European City of Sport 2017 conference – good for Bristol, good for business

Amie Vaughan
Initiative Manager - West of England Initiative
31st October 2017

Bristol is calling together a meeting of some of the country’s top sporting professionals to discuss the contribution that sport and physical activity make to modern society. 

As part of the city’s year as a European City of Sport, Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, will be hosting a full day national conference on Wednesday 6 December at the Brightside Cricket Ground which will feature a range of talks and interactive workshops discussing the importance of investing in sport on a national scale, sport’s benefits for public health and how national sporting bodies are changing the way they work.

The event will also feature some international sporting heroes who will be giving talks on their projects and their own journey through sport. Already confirmed to speak are international sport stars James Cracknell OBE, double Olympic Gold Medallist, Pat Lam, Bristol Rugby’s head coach, and Chrissie Wellington - three time ironman world champion and Global Head of Health and Wellbeing for parkrun.

There will also be representatives from Sports England, English Federation for Disability Sport and Badminton England who will be giving talks on what benefits sports and physical activity can have on modern day society.

For many years, the business community has played an active role in shaping the health and well-being of Bristol as a vocal champion of participation in sport. Accordingly, business has strongly backed European City of Sport 2017 and the legacy it will leave for the city.

So, after a fantastic year, this conference is a fitting way to celebrate the work of the Council, business and the wider community in bringing people together to participate in sport!

Aside from the guest speakers, businesses won’t want to miss out on workshops from Destination Bristol CEO John Hirst, who will look at how the wider business and economic benefits of sport and a joint Wesport-Bristol City Council discussion on why sport is good for the workplace.

The conference is a ticketed event. Prices and full information about the event including timelines for the day can be found on the European City of Sport website.

An Early Bird Offer is currently available. Anyone interested in taking part are encouraged to book early in order to avoid disappointment. 

Bristol’s national conference, The Role of Sport and Physical Activity in Modern Society, is being sponsored by SDS Water Infrastructure Systems and Bristol City Council, with support from Business West, Wesport and the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

The conference is being run as a not-for-profit event and any extra funds will be put into ongoing accessible sports projects as part of the legacy of Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.

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