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In response to GLA research showing that community sport sector organisations are interested in having a space/platform to share best practice and learn from each other; the Insight fortnight is five conversations aligned to the five Sport Unites social outcome areas. Each meeting is designed to:
Contribute to the planning of Phase 2 of the Sport Unites investment fund – moving toward a shared understanding and common vision.
Damian is the Managing Director of inFocus and a dynamic social entrepreneur and Leadership Coach. He combines a broad range of skills and experiences from the last 25 years. Having initially trained as a medic, he worked as a doctor in the UK and Australia, prior to founding and running one of the most exciting, impactful and fastest-growing charities in the UK (Street League). He has since worked across all five continents, supporting many different types of social impact actor to develop and grow their skills and capabilities to run high performing charities, foundations and social enterprises.
Graham is a Senior Consultant at inFocus. Originally trained as a Physical Education teacher, Graham has over ten years of experience research and evaluation and 16 years working in teacher training, sport management and the sport for development and peace at the University of Brighton. For inFocus, he has project managed and lead the evaluation team for several projects in the globally, including inFocus' work with the GLA on the Sport Unites and MEEF programmes, where he has designed and delivered complex multi-year evaluations in a range of topics
Facilitated by Keri Anderson from the GLA, this first meeting focused on how we can enhance social mixing and reduce social isolation through sport and physical activity. During the meeting, the panellists answered the question: ‘how do we encourage social integration in communities in a way that feels equal and respectful?’. The main points of discussion focused on early intervention; communities creating their own definitions of social integration; social integration happening at a staff level; and working in partnerships with other organisations.
Facilitated by Leila Wong from the GLA, this meeting focused on sport, physical activity and mental health/well-being. During the meeting, panellists answered the question: ‘how can we measure and talk to our participants about mental health and wellbeing without explicitly talking about the subject which many people find very difficult or personal?’ The main points discussed were focused around building trust; the importance of long-term relationships; creative impact measurement; and providing support for delivery team members.
Facilitated by Paulina Turcan from the GLA, the third meeting in the series focused on sport and increasing physical activity. The panellist answered the question: ‘how can we best use and leverage technology to connect people to physical activity opportunities that are available to them?’. The discussions from the meeting focused on finding alternative ways for individuals to engage in sport and physical activity; social prescribing; the use of non-traditional sport to remove potential barriers; promoting the use of digital tools; and co-creating projects with beneficiaries.
Facilitated by Solomon Curtis from the GLA, the fourth meeting in the series focused on how we can use sport and physical activity when tackling serious youth violence. The panellists answered the question: ‘how can the sector tackle the root issues of serious youth violence rather than simply focusing on their manifestations?’. The main areas of discussions focused on connections, partnerships and opportunities. Individuals within the meeting also highlighted three key actors which are important in addressing this topic; staff, young people and partners, with them all playing a role in different ways to achieve positive change.
Facilitated by Hilary Lissenden from the GLA, the final meeting of the Insight Fortnight focused on how we can build capacity within London to improve the delivery of community sport. The panellists answered the question: ‘what can the community sport sector do to build its workforce capacity to better meet the aims of Sport Unites?’. The main points made during this meeting was that organisations should take a needs-led and collaborative approach when focusing on their workforce. There was also a focus on transparency across the sector and organisations coming together to create more opportunities for beneficiaries.
Share and exchange good practices and experiences of how the community sport workforce has evolved to contribute to meeting social outcomes.
Reflect upon and discuss what the community sport sector needs to better deliver social outcomes and how the Sport Unites Investment Fund can contribute.