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Understanding the value of participation in sport, leisure and culture for...
Wed 22 February 2017, 09:00 – 12:40 GMT
This half day symposium aims to draw together Leeds based practitioners and academic staff to share recent research and increase knowledge around the value of participation in sport, leisure and cultural activities for care experienced young people. Moreover, it aims to support practitioners to better understand the issues that care experienced young people may face (both locally and nationally) in accessing participation.
The symposium will showcase current research from one project, specific to Leeds, and two national projects alongside the voices of care experienced young people, willing to share their powerful stories. These real-world stories will further contextualise and support research being presented.
With the support of Leeds City Council and the Multi-Agency Looked-After Children Partnership (MALAP) Enjoyment subgroup, it is hoped that this free symposium will help practitioners influence strategy, inform practice and be more effective advocates in Leeds.
Melissa Clarke, Leeds City Council
Melissa is employed at Leeds City Council and a member of the Care Leavers Council. Her role is varied but she is currently leading a young person’s panel of looked-after children and care leavers to judge at the Leeds Architecture Awards 2017.
Dr Delyth Edwards, Liverpool Hope University
Delyth is a Lecturer in Sociology of Childhood and Youth at Liverpool Hope University. Her research interests are centred on the identities, narratives and everyday experiences and participation of children, young people and adults who have experience of the care system.
Dr Rachel Sandford, Loughborough University
Rachel is a Lecturer in Young People and Sport at Loughborough University. Her research interests centre on young people’s experiences of, attitudes towards and participation in physical education, physical activity and youth sport.
Karla Pearce, Dance Student at Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Karla has been dancing since the age of 14. Karla has engaged in several Centre for Advanced Training Schemes in Brighton and at London School of Contemporary dance and now, at 19 years of age, is completing her BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Dance.
Dr Thomas Quarmby, Leeds Beckett University
Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests centre on social justice and the role of sport and physical activity for socially vulnerable youth (including children in care).
09.00 – 09.30 Registration: Tea/coffee
09.30 – 09.40 Welcome and introduction
09.40 – 10.05 Presentation 1: Sport & Physical Activity Focus (Rachel Sandford)
10.05 – 10.30 Presentation 2: Arts & Culture Focus (Delyth Edwards)
10.30 – 10.35 My story 1: Dance (Karla Pearce)
10.35 – 10.50 Discussion 1: Initial response to research/questions
10.50 – 11.15 Presentation 3: What do we know about Leeds? (Tom Quarmby)
11.15 – 11.20 My story 2: Football (Melissa Clarke)
11.20 – 11.35 Break: Tea/coffee
11.35 – 11.45 What are the challenges in Leeds? Based on consultation with care experienced young people (Tom Quarmby)
11.45 – 12.15 Discussion 2: Solutions & Actions
12.15 – 12.30 Feedback – sharing an action per table (Tom Quarmby)
12.30 – 12.40 Closing remarks