Expert help on how to organise a successful conference
We say a healthy delegate is a happy delegate. To keep a delegate healthy, especially during a residential conference, it is important to have facilities in which they can work out using high quality facilities without having to walk a marathon to get there.
We will cut to the chase with number 4 of our 10 essential tips for organising a conference, and we feel this is the one that is most often overlooked…
Sport & Leisure Facilities
To paraphrase Spud in his interview in “Trainspotting”: the top sports and fitness facilities take pleasure in other people’s leisure.
It is a simple truth: the best leisure facilities care about their users and have members of staff that take pride in the service they provide. But, having a team of staff that are knowledgeable and motivational is useless if it’s not coupled with state-of-the-art amenities.
If MEETinLEEDS were a conference delegate (which we have been on numerous occasions) we would like to wake up on the morning of the conference, get the juices flowing in the largest fitness suite of any UK university, warm down with a couple of lengths in the swimming pool (we try to adhere to the lanes, but the turbulence caused by our doggy crawl tends to encumber our vision), wind down with a nice relax in the sauna and then finish with a good cappuccino, as long as it is before 10:00am. Then, and only then, are we ready for the lecture “From Birth to Death: Vernacular instruction on How to Live a Good Life in the Middle Ages”.
A relaxed and invigorated delegate is more likely to engage with the content of the conference and with other attendees, helping to lend a convivial atmosphere to the proceedings. Relaxation also helps to boost your memory, lowers the risk of catching a cold (you don’t want an epidemic to ruin your day!) and helps you make better decisions (Hoi Sin Duck Risotto Bites or Brochette of Moroccan Chicken?).
If only this was free for every conference delegate…(spoiler alert: it is!)
Expert OpinionSue Pimblett Marketing & Sales Manager, Sport and Physical Activity
It’s all about making the most of your time at a conference and what better way to spend your ‘down time’ than burning calories and releasing some endorphins in one of the largest health and fitness facilities in Higher Education.
As a conference delegate at the University of Leeds you can visit The Edge, our outstanding campus fitness facility, and access to the following (and more!):
- Leeds’ largest indoor sports halls with performance sports floors and lighting, perfect for football or badminton.
- a fantastic 25m 8 lane swimming pool with poolside sauna and steam room
- the largest fitness suite of any UK university boasting 250 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment
- 3 dedicated class studios with up to 140+ per week including Yoga, Body Pump and Keiser Cycle.
- 2 squash courts and another 3 across campus
- 80 route bouldering and climbing wall
- A performance strength and conditioning facility
- Personal Trainer Sessions
- And a whole range of additional facilities for our customers to enjoy 52 weeks of the year!