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connectors GM Active has launched a training programme to create a new generation of transformational leaders, as Liz Terry reports ey people in Greater Manchester’s physical activity and community leisure sector are being selected to take part in a new transformational leadership programme designed to steer their transition from being ‘fitness and facilities’ managers to becoming leaders of public health, wellbeing and communities. Regional community collective, GM Active CIC, wants to inspire the region’s community leisure workforce to offer new ways of helping people live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives in areas with some of the worst health metrics in the UK. The programme has been created to empower staff to play a greater 68

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role in developing new wellness services and innovative, crosssectoral responses to current and emerging population health needs. Learners will understand the notion of ‘leadership rather than management’ and will be equipped to ‘think aspirationally’, develop high-performing teams, have a wider appreciation of the physical activity ecosystem and be capable of working in a collaborative way across this system towards the achievement of defined objectives. Wider ecosystem The programme will cover key topics that will help staff understand their role and look at wellness, UK NHS and social care