executive of Bryson Charitable Group, a leading Northern Ireland social enterprise, ranked as 3rd in the UK based on turnover by Royal Bank of Scotland and currently the UK’s Private Business Social Enterprise of the Year.

His presentation will address the importance of strategic leadership in affecting change and will describe the journey Bryson has travelled – moving from a traditional charity based on grant aid and donations to a vibrant social enterprise which has "scaled up" and competes effectively to win public service contracts across the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

The session will include an overview of Bryson, the organisation; its competitive advantage and its commitment to excellence and cost control. John will be pleased to take any questions and explore the development of social enterprise in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

11.50am

Break

12.00pm

Health and well-being in our communities: facing up to the challenge, and making a difference

Maura O'Neill, Head of Health Improvement, Western Health and Social Services Trust

Maura O’Neill is Head of Service for health improvement and community development across the West of Northern Ireland. Her presentation will outline the complexities in the delivery and engagement of users at a local level and consider how we can together offer a possible mechanism for implementing both a behaviour and cultural change for physical activity in Northern Ireland. In addition she will discuss actual service delivery; lessons learned and how we can demonstrate impact. A strong focus will be on the challenges and Maura will welcome discussion on how we can work collaboratively to truly engage users in our services in improving health and wellbeing and keeping people well for longer.

Maura's role includes leading strategic planning, policy and programme development and managing health improvement activities at a local level. Maura along with her team are involved in extensive partnership working in translating health improvement policy into practice and in ensuring that real impact is happening at grass root level.

12.20pm

CIMSPA update and membership survey feedback

Sean Holt, CEO, CIMSPA

This session will be presented by Sean Holt and will be an opportunity for members to hear the feedback on the first CIMSPA membership survey. It will also be an opportunity for members to discuss the performance of and challenges facing the Institute and to learn about the latest developments that will help accelerate its evolution.

12.50pm

Close and summary

1.00pm

Lunch and networking opportunity

 

Programme B

(For sports development officers, duty officers, recreation assistants and lifeguards)

Time Event
09.45am Registration, networking and welcome refreshments
10.15am Welcome from the Northern Ireland Management Chair and Board members
10.30am

Improving safety and risk assessments via a team approach – a practical example

Glen Rankin, Duty Manager, Roe Valley LC

As leader of the centre's risk assessment team, Glen's presentation will cover creating successful "living" risk assessment procedures and how effective training can ensure your staff take shared ownership of achieving the organisation's risk assessment goals. Includes question and answer session

10.55am

'Active Communities': the success story so far

Diarmaid McAuley, Development Officer, Community Sport at Sport NI

With the Sport Northern Ireland Lottery Funded "Active Communities" initiative now in its 3rd year, Diarmaid's session will celebrate how, through a network of 110 coaches, this award-winning programme has worked hard to increase participation in sport and physical activity among underrepresented groups including women and girls, older people and people with a disability. With 134,000 coaching hours delivered in 40 different sports and activities, 170,000 people in Northern Ireland have already been touched by Active Communities. Diarmaid is responsible for the management, monitoring and evaluation of Active Communities and his session will include a question and answer session.

11.20am

Break

11.30am

Utilising sport to combat anti-social behaviour in Northern Ireland – a case study

Billy Wiley, Sport Development Manager, North Belfast Play Forum

Billy has been closely involved in the decade-long Midnight Streets Soccer Programme which runs 5-a-side leagues between 9 and 12pm on weekend evenings across 10 sites across Northern Ireland – engaging youths in positive activities and reducing anti-social behaviour. With backing from the whole community – from the elderly through to the police – Midnight Streets is a unique case study on engaging this traditionally "difficult to reach" group. Includes question and answer session

11.55am

A lifeguard's view: what needs to be done to make the job more inspiring?

John McKillion, Fitness Instructor, Cookstown Leisure Centre

Based on his time in a number of jobs within the sector, John will highlight how committing to a personal development pathway has been a key positive experience for him, helping his career greatly. John believes that getting staff such as lifeguards interested in their own professional development is hugely important and will have motivational spinoffs for your team in every role they do. Includes question and answer session

12.20pm

CIMSPA update and membership survey feedback

Sean Holt, CEO, CIMSPA

This session will be presented by Sean Holt and will be an opportunity for members to hear the feedback on the first CIMSPA membership survey. It will also be an opportunity for members to discuss the performance of and challenges facing the Institute and to learn about the latest developments that will help accelerate its evolution.

12.50pm

Close and summary

1.00pm

Lunch and networking opportunity

 

 

Venue

Roe Valley Leisure Centre
9 Greystone Road
Limavady
Co Derry
BT49 0ND

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