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PADSIS Conference for Directors of Sport - March 2022

National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

Restoring School Sport

3–4 March 2021 at Jurys Inn, Oxford

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

The PADSIS 2002 Conference is now full. Please contact the office on 015395 60060.

The tremendous news is that the PADSIS Conference should be back to normal in 2022. Although a one day event in the summer term was far better than seemed likely for most of last year, the full format will be restored for the Spring Term next year. 

Conscious that the majority of delegates now choose to come for two days, in order to attend the forum, the Thursday programme has been expanded to include additional sessions. This will include an update from the National Governing Bodies of the principal school sports, which will include an opportunity to provide feedback and input as well as addressing specific enquiries. The Friday programme will be available as a stand-alone event, for those who prefer that format.

The theme of the event will be Restoring School Sport. Sessions will focus on the role of the Director of Sport in leading the process of re-building and restoring school sport. The pandemic has provided a break in the way sport has operated, and provided an opportunity for review. Much of the conference content will present the possibility of adding some new approaches, and leading the process of change. Cath Bishop will, for example, build on the session she did last year to show how cultural change might be achieved. The seminar programme is intended to provide a range of topics to address different issues in varying school types, as well as specific informational sessions.

It is hoped that the conference will restore the opportunity to remain updated, stay informed and encounter speakers who are national authorities in their field. Most of all, however, it is the chance to meet, discuss, collaborate and confer. Those opportunities have been in short supply in the recent past.


Thursday 3rd March

1.00pm – 2.00pm


Please note that current covid rules mean check in to rooms is not available until 4pm

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Discussion Forum: Issues in Contemporary School Sport 


Transgender Issues in School Sport: Legal requirements and operational guidance
Claire Harvey MBE & Lou Englefield


National Governing Body Update and Feedback Sessions
Choose one of the following:
Option 1
English Netball
Option 2
Rugby Football Union 
Option 3
Independent Schools Football Association
Option 4
England Cricket Board


Pre-Dinner Drinks


Conference Dinner
Guest Speaker: Gail Emms MBE OLY

Friday 4th March


Conference assembles. Refreshments


Challenges for Contemporary School Sport
Neil Rollings, PADSIS Chairman


Leading a Team of Sports Staff
Will Greenwood MBE


Refreshment break


Driving Cultural Change
Dr Cath Bishop OLY


Creating a safer world of sport
Podium Analytics



2.15pm – 3.30pm

Seminar Programme
Choose one from:
Option 1
Driving Positive Change in Girls’ Sport
Sue Anstiss MBE
Option 2
What’s the Future for Rugby in Schools?
Tony Jackson
Option 3
Operating Senior Games with Large Numbers 
Neil Rollings
Option 4
Developing and Improving Outdoor Sports Facilities in Schools
Jason Douglass
Option 5
Getting More out of SOCS for Experienced Users
with James Kershaw-Naylor


Conference closes


PADSIS Members £219
(Friday conference only)

Non Members £259
(Friday conference only)

Two Delegates from the same school £399
(Friday conference only including one PADSIS member)

PADSIS Member Dinner, Bed and Conference £339
(Both conference days, single room) 

Non Member Dinner, Bed and Conference £389
(Both conference days, single room)

PADSIS Member Dinner and Conference £299
(Both conference days, no accommodation)

Dinner, Bed and Conference for Two People £599
(Both conference days, single rooms, inc. PADSIS member)

Conference Dinner Only  £65

Please contact us for any options not listed above. Prices exclude VAT.

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

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