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National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools – 2–3 March 2023 at Oxford

National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

Leading into the Future

2–3 March 2023 at Leonardo Royal Hotel, Oxford

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Please note, all bookings are handled through our partner Independent Coach Education.

The landscape of school sport is a rapidly changing one. Assumptions of only a decade ago are now under threat, as expectations shift. The primacy of school teams has weakened, with fewer children playing traditional games than at any time previously. Ambitions of schools for sport and exercise are broader than they previously were, which can create conflicting priorities and increasing pressure on resources.

The challenges facing Directors of Sport are therefore greater than ever before. Attempting to satisfy the requirements of a wide range of increasingly vocal parents requires a different type of programme from previously, and a more credible justification for its benefits.

The principal keynote speakers will focus on these twin priorities: the Director of Sport as the leader of a relevant sports culture, and the benefits that participation in team games brings.

As usual, there will be a wide range of further sessions to address particular issues and trends in the sector.

The Thursday Discussion Forum has become an important focus of the Conference. This year, it will be divided into two sessions; the first will be a general one to consider issues that impact all schools, with a second one dividing into school types and specific topics for more targeted debate.

The Conference always provides an opportunity to connect, network and socialise with like-minded professionals in a convivial environment. The content and structure of the event may shift from year to year, but this will be happily consistent throughout.

Programme

Thursday 2 March

1.00pm – 1.30pm

Arrivals/Refreshments

Please note that check in to rooms is not available until 3.00pm

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Discussion Forum: Issues in Contemporary School Sport 

2.45pm – 3.30pm

Specialist Forums

Choose one of the following:
1 Girls’ schools
2 Small school issues
3 Boarding school sport
4 Co-educational day schools
5 The future of school Rugby

3.30pm

Refreshment break

4.00pm

School Sport and the Law
Katie Fudakowski, Farrer and Co Solicitors

4.45pm – 5.15pm

Sector Information Updates

Choose one of the following:
1 Developing outdoor sports facilities
Jason Douglass, S+C Slatter
2 Getting More out of SOCS
James Kershaw-Naylor, SOCS
3 Restoring School Travel
Travelopia
4 The Video Analysis Revolution
Veo Technology
5 Understanding the Kit Industry
Peter Kennedy, O’Neill’s 
6 Contemporary Concussion Management
Pete Richards, Return2Play

7.00pm

Pre-Dinner Drinks

8.00pm

Conference Dinner
with Guest Speaker

Friday 3 March

9.30am

Conference assembles. refreshments

10.00am

Introduction: The Landscape of School Sport
Neil Rollings, PADSIS Chairman

10.30am

Leading a Culture of Excellence
Allistair McCaw

11.30am

Refreshment break

11.50am

Building Belonging; the Potential of Team Games
Owen Eastwood

12.45pm

Lunch

1.45pm

Seminar Programme One

Choose one of the following sessions:
1  Achieving High Performance in Girls’ Schools 
Louise Fitzroy-Stone MBE
2 Working With Your Head to Develop Sports Strategy
Richard Biggs
3 Managing Heads of Sports 
Neil Rollings
4 Building a Culture of Health and Fitness 
Asha Riley
5 Operating a Sports Scholarship Programme 
Paul Askew

2.30pm

Refreshments

2.45pm

Seminar Programme Two

Choose one of the following sessions:
1  Supporting Female Athletes 
Dr Emma Ross
2 Staffing the Sports Programme
Neil Rollings
3 Building a Culture of Commitment to Team Games 
Richard Biggs
4 Creating an Athletic Development Programme 
UKSCA
5 What does Co-educational Sport Really Mean?    
Asha Riley

3.30pm

Conference closes

Price

Friday Conference Only

PADSIS Members £259
Non Members £299
Two Delegates from the same school £469

Thursday and Friday Full Conference

PADSIS Members (single room) £399
Non Members (single room) £449
Two Delegates from the same school (two single rooms, to include one PADSIS Member) £699

PADSIS Membership £99 (Join PADSIS when booking to enjoy member’s discount)

Call to discuss rates not listed, or additional requirements. Attendance at the Thursday Forum only is FREE.

Prices include resources, refreshments, lunch and merchandise. Excludes VAT.

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Please note, all bookings are handled through our partner Independent Coach Education.

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