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Priorities for sport participation and funding - key issues for the elite, grassroots and community levels

October 2020


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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


This conference is examining for sport in the UK in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic - with discussion on elite, grassroots and community levels.


Key discussion areas:


  • delay to a return of spectator sport - options for policy, and how implementation of the eventual return of fans will be handled, with government exploring a range of high-tech solutions so that fans can be back in elite sports venues when it is safe to do so
  • support - assessing measures already in place and possible future strategies, such as government plans for emergency grants for National League clubs to enable them to start the new season
  • financial uncertainty and how it could be managed:
    • assessing government assurances around funding for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, with UK Sport having sought more than £50m for GB’s athletes and sports
    • sporting governing bodies - implications for the sector of their financial vulnerability with the impact of the virus and lockdown, as highlighted to parliament by UK Sport
  • grassroots and women’s sports - immediate concerns, and looking ahead to what help and sector action will be needed for the long-term to support participation levels, the talent pipeline and availability of safe operational facilities

The agenda:


  • 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. Places have been 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. Also due to attend are representatives from Access Sport CIO; Bradford Bulls Foundation; British Tenpin Bowling Association; Charles Russell Speechlys; CMS; Cricket Wales; East Suffolk Council; Leadership Through Sport and Business; London Sport; OCR; Para Dance UK; Portas Consulting; Public Sector Prison Industries (HMPPS); Racehorse Owners Association; Skillskool; Sport and Beyond; UKAD; Welsh Rugby Union and Yorkshire Sport Foundation.


Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the BBC and SportBusiness Group.


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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles