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Next steps for sport in the UK - funding, sustainability, governance, participation and media consumption, and emerging from COVID-19

May 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
Taking place against the backdrop of the success of Team GB in the delayed 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this conference provides a timely opportunity to discuss how to build on successes in elite sport, support grassroots sport, and address issues regarding the financial sustainability of sport going forward.

Areas for discussion include:

  • elite sport - assessing the way forward for support, the governance priorities for building on success, and the long-term outlook for elite sport funding
  • grassroots - ensuring the financial sustainability of grassroots sports networks and assessing what more needs to be done to encourage participation moving forward 
  • the impact of COVID-19 - on attitudes towards public health and exercise, and what additional support 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
  • media - innovation in commercial broadcasting, online distribution, and the revenues associated with it, looking at partnerships, regulation, and changing patterns of consumption
  • finances - sponsorship deals and the long-term outlook for sports funding and sustainability across all levels of UK sport

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Adam Conant, Head of Sport, DCMS
  • Kevin Miles, Chief Executive, Football Supporters’ Association 
  • Ed Warner, Chair, GB Wheelchair Rugby and Author, Sport Inc.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders the House of Commons Library and the House of Lords, 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; Bates Wells; BBC; Bite Back 2030; British Blind Sport; British Volleyball Federation; BT Sport; Charles Russell Speechlys; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; Community Leisure UK; County Durham Sport; Entain; Higher Education East Midlands; KPMG; League Football Education; Mills & Reeve; News Media Coalition; Putney High School, London; Racehorse Owners Association; Shetland Islands Council; Sporting Heritage; T+T Design; The Bradford Bulls Foundation; University of Edinburgh; University of Hertfordshire; University of Worcester and Wooba.

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 are 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