Conference 2021


Please find below information from the opening plenary and workshop content from the first HAF Alliance Conference which took place on Thursday 18th March 2021.

Opening Plenary Recording

The event was hosted by broadcaster, writer and campaigner Charlie Webster. Keynote speakers included Jane Ashworth OBE (Founder of StreetGames); Su Cumming (Newcastle City Council); Jane Shewring (Herts Sport Partnership); Clara Widdison (Mayor’s Fund for London); Gareth Moir (Suffolk County Council); Rt. Hon Vicky Ford MP; Rebecca Houlding (New Wortley Community Association); Henry Dimbleby MBE (independent reviewer, National Food Strategy and co-found of Leon Restaurants); Professor Greta Defeyter (Northumbria University); Professor Sonia Blandford (CEO, Achievement for All; Andrew Forsey (Director, Feeding Britain); Adam Mellor (Edsential) and Tim Hollingsworth (CEO, Sport England).


Below you will be able to access all the workshop from the afternoon, including a recording of the session and presentations

Mapping your Summer HAF provision

Delivered by Francesca Wood (FWood Solutions and Leeds HAF pilot) and Ian Stevenson (HAF Lead Gateshead Council)

The HAF offer for older children and young people

Delivered by John Downes (National Youth Lead, StreetGames), Jane Nolan (UK Youth)

Planning your approach to getting children active

Delivered by Chris Wright (Head of Health and Wellbeing, Youth Sport Trust), Charlie Cane (Active Partnership)

Achieving readiness for learning through HAF provision

Delivered by Marius Frank (Achievement for All), Derek Peaple (Director, Leading Peaple)

Linking HAF to ensure safer communities for children and young people during summer holidays

Delivered by Clare Gollop (VRU Director, West Midlands), Aaron Northmore VRU/StreetGames), Graham Helm, (National Doorstep Advisor StreetGames), Superintendent Chris Downey, (Great Manchester police – lead for serious violence and child centred policing)

Working with housing Associations to deliver HAF

Delivered by Rob Sugden (head of Communities HACT), Gary White (Partnership Sustainability NW, StreetGames)

The options for delivering School Food Standard meals and healthy cooking on a budget

Delivered by Andrew Forsey (Feeding Britain), Gareth Batty (FareShare Yorkshire), Clara Widdison (Kitchen Social)

Completing due diligence on HAF provision

Delivered by John Downes, (National Youth Lead, StreetGames), Heather Lewis (Edsential)

What does holiday activity mean to young people

Brendon Batson interviews a group of young people who have experienced holiday provision and what it meant to them.