Sport England chief executive to make a virtual visit to Withernsea

Tue, 27 Oct 2020

The chief executive of Sport England is to pay a virtual visit to East Yorkshire next week to find out more about the progress of the Active Withernsea scheme.

Tim Hollingsworth OBE will be given video presentations and take part in discussions about some of the projects which the team has been working on over the past 18 months.

He will hear from members of the community and representatives of local organisations about how the town has come together to look at ideas, and the plans for the next steps.

Active Withernsea aims to co-create a happier and healthier community that has identified areas it wants to focus on, which include increasing the opportunities for walking and cycling, developing open spaces, creating more activities for young people and developing a "Kickstarter" fund for new, innovative ideas.

The long-term project aims to bring the community together and allow local people to take the lead on bringing forward ideas which will benefit their town and give them the tools to make them happen.

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "This is a significant day for our Active Withernsea project.

"We are very much looking forward to meeting Tim Hollingsworth online, and telling him about our plans to create a healthier and more active community.

"We have learnt a lot by listening to local people and want they want to see in their area.

"It is a great opportunity for the people of Withernsea to showcase everything that has been achieved so far, and what we hope to achieve in the future, as well as accessing Tim's extensive knowledge and experience."

In August 2020, Sport England confirmed an investment £1.4 million, phased funding which will keep Active Withernsea running until 2025.

On Friday, 6 November, the organisation's chief executive will be making his virtual visit to the town.

Mr Hollingsworth OBE was chief executive of the British Paralympic Association and led the team into four Paralympic Games, including Rio 2016 when Team GB picked up 147 medals.

He has been at the forefront of the work that has increased the profile and interest of the Paralympic movement, driving the commercial and business growth of the BPA as a charity that challenges perceptions of disability in society.

Before his seven years with the BPA, he held the roles of director of policy and communications and chief operating officer at UK Sport.

Prior to that, he had a decade's worth of experience working in senior corporate communications roles - all of which builds an impressive CV that saw him awarded an OBE in 2017.

To learn more about the Active Withernsea project, please email active.withernsea@eastriding.gov.uk or visit www.activewithernsea.org

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