Enterprise and Collaboration in Community Sport in Wales Conference

A one-day event focussing on how Welsh community sports providers can meet the

challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives,

the political landscape and the economic situation

26thJune 2014, SWALEC Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Economic challenges, a changing political landscape and the rise of the ‘demanding’ consumer and the ever-growing use of mobile and social media are just a few of the factors which are affecting our ability to deliver community sport in a sustainable way in Wales.

At the same time we are experiencing a number of innovative and efficient providers who are indeed leading the way and managing to deliver exciting and welcoming activities, working with sport and non-sport partners and delivering great benefits.

There are already considerable opportunities for community sport and physical activity to have a major impact on the local economy, physical and mental health, training and education, social cohesion, crime and social behaviour, and all in all, help build stronger communities. This calls for genuine collaboration between community sport and physical activity and a wide range of non-sports partners across Wales.

So how do we deliver great, sustainable community sport and physical activity without compromising our sporting and community objectives?

How do we provide great customer experiences whilst at the same time meeting the strategic objectives of external partners and funders, whether they are from within sport or from health, education, regeneration or community services? How do we grow the number of active people in Wales by ‘listening to their lives’ and ‘speaking their language’?


This conference focuses on these issues, highlight best practice and provide thoughts, tools and to-dos on how you too can become a sustainable community sports provider.

This is not a conference packed with policy presentations. We hope people will leave the event knowing they have heard some great practical ideas and having learned how to make positive changes of their own.

Confirmed speakers include:


  • Sarah Powell, Chief Executive, Sport Wales
  • Helen Humphrey, Chair, Sport Wales Advisory Group
  • Kelly Davies, Vi-Ability
  • Sarah Jones and Aled Jones, Welsh Gymnastics
  • Zoe Thacker and Stuart Finlay, Golf Development Wales
  • Kerry Ann Sheppard, Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council
  • Diane Cameron, SENscot
  • Liz Kellett, The Community Foundation in Wales
  • Tony Colville, The Young Foundation

 For further information call 01423 326 660 or email svend@smnuk.com.



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