The past 12 months have seen London Sport make some significant steps forward in our ambition to make London the most physically active city in the world.
In many ways, physical activity and sport have never been higher on the public agenda than today, with significant public and private sector interest in the ways that they can contribute to a stronger London.
With a new Mayoral Sport Strategy now in place for London and a number of issues that we have worked extensively on in recent years – not least SportTech, data and innovation – firmly in the public limelight, we find ourselves at an exciting moment in the organisation’s continued development.
In many ways, physical activity and sport have never been higher on the public agenda than today, with significant public and private sector interest in the ways that they can contribute to a stronger London. I am proud of the way that our work resonates so extensively across the capital, a fact that was brought home to me profoundly at this year’s London Sport Awards where we celebrated a host of incredible projects, initiatives and individuals improving the lives of Londoners through physical activity and sport.
Our operations continue to deliver strong results with a number of new and progressive initiatives having launched in the past year, including our sector-leading digital marketing work, insight and research, and our engagement with a number of international counterpart cities through the Active Citizens Worldwide initiative.
As well as acknowledging the work of all of our Trustees, our leadership team and our staff, I would like to pay particular tribute to the work of Richard Barker and Shaun Dawson who, over the course of the 2018/19 financial year, have stepped up to cover the vacant Chair role. I’m delighted to welcome Jillian Moore as our new Chair and look forward to working with her as the whole organisation works to make physical activity a cornerstone of London’s prosperity in the years to come.
Having been appointed as Chair of London Sport by the Mayor of London this summer, I am thrilled to lend my support to our vision of making London the most physically active city in the world. In these early days of my tenure, it has been truly exciting to look back on the remarkable evolution of grassroots physical activity and sport in the capital, both in the past year and over recent times.
As an organisation, London Sport is at an exciting time in its development. As the widespread benefits of physical activity for London become clearer and clearer, we are extraordinarily wellpositioned to help improve the lives of Londoners now and in the years to come. In the past year, our key strategic work has continued to flourish, the outcomes of which can be seen across a range of projects and partnerships in every part of the capital, and I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the whole team at London Sport for their ceaseless efforts and dedication.
My confidence in London Sport's standing and its future prospects are reinforced by the strong reputation that the organisation continues to enjoy among its stakeholders; I personally look forward to meeting many of our partners in the coming months - it is the success of such partnerships that will determine the long-term success of both our organisation and our vision for London.
We are extraordinarily well-positioned to help improve the lives of Londoners now and in the years to come
As a Board, we remain grateful for the on-going support of Sport England as our principal funder and the Mayor of London as a key strategic partner; our belief, that the lives of all Londoners can be improved by making London a more active city, is made ever stronger by their continued support.
The next 12 months offers some extraordinarily exciting opportunities for physical activity and sport in London; I am delighted to report that London Sport remains well-positioned to seize on the possibilities ahead of us.