Creating sustainable sports clubs

Enterprise and Collaboration presentation picture

This is the title of the presentation given by Bevis Allen, Boxing Development Officer, London Sport at the conference Enterprise and Collaboration – The way forward for community sport and physical activity in London

This is a one-day event focusing on how community sports providers can meet the challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives, the political landscape and new technology.

It is being held on 8th December at The Podium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Bevis Allen will cover how we are going to create community clubs that are going to still be around 50, 60, 70 years (and beyond) from now. This presentation will explore ways in which clubs can grow their membership, reach out into their local community and be self-sustainable. And also discuss why some clubs may be fearful to embrace change, passing up the opportunity for growth and having a bigger impact in their local communities.

This presentation will provide real life examples of what works well and how community clubs/organisations can influence the community around them.

Bevis Allen, Boxing Development Officer for London Sport, works with clubs affiliated to the NGB (England Boxing), 3rd Sector and other community organisations across seven London Boroughs to increase participation in the sport, develop sustainable clubs and provide general support.

Leading speakers include Peter Fitzboydon, Chief Executive Officer, London Sport who will be talking about A new context for community sport and James Skinner, Professor of Sport Business, Loughborough, London will cover Developing an Innovation Culture in Sport. Bevis Allen, Boxing Development Officer, London Sport will talk about his experiences with Creating sustainable clubs and Eugene Minogue, Chief Executive, Parkour UK will highlight his thoughts on The sports governing body of the future.           

There will also be case – study presentations from Born Barikor, Chief Executive Officer, Our Parks who will talk about Our Parks – From pipe dream to 15,000 users. Cory Wharton-Malcolm, Chief Executive, TrackMafia will cover TrackMafia – Changing the running track experience. Robby Sukhdeo, Chief Executive, Pavilion Sports and Cafe will cover Pavilion Sports and Cafe – community sports enterprise in action. Nathaniel Cole, Founder/Partner, SwimDemCrew will talk about Creating a community built around swimming and Julie Creffield, Founder, TooFatToRun will tell of her experiences with The F word – the elephant in the room.

Creating a participation legacy – lessons from #RWC2015 is the topic of the presentation from Ben Lowe, Head of Growth, Rugby Football Union and Henrik Brandt, Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies will finish with a presentation on Enterprise and collaboration in community sport in Denmark.How do we deliver great, sustainable community sport without compromising your sporting and community objectives? How do we provide great customer experiences and grow participation whilst at the same time meeting the strategic objectives of external partners and funders, whether they are from within sport or from health, regeneration or community services? How do we engage the local community and promote community leadership and play our part of the fabric of our local communities? How do we develop and deliver an innovative range of sporting opportunities, attracting people of all ages and abilities?

This event 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.

Delegates will come from community sports clubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities, community sports trusts at our professional and semi-pro clubs, informal sports providers, community sports enterprises, sports governing bodies, community groups and other community sports providers.

For further information please get in touch. Svend Elkjaer, Sports Marketing Network, 01423 326 660 svend@smnuk.com

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