Westminster Media Forum

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Next steps for elite, professional and community sports - funding, sustainability, governance, participation and media consumption, and emerging from COVID-19

Morning, Monday, 18th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is assessing the way forward for tackling key challenges for sport being faced across elite, professional, and community levels, and the wider outlook for the sector.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the impact of COVID-19 - and additional support that might be required as the sector moves forward from the pandemic
  • governance - implications of the Government’s fan-led review of football, as well as issues for safety, liability, and duty of care in the sector
  • finances - including sponsorship, and the long-term outlook for sports funding and sustainability across all levels of UK sport
  • media - innovation in commercial broadcasting, online distribution, and revenues associated with it, looking at partnerships, regulation, and changing patterns of consumption
  • elite sport - learning from the delayed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and assessing the way forward for support and governance


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament, and officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the National Audit Office; and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Arqiva; British Blind Sport; the British Volleyball Federation; Charles Russell Speechlys; County Durham Sport; Entain; Higher Education East Midlands; KPMG; Mills & Reeve; Putney High School, London; the Racehorse Owners Association; Shetland Islands Council; The Bradford Bulls Foundation; University of Edinburgh and University of Hertfordshire.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from stakeholders from across the sports sector including governance bodies and their consultants, regional associations, sports clubs, schools and training centres, disability sports groups, funding bodies, local government, researchers from academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript 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

Keynote Speakers

Ed Warner

Chair, GB Wheelchair Rugby and Author, Sport Inc

Adrian Christy

Chief Executive, Badminton England; and Director, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Kevin Miles

Chief Executive, Football Supporters’ Association

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Miles

Chief Executive, Football Supporters’ Association

Ed Warner

Chair, GB Wheelchair Rugby and Author, Sport Inc

Adrian Christy

Chief Executive, Badminton England; and Director, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Adam Conant

Head of Sport, DCMS


Gavin Newlands MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Scottish Sport

Karen Bradley MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Football


Senior speaker confirmed from Sunset+Vine

Victoria Aggar

Chair, British Athletes Commission

Tom Gibbins

Head of Education & Community, LTA

Tom Kingsley

Associate Partner - Sports Industry Group, EY

Councillor Peter Kelly

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services, Preston City Council

Heather Douglas

Head of Policy & Impact, UK Coaching

Anna Scott-Marshall

Director of Communications, British Paralympic Association

Jack Buckner

CEO, British Swimming

Robert Morini

Head of Governance and International Relations, UK Sport