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18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

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Commons Reception to highlight lack of BAME Diversity in Sport

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:36

Commons Reception to highlight lack of BAME Diversity in Sport

Commons Reception to highlight lack of BAME Diversity in Sport

Denise Lewis OBE, former Olympian Gold Medallist and Sol Campbell the former England International footballer and the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, will be headlining a high level House of Commons reception on May 12th to endorse the work of Sporting Equals.

We are delighted at SajeImpact to have been supporting Sporting Equals with this event, as we need to raise the issue with decision makers.

Sporting Equals are the sports charity that exists to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities particularly the black and minority ethnic population. They are the national partner of Sport England and advisors to the Department of Culture Media and Sport.

The Sporting Equals "Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Sport" event will feature MPs and Lords along with senior representatives from the sport sector including governing bodies and invited media.

The key purpose of the event will be to lobby support from key politicians to support Sporting Equals ongoing work to increase ethnic diversity in sport at all levels in sport from the playing fields to the boardrooms.

Sporting Equals research highlights that black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are seriously under-represented when it comes to the number of coaches (3%) and the number of people on the boards of governing bodies in sport (3%) and in participation some BME groups are also under represented for example only 18% of Muslim women participate in sport.

Tags: Sajeimpact, Sporting Equals, denise lewis, house of commons, sol campbell

EFDS Charter Launch

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:38

EFDS Charter Launch

EFDS Charter Launch

"I was delighted to be at the launch of the EFDS Charter in the House of Commons last night and to make sure our sports step up to make themselves truly accessible" Andy Reed

This week, EFDS launches a Charter for Change which will give key stakeholders clarity about where improvement is needed.

Centred around three fundamental requirements for making active lives possible, the Charter pushes hard for a position where:

1. Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.

2. Disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.

3. All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people's participation.

In each area we ask that simple steps are taken to change the mainstream approach which has so often prevailed amongst sports providers, Disabled People's Organisations and media/communications experts. Past, failing approaches have so often involved marginal "supply side" adjustments or inferior parallel provision which was somehow meant to enthuse and inspire currently inactive people!

Those who are seeing greater success in disabled people's participation (amongst which Tennis is leading the way) have made a simple shift in their thinking.Revolutionary though it may seem, success depends on a willingness to find out what your potential customers might actually want!

Our Charter for Change is strongly underpinned by ten well researched principles published in a report aptly titled "Talk to Me". In this report, disabled people helped to shape ten clear principles which if applied, would enable sport and activity providers to deliver more appealing opportunities for disabled people.

Tags: Efds, House Of Commons, Tanni Grey-thompson

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