The Future of Sport
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The Future of Sport

08:00 - 09:10 Registration and Networking
09:20 - 10:50 Morning Plenary Session 1
09:10 Chair - Opening Address
Jacqui Oatley (confirmed)
09:15 Video Presentation
Tracey Crouch (confirmed)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Why a Quality Sports Workforce is Needed to Create a Sporting Future.

09:20 An Active Nation for An Active Workforce​
Tara Dillon (confirmed)
Chief Executive, CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)
Stephanie Maurel (confirmed)
Strategic Lead for Workforce and Clubs, Sport England

How the workforce underpins "Towards an Active Nation". How CIMPSA and Sport England are leading and enabling change. 


09:40 The Business and Academic Partnership. Producing the Next Generation Workforce
Andy Reed (confirmed)
Director , The Sports Think Tank

How can we make tomorrow's workforce ready for an active nation? What is the role of Academics and how can we bring employers and academies together? 

10:00 Rising to the Challenge. New Thinking in Careers and Enterprise
Tristam Hooley (confirmed)
Professor of Career Education and Head of iCeGS, The Careers and Enterprise Company

How the company is evolving the careers and enterpise offered to young people. What are the opportunities for the sports sector?


10:20 - 10:40 Headline Sponsor
10:20 Creating Sector Leaders
David Kreyling (confirmed)
Managing Director, Creative Sport and Leisure

Understand how to develop a demand led delivery model that responds to the sectors skills and economic needs through investing with people.

10:40 - 10:50 Morning Plenary Q&A
10:50 - 11:10 Refreshments and Networking Break
11:10 - 12:15 Morning Plenary Session 2
11:10 Introducing the Sports Apprenticeship Framework
Jason Fergus (confirmed)
Director of Active Essex , Active Essex
11:25 The Business of Sport Employment and Skills Debate
Jacqui Oatley (confirmed)

Floor debate on how we can provide better careers information, advice and guidance, move to employer demand led for skills and attitude and bring greater alignment between employers and academics.

12:15 - 13:10 Lunch and Networking
13:10 - 14:15 Afternoon Plenary Session
13:10 Chair - Afternoon Address
Jacqui Oatley (confirmed)
13:15 The Community Hub Model – Heath Town and Moss Side.​
Geoff Thompson (confirmed)
Executive Chair MBE, FRSA, DL, The Youth Charter

Working with communities to build and strengthen capacity. Ensuring meaningful engagement foir community development. Understanding the lessons from Heath Town, Wolverhampton and Moss Side, Manchester.

13:35 Building the Job Ready Workforce. School and Business Partnership
Guy Shears (confirmed)
RSA Head Teacher , Arrow Vale RSA Academy

How businesses and Academies can drive a work ready culture and values within young people

13:50 Role of Employers in developing the Disability Workforce.​
Clare Howard (confirmed)
Chief Executive, The Association of National Specialist Colleges

How employers and specialist Colleges develop the disabled workforce needed for an active and incliusive nation.

14:15 - 15:00 Workshop Session 1. An opportunity to exchange knowledge and gain valuable insight.
14:15 Mentoring and Social Inclusion
Kim Babb (confirmed)
Director, Black Country Talent Match
Joanne Turley (confirmed)
Marketing Manager , Ark Housing Consultancy LLP

What do we learn from the skill sets of mentoring working with those farthest from the job market?

14:15 Colleges Role in Producing the Workforce of Tomorrow.
Colin Huffen (confirmed)
Sport Policy Lead, Association Of Colleges Sport

Developing standards and tools to sustain excellent practice in Colleges

14:15 The Birmingham Way - Instigating Change Through Workforce Development
Tom McIntosh (confirmed)
Operations Director , Sport Birmingham
Adam Warden (confirmed)
Coach and Volunteer Manager , Sport Birmingham

How an innovative pilot is shaping the future workforce. 


15:05 - 15:50 Workshop Session 2. An opportunity to exchange knowledge and gain valuable insight.
15:05 New Opportunities for Sport in Careers and Enterprise
Deniece Gabriel (invited)
Careers and Enterprise Manager, Black Country Consortium

What are the function of Careers and Enterprise Advisors and what are the opportunities for sport?

15:05 Understanding The Apprenticeship Levy and the Opportunities for Sport
Steve Mitchell (confirmed)
Director , Switch The Play

How can the sport sector realise potential through apprenticeships? What does the levy and framework mean to the sector? 

15:05 Insight into the Sports Coach Workforce.
Christopher Corfield (confirmed)
Head of Policy , Sports Coach UK

What is some of the insight which will drive the new Coaching Plan for England.

15:50 - 16:10 Final Presentation and Conference Closing Remarks
16:05 Launch of the Black Country Sector Skills Action Plan
Simon Hall (confirmed)
Physical Activity Strategy Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority
Jacqui Oatley (confirmed)
Deborah Williams (confirmed)
Board Chair, Black Country BeActive Partnership

How the Black Country Sector Skills Action Plan will ignite, Retune and Accelerate the Workforce.

16:10 - 16:10 Conference Close
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