4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference: Sport and Empowering the Youth of the Commonwealth

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 August 2013,
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland

Front from left to right: Oliver Dudfield; Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba; and Debbie Lye, at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commonwealth Secretariat and UK Sport.


One of the world’s longest running conferences on international sports development returns to Glasgow and the Mitchell Library on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 August. The 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference programme puts Youth centre stage and will focus on the development of a Youth Sport Charter.

Who should attend?

This is an invaluable opportunity for Sport Practitioners, Policy Makers and various types of Funders to come together to explore the role and responsibilities of Commonwealth sporting stakeholders and governmental agencies in improving opportunities for participation and pathways to personal excellence, as well as looking at how young people can have greater influence on sports policy and decision making.

Commonwealth Games Associations worldwide will attend the conference, many of whom will be making their final visit to Glasgow prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The event will provide a superb opportunity for networking and discussions on international issues and programmes and will showcase global best practice.


The Conference will feature high profile speakers from the world of sport and sport for development and will explore the links between the two. In addition, there will be two key sub-programmes:

  • Disability Sport and Young People
  • Empowering Girls and Young Women through Sport

Youth Sport Charter

The Conference will also provide a vehicle for the development of a Youth Sport Charter which will serve as a call to action for Commonwealth and sporting agencies, building on the “Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment”.

The intention is for the Charter to be presented at the Sports Breakfast during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and to the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in 2014.

Attending delegates will have the opportunity to help shape the Charter through a series of Youth Sport Charter Workshops and will witness the official handover of the Charter during the closing session on Tuesday afternoon.

Read more at the conference website!

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