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Posted 30th April 2019

YSF are proud to and sign the  #ActiveDigital pledge. This call from Sport England and DCMS for providers to commit to opening up their data is just what we need to open the floodgates.

By opening up their opportunity data, physical activity providers can get more people involved, and create better experience with apps that haven’t been thought of yet.

Its exciting to be part of a movement that embraces the use of data and digital tech right now.  We can offer solutions that mean more choice so its easier for folk to get active in Yorkshire.

We started our open data journey in 2017 when I joined the OpenActive Champions programme, working with 9 other champions in the sport and physical activity sector to drive innovation through open data in our local areas.  This was a great platform for sharing experiences and we have been able to connect with experts at the Open Data Institute to develop practical approaches that will support partners to open their opportunity data.

We are talking with leisure providers in both South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire to raise the profile of open data. Our first local authority is ready to push the button and go live with Leeds following in the next year – watch this space!

Last year we held an Open Data event in at the Open Data Institute (ODI) Leeds, with Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts, National Governing Bodies, Public Health and the transport sector.

We will continue talk about open data in our Districts,  and look for similar commitments with all of our large leisure providers.

But this is not just about the big providers. Our activity search powered by the national Sportsuite system will allow communities and clubs to get their activities among the same results as the national suppliers – for free. This will improve both choice and access for individuals in our most inactive communities.

Its great to to engage with industry experts and technology enterprises across our region to find innovative customer-focused solutions to enable greater participation. It will benefit not only the sport and physical activity sector but the health and primary care sector too.

Today we are reaffirming our commitment getting more data open and exploring the use of digital innovation to get more people active in our communities.

Find our more in our OpenActive page or drop me a line at emma.robinson@yorkshiresport.org

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