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National Conference for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

A New Beginning for School Sport

Thursday 17 June 2021 at Jurys Inn, Oxford

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National Conference for Directors of Sport  in Independent Schools - June 2021

In common with many other dimensions of this unique year for schools and sport, the Conference has had to change to accommodate the pandemic.  It is very much hoped that this is a one year expedient, and that it will return to its usual, overnight format in February 2022. 

However, in considering what might be possible for this school year, it was felt that – after months of endless online communications – every effort should be made to have a face to face event.  The date has therefore been moved from the Spring Term – where it has taken place for the last 11 years – to June.  The purpose of this is to maximise the possibility that Directors of Sport will be able to meet in person.  This has been seen as a priority.

Uncertainties surrounding risk management in 2021 have led to the reluctant decision to restrict the Conference to a one day event, without the overnight dimension and Dinner.  This is very much regretted, and member should be reassured that this valued, and popular, dimension will be restored  for 2022.  However, as the Forum – normally held on the afternoon before the main Conference - has been such a popular part of the event in recent years, this will be included within the central programme.  In a year of change and fluctuation, it is felt that the opportunity to share experiences in person would be more important than ever.  Again, this will be for one year only. 

It is not currently known what the Conference capacity will be.  This will be limited by government restrictions, and any requirements of distancing that might apply at the time.  It is very unlikely that it will be anything close to the usual attendance of 250.  Current regulations limit the usual conference room to a total of 84, though it is hoped that this will be significantly expanded by the summer.   Bookings will, therefore, be accepted in order of receipt.  This seems the fairest way.  Delegates are therefore encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.   No payments will be requested until the exact format, and capacity, of the event is confirmed.   In the event of unexpected change of circumstances, and it not being possible to run a physical conference, there will be an online version, at significantly reduced cost.

It is hoped that members will appreciate the uncertainty of the circumstances surrounding the planning of this event, and will value the opportunity to meet with colleagues as usual, albeit – temporarily – in a changed format and at a different time of year.

Currently we are accepting bookings from PADSIS members only.



Conference assembles. Refreshments


What have we Learned during the Pandemic?
Neil Rollings, PADSIS Chairman


What does Winning Mean in School Sport?
Cath Bishop
Avoiding Unintended Discrimination in School Sport
Floyd Steadman


Refreshment break


Discussion Forum



2.30pm – 3.30pm

Seminar Programme

Choose one from:

Option 1

Head Injuries in School Sport: Communicating and Managing the Risks
with Dr Sam Barke, Return to Play

Option 2

Managing Social Media
Cathy Woods

Option 3

Supporting High Performance Female Athletes
with Dr Hannah MacLeod OLY

Option 4

Choice and Compulsion in the Games Programme
with Neil Rollings

Option 5

Restoring School Sports Travel: Possibilities, Precautions, Contracts and Refunds
with Steve Ludnow

Option 6

Getting More out of SOCS for Experienced Users
with James Kershaw-Naylor


Conference closes



PADSIS Members £215
Non Members £255
Two Delegates from the same school £399 (including one PADSIS member)

Join PADSIS when booking to enjoy member’s discount
Individual Membership £85
School Membership  £199 (unlimited members from the same school)
Prep School Membership  £159 (IAPS Members receive a 20% discount)
Overseas Membership  £50

(In view of anticipated restrictions on numbers, no more than two delegates are permitted from one school for this year)

Conference runs 9.30am to 3.30pm. Includes notes, refreshments and restaurant lunch. Prices exclude VAT.

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