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Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, has been announced as a headline speaker for the ukactive National Summit, in an unmissable line-up also featuring High Street Task Force board member Ibrahim Ibrahim and McKinsey’s Dr Angela Spatharou.

With just two weeks to go until the biggest policy forum in the physical activity sector’s calendar, a raft of headline speakers have been revealed by ukactive. This year’s National Summit will focus on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our communities and way of life, and position the physical activity sector as a leading voice in the COVID-19 recovery debate.

Taking place across four themed weeks, the digital programme will call on the unrivalled expertise of Prof Stokes-Lampard, as well as, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director at Portland Design and Dr Spatharou, London-based Partner at McKinsey, to engage the audience around the potential of the physical activity industry to support the creation of healthier, more resilient communities.

Seminars will run every Wednesday from 2pm throughout November, in partnership with the City of London Corporation, with further speakers to be revealed over the coming days.

The digital programme will kick off on Wednesday 4 November with a session titled ‘Political leaders: a new vision for physical activity’, which will see national and local government leaders discuss the role of the physical activity sector in supporting the long-term health and wellbeing of the nation. The series will continue with ‘Measuring and creating effective interventions in health and wellbeing’, to explore existing evidence around the benefits of physical activity for our health, economy and social connectedness, and discuss how this research can be used to inform government decision-making.

The programme will also feature a session on ‘Placemaking for better social, economic and public health outcomes’, to explore the ways in which city centres, high streets and the wider built environment can create healthier, more active and socially connected communities, before closing on Wednesday 25 November with a session on Integrated approaches to health and social care. The final seminar will examine preventative approaches to healthcare, and discuss how the physical activity sector can partner with other sectors to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes across the country.

Huw Edwards, ukactive CEO, said: “We know that time is of the essence as our sector focuses on its survival, so this year’s National Summit is designed to deliver essential insight on the current challenges and reflect on what the longer-term recovery debate will be, from some of the most prominent experts in their fields.

“We are very pleased to have Prof Stokes-Lampard, Ibrahim Ibrahim and Dr Spatharou joining leaders from the physical activity sector to discuss the critical steps we can take, both in the current landscape and for our future growth and impact as an essential service for the nation.

“Now, more than ever, it is vital that our members come together with our partner sectors, to learn, to plan and to collaborate on the solutions to society’s biggest challenges today and in the future.”

For more information on the ukactive National Summit and to book your free place on each of the seminars, visit the National Summit website.