The UKSDN are pleased to offer a number of activities for the community sport sector. Our showcase event is a face to face conference every two years, with a free online convention (taking place on the alternate years). Additionally, we have a free, regular podcast series and quarterly newsletters.

We try to keep our activities as free or low cost as possible, to ensure equitable access to all within our sector.

Online Convention: Sports Development & Climate Justice: Understanding our Roles and Contributions

Save the date: our Online Convention is planned to take place on Wednesday 18th October 2023, 12.30-4pm and will be free to attend. We’re currently finalising the details but keep an eye on our website and forthcoming newsletter for updates. Hope to see you there!

Podcast Series: The UKSDN are setting up a regular podcast series, which will cover many different aspects of the sports development sector. Each episode will involve different members of our community chewing the fat on topical conversations and will be free to listen to. These podcasts will be advertised in our newsletters and available via our website, so please register for our mailing list (on the homepage) for the latest information!

Quarterly Newsletters: We will send out quarterly newsletters to our mailing list. These will provide information such as: UKSDN, and other relevant, activities and information and also short summaries of the latest academic sports development research. If you’re keen to receive these free newsletters, please register for our mailing list on the homepage. 

UKSDN 2021-2022 focus. Sport and Social Justice; if not now, when?

Online Convention: In 2021, the UKSDN launched its Sport and Social Justice; if not now, when? Themed focus back in September 2021 with an online convention, which was received by over 60 key people from the sector.

The event provided a space for attendees to address this urgent issue. Speakers from industry and academia presented their projects and findings, which generated some excellent debates and discussions. The convention was broken down in to four key areas:

  • 1. Sport, social justice and poverty
  • 2. Sport, social justice and racial inequality
  • 3. Sport, social justice and long-term health conditions
  • 4. Sport, social justice and climate change

The key takeaways from this event were:

  • 1. What is our role as a sector in addressing this?
  • 2. How do we create a workforce that can lead this change?
  • 3. What do we need to know/find out to do this?
  • 4. What will we do from now to strive for social justice in and through sport?

Face to face Conference: In 2022, the year-long focus on this theme culminated with a face-to-face, two day conference in September 2022, hosted by Leeds Beckett University. Over 100 people attended from across the sector, with four keynote panels and over 25 workshops delivered. Guest speakers ranged from organisations such as Sport England; AKD Solutions, Sport for Development Coalition, Mermaids and the Rugby League World Cup.

We look forward to continuing these conversations into our 2023 activities.