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Sussex Inclusive Sport & Physical Activity Conference 2022

Wednesday 22 June

The Sussex Disability Sports Network is delighted to be hosting its first face to face event since the pandemic!

Supported by Active Sussex and Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, this Conference aims to bring together a range of partners and key personnel across Sussex to openly and honestly discuss supporting more disabled people to participate in sport and physical activity. Join us to discuss key topics and learn from the fantastic work that is taking place in our county and hear directly from disabled people about their experiences.

What's On

We are delighted to be hosting the first Sussex Inclusive Sport & Physical Activity Conference, which will include a range of learning opportunities; such as hearing directly from disabled people, lots of networking moments (including a ‘Who, Where, What’ opportunity to shout about you or your organisation) and some inclusive activity tasters to finish off the day. Oh, and a tasty lunch!

Bookings are now closed. Contact Gemma Finlay-Gray for more information.

We want to ensure the event is accessible for all, so please let us know of any specific access needs when you book. In the instance that are not able to attend, please get in touch so we can provide you exclusive access to any recordings from the day.

Easy read document – providing overview of programme and how to book.

Audio file – providing an overview of conference and how to book.

Venue: American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL (What three words hiking.artist.anyone https://w3w.co/hiking.artist.anyone)


Conference Programme

9:45 Arrival and welcome

10:10 Keynote (Fabienne André, GB Wheelchair Racer)

10:30 This Girl Can: Coach, Play, Learn: Are we effectively supporting and engaging disabled women and girls in sport and physical activity?

11:30 Break

11:45 Inclusive provision in education settings and beyond: How can we create better relationships with education settings to create more inclusive opportunities?

13:00 Who, Where, What: 3 minutes to highlight Who you are, Where you are based/cover & What you do’. connections (limited slots available – First come first served with a waiting list!)

13:30 Lunch and networking

14:30 Changing the Narrative – Communication is everyone’s business! How do we make sure that the person is at the heart whatever communication we use?

15:30 Wrap up

15:45 Event close

16:00 Activity tasters at University of Sussex

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that Fabienne Andre current double European Champion (for the T34 100 and 800m on the athletics track) and 2020/1 Tokyo Paralympian, who is also a Physiotherapy Assistant at Chailey Heritage School (Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust) and Nikki Penny - Stroke and Neurological Physiotherapy Clinic will be kicking off the event.

This Girl Can: Coach, Play, Learn

This session explores lived experience and opportunities of effectively working with disabled women and girls in the sporting environment.  We will cover how targeted marketing, specific resources and activity planning can assist in reaching this group. With an introductory presentation, an experienced panel of women in sport and time to think about what could be done differently to improve engagement of female coaches and players in the sector.

Inclusive Provision in Education Settings and Beyond

This session explores the partnership experiences and opportunities between community sport and education (mainstream and SEND) for inclusive sport provision for children and young people inside and outside of educational settings. The session will share new insight, case studies, and provide an opportunity to discuss how future investment should be directed.

Changing the Narrative - Communication is everyone's business!

The session will provide an open and honest learning opportunity to:

  • Discuss what needs to change to improve representation of and reporting on disabled people in sport and physical activity.
  • Consider the language and imagery we use to engage and promote opportunities to disabled people.
  • Understand how you can take a person-centred approach when communicating to and with disabled people. 

We want attendees to go away feeling more confident in making sure that the person they are wanting to reach or representing is at the heart of whatever communication we use.

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