Morning, Thursday, 15th October 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the way forward for UK elite, grassroots and community sport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discussion and key developments:
- the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on sport participation and funding - following announcements by the Prime Minister earlier this week that the planned socially distanced return of fans to sports stadia from 1 October has been postponed
- how the eventual return of fans to sport will be handled - as the Culture Secretary holds the first meeting of the Sports Technology and Innovation Group aimed at exploring a range of high-tech solutions so that fans can be back in elite sports venues when it is safe to do so;
- the continuing financial uncertainty in the sector including:
- the impact of assurances made by the Culture Secretary to UK Sport around funding for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, after UK Sport sought more than £50m in exceptional government funding to ease the for GB’s athletes and sports
- the financial vulnerability of sporting governing bodies - UK Sport evidence to parliament on the impact of the virus and lockdown as part of the Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors inquiry
- UK Sport’s new Post Tokyo 2020 Funding Strategy for elite sport - set to take effect in 2021 - with consideration to what the investment principles should include following concerns over the lack of BAME representation in some of the best funded sports
- concerns for the long-term future of grassroots and women’s sports - with consideration to:
- what the impact would be on mass participation levels, and on the talent pipeline, should indoor facilities fail to reopen
- the impact on the trajectory of women’s sport across both levels following concerns from Sport England that COVID-19 has exacerbated gender inequalities in activity levels, but also the opportunities that have arisen from this period of enforced reflection - such as the organisation of golf’s new Rose Ladies Series
- The new funding strategy and supporting UK athletes and governing bodies through the pandemic - key priorities and next steps
- The outlook for UK elite sport
- Responding to reductions in revenue due to COVID-19 for elite sport, restarting safely and innovating broadcast offerings and athlete support ahead of the delayed Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Supporting local sport and participation - what more may be needed in terms of public funding and how best to harness the power of technology
- Key issues for community and grassroots sport - funding and the impact of COVID-19 restrictions
- Policy priorities for supporting elite and grassroots sport in the UK
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
This conference is no different, with places reserved by parliamentary pass-holders form the House of Lords, and officials from the DCMS; the DHSC; the Government Legal Department; and the Welsh Government.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference