WMF Event: UK sports policy ‐ funding, participation and strategic priorities
22nd September 2015
Guests of Honour: Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, Sportscotland; Nick Harkness, Director of Participation and
Facilities, Sport Northern Ireland; Sarah Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Wales; Jennie Price, Chief Executive,
Sport England and Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive, UK Sport
Bringing together policymakers with key stakeholders in the sports sector, health, education and Local
Government, this seminar will examine the policy and strategic priorities for supporting the development of grassroots and high performance sport in the UK. The planned agenda includes discussion on the value of grassroots sport for social inclusion, health and education ‐ as well how to address barriers to participation, next steps for ensuring effective provision of sports facilities to meet increasing demand, opportunities for cross‐sector partnerships and the impact of changes to the sports curriculum one year on. Delegates will also consider the future funding and development of high performance sport in the UK ‐ including issues surrounding participation, diversity and equality ‐ and priorities for the new Government, in light of UK Sport’s confirmed plans to largely retain its ‘no compromise’ focus on supporting potential Olympic and Paralympic medallists after Rio 2016.