Nurturing creative and sporting partnerships for Edinburgh

A major networking event aimed at promoting sporting and cultural opportunities in the Capital is being held on Tuesday.

Representatives from the British Council, EventScotland, Edinburgh International Festival and Big Lottery Fund will mingle with around 100 delegates from a wide variety of organisations for the third annual Access to Sport and Culture (ASC) Edinburgh conference, which is being held at the Hub (Castlehill, Edinburgh).

Initiated and driven by the City of Edinburgh Council, with support from the Edinburgh Partnership, ASC Edinburgh seeks to foster fruitful partnerships between organisations of all sizes, with the overarching aim of making culture and sport as accessible as possible to everyone in the city.

The focus of this year's conference is on Positive Destinations for young people and the council's Chief Executive, Sue Bruce, will talk about the Edinburgh Guarantee, a council-led initiative aimed at increasing the number of jobs, education or training opportunities available to young people across the City.

Edinburgh Leisure will also give a presentation on career pathways and positive destinations through sport.

Those attending Tuesday's conference will then be invited to pitch their ideas or events (in 60 seconds) to their fellow delegates in an 'ideas marketplace', as well as receiving useful information and guidance on funding streams from major bodies.

This 'Dragon's Den' themed element of the day has been a particularly popular and successful part of previous conferences, with last year's event producing many positive and unlikely results, such as the addition of magic and mind reading workshops into the National Festival of Youth Theatre programme.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Leisure Convener, who will provide the welcome and introduction to delegates, said: "The Council and our partners are committed to making access to sport and culture as easy as possible for people across the city and the ASC Edinburgh event is fast becoming an unmissable date.

"There was a huge buzz in the room last year as organisations swapped ideas and brainstormed ways of helping each other, and I'm really looking forward to Tuesday's event and to seeing the many inspiring outcomes it's certain to generate.

"With finances really stretched for organisations just now, in both the public and private sectors, ASC Edinburgh perfectly demonstrates the Council leading by example by promoting creative thinking and innovative strategies."

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