Annual Conference 2020

We are excited to announce that this year’s Annual Conference will run virtually from 21 – 25 September, with a morning and afternoon session being held each day throughout the week and our annual AGM taking place on Wednesday 23 September.

It is no secret that the sport and recreation sector has been significantly affected by COVID–19. This year’s conference will be free to attend for members and will look to reflect on the harsh reality of the last few months, noting best practice and takeaway learnings whilst identifying the sector’s next moves.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from peers and experts from inside and outside of the sector, to ensure collectively we are prepared for the challenges to come and ready to embrace the opportunities that may arise.

Prices:

  • Alliance Members – Free
  • Non-Member – £60 per person (week pass)
  • Corporates - £60 per person (week pass)

 

Annual Conference Day 1 – The Road Ahead

Date/Time

Speakers

21 September

10:00 – 11:30

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, Sport England

Lisa Wainwright, CEO, Sport Recreation Alliance

Mike Farrar, former-CEO, NHS Confederation

Member of Parliament TBC

Description: Join an array of sector leaders for a Q&A session as they open this year’s Conference. They will reflect on the current sport and recreation landscape, identifying what we can learn from what has happened and take questions from the virtual floor.

21 September

14:00 – 15:00

Cathy O’Dowd - Conquering Everest:  An explorer’s mindset to conquering crisis

Description: As the first woman to climb both sides of Mount Everest, Cathy O’Dowd will share her story, reflecting on challenges she has faced during her life as an explorer. She will speak about the importance of team diversity, the opportunity to become a pioneer in adversity and the adaptability and importance of making contingency plans. The session will also look at how to identify unconscious bias in your decision-making processes. 

 

Annual Conference Day 2 – Taking on the Challenge

Date/Time

Speakers

22 September

10:00 – 11:00

Jane Nickerson, CEO, Swim England

Description: The impact of COVID-19 has been sharply felt across the sector. Hear first-hand from the leader of one of the country’s biggest sporting activities as Jane Nickerson details the challenges, frustrations and implications of tackling Coronavirus on behalf of the swimming community.

22 September

14:00 – 15:00

Rob Knott, Head of Business Development and Communications, British Canoeing

Barry Wade, Head of Digital, British Canoeing

Jenny Spencer, Membership Marketing Manager, British Canoeing 

Description: The team at British Canoeing relay their story of how they adapted through lockdown to innovate, grow membership and continue progression during a time of crisis.

 

Annual Conference Day 3 – AGM and Awards 

Date/Time

Speakers

23 September

10:30 – 12:00 

HRH, Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward

Lisa Wainwright, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Andrew Moss, Chair, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Arthur Bell Trophy winner

Emeritus Award winner

Description: For Wednesday’s member-only session we host our AGM and announce the winners of this year’s Arthur Bell Trophy and Emeritus Award.

 

Annual Conference Day 4 – A Whole New World

Date/Time

Speakers

24 September

10:00 – 11:00

Katy Eckersley, Industry Manager, Google

Description: Hear from one of the biggest companies in the world as they guide you through how the current pandemic has forced them to reflect on how they work in-house and discover how Google have adapted to the ‘new’ normal.

24 September

14:00 – 15:00 

Chester King, CEO, British Esports Association

Description: The world has moved online over the last few months and Chester King will discuss the work British esports has carried out with the International Olympic Committee, the partnerships created with traditional sports and what this means for the future of delivery and fan engagement.

 

Annual Conference Day 5 – Funding Our Future

Date/Time

Speakers

25 September

10:00 - 10:30

Joint Q & A 11:00 - 11:30

Kenny Baillie, Commercial and Marketing Director at British Rowing and Elected Director at the Sport and Recreation Alliance

Description: Funding is always at the forefront of the challenges faced by sport and recreation, an issue recently brought into even sharper focus. Using experience from roles at Glasgow Warriors and Westfield, Kenny Baillie, Commercial and Marketing Director at British Rowing and an Elected Director of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, looks at diversifying income to create a successful and sustainable future.

25 September

10:30 – 11:00

Joint Q & A 11:00 - 11:30

Catherine Hawkins, Founder – Think! Sponsorship

Description: COVID-19 has been a time of challenges and opportunities. What can the sport and recreation sector learn from those industries who have not only survived but flourished during this time? Think!Sponsorship’s Catherine Hawkins provides fascinating insight into how these practices can be translated to help your organisation prosper.