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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.

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.

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Event agenda


Agenda item


09:00 - 09:55


with networking, refreshments and market place


Welcome from Mind

Welcome and housekeeping

Paul Farmer CBE - Chief Executive, Mind

Welcome from Sport England

Mike Diaper OBE - Executive Director of Children and Young People, Tackling Inactivity, Sport England

Key note presentation


To be announced 

Lived experience: the journey we are on as a sector

In conversation with Clarke Carlisle and Andrea Corbett

Clarke Carlisle - Former PFA Chairman, professional footballer and Mind ambassador

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 

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

Adrian Bradley - Head of Sport and Health, EFL Trust

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

Dr Florence Kinnafick - Loughborough University

Speakers from the morning session

12:30 - 1:30


Lunch, market place and transition into workshops


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


Tony Li - Community Delivery Lead for Physical Activity, Mind


Emma Goldsmith - Head of Community, Rugby League Cares

James Howes - Sport & Lifestyles Manager, Warrington Wolves Foundation


Workshop B: Workplace wellbeing

Supporting the employees behind sport and physical activity


Laura Johnson - Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes, Mind


Will Smithard - Strategic Projects Director, ukactive


Workshop C: Champions and ambassadors

The role of sports champions in your organisation 


To be announced


Liz Purbrick - Inclusion Manager, England Athletics


Workshop D: Lived experience

Involving people with lived experience in your organisation


To be announced


Tom Paget - Club Support Officer, England Boxing

Andrew Murray - Chief Medical Officer, European Tour


Workshop E: Open table

Network and innovate with colleagues from across the sector

Theme and facilitator to be announced


Transition to second workshop

Informal coffee break and transition


Second workshop session

Delegates will attend one of the above workshops

As above

Transition back to plenary session


Panel discussion

Reflections from the day, celebrating the Charter and exploring what's next

Lisa Wainwright - CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Brendon Batson - Chair, Professional Players Federation

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


5:30pm - 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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