A Sporting Chance: Priorities For Sports Participation, Promotion and Culture

This event will examine key priorities for sport in Scotland: from the continuing legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to initiatives for getting more people involved in sport and activity at a community level. We will take a comprehensive view of the issues informing the sector focussing on funding, participation and infrastructure before evaluating the benefits of healthier lives and greater social cohesion. From the grassroots to world-leading talent, nurturing a more active Scotland has benefits that reach far-beyond the sporting sector alone so join Holyrood as we combine context, priorities, and practical suggestions for giving Scotland a sporting chance.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Driving culture change to get more people active and involved in sport
  • Priorities for infrastructure and ensuring accessibility
  • Getting more minority representation and supporting inclusion
  • Next steps for funding and maintaining sustainability


09.15 Registration and Refreshments

9.50 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Rt Hon. Henry McLeish, Former First Minister of Scotland

Session 1: Priorities For Getting Scotland Active

  • The power of sport to build better lives
  • Encouraging more participation in sports
  • Long-term lifestyle benefits – allowing people to lead happier, healthier lives

09:55 Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, SportScotland

10:15 Encouraging Participation in Sports

Douglas Bryce, Chief Executive Office, JudoScotland and Tony Penfold, Head of Business Delivery, JudoScotland

10:35 SSF – Changing Lives Through Sport 

  • The power of sport to build better lives
  • Encouraging more participation in sports – Active East example
  • Long-term lifestyle benefits – allowing people to lead happier, healthier lives

Kirsty McNab, Head of Operations, Scottish Sports Futures

10:55 Questions and Discussion

11:10 Refreshments and networking

Session 2: Opportunity and Accessibility

  • Driving a culture change through outdoor access and community sport
  • Promoting and supporting disability sport
  • Nurturing grassroots sport to promote greater social cohesion
  • Making sport accessible for all and achieving greater racial, gender, and LGBT+ representation

11:30 Jo Bell, Director of Sport and Active Lifestyles, Sport Aberdeen

11:50 Inspiring Through Inclusion

Janice Eaglesham MBE, Chair, Scottish Disability Sport

12:10 Linda Macdonald, Innovation and Learning Manager, The Robertson Trust

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Investing In The Future Of Sport

  • Priorities and potential for sporting infrastructure
  • Legacy funding and finance for sport
  • Encouraging the next generation – from active schools to active lives
  • Launching and sustaining a community sport enterprise

13:30 Glasgow Life: Becoming an organisation that creates a culture of physical activity in the city

  • How do we utilise universal and targeted programmes to build participation
  • The power of events and event legacy.
  • Working with those furthest from engagement.
  • Partnerships – not the usual suspects!

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport & Events, Glasgow Life

13:50 Innovation and enterprise are key for the future of sport

Svend Elkjaer, Founder and Senior Partner, Sports Marketing Network

14: 10 Charlie Raeburn, Founder, Observatory for Sport in Scotland

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:50 Chair's closing remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change 


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

30 November 2017
United Kingdom



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