from IOL CEO Andy Robinson, December 2015
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from IOL CEO Andy Robinson, December 2015

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Date Added:17 December 2015

from IOL CEO Andy Robinson, December 2015

The UK Government has published a new sports strategy Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation. Now is the time to re-consider how your practice contributes to the development of healthy lifestyles amongst learners, clients and beneficiaries.  Amongst a number of new announcements the strategy is encouraging interested parties to work together to increase participation and the increasing of the age group focus for Sport England down to 5 year olds, consistent with what many of us have long believed about the need to engage as early as possible to influence lifestyles.
 
The new sports strategy also refers to a change in Government department responsibility for AALA and a change in AALA’s focus-
 
To support the outdoors activities sector and to give government and Sport England a clearer policy role in encouraging outdoor activities, responsibility for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is likely to move from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and the organisation will be reformed to make its focus the active encouragement of greater levels of outdoor activity, beyond simply its licensing.
 
IOL will continue to work closely with AALA and DCMS in ensuring that the content of the legislation for Adventurous Activity and its implementation is supportive of UK wide working and supports increasing levels of good quality outdoor learning.
 
Last call for any senior practitioners and/or influencers in the outdoor learning sector to consider helping to steer the work of the Institute through becoming a Trustee.  If you would like to consider this further there are a range of options including talking to a member of the current Trustee Board, being co-opted for a short period for a specific contribution, try out a longer term role, join a regional executive or Special Interest Group to get a better insight into the work of the Institute.  Please contact me or the IOL office.


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