A series of 8
workshops will be delivered through the conference. The workshop will be
repeated once in each of the available slots to allow delegates to engage with
and participate in a range of topics throughout the day.
been categorised in two types, and colour coded to allow delegates to make
selections from the appropriate topic area. Workshops highlighted in green have
practitioner - industry led
theme, and those highlighted in yellow follow a research - policy led theme.
be asked to select workshop options form each slot at the time of booking. To
book your place click here.
Workshop 1 - Equality and Diversity
Increasing women and girls
participation levels continues to be problematic and the focus of attention
for policy and funding investment. What can be done to re-align the
development framework to encourage more females to take part, especially in
what is traditionally a male dominated sport such as rugby?
by: Caroline Spanton – Head of Women’s Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union
Workshop 2 - Research and Insight - “How can we drive and sustain participation?”
Even after many years of research,
policy focus and investment, the challenge to get ‘every child hooked on
sport’ and ‘more people, more active, more often’ is as difficult as ever.
Recent research by Sport Wales sets out to identify what the blueprint for
increasing success looks like and considers the implications for learning
across the Home Nations.
by Dr Rachel Hughes – Head of Insight, Sport Wales
3 - Commercialisation of Leisure
The latest sport strategy document
from DCMS, ‘Sporting Future: A new strategy for an active nation’ clearly
continues to reflect the principles of existing Home Nations strategies, i.e.
increased levels of participation and sporting success. However, the way in
which this will be funded in future is what presents the real challenge for
sport. What are the implications for publically funded community and
performance sport and the rise of franchised active recreation?
by: Steve Osborne – Principal Lecturer, Sport Management, Cardiff
Workshop 4- Major Event Legacy
The bid for London 2012 was largely
successful due to the focus on ‘Inspiring a generation’ and other major
events have since cited increased participation as a key objective. What is
the reality and why do governments choose to invest significant funds in
attracting major sporting events? A review of investment in sports events in
Wales and what the future might look like.
by Gwilym Evans – Head of Major Events, Welsh Government, and
Evans – International Sports Events Manager, Welsh Government
Workshop 5 - Trust or Not to Trust?
The increasing pressure on local
authority leisure provision has led to a variety of delivery models emerging
across the UK. What options are open to local authorities and what will
determine which model might be most appropriate?
by: Anthony Hughes – Managing Director, Aneurin Bevan Leisure Trust, and Andrew
Thomas – Group Manager Sport,
Play and Active Wellbeing,
Workshop 6 - Our Sporting Future
Austerity presents a significant
challenge for the sport and leisure sector and the workforce will now require
a broader set of skills that can be applied to rapidly changing
circumstances. What are the skills that industry needs and how can they be
developed in the current climate?
Delivered by; Richard Tobutt,
SkillsActive National Manager
Workshop 7- Working in Partnership
New delivery models combined with the
increased focus of higher education on the employability of graduates has
resulted in a number of new partnerships between institutions and industry
across different locations in the UK. How can a city wide sports development
partnership work and what are the priorities for success?
by: Chris Jennings – Director of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Laura
Williams and Emma Hill - Senior Sports Development Officers, Sport Cardiff
8 - What sport policy in England and Wales can learn from each other: An
opportunity for policy transfer?
Dr Chris Mackintosh and Dr Nicola
Bolton will discuss the perspective of public policy and sport development
practice in England and Wales from their respective positions as active policy
researchers in the two different countries. They will also consider the
opportunities for policy learning across national boundaries and shared
challenges and opportunities for collective endeavours in research, evidence
sharing and professional skill development for the workforce.
by Dr Nicola Bolton – Strategy and External Engagement Co-ordinator, Cardiff
Metropolitan University and Dr Chris Mackintosh, Senior Lecturer, Manchester
may choose ONE workshop to attend, per slot.
Slot 1 & 2
Slot 3 & 4
or Not to Trust?
Slot 5 & 6
or Not to Trust?
Slot 7 & 8