Britain’s greatest gymnast, Beth Tweddle MBE, was the special guest speaker at the inaugural Active Bradford PE conference at the University of Bradford.

The London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world champion addressed almost 100 representatives of primary and secondary schools from across the district including school governors, head teachers and Physical Education subject leads on the effects PE and school sport had on her life and career.

Hosted by Bradford Bulls Chief Executive Officer and former international rugby league star Robbie Hunter-Paul, the conference was organised in partnership between the Active Bradford Partnership, West Yorkshire Sport and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

The delegates heard from a number of keynote speakers including the Youth Sport Trust, Association for Physical Education, Sports Leaders UK and Born in Bradford, a long term study of 13,500 children, born at Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010, whose health is being tracked from pregnancy through childhood and into adult life.

West Yorkshire Sport Council member Yusuf Rasul, a sixth form student at Beckfoot School, also took to the stage to share his experiences of Physical Education.

The conference was organised to give Bradford schools the opportunity to hear policy updates and good practice from leading industry experts.

Active Bradford is a partnership of organisations committed to making Bradford a healthier and more prosperous place to live and work. It is driven by its vision of a culture across the district where physical activity is an everyday part of everyone’s lives.

Chair of Active Bradford, Wayne Jacobs said: “We are delighted with the success of the inaugural Active Bradford PE Conference. It was outstanding to see the range of schools from across our district in attendance and humbling to hear about the work they do every day in helping the young people of our region to be physically active.

“The partners of Active Bradford came together to organise this conference with the purpose to support, develop and promote the skilled and committed physical activity workforce in Bradford.

“Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I would like to thank all of the partners, speakers, delegates and exhibitors for helping to make this wonderful event happen.”

Phil Wagner, Policy Officer – PE and School Sport at Bradford Metropolitan District Council, said: “It was heartening to see so many of the district’s schools coming together to demonstrate an interest in PE and School Sport.

“I hope we can use this event as a platform and catalyst to help support schools to further develop their PE and school sport through working in partnership with Active Bradford.”

Nigel Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of West Yorkshire Sport, added: “It was great for us to be involved in organising the Bradford PE Conference.  High quality PE and school sport is essential in Bradford if we are to encourage more people to make the choice to play sport and be active as an everyday part of their lives.

“The conference gave an opportunity for consistent national and local messages to be communicated to the dedicated teachers currently working on PE and school sport locally.  Those attending were also inspired by those at the very top of their sport.  We look forward to this becoming a regular feature in Active Bradford’s event calendar.”


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