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University representatives support a North West Olympic legacy

Dave Houlston

Dr Dave Houlston

Two University of Cumbria lecturers have been elected as representatives to local and national sports bodies, using their skills and knowledge to support an Olympic legacy long beyond the 2012 games.

The university’s Director of Sport, Dr David Houlston is making an impact on communities across Cumbria and Lancashire by promoting active lifestyles and an Olympic legacy for schoolchildren across the North West.

Dr Houlston has been elected as a Board member for the Active Cumbria Partnership and is the Higher Education representative on the Lancashire Sport Partnership Participation and Retention Strategy Group.

Dave is now also working with Lancashire School Games Committee, supporting the use of the Olympic Games 2012 to encourage children into sport’s participation. Dave was approached by each of the organisations following a strong push towards university engagement with the development of healthy and active lifestyles from a young age. It was felt that Higher Education could play a significant part in this.

Dave said of his involvement: “I am delighted to be playing a part in both the Cumbria and Lancashire County Sport Partnership organisations and I think that by working together with local authorities, schools and other partner organisations, we can all make a significant difference to our communities, and particularly our young people.

“The Government’s revised health agenda is placing a stronger emphasis on more preventative healthcare and personal wellbeing. I think this approach is exactly the way we need to be heading, and by using the impetus of the 2012 Olympic Games we can hopefully create a legacy that will benefit everybody now and can continue into the future.”

CathyDevineCathy Devine (shown right), a senior lecturer in sport and physical activity at the university has been elected to the Executive Committee of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.Cathy has recently been researching and writing papers relating to the London 2012 Olympics legacy and was elected following her research and knowledge in sport policy and politics. Her expertise lies in sport and physical activity policy and politics, human rights and entitlements in relation to sport and movement policy, risk, nutrition and food.

The British Philosophy of Sport Association has been active since 2001 and looks at the study of the nature and values of human movement, including the ethics and the unique values of games, play, and sport.

Lancaster based Cathy is delighted with her election to the committee. She said of the achievement: “To be recognised in this way by a professional sporting association is extremely gratifying and I look forward to contributing to the work of the committee in promoting the aims of the association.

“The London 2012 Olympics bid was based on the promise that sustainable sports participation for all groups in the UK would be part of the legacy. To achieve this, the concept of sport needs to be stretched to encompass broader movement culture and my research relates to this.”

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Posted on Thursday 17 November 2011