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Fit for the Future Convention: Sport and recreation is a good investment - now prove it

  • Date: 30-31 Jan 2018
  • Time: 10:00 to 10:00
  • Venue: Holywell Park, Loughborough

The Fit for the Future Convention in association with Howden will focus on the ever challenging funding landscape for sport and recreation. 

The event will get you to look at how you can demonstrate your organisation's impact to prove that sport and recreation makes a positive contribution to society and is therefore a great investment.

The event will include a debate, plenaries and SPORT Talks – giving you the chance to learn from your peers and gain inspiration to take back to your team from like minded organisations.

The convention will get you thinking about your own leadership style and will give you a fresh perspective on funding avenues, how you can access them and how altering your approach to demonstrate your impact will open doors for your organisation. 


Event Programme 

10:30Welcome from the Alliance 

Session 1: A Single Organising Idea

Neil Gaught (confirmed)

There is always one quality which sets a good organisation apart - they have absolute clarity about their purpose. And this reason is never to simply make money.

Neil will get you thinking smart about how you can make an impact by looking at how you can adopt a ‘Single Organising Idea’ approach and more importantly how identifying, defining and aligning with such an idea could effect changes that not only deliver competitive advantage, but benefits to society as well. 


Session 2: Medal Success - so what? 

A debate on how investment in high performance sport can positively impact at a grassroots level – and benefit the entire sector and society. An expert panel will be leading the debate and you will have the opportunity to have your say.

Debate panel: 

  • Katherine Granger - Chair, UK Sport (confirmed)
  • Chris Grant - CEO Sported and Sport England Board Member (confirmed) 
  • Further panelists to be confirmed 

Session 3: How to measure and demonstrate you impact

We are all aware that sport and recreation can have a huge impact on many aspects of society, but how are you evidencing and celebrating the great work of your organisation? This session will look at how you can put processes in place to effectively measure and demonstrate your impact and how this can ultimately lead to income generation and access to funding. 



You will have the choice of attending two out of four SPORT Talks during the afternoon sessions. 

These 40 minute sessions will provide you with practical examples from a variety of organisations about how they have successfully demonstrated their impact and how this has led to partnerships and funding opportunities. 

They will also focus on sport for social good and how this can open doors to collaboration from across and outside of the sport and recreation sector. 

We will be adding full details of each SPORT Talk over the coming weeks and you will have the chance to select your choices ahead of the convention in January. 

16:10Networking Break 

Session 4 - How good do you want to be?

Floyd Woodrow (confirmed)

Floyd Woodrow has spoken on the Ted stage and following on from a period in the UK's elite Special Air Service Regiment. He is now an expert on leadership in the business sector. 

Floyd will discuss the virtues of leadership and how creating a map will help you to identify where you want to be in the future and how to realise your potential- personally and also how to lead your organisation there too. 

17:20Fit for the Future wrap up from the Alliance 
17:30 Convention closes 
18:30 Drinks and Networking Reception

Timing and speakers correct at time of publishing. 

What's included: 

Full convention package

  • Ticket to the Fit for the Future Convention
  • Drinks and networking evening reception
  • Three course dinner 
  • Accommodation and breakfast at Burleigh Court (4 star hotel on the Loughborugh University Campus)

One day convention ticket (Alliance Member's only): 

  • Ticket to the Fit for the Future Convention

Click here to book your ticket 

Location and Venue

  • Holywell Park, Loughborough