Sport Integrity Workshop

A debate about sporting integrity between young people and representatives from UNICEF, UK Anti-Doping and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will take place at Loughborough University next week.

Youngsters from local schools will join, academics, PhD researchers and policymakers from national sporting organisations and international charities at Loughborough University Football Stadium, on Thursday, November 8.

The day will include roundtable discussions centred around three main topics:

  • Should athletes be punished for the use of appearance (not performance) enhancement substances?
  • Do the means justify the ends in sports coaching? Motivational coaching or bullying to achieve the best performance possible.
  • Should athletes be punished for what they post on social media?

The event has been organised by Lboro CSI (Loughborough Collaboration for Sport Integrity) and aims to explore young people's perception of integrity, with a view to underpinning future policy.

Organisations and individuals confirmed so far are: The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), UNICEF, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK Anti-Doping, UK Coaching, former Loughborough MP Andy Reed, I Trust Sport, SIGA, Eleven Campaign and Sport Integrity Initiative.

They will join the students in an open dialogue on how policy can better underpin sporting integrity and what the role of young people should be in this.

Journalists are welcome to attend the event, for more details see contact information below...

Dr Argyro Elisavet Manoli, who leads Lboro CSI and the event, said: "The discussion and debate encouraged through the event will enable young people to engage with internationally recognised researchers, participate in the construction of knowledge on this topic, and reflect on the idea of civic engagement and people-informed policy.

"The theme and key elements of the event have been designed following dialogue with high-profile stakeholders such as UK Anti-Doping, UK Coaching and UNICEF UK.

"This dialogue with stakeholders will continue and enhance our efforts in social research dissemination and public engagement."