CIMSPA supports conference on 25th anniversary of sport development

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On 7 and 8 September 2022, CIMSPA will be supporting the UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN) Conference at Leeds Beckett University. The focus for this year will be Sport and Social Justice: If Not Now, WhenIt marks the 25th anniversary of introducing sport development as an academic discipline.

CIMSPA will be in attendance and participating on a panel and in several networking opportunities.

The two days will consist of:

  • Two keynote panels based on the critical conversations developed in last year’s online convention
  • At least four sessions for contributors to present their work and others to listen and ask questions
  • Networking and social time and space
  • Opportunities for further collaboration and outputs
  • Refreshments, parking, and facilities at the Leeds Beckett Carnegie School of Sport complex.

Delegates are welcome from across high education, the third sector and from the student body. There are concessions available if the price is a barrier to entry.

Questions regarding the conference can be send to

Speak at the conference

UKSDN would also like to invite individuals or groups interested in presenting at the conference to submit an abstract.

The purpose of the event is to offer an inclusive space for people to contribute to their experiences, reflections, and projects, in both a practical and academic manner. They therefore welcome submissions from academics and practitioners from industry who work in the broad field of sport development.

There are four themes, including: developing the workforce, strengthening communities, connecting with health and wellbeing, and planning and placemaking.

If you have queries regarding abstract submission, please contact

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