8.45 – 9.15 Registration – Tea/Coffee
9.15 – 9.30 Welcome and setting the scene
Professor Karise Hutchinson is a Professor of Leadership at Ulster University and Provost of the Coleraine campus
Chair, Svend Elkjaer, Founder/Director, Sports Marketing Network
9.30 – 10.00 It’s all about change in community sport and physical activity
Svend Elkjaer, Founder and Director, Sports Marketing Network
The social aspect needs to get greater emphasis and innovative thought needs to be applied to sports in order to develop simpler entry-points, a faster endorphin hit, greater engagement and to drive the mental health, leadership, teamwork and communication qualities that derive from playing any sport.
10.00 – 10.30 Sport NI as an ambitious catalyst for sporting growth and success
Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive, Sport Northern Ireland
This work will require a broad and ambitious take on how Northern Ireland can perform on the world stage. Whether it is in terms of levels of sporting participation, tackling inequality through sport or pushing for world class facility development, Antoinette intends to lead Sport NI as an ambitious catalyst for sporting growth and success beyond 2019.
10.30 – 11.00 How a person-centred and insight led approach is changing sport in Wales
Tom Overton, Head of Community Sport, Sport Wales
In June 2019, Sport Wales launched their new Strategy – to enable Sport in Wales to thrive – this was in response to the Vision for Sport in Wales. The strategy recognises that the world we live in is constantly evolving and for sport to stay relevant for people in Wales we need to keep pace with the changes and adapt our approach. We need to innovate and be bold. We need to break down real and perceived barriers so that sport and leading an active life is a choice for everyone. We all need to challenge ourselves to think and behave differently. We will align our collective resources and identify opportunities to strengthen partnerships. Through a person-centred and insight led approach, we will prioritise our resources to grow capability, capacity and confidence in the following areas; foundations, participation, progression, performance and success.
11.00 – 11.15 Tea/Coffee
11.15 – 11.35 Exploring the ‘Serious Smiles’ approach to gymnastics development through effective partnership working
Pippa Davis, Director, GymFun
We will examine the role club values and ethos play in the retention of children in sport and can lead to a happier, more sustained and positive experiences for all children, without compromising levels of mastery and performance.
The presentation will examine how other sports or other gymnastics clubs may be able to adapt or even replicate the model to help achieve their objectives.
11.35 – 12.05 How sport can become a force for good
Diarmaid Marsden, Head of Community Development, Ulster GAA
12.05 – 12.35 How Move More is getting people living with cancer active
Diarmaid McAuley, Macmillan Programme Manager, Northern Ireland
12.35 – 12.55 Growing participation through innovative community tennis
Paul Logan, Paul Logan Tennis Coaching
Paul will be interviewed by the Chair.
12.55 – 13.15 Crusaders FC – how football clubs can become more than clubs
Even during their well-publicised financial problems Crusaders FC always kept their focus on being a club based in the centre of their community; being ‘More than a club’, as their strapline says. That community engagement was also instrumental in securing the financial backing and also funding for their improved facilities, which are now being used by a wide range of community groups and businesses. This helps secure income for the club and provides a platform for their great educational and community work.
This presentation will cover how sport can play a bigger role in people’s lives and engage with their communities.