7th – 8th September 2022

The UK Sport Development Network in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, Active Humber, CIMSPA, North Yorkshire Sport, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and StreetGames present: Sport and Social Justice: if not now, when?

Book your space now!


In September 2022, Leeds Beckett marks the 25th anniversary of introducing sport development as an academic discipline. We are proud to have contributed to the sphere of sport development and excited to host the next edition of the UK Sports Development Network conference. This 2 day CIMSPA accredited event will bring us all together face to face for the first time since 2019.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Developing the workforce
  • Planning and placemaking
  • Strengthening communities
  • Connecting with health and wellbeing
  • Racial injustice
  • Economic injustice

Confirmed PANEL speakers across the 2 days

Professor Kevin Hylton
Emeritus Professor, Leeds Beckett University

Ladi Ajayi and Akin Thomas
Directors, AKD Solutions

Viveen Taylor
Director of Equality and Diversity and Inclusion, Sport England

Chris Mackintosh
Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Hitesh Patel
Executive Director, Sport for Development Coalition
SfDC Profile

Professor Greta Defeyter
Director Healthy Living Lab, Northumbria University

Tracy Power
Social Impact Director at Rugby League World Cup 2021

Mark Lawrie
Chief Executive, StreetGames

Verity Smith
Transgender Inclusion in Sport Manager, Mermaids

Souvik Naha
Senior Lecturer in Imperial and Post-colonial History, University of Glasgow

Stefan Lawrence
Senior Lecturer in Socio-cultural aspects of Sport and Leisure, Newman University

Alongside the confirmed panel speakers, we have over 30 presentations connected to our 4 themes.

Why attend? Listen to Louise, Stephen, James and Verity

Any questions or concerns then email Louise at l.morby@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and we look forward to seeing everyone in September! Book your place today…