Sport really is the medicine at Wales Conference

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“No other sector has the reach that sport does.” That was the message from the Chair of Sport Wales, Laura McAllister, to the 100 delegates at StreetGames’ inaugural Wales Conference last Friday (7th December).

Held at the University of Wales, Newport’s brand new City Centre campus, the Conference heard from a range of influential and inspiring speakers from the aforementioned Sport Wales Chair to the Welsh Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteer of the Year, Asa Waite, and founder of the Diva Sport project in Caerphilly, Claire Williams.

Also on offer were three workshops - Doorstep Sport Clubs; Youth, Play and Community Work and Sport; and Local Authorities and Cuts. The delegates were treated to presentations on StreetGames’ ground-breaking Training Academy and its highly successful Us Girls programme. There were also opportunities to network and to chat to a number of influential exhibitors.

View resources from the Conference, including workshop presentations, here »

StreetGames Vice-Chair, Steve Hodgkinson, opened the Conference with a powerful talk on how sport can impact on lives and careers. He issued delegates with a rallying call to ensure that “our Olympic legacy is what we create”. He was followed by an inspiring presentation from two of the young people of the Pill Youth Forum with the help of a film produced by the project and featuring the memorable statement that “sport is our medicine.”

Jane Ashworth, StreetGames’ Chief Executive, closed the Conference by urging delegates to continue the work they do and make sure their impact is known across, above and beyond their organisations.

View photos from the Conference here »

StreetGames would like to thank: the University of Wales, Newport for hosting the event; Gwirvol, Sports Leaders UK, MCPT, Diva Sport, Sported and Network Rail for exhibiting; our partners in Wales, Sport Wales, Gwirvol, Communities 1st, The Co-operative and Network Rail; Commonwealth boxing gold medallist, Sean McGoldrick; and all delegates who made our first Wales Conference such a success.

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