Workshop Information

 

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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.

Workshops have 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. 

Delegates will 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?

 

Delivered 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.

 

Delivered by Dr Rachel Hughes – Head of Insight, Sport Wales

 

Workshop 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?

 

Delivered by: Steve Osborne – Principal Lecturer, Sport Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

 

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.

 

Delivered by Gwilym Evans – Head of Major Events, Welsh Government, and

David 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?

 

Delivered by: Anthony Hughes – Managing Director, Aneurin Bevan Leisure Trust, and Andrew Thomas – Group Manager Sport, Play and Active Wellbeing,

Bridgend Council

 

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?

 

Delivered by: Chris Jennings – Director of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Laura Williams and Emma Hill - Senior Sports Development Officers, Sport Cardiff

 

Workshop 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.

 

Delivered by Dr Nicola Bolton – Strategy and External Engagement Co-ordinator, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Chris Mackintosh, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

 


 

​Workshop Attendance Options ​

Each delegate may choose ONE workshop to attend, per slot.

Workshop Number

Title

Attendance (ü)

 

Workshop Slot 1 & 2

 

1

Equality and Diversity

 

2

Research and Insight

 

3

Commercialisation of Leisure

 

4

Major Event Legacy

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Slot 3 & 4

 

5

Trust or Not to Trust?

 

6

Sporting Future

 

7

Working in Partnership

 

8

Devolved Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Slot 5 & 6

 

1

Equality and Diversity

 

3

Commercialisation of Leisure

 

5

Trust or Not to Trust?

 

8

Devolved Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Slot 7 & 8

 

2

Research and Insight

 

4

Major Event Legacy

 

6

Sporting Future

 

7

Working in Partnership