Tanni Grey-Thompson: Westminster must provide same urgency for health of the nation that it does for Brexit
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Climbing Centre Group Ltd
£35k - £42k
Southampton, UK
Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
£45,000 per annum
Ilkley, UK
star job
Xercise4Less
Competitive
Rugby, UK
Everyone Active
Unlimited earning potential
Camberwell Leisure Centre, London, UK
NRG Gym Limited
Competitive
Lewisham, London, UK

Tanni Grey-Thompson: Westminster must provide same urgency for health of the nation that it does for Brexit

Job opportunities
Climbing Centre Group Ltd
£35k - £42k
location: Southampton, UK
Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
£45,000 per annum
location: Ilkley, UK
training opportunity
Les Mills
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
more jobs

The time has come for Westminster to provide the same urgency and focus for the health of the nation as it does for brexit, according to Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The Paralympic legend and chair of ukactive said that the UK's inactivity crisis has only deepened since the EU referendum.

She added, however, that while parliament might be in danger of being consumed by the Brexit chaos, there are encouraging signs that it is beginning to take physical activity – and the benfits it can deliver – seriously.

Speaking in an interview in the October 2019 issue of HCM, Dame Tanni said: "While Brexit has been soaking up a lot of people’s time, I’ve found MPs have been very open to talking about physical activity.

"I talk to them about changing people’s lives, about people’s personal experiences of physical activity. It’s obviously a much happier topic for conversation than Brexit!

"Now we need the political agenda to provide the same urgency and focus for the health of our nation as it does for Brexit.

"There are lots of things we can’t change in the wider world of politics, and I don’t know what Brexit will bring, but we’re talking to the Department for Education, DCMS and lots of other departments we haven’t talked to before.

"We’ve developed as an organisation and people are seeing us in a different light. We’re sitting at tables that two years ago we wouldn’t have been at.

"Crucially, though, you can never sit back and say ‘yeah, we’ve got it now, it’s all sorted’. With each change of government, each change of minister, you have to keep working on those relationships. We have to keep going – to be ready to take on whatever comes our way and keep talking about what an amazing job our members do.

"The other important thing to recognise is that it’s very easy to get caught up in the parliamentary work. Yes, that’s where lots of decisions are taken – but equally, lots of decisions are taken at a local authority level.

"The conversations we have with the Local Government Association are massively important, as is our partnership with Sport England.

"But we don’t know what the next year in politics will bring.

"We need to concentrate on the things we can influence. Of course, there’s always so much we could do – and a temptation to try and do it all, but we’ve identified three pillars where we feel we can deliver the greatest value and where we’ll be focusing our efforts and these are: children and young people, workplace wellbeing, and active ageing."

• To read the full interview in the October 2019 issue of HCM, click here.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
The time has come for Westminster to provide the same urgency and focus for the health of the nation as it does for Brexit, according to Dame Tanny Grey-Thompson.
NULL,
imagesX/THUMB343523_690557_742907.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,030
28 Nov 2020
International architecture practice 10 Design has revealed its design concepts for an ambitious redevelopment of Edinburgh’s city centre. The project will transform the former Royal ... More
26 Nov 2020
Playfinder has launched Bookteq, a booking system aimed at increasing revenue for operators of independent physical activity venues. CEO, Jamie Foale, said, “Some of the ... More
26 Nov 2020
Nick Whitcombe, the independent gym owner who refused to shut his gym during the October tier 3 restrictions, is becoming a fitness industry campaigner of ... More
26 Nov 2020
Montage has selected Carrie Sotebeer to lead the spa team at Montage Healdsburg resort in Sonoma County, California, opening 12 December 2020. The launch of ... More
26 Nov 2020
This year's UK government Spending Review, announced in Parliament by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 25 November, offers the physical activity sector opportunities to "transform communities", ... More
25 Nov 2020
Up to 100k people will benefit from the free gym and physical activity sessions, thanks to a partnership between ukactive, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), ... More
MyZone Group Ltd
MyZone Group Ltd
24 Nov 2020
To the relief of the sector, the UK government confirmed yesterday (23 November) that gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be allowed to open ... More
23 Nov 2020
Closing gyms and leisure facilities during any possible future lockdown would be "unthinkable", according to Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North. McKinnell – ... More
23 Nov 2020
Gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be able to open their doors when the current lockdown measures in England come to an end on ... More
23 Nov 2020
The University of Stirling has opened its new £20m sports and fitness centre. The building, designed by architects FaulknerBrowns, will feature three key areas; a ... More
22 Nov 2020
Gyms are right near the bottom of the list in terms of places people have visited before a positive COVID-19 test, according to UK government ... More
22 Nov 2020
Grayshott Spa, an icon of the UK wellness industry, has succumbed to the pandemic, announcing it is to close permanently, 55 years after opening as ... More
TVS Sport Surfaces
TVS Sport Surfaces
20 Nov 2020
A new, Europe-wide initiative will look to chart the level of risk of COVID-19 infection at gyms, health clubs and leisure centres across the continent. ... More
20 Nov 2020
Major spectator sports in England will receive a combined £300m emergency cash injection to protect their immediate futures over the winter period. The Sports Winter ... More
19 Nov 2020
UK Parliament will debate COVID-19 restrictions on gyms and leisure centres on Monday 23 November, it has been confirmed. The session, which takes place at ... More
The Retention Guru
The Retention Guru
1 - 15 of 43,030
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited