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Revolutionising active places and spaces – the theme for this year’s seminar programme
We are inviting submissions to present at this year’s physical activity facilities forum
Potential topics include 

Inspiring activity in children and young people
Outdoor spaces
Creating inclusive spaces that inspire participation
Sustainable design
Facilities that support ‘ageing well’
Schools sports & play 
Holistic facilities  
World class facilities for performance athletes/sportspeople
Innovation in design & build

Please send a short synopsis in the first instance to brittany@paf-forum.co.uk by 21st June 2019.


We are currently looking for speaker proposals for this year’s paf forums, and topics that we are looking to address include:
• What does the leisure industry look like after COVID-19?
• How has your organisation increased their brand and productivity using digital and virtual services in 2020?
• Inspiring activity in young people & children
• Facilities that support “ageing well”
• Sustainable design
• Innovative developments in physical activity planned for 2021.

Send a short synopsis to brittany@paf-forum.co.uk by June 1st.

Below are our speakers from 2019.

“The new Sports Cathedral, advances in design and technology to create world class facilities”.

Ed Hayden, Director & Felicity Meares, Associate , Scott Brownrigg 

Showcasing advances in technology for sports facilities, including the UK’s biggest glass floored multiuse sports hall, with fully integrated LED line marking technology which can switch between sports at the touch of a button, and creating a freeform parametric glulam timber roof-grid to enclose the premiership level sports facilities with the optimum form. Demonstrated by the new Activity Centre at St Georges College in Weybridge.


Hub Clubs the regeneration of Team Sport

Tracey Francis, Director of Sport & Leisure, LK2 Architects

It would appear that traditional team sports are at best static, and have been for some time, it’s a cause for concern given the positive contribution team sports can make to the communities they serve. People are moving toward activities that better suit their busy lifestyles, purse, and where ability or the need to win doesn’t really factor.

The fabric of our largest team sports Football, Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, have traditionally been built around the ‘pavilion & pitch’ and are either leased or owned.  Maintenance, sinking funds, and customer expectations will drive a new demand led approach. This presentation will explore the concept of rationalising team sports and developing multi sport hubs as a demand led solution to creating a ‘family friendly’ environment.

The Impact of Active Environments

Charles Johnston, Executive Property Director, Sport England

Charles’ presentation will cover active environments and the importance of integrating, rather than just co-locating services. He will also be discussing how Sport England works with and supports organisations beyond just awarding funds.

“Using sector intelligence to drive investment in sport and physical activity”.

Ed Hubbard, Principal Consultant, 4global Consulting.

How DataHub uses evidence-based, academic research linked to operator intelligence taken from more than 600 million visits to 2,500 leisure facilities to accurately measure the social value generated from investment in sport and physical activity, and why this is important for operators.

“The UK’s first inland surfing lake”. 

Nick Hounsfield, Founder, The Wave.

Nick will explain the story of how he went from being a self employed healthcare practitioner to building a giant inland surfing destinations, which will bring inspiring facilities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

“Creating Health & Promoting Outdoor Spaces”.

Richard Tisdall, Director, Tisdall Associates.

The Parks for Health Toolkit is an evidence based model, that has been developed by integrating experience and qualifications in Landscape Design and Public Health.
It allows existing Parks and Green Spaces to be assessed against Health Criteria; Community Initiatives, Accessibility, Mental Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Environment and Biodiversity.
It provides an evidence based assessment of the current health status of Parks, and identifies improvements and new interventions which enhance the quality and usability of Green Spaces for Health, and it provides guidance on the use and quality of green spaces for the prevention and treatment of avoidable health conditions.(Mild Mental ill-health, Non-communicative diseases, Obesity and Environmental risk factors)

“Active Landscape and Elite Athlete Centre.”

Mark Davies, Sports Capital Strategy Manager, Loughborough University

Loughborough University invested £49M in developing a new student village with the first in the UK and Europe, Altitude Hotel and an active landscape at the heart of the village to inspire its students to be active.

“Developing the Places Leisure proposition to meet the needs of whole communities.”

Steve Mann, Director of Physical Activity, Places for People Leisure.

This presentation will address the challenge of creating modern leisure services that meet community health and wellbeing requirements, whilst remaining commercially successful in a time when leisure services are under pressure to deliver both financial and social value. 

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