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A Look At the Agenda for Beyond the Games '22

June 24, 2022 

Soon leaders from across the UK and international sport sectors will convene in Birmingham, England for Beyond the Games 2022Held in partnership with Sport England and UK Sport at Villa Park, it will be an insightful day of discussion, debate and best practice sharing as we collectively explore ways to better use sport to create a better society for all - just ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Check out the programme below and REGISTER TODAY to explore sport's role in tackling inequalities, health and well-being and economic sustainability while hearing from the likes of two-weight World Champion Boxer Carl Frampton on the Power of the Athlete, IWG Secretary General Rachel Froggatt on Women in Sport, and Team GB Paralympic Sprinter and Royal Society for Blind Children Youth Ambassador Souleyman Bah on Trusting Our Communities.

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9 AM – 10 AM: Networking Breakfast

Continental style

10 AM: Welcome to Beyond the Games

  • Radha Balani - Event Host and Co-Managing Director, thinkBeyond

10.15 AM: Nothing About Us Without Us: Trusting Our Communities

Community-powered approaches to social impact

  • Souleyman Bah - 100m GB para sprinter & youth ambassador, Royal Society for Blind
  • Andrew Nichols-Clarke - Senior Development Lead, National Health & Justice Childrens Programme, NHS England
  • Amrick Singh Ubhi - Director, Civic Engagement and Partnerships, Nishkam Civic Association
  • Nicky Yates - Strategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager, Liverpool City Council

10.50 AM: Time to Talk: Being Active Changemakers 

Collective discussion on how to turn what we’ve heard into concrete actions you can take

11.15 AM: Refreshment Break 

11.30 AM: Session - Collaborating for Impact: Leading the Way Through Multi-Sector Partnerships 

Realising the Potential of Environmental Sustainability 

Moderated by:  thinkBeyond 

  • Fiona Morgan - Director of Purpose and Impact, Sail GP  

Tackling Inequalities in the West Midlands

  • Tanayah Sam - CEO, TSA Projects

Helping young people and families to get active 

  • Kathryn McColl - Director, Marketing, Strategy and Impact, EVERFI UK
  • Jill Puttnam - Head of Social Impact, British Paralympic Association
  • Charlotte Thompson - Director of Strategic Planning & Research, British Olympic Association  

 12.15 PM: Part I - Spotlight on Women in Sport

What is the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport and How Will it Help Us Achieve Gender Equality in Sport and Society? 

  • Rachel Froggatt - Secretary General, IWG Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022
  • Annamarie Phelps - Chair, European Rowing and Deputy Chair, British Olympic Association

12.30 PM: Part II - Spotlight on Women in Sport: Part II

Creating an equitable leadership landscape

Moderated by: Sue Anstiss - CEO, Fearless Women & Women’s Sport Collective

  • Vicki Aggar - Chair, British Athletes Commission
  • Naseem Akhtar - Founder, Sähëlï Hub
  • Karen Brown - Coach, Great Britain & England Hockey
  • Sarah Powell - CEO, British Gymnastics

12.55 PM – 2 PM: Lunch 


2 PM: The Global Perspective: Maximising the potential of sport to meet changing local needs 

Moderated by: Nick Keller - Founder, Beyond Sport

  • Ross Alexander - Foundation and Community Partnerships Manager, Aston Villa Football Club
  • Rodri Ruiz-Iribarren - Global Senior Brand Manager, EU Cluster Lead, Rexona/Sure
  • Joan Smit - General Secretary, Namibia National Olympic Committee; African Regional Development Manager, International Netball Federation
  • Will Stone - Head of CSR Strategy UK, NFL 

2.40 PM: Session - Uniting a Movement of Change: Transforming lives and communities through sport and physical activity 

Moderated by: Michael Chamberlain - Chief Executive, Sport Birmingham

  • Tim Hollingsworth - CEO, Sport England
  • Sally Munday - CEO, UK Sport

3 PM: Deep Dive Roundtables | Round One

Facilitated group discussions tackling timely issues and key opportunities for sport - session topics and leaders to be announced 

1. Myth busting environmental sustainability, led by thinkBeyond
2. Leveraging data to help you meet your equality, diversity and inclusion goals, led by Upshot
3. How high-performance sport can contribute to positive change, led by UK Sport
4. Creating sports and physical activity offers that meet the needs of all young people, led by EVERFI UK
5. Empowering young leaders by driving sustainable local and national impact, led by NFL Foundation UK & BigKid Foundation
6. How redefining our assumptions on leadership can enable more inclusive recruitment, let by Perrett Laver
7. Working in partnership with communities to grow local capacity, led by Sport England
8. Maximising sport’s role in reducing the over representation of ethnically diverse children in the youth justice system, led by Alliance of Sport
9. How to ensure our organisations and programmes remain informed and agile in response to the evolving impacts of the pandemic, led by The Change Foundation

3.45 PM: Deep Dive Roundtables | Round Two 

Facilitated group discussions tackling timely issues and key opportunities for sport - see session topics and leaders above

4.30 PM: Power of the Athlete: Leveraging our Platforms to Create Change Beyond the Field of Play

  • Ama Agbeze - Commonwealth Gold Medalist, England Netball 
  • Marisa Ewers - Former Aston Villa Women Football Club Captain; Head of Recruitment and Strategy, AVWFC
  • Carl Frampton - Two-weight World Champion Boxer

4.50 PM: Reflections and Actions

  • Radha Balani - Event Host and Co-Managing Director, thinkBeyond

5 PM: Drinks Reception

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Beyond the Games 2022 Reinforces Need for Sector-Wide Collaboration