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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
Sport summits prompting action
The BBC has joined forces with Sport England and UK Sport to host nine summits which challenge people to change the face of sport in their area
Participants at the BBC Sport summits made pledges to take action and help address some of the key issues facing sport.

The BBC joined forces with Sport England and UK Sport to host 13 regional conferences that culminated in a national event on 16 March.

A number of pledges were made by delegates and here is a summary of some of the results we have already seen...

Pledge: from Martin Henlan, Professional basketball player.
To coach a basketball team in the Surrey Youth Games 2005 and become a role model for basketball and sports participation in Epsom, Ewell and Surrey.
Action: On 22nd February Martin met with the local council and agreed with Epsom and Ewell to coach boys and girls - June 18th and 19th in Guildford.

Pledge: from Andrew Shields, Chair of South Loughton Cricket Club.
To create the first integrated sighted, visually impaired cricket club in the London area.
Action: London Sports Club for the Blind will be using South Loughton Cricket Club Ground for two national league matches.

Pledge: Trevor Smith - Youth Sport Trust.
To write to television soaps to encourage them to include more plot lines featuring sport and activity.
Action: Trevor has now written to EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Coronation Street have replied. They have said they are unable at present to include more plot lines featuring sport and activity. Trevor is still waiting to hear back from other productions.

Pledge: David Sheepshanks, Ipswich Town Chairman.
To write to Investors in People about including sport/ healthy living/ social responsibility within standards or new accreditation.
Action: the letter was sent on the 23rd March

Pledge: Bill Smith, RYA Instructor.
To organise an open day during April 2005 in order to recruit more volunteer helpers and adults with disabilities to gain regular accessible opportunities to take an active part in sailing with the East Anglian Sailing Trust.
Action: The open day happened on Saturday April 16th

Pledge: David Gent, RDM Sport England.
To promote the use of pedometers in the work place.
Action: Plans to promote pedometers at the Yorkshire forward conference later in 2005.

Pledge: Heather Kennedy, Environment Agency.
To promote the use of pedometers in the work place.
Action: Promoted the use of pedometers at work and have set up an inter-department pedometer

Pledge: Sport England.
To thank volunteers for their hard work and commitment and promote volunteering.
Action: Working with regional governing bodies and regional media to promote volunteering and to produce thank you literature.

Pledge: Mark Covell, Head of Regional Affairs, ITV Yorkshire.
To increase the coverage of minority sports.
Action: ITV Yorkshire have increased their coverage of minority sports in Yorkshire with the launch of the Local Volunteering Hero competition.

Pledge: James Paton, DCMS Yorkshire.
To promote active workplaces by encouraging the use of the stairs instead of the lift and encourage people to feel involved in the 2012 bid.
Action: Encouraging staff to use the lifts and backed the London 2012 bid by including the back the bid website on DCMS emails.

Pledge: David Moorcroft, Chief Executive of UK Athletics
Clubcard scheme to reward children for taking part in organised physical activity.
Action: Martyn Smith, Senior Producer, BBC Sport Relief in discussions with Director, BBC Sport, Peter Salmon.

Sport Summit facilitator Chris Grant, who chairs the UK Chip and PIN programme, has gauged interest with two major banks and plans more meetings in May 2005 to pursue the idea in more detail.

Pledge: Dawn Brooksbanks, Youth Sport Trust.
To promote the use of dance mats in schools. Dance mats are a great way to attract girls who don't normally get involved in physical exercise through traditional sports.
Action: The Youth Sport Trust are now in talks with Birmingham Local Education Authority to develop the scheme across their region.

Pledge: Valerie Beach- Horne, Coventry PCT.
Create more 'joined up' working and co-ordinate local research to ensure appropriate programmes and facilities for all.
Action: On the 23rd February Valerie held a meeting of people involved in sports and physical activity in Coventry. As a result a programmes and facilities audit has been conducted and plans were made to move the project forward.

Pledge: Lesley Coultard - Plymouth University.
Promote more widely, amongst students and governing bodies, the University of Plymouth's scheme to offer coaching awards either free or at a reduced fee to students who then agree to coach in local clubs and schools.
Action: Lesley has put together a development plan with the Regional Rugby Development manager to use the scheme to attract more volunteers into rugby. If the plan is successful the university will roll it across other sports.

Pledge: Richard Ward, English Coaching Development Officer.
Set up a village games in Sandford, Devon to get more people active in the local area.
Action: Rachel has arranged to meet with the local council to discuss the idea. Also, a team of key people have agreed to run the event and hope that it can go ahead on August Bank Holiday.

Pledge: Neil Farmer, Vice President Institute of Sport and Recreation Management
To write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on behalf of Claudia Coleman - to ask for tax relief against associated travel costs - Claudia is a 15 year old swimmer who aims to represent Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
Action: Letter sent to Gordon Brown 25th February 2005

Pledge: C. G. Esmond, Tornadoes of South Dorset Swimming Club and Dorset County ASA.
Get more and better press coverage for local sports
Action: Helping to support and develop a free sports and leisure newspaper to be distributed to schools, sports and leisure centres, swimming pools, sports clubs etc. 10th March 2005

Pledge: BBC Sport Interactive.
To create a sporting 'e-bay' to pool resources. Sports clubs would use a web site to share particular skills - eg if one particular club was expert at putting together fixture lists they could share that with other clubs in exchange for other resources.
Action: Mock up of what the site may look like being produced by BBC Sport Interactive in consultation with UKSport and Sport England.

Pledge: Adam Pengilly, Olympic Committee (Winter Sports) Athletes Commission
To contact winter sports representatives regarding increasing their involvement in schools and role model activities.
Action: Athletes were contacted by 17th March

Links to more Sport Summit stories


'Wrong culture' for sporting success
25 Mar 03 |  Sport Summit
The winning manifestos
25 Mar 03 |  Sport Summit
Why did the BBC hold Sport Summit?
25 Mar 03 |  Sport Summit
Sport Summit: The cast list
24 Mar 03 |  Sport Summit

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