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Minister for Sport and Civil Society announced as Elevate 2019 Keynote Speaker

Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Mims Davies, will be a keynote speaker for Elevate’s Thought Leaders’ Conference.

Elevate, the UK’s leading trade event for physical activity, health and performance, takes place at ExCeL London on May 8-9, 2019.

The Minister will open Elevate’s Thought Leaders conference, ahead of two days of stimulating debate and critical discussion around the key challenges facing the health, wellbeing and physical activity sector.

The government’s Sporting Future strategy, published in December 2015, set out a radical new vision for sport and physical activity, placing five key outcomes at its heart – physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development. It was a bold new strategy for an active nation and marked the biggest shift in Government policy on sport for more than a decade.

In February 2019, Mims Davies made a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament in which she outlined progress that had been made since the publication of Sporting Future but also priorities for the future. In her keynote speech, Mims Davies will highlight these priorities and how we achieve them through cross-government working. Furthermore, the Minister will discuss the transformative power of physical activity – for physical and mental health, improving employment and educational outcomes and its potential for bringing together communities.

Joining The Minister at the Thought Leaders’ Conference, sponsored by PayAsUGym, include leading industry names such as Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Government’s Chief Medical Officer, Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England Chief Executive Officer, Mark Perkins, Invictus Games Team UK Captain, James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, Nico Heslop, Head of Sport at DCMS, Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive at UK Sport, Nigel Walker, National Director at English Institute of Sport, Justin Musgrove, Chief Executive at Bannatyne Group and former Welsh international rugby player, Gareth Thomas.

Now in its fourth year, Elevate continues to explore the benefits of physical activity for health and wellbeing whilst considering how the sector can help get more people moving, more often. This year’s event will build on its 2018 success, where it uniquely combined the future of fitness, with elite sports, public health and medical services.

Elevate offers an extensive free education programme for the thousands of delegates attending with over 300 speakers presenting across nine dedicated programmes over the two-day event.

Alongside the speaker programme, Elevate once again boasts an impressive range of 350+ exhibitors who will showcase their latest products aimed at positively contributing towards decreasing physical inactivity levels, to the 10,000 plus expected attendees.

The lead supporters for the 2019 trade event for physical activity, health and performance play a significant role in creating engaging content for the Elevate programme of events. These supporters including ukactive, CIMSPA, London Sport, Public Health England, Sport England, UK Sport, ISEH and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

Max Quittenton, founder and director of Elevate, said: “We are delighted to have Mims Davies confirmed to speak during the Thought Leaders Conference.

“With the UK Government’s efforts to eliminate physical inactivity ongoing, The Minister will contribute towards the conference’s aims to inspire bigger picture thinking that will maximise the full power of the physical activity sector as a reputable force for positive societal change. We are honoured to welcome Mims to Elevate and look forward to her keynote address in May.”

To find out more about the full programme for the conference and seminars, and to register for a free place, visit www.elevatearena.com

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