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2017 Sports Summit - Putting people at the heart of sport and recreation

  • Date: 24 May 2017
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Why you need to be there

Acknowledge, challenge & change: be part of the conversation

The sport and recreation sector aims to encourage everyone to be active - by taking part, watching, volunteering or working within the sector. 

The 2017 Sports Summit in association with Perkins Slade will be talking about some of the hurdles we face in getting the nation active. We will be asking if we are actively embracing diversity, are we safe and inclusive so that everyone is encouraged to be more active, and do we have the right skills in place and the desire to change?

2017 Sports Summit Programme


Members - £249.99Non Members - £349.99Corporate - £399.99
  • Full programme now available including details of our keynote and panel speakers for each of our four sessions
  • Leading experts on unconscious bias, getting the right skills around your board table, culture change and safeguarding
  • Dedicated Sport Summit app that gives you the chance to be a part of the conversation on the day by interacting with panel speakers and helps you network with your industry colleagues before, during and after the event
  • We will be moving to a new and bigger venue for 2017, the Emirates Stadium, London, giving more people from across the sector the opportunity to be part of the conversation at the 2017 Sports Summit.

So why attend…

  • Hear from leading experts from outside of sport and recreation about how they have adapted to overcome some of the challenges that the sector is facing
  • Opportunity to network with senior leaders and decision makers from across the sector
  • Be part of the conversation and lead the way in being part of changing the sport and recreation sector.
  • Use our interactive panel sessions to discuss and share best practice on how your organisation can strive for progress

2016 Sports Summit Testimonials:

“A really good selection of speakers, from Sport England CEO to representatives from seemingly cash rich organisations such as the Premier League to much smaller organisations such as the Mountain Training presentation, which was the most engaging of the whole day” – John Kennedy, Wildbore & Gibbons LLP

“The networking opportunities where great, fantastic mix of organisations. Jennie Price was brilliant and it was great to hear about the strategy right from the source.” – Heather Smith, Women in Sport

2017 Sports Summit Programme

09:30Registration Opens 

Welcome from the Sport and Recreation Alliance 

Andrew Moss, Chair, and Emma Boggis, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance


Why good governance is good for business

Charlotte Valeur, Founder and Chair of Board Apprentice Ltd


Session 1 - Breaking down barriers

This session will help you see how to acknowledge unconscious bias and look at how to focus on reforming the culture of your organisation so that the sector can move forward. 


  • Stephen Frost – Principle, Frost Included


  • Barry Horne - CEO, EFDS
  • Dr Natalie Darko - Community Lead Researcher, University of Leicestershire
  • Rachael Wilson – Managing Director, EW Group
  • Emma Boggis – CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance
11:10 Morning networking break

Session 2 - Looking after players, staff, fans and volunteers

Sport and recreation welcomes everyone, so the safety and wellbeing of all those involved is important in making sure no one is excluded from joining in. This session will look at what can be learnt from the historical abuse scandal and how, as a sector we can make sure we are implementing best practise to break down barriers and increase accessibility. 


  • Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC


  • Richard Harry – Chief Executive, Sport Resolutions
  • Anneli Peavot – Head of Health and Wellbeing, Elmhurst School for Dance
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation
12:10 Lunch & networking break 

Session 3 - Changing to Improve

This session will look at the impact volunteers can have and how can the sector can look to recruit and retain volunteers who have the right skills to support getting the nation active.


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  • Will Watt – Product Director, Jump
  • Laura Doughty – Deputy CEO, Volunteering Matters
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance
13:50Afternoon networking break

Session 4 - Creating a culture people want to be part of

Change is inevitable in any organisation and this session will discuss how organisations can grow and maintain a performance culture which accepts change and embraces diversity.


  • Jens Boegh-Nielsen, SVP Head of Sales & Marketing EALA, Avanade


  • Charlotte Valeur - Charlotte Valeur, Managing Director, Board Apprentice.
  • Simon Osborne – CEO, ICSA
  • Tom Overton – Head of Community Sport, Sport Wales
  • Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance


Launch of Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation

Emma Boggis - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance will launch the revised version of The Voluntary Code of Good Governance.  This refreshed version will focus on the principles of both good governance and leadership and will be applicable for all sport and recreation bodies.

15:30End of 2017 Sports Summit 

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Perkins Slade: Managing the risks for National Governing Bodies, voluntary sports clubs, coaches, participants and event organisers.

Perkins Slade is a sport and recreation specialist insurance broker. A dedicated team of professionals provides assistance to:

  • Over 300 National Governing Bodies of sport and recreation throughout the United Kingdom.
  • 60,000 voluntary sports clubs
  • 100,000 coaches, teachers and instructors
  • More than 3,500,000 active participants

We provide comprehensive protection and economic premiums across a wide range of insurance products and services.

Perkins Slade is approved insurance broker to the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Scottish Sports Association.

Location and Venue

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  • Emirates Stadium, London