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Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance

June 22 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

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As a follow up to the highly successful ‘A New Strategy for Sport’ conference, hosted in Spring 2016, Open Forum Events are pleased to present a further opportunity to bring together like minded individuals and stakeholders to focus on the issues that matter in the world of sport.

In recent months, the integrity of sport has been called into question on numerous issues. The Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference is a timely event and will seek to promote standards and address some of the challenges to ensure all sporting activities adhere to robust codes of conduct and strong moral principles.

According to the latest research from the Active People Survey published in December 2016, nearly 16 million people over the age of 16 are playing sport at least once a week. In 2015/16 nearly 81% of 5-15-year-olds stated they had participated in a competitive sport in the previous 12 months with a third of this activity having taken place outside school.

With sport proving to be such an integral part of national life it is imperative that it is managed in an appropriate and irreproachable manner. Revelations about sexual abuse and corruption in football, widespread accusations of doping, claims of gender inequality and sexism, plus further discrimination issues on grounds such as race, sexuality and disability have placed sporting organisations under acute scrutiny.

The Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference will consider the issues that are threatening the integrity of sport in the UK and seek to find the answers to ensuring that the ethical principles of sport governance are upheld and strengthened. The agenda will feature expert speakers with experience in preserving the ideologies of sport participation against a background of mounting threats.

Delegates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new charter for sports governance which will affect all organisations who are, or looking to be, recipients for public funding. The challenges of achieving organisational excellence and integrity across a number of other contentious matters such as safeguarding, inequality and doping will also feature as part of the plenary programme. Don’t miss out on this comprehensive insight into reinforcing sporting standards and preserving moral codes of conduct through good governance.

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Britain has had a long and envious history in sport. Seen as the birthplace for the modern games of football, tennis, rugby golf and cricket, sport has always taken a strong position in society contributing to human and social development.

Engaging in sport and physical activity offers a wealth of benefits; human, social and economic. Improvements in health and wellbeing, along with social and interpersonal developments can make significant impacts on the lives of individuals and the communities they live in. Whether it is as participant, volunteer or spectator sport is very firmly part of the nation’s psyche.

Britain has enjoyed a ‘golden era’ of elite sporting success in recent years boasting a record Olympic and Paralympic medal haul, Tour De France winners and a Wimbledon champion twice over.

Like any other business, the management of sport needs to adhere to strict codes of conduct and governance. In the UK, sport enjoys a high level of integrity, however, a new charter for sports governance has been published for publicly funded organisation to further build on standards. The code comes at a time when sport is under acute scrutiny. Alleged state sponsored doping by Russia; child sex abuse scandal in football; calls for the board of the FA to resign as they are charged with being ‘out of touch’ and sexist; corruption at the highest of levels; gender inequality and discrimination against minority and vulnerable groups are all threatening the very core of sporting ethics.

Previous Acting Minister for Sport David Evennett said:
‘Sport has a unique power that improves the lives of millions of people in the UK so it is only right that we do all we can to ensure that sport bodies uphold the highest levels of governance and integrity.’
‘Governance in publicly funded sport is at a good standard in this country but we cannot be complacent. The new code will mean a more consistent approach so that organisations know exactly what is expected. Sport bodies have to be accountable for the public money they receive and we are absolutely clear that those that do not adhere to the new code will not receive public funds in the future.’

The code will be operational from April 2017 and will apply to those sporting bodies wishing to be recipients of public funds and is based on the below key elements:

  • Transparency-Organisations must work transparently
  • Integrity-Organisations and those leading them must work to the highest standards of integrity
  • Financial probity-Organisations must exhibit undeviating honesty, integrity and competence in financial matters
  • Leadership and decision making-Organisations must be led by fit-for-purpose boards
  • Membership-Organisations must work to ensure that internal democracy is vigorous and healthy
  • Independence of thought-Organisations’ decision-making bodies must include a sufficient number of people who are free from a close connection to the organisation and who provide constructive challenge
  • Diversity-Organisations must have diversity in their leadership and decision-making, and at all levels
    of the workforce
  • Culture-A healthy organisational culture is vital to the long-term success of an organisation

The code aims to address some of the significant challenges facing sport. Gender inequality is being specifically addressed with target sets for an increased number of women to sit on boards of large sporting organisations. These targets also apply to men of underrepresented groups, whilst a consultation will take place on the introduction of other specific targets including for BAME and disability representation on boards.

Any quality governance code must strongly support safeguarding vulnerable groups and child protection and have the necessary procedures to endorse this crucial process. Eradicating illegal drug use, financial propriety and transparency also form the foundations of integrity and governance.

Join us at the Standards in Sport: Ethics, Integrity and Governance conference where we will discuss the importance of maintaining high standards within sport. We are proud to introduce to you a programme of expert speakers who will discuss the latest developments in terms of compliance with the charter and focus on the most important aspects, which, if neglected, will bring sporting integrity into disrepute. This bespoke programme has been designed to give delegates maximum opportunity to question and debate with the plenary speakers the issues of the day whilst ample networking time will allow for peer discussion and introductions.

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  • Get an overview of the importance of sport in the nation’s culture
  • Hear how sporting governance is being reinforced by the new charter to come into effect in April
  • Discover how your organisation will need to comply if you wish to be in receipt of public funding
  • Learn how to strengthen you governance
  • Be reminded of the need for robust safeguarding procedures and the latest updates
  • Explore how you can ensure your organisation is promoting inclusion at all levels and discrimination
    based on gender, race, sexuality and disability have no place
  • Listen to a narrative on the issues surrounding doping and the risks it poses on ethical sport and
    athlete’s health
  • Be informed of successful programmes that are upholding integrity and standards by promoting inclusion
  • Review your volunteering programme against the publication of the Volunteering in an Active Nation
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the challenges of attaining excellence in
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits

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Professor Emma Boggis, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Emma Boggis is Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, a role she took up in September 2014. The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK and represents 320 members – including The Football Association, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Royal Academy of Dance. The Alliance’s role, like every trade association, is to speak up on their members’ behalf, represent their views and provide them with services which make their lives easier.
Emma is also a non-executive Director at the British Paralympic Association, a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the NCVO Advisory Council.
Before joining the Alliance, Emma spent the majority of her career in the senior civil service. Latterly she was head of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit in the Cabinet Office, supporting Lord Coe in his role as the Prime Minister’s Legacy Ambassador. Emma’s previous roles have included Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid. Her early career started in the British Army where she had operational tours in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Emma is a keen sportswoman – with a number of marathons and triathlons under her belt along with a few long distance cycle rides.

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, Professor of Practice in Public Policy and the governance of Wales, Cardiff University

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW
Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. Expert on devolution, Welsh politics and elections, and gender representation and the feminisation of politics.
Former Chair of Sport Wales, board member of UK Sport and Football Association of Wales Trust. Former Wales international player and captain with 24 caps. Member of UEFA Women’s Football Committee. Non-Executive Director of executive search firm, Goodson Thomas Ltd. Fellow of Learned Society of Wales. Chair of Expert Panel on Electoral Reform.
Former member of Assembly Remuneration Board, Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support, Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales.

Booking Information

If you would like assistance registering your place please contact Evi Petkuna on 0161 376 9007 and we will be happy to assist.

Discounts for 3 or more delegates are available.

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Job titles include:

Board Members
Charity Executives
Chief Executives
Community Coordinators
Compliance Officers
Director of Performance
Director of Sports and Recreational Facilities
Director of Sports Development
Education, Children and Young People’s Services
Exercise Specialists
Finance Officers
Head Teachers
Heads of County Sports Partnerships
Heads of Governance
Heads of National Governing Bodies
Heads of School Sports Partnerships
Heads of Sports Councils
Health Improvement Teams
Local Authority Executives
Performance Directors
Physical Education HODs/Teachers
School Games Organisers
Social Marketing and Behaviour Change Teams
Sports Development Officer
Sports Leaders
Sports Mentors
Sure Start, Children’s Centres and Early Years
Third Sector Provider Services
Wellbeing Teams


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