Key Points
  • Making Sport Accessible: Examining the challenges sport faces and how to reduce barriers for underrepresented groups
  • Aiming for leadership reflective of our communities, in board rooms, executive teams and coaching
  • Developing diverse broadcasting and sports media to help develop inclusive sporting communities
  • Ensuring visible role models to help encourage ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community to become involved in sport
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Nigel Walker OBE, National Director, English Institute of Sport
  • Edleen John, Director for International, Corporate Affairs & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Football Association
  • Michelle Carney, Chief Executive, Special Olympics GB
  • Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, BT
  • Neil Costello, Non-Executive Director, England Athletics
  • Nicola Walker, CEO, Sported
  • Jon Hughes, Regional Delivery Director, Lawn Tennis Association
  • Isabella Pearson, Development Lead, Hampshire FA

    Join Westminster Insight for our Diversity and Inclusion in Sport digital conference to explore how to increase participation, representation, and opportunities for minority groups.

    Understand how to offer opportunities for everyone to participate and engage with sport no matter what their age, ability, background, or sexuality, you will evaluate the impact of diversity targets for professional athletes, coaching, and governance.

    Hear from leading organisations such as Sport England and the FA on what they are doing to help foster a positive and inclusive culture around sport that is free from harassment, discrimination, and bullying. Nigel Walker OBE will share both his lived experiences as a former professional athlete and in a leadership role within Sport.

    Improving opportunities for underrepresented groups, offering mentoring to help support career pathways while creating sustainable leadership opportunities, helping to establish inclusive sport organisations and communities.


Agenda
Start

09:10 - 09:20
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Edleen John Director for International, Corporate Affairs & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Football Association

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09:20 - 09:50
Reviewing Diversity Blueprints in Sport: building an inclusive and accessible sector

 
  • Evaluating diversity targets within coaching, athletes, and governance to help attract underrepresented groups and ensure workforces reflect communities
  • Considering the data on race and ethnicity to identify gaps and learn from lived experience 
  • Making sport accessible, examining the challenges sport faces and how to reduce barriers for underrepresented groups
  • Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on improving diversity in sport and how to regain momentum 
09:40 - 09:50 Questions and Discussion


09:50 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: Ensuring Sport is for all: Creating and enhancing grassroots opportunities

 
  • Offering opportunities for everyone to participate and engage with sport no matter what their age, ability, or background
  • Overcoming funding difficulties to drive grassroots participation
  • Fostering a positive culture around sport that is free from harassment, discrimination and bullying
  • Understanding the benefits of sport: promoting the positive impacts to mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing

Speakers

Jamie Hooper Senior Equality and Diversity Manager, Sport England

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Isabella Pearson Development Lead, Hampshire FA

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Neil Costello Non-Executive Director, England Athletics

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10:30 - 11:20
Panel Discussion: Improving Diversity in Leadership and Sport Governance to Help Increase Representation

 
  • Implementing inclusive recruitment practices to help build a diverse and reflective talent pool
  • Creating sustainable leadership opportunities, starting from the top to establish inclusive sport organisations and communities
  • Offering mentoring to talented underrepresented individuals to support their career pathways 

Speakers

Nicola Walker CEO, Sported

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Michelle Carney Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Great Britain

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Nigel Walker OBE National Director, English Institute of Sport

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11:20 - 11:40
Break

 

11:40 - 12:15
Joint Discussion: Improving Ethnic Minority Representation in Sports Leadership, Participation and Coverage

 
  • Implementing inclusive recruitment practices to help build a diverse and reflective talent pool
  • Creating sustainable leadership opportunities, starting from the top to establish inclusive sport organisations and communities
  • Offering mentoring to talented underrepresented individuals to support their career pathways 

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Simon Green Head of BT Sport, BT

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Edleen John Director for International, Corporate Affairs & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Football Association

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12:15 - 12:45
Case Study: Helping People with Disabilities to Access Sport

 
  • Understanding the barriers of sport for people with a range of disabilities to increase both grassroot participation and elite athletes
  • Collaborating with different sporting bodies, education providers and grassroot facilities to help provide affordable and accessible sport
  • Changing the culture of sport to engage people with disabilities


12:35 - 12:45 Questions and Discussion


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Peter Ackred CEO, Disability Sport Coach

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12:45 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Isabella Pearson Development Lead, Hampshire FA

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Michelle Carney Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Great Britain

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Nicola Walker CEO, Sported

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Nigel Walker OBE National Director, English Institute of Sport

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Edleen John Director for International, Corporate Affairs & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, The Football Association

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Peter Ackred CEO, Disability Sport Coach

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Simon Green Head of BT Sport, BT

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Neil Costello Non-Executive Director, England Athletics

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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