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Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference

Sharing the last five years of learnings and good practice within the sport and physical activity sector and exploring what's next.

Date: Wednesday 25th March 2020

Time: 09:00 - 17:30

Location: The Kia Oval, Kennington, London, SE11 5SS

Cost: £64.49 (including VAT and ticket fees)*

*This is a not-for-profit conference. All proceeds will contribute towards event logistics.


We are sorry to announce that due the ongoing, changing situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic we have decided to postpone the Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference, due to take place on Thursday 29th October 2020 at The Kia Oval, London, until 2021. Date yet to be confirmed.

Whilst restrictions are beginning to ease, it is no longer possible to deliver the event we had planned with the restrictions around social distancing. We know many people are worried about travelling and with more localised lockdowns looking likely over the coming months, we feel it is sensible to make this decision early.

We hope to be able to arrange a large event in 2021 to celebrate the impact that the sport and physical activity sector has had and will re-look at plans when the situation is clearer.

We would like to thank all of our delegates, speakers and market place holders who have supported us through this situation. Over the coming week we will be refunding tickets booked through Eventbrite and will notify you of our future plans as soon as they are confirmed.

Thank you to everyone who was planning to come and celebrate what has been achieved in the sector since the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was published in March 2015.

Please continue to access our webinar series and newsletters, and engage with us on social media.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact Mind's Physical Activity Team via [email protected]

About this event

The sport and physical activity sector has made significant progress in the last five years in creating an environment that is fair and inclusive to those of us with mental health problems. The Mental Health in Sport and Physical Activity Conference will celebrate what has been achieved in the sector since the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was published in March 2015. The conference aims to showcase learnings, case studies and highlight good practice from a sector that has pulled together towards the goal of improving understanding of mental health.

Although we have come on leaps and bounds over the last five years, there is still work to be done. There are many people experiencing mental health problems within the sector who still don't receive support and respect. The conference will also be an opportunity to look towards the future at what needs to be done over the next five years and beyond in supporting and engaging anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and to learn and grow as a sector.

To mark the 5th anniversary of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, the Professional Players Federation has sponsored a drinks reception to follow the conference. All delegates are invited to join the reception to celebrate the fantastic work of the Charter and signatories over the past five years.

We are delighted that this conference has been accredited by CIMSPA. By attending this conference, CIMSPA members will be awarded with 3 CPD points.

Join the conversation online using #SportMinds.

Event agenda

9:00 – 9:55

Registration with networking, refreshments and market place.

10:00 – 12:30

  • Welcome from Mind – Welcome and housekeeping. Presented by Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive, Mind.
  • Welcome from Sport England – Presented by Mike Diaper OBE, Executive Director of Children and Young People, Tackling Inactivity, Sport England
  • Key note presentation – Presenter to be announced.
  • Lived experience: the journey we are on as a sector – In conversation with Clarke Carlisle and Andrea Corbett. Presented by Clarke Carlisle, Former PFA Chairman, professional footballer and Mind ambassador, and Andrea Corbett, Coach, Personal Trainer, Champion Bodybuilder and Member of Mind's Physical Activity Advisory Group.
  • Spotlight presentation – The Road to Tokyo: UK Sport and EIS journey to better understanding of mental health. Presented by Sam Cumming, Mental Health Manager, English Institute of Sport.
  • Coffee break – Morning refreshments, networking and marketplace.
  • Spotlight presentation – Tackling mental health to help everyone be On Your Side. Presented by Adrian Bradley, Head of Sport and Health, EFL Trust and Funke Awoderu, Senior Inclusion & Diversity Manager, The FA.
  • Panel discussion – Speakers from the morning session will be joined by Dr Florence Kinnafick from Loughborough University who led on the evaluation of the Get Set to Go programme and is researching the impact of the support provided by Mind on the sports sector. Presented by Dr Florence Kinnafick, Loughborough University, and speakers from the morning session.

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch – Lunch, market place and transition into workshops.

1:30 – 4:30

First workshop session

Delegates will attend one of the below workshops.

  • Workshop A: Programme delivery – Delivering programmes to build resilience and support mental health recovery. Location: Pakistan Room. Chaired by Tony Li, Community Delivery Lead for Physical Activity, Mind. Speakers: Emma Goldsmith, Head of Community, Rugby League Cares and James Howes, Sport & Lifestyles Manager, Warrington Wolves Foundation.
  • Workshop B: Workplace wellbeing – Supporting the employees behind sport and physical activity. Location: Debenture Lounge. Chaired by Laura Johnson, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes, Mind. Speaker: Will Smithard, Strategic Projects Director, ukactive.
  • Workshop C: Champions and ambassadors – The role of sports champions in your organisation. Location: Double Box 52/53. Chaired by Sam Perks, Sector Support Lead for Physical Activity, Mind. Speakers: Liz Purbrick, Inclusion Manager, England Athletics, and Matt Mancini, Lead Safeguarding Manager, British Horseracing Authority.
  • Workshop D: Lived experience – Involving people with lived experience in your organisation. Location: Double Box 56/57. Chaired by Debbie Butler, Physical Activity Advisory Group Member, Mind. Speakers: Tom Paget, Club Support Officer, England Boxing, and Andrew Murray, Chief Medical Officer, European Tour.
  • Workshop E: Open table – Network and innovate with colleagues from across the sector. Location: Ashes Suite.
    • Theme for first session: Suicide prevention in sport - what governing bodies/clubs have in place and how PAPYRUS can support them. Facilitated by Matt Wilson, Director, Consulting, The Sports Consultancy; Josh Harwood, Consultant, The Sports Consultancy; Liam Durkan, Corporate Fundraising Officer, PAPYRUS; and Priya Nagda-Swainson - Community Suicide Prevention Worker for London, PAPYRUS.
    • Theme for second session: Supporting delegates to find solutions to their challenges. Facilitated by Liz Burkinshaw, Learning and Development Consultant, LB Consultancy.

Transition to second workshop

Informal coffee break and transition.

Second workshop session

Delegates will attend one of the above workshops.

Transition back to plenary session

Panel discussion

Reflections from the day, celebrating the Charter and exploring what's next. Presented by Lisa Wainwright, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance; Brendon Batson, Chair, Professional Players Federation; and Karen Mellanby, Director of Networks and Communities, Mind.

4:30 – 5:30

Drinks reception – Celebratory drinks reception for the 5th anniversary of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. Sponsored by the Professional Players Federation.


Event close.

Getting to the venue

We are delighted to be hosting this event at the Kia Oval, the home of Surrey County Cricket Club. Access to the reception for this event is via the Alec Stewart Gate. The full address for the venue is:

The Kia Oval
Surrey County Cricket Club
SE11 5SS

The venue is easily accessible by public transport, served by the Northern and Victoria London Underground lines. For further details and travel information, click below.

Getting to the venue

Contact us

For general enquiries and further information about this event, please contact Mind's Physical Activity Team via [email protected].

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