Liverpool John Moores University has this week strengthened their long-standing partnership with the global Association For International Sport For All (TAFISA) following the appointment of a new coordinator. 

John Marsden, who is also TAFISA’s Commissioner for Active Cities, will be based at LJMU’s Physical Activity Exchange.

He will oversee the partnership’s latest project, Active City Advocacy and Development.

With an estimated 70% of the world’s population predicted to be living in a city posing challenges around levels of physical activity by 2050, TAFISA works with cities like Liverpool to promote debate and change around infrastructure, education, health and sport.

TAFISA is supported by the International Olympic Committee and runs initiatives to promote inclusive and accessible physical activity for all.

LJMU’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Keith George said: “Combining TAFISA’s worldwide reputation and networks and the world-leading research and civic-focus of LJMU with John’s experience of the reality of delivery on sport and physical activity agendas is very exciting.”

A successful partnership

TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann said: “Liverpool John Moores University has become one of our most trusted partners.

“LJMU is one of the top universities in the UK and their expertise, combined with TAFISA’s hands-on approach, will enable us to develop and deliver evidence-based initiatives in research, policy and practice. 

“I thank LJMU for their on-going support of TAFISA and look forward to this next exciting chapter of our story together.”

During their 15-year partnership, LJMU and TAFISA have successfully collaborated on several projects, such as the European SportCityNet, Take Back Your Streets-Take Back Your Future, and most recently the Global Active City initiative.

“This is a partnership which has already had transformational effects in cities, communities and individuals,” Professor George said.