Continuing on the collaborative theme, representatives of Liverpool City Council, the Nishkam Civic Association, NHS England and the Royal Society for the Blind were part of a discussion titled ‘Nothing about us, without us: trusting our communities’.
In it, strategic physical activity and sport development manager for Liverpool City Council Nicky Yates said: “That’s what our strategy in Liverpool is all about, underneath all the big words, it’s about fairness.
“It’s about giving people opportunity to be happy and healthier – that’s what we strive to do every day.
“We’re working with organisations that are based in communities and know people best within those places and are able to deeply understand them and what they’re up against.
“That’s increasingly how we’re trying to engage in Liverpool and acknowledging that as the Liverpool authority we shouldn’t expect ourselves to have all the answers, because we don’t.
“It’s looking to those organisations to co-create with us.”
The second morning session saw consecutive discussions dedicated to women in sport, with the first introducing the International Working Group on Women and Sport and saw their incoming co-chair, Annamarie Phelps, discuss why the group’s work is so vital.
“Never before has women’s sport been more visible, more talked about or better resources, but it’s all relative,” she said.
“There are still barriers and behaviours and discrimination that create challenges to women and girls, even participating, let alone thriving in the sporting environment.
“The IWG is the world’s largest group of organisations committed to achieving gender equality in sport and physical activity.
“If ever we needed a multi-organisational international collaboration, it’s now.
“Despite real advances in women’s sport in the UK, the pandemic reinforced that those gains are not only slow, but fragile.”