The UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN) was established in 2008 in response to an identified need to build bridges between academia and sports industry practitioners. It has published extensively in academic and professional journals and engaged in a variety of networking, advocacy and influencing work relating to sport development policy and practice in the UK.
UKSDN is a professional network with a vision is to create an environment in the UK where sport policy and practices are influenced and informed by innovative, research-informed collaborations between academics and practitioners. It is a dynamic, flexible and inclusive network, focused primarily on the UK but informed by insights from other parts of the world.
The conference title is Creating a Sustainable Sporting Future: Issues, Pathways and Opportunities. The conference will bring together academic and practitioners with an interest in the policy and practice of sport development. Together we’ll explore the interfaces between sport development and sport management, the contribution of academic research to sport policy and professional practice, and ways to build mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations between academics, policy makers and practitioners. The conference will be at Plymouth Marjon University in partnership with Active Devon.
A range of sessions are planned which cut across the sport and physical activity debate:
- Integration with the public health community
- Sustaining community sport clubs
- Promotion of a volunteering culture
- Challenges in the rural environment
- Implications for a sustainable funding strategy
- Promoting inclusion
Further details of the UKSDN Conference can be found on the UKSDN Conference 2017 website. Sadly, the abstract submission deadline is behind us, but there are places available. Register here! Check out the program here!
General enquiries: UKSDN2017conference@marjon.ac.uk
Conference organiser: Dr Aaron Beacom firstname.lastname@example.org