Just over 6 months on from the publication of the new Code for Sports Governance, which requires governing bodies receiving public funding to increase diversity on their boards, this event will bring together key stakeholders to discuss and debate promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels; tackling instances of discrimination in sport and driving cultural change to engage the most inactive parts of society.
Diversity off the Field
Reflecting Society in Sport’s Boardrooms
Following the introduction of the new Code for Sports Governance attendees will examine the challenges and opportunities of improving diversity in sports governance and management; discuss and debate whether the new governance code goes far enough in supporting under-represented groups; and consider future options for passive and active intervention.
Participation and Access to Sport
Engagement, Diversity and the Routes to Elite Sport
Delegates will consider why key demographics are disengaged from sport and physical activity and analyse the key challenges and opportunities of engaging communities and removing barriers to getting active, attending live sports events, and volunteering in grassroots sport, as well as opening up routes to elite sport for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Further discussion will focus on the Duty of Care Review and the importance of creating welcoming and positive environments in sport; the extent to which success at the Olympics and Paralympic games, as well as the increasing media coverage of women’s sport, has had a positive impact on participation.
Wellbeing and Sport
Tackling Inactivity, Delivering Funding and Measuring Impact
Following the publication of the Government’s progress report on implementing the Sporting Future Strategy attendees will examine the impact of Sport England’s new focus on wider physical activity and wellbeing on participation levels and discuss the next steps for building successful partnerships between health, sport and local authority practitioners.
Time will also be dedicated to considering the priorities for targeted investment which delivers a positive impact on health, wellbeing and social and community development and assess the implications of removing the distinction between sport and physical activity for elite level sports funding.