Roundtable events

A review: duty of care in community sport settings

Mon, 29 Jan 2018, 14:00 - 16:00

Supported by EduCare (experts in safeguarding and duty of care ), the purpose of this Chatham House style roundtable was to discuss the findings from the Sports Think Tank's recent report investigating the level of duty of care understanding in community sport settings. Gathering a select group of Loughborough-based senior executives from various sport bodies, we explored the challenges facing the sector and how to meet the report's recommendations in order to create a more effective and robust duty of care landscape.

Physical activity - what's preventing us from completing the policy jigsaw?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018, 09:00 - 11:00

The purpose of this roundtable was to encourage cross-sector thinking on physical activity, drawing on the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 (Wales) and the Active Travel Act 2015 (Wales) which was intended to improve the social, economic and environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.

The imperative for cross-departmental thinking and a joined-up policy approach is not new however it is extremely challenging, particularly as the political landscape remains in some turmoil as a result of Brexit.

This roundtable brought together a number of those involved in the development of the Welsh policy and a wide range of different sectors including local government, public health and sport.

Is culture the next ‘marginal gain’?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018, 08:00 - 10:00

Chaired by Richard Parker (former CEO of BBSA), this business breakfast addressed 'culture' at the elite level, and explored how this should evolve to ensure Britain's continuing sporting success in the future.

The panellists included an Olympic Sportsperson, and performance experts from the FA, RFU and Team Sky who agreed that culture arises from 1) What you are trying to do, and 2) How you are going to do it.

Elements of a successful culture were highlighted and a key aspect of the discussion was whether people buy into a higher purpose, something greater than winning, or if a team just succeeds on team members' passion for what they do. The session concluded with a discussion about story-telling which was championed by all the panellists as a vital method by which culture is strengthened and maintained.

Evaluating the impact for grassroots and community sport of Tanni Grey-Thompson’s report to DCMS

Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 08:00 - 10:00

Sponsored by EduCare, this Chatham House style roundtable explored what the Duty of Care in Sport report (April, 2017) means for community settings with key representatives from across the sector. Much of the media focus has quite rightly been on safeguarding, elite athletes and player pathways. However, what are the implications for community clubs, charities, foundations and NGBs?

The roundtable focussed specifically on the following key themes:

  • Representation and the participants voice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Mental welfare
  • Safety, injury and medical issues