3rd Commonwealth Sports Development Conference 2010

Thursday, 03 June 2010

Conference Programme

Details of the 3rd Commonwealth Sports Development Conference programme can be found below or you can download a pdf version of the two-day programme from here

  Thursday 3 June 2010                                                                       





Registration. Tea/Coffee


Opening Session

Introduced by Louise Martin CBE, Chair, sportscotland

Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader, Glasgow City Council

Hon Mike Fennell OJ, CD, President, Commonwealth Games Federation

Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Conference Chair

Prof Fred Coalter, University of Stirling


Plenary Session

Sport-for-development: policy and practice

This opening session will address issues of strategic policy and long term investment by a major funder of sport-for-development organisations and issues of organisational development and sustainability by one of the oldest and most successful sport-for-development organisations.

Bjørn Omar Evju, Head of International Development Cooperation, Norwegian Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF)

Bob Munro, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Mathare Youth Sport Association (MYSA)


Tea/Coffee Break


Workshop 1:

Recruiting, training and retaining volunteers

Comparing and contrasting approaches to volunteer development in a Danish urban football club and a South African rural community development programme will be the subject of this workshop.

Morten Ubbesen, Project Manager, Aalborg Kommune, Denmark

Trevor Pedro, Programme Support Manager, SCORE, International

Workshop 2:

Developing sports programmes for sustainable personal and social development

Exploring how sports programmes and coach education can be designed and delivered to maximise personal and social development is the topic under discussion in this session.

Dr Colin Higgs, Consultant to Commonwealth Games Canada; Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland (retired)

Georg Schlachtenberger, Chief Operating Officer, International Paralympic Committee

Workshop 3:

Developing coach education frameworks

This workshop will examine the similarities and differences between developing coaches in Scotland and sub-Saharan Africa and issues of mutual learning will be explored.

Rangarirai Dzimba, General Manager and Hikabwa Decius Chipande, Project Officer, Sports Education and Accreditation System (SEAS), Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone VI

Alan Lynn, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Stirling

Fiona Wernham, Head of Coaching and Volunteering, sportscotland

Workshop 4:

Models for sustainability of sport-for-development organisations

Examining the ability of sport-for-development organisations to break out of aid dependency and to develop a ‘mixed economy’ approach to funding and sustainability will be the subject of this session.

Loïc Comolli, Director of Client & Investor Relations, Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT)

Matthew Spacie MBE, CEO & Founder,  Magic Bus, India & UK

Workshop 5:

Increasing capacity in voluntary organisations

This workshop will explore the lessons to be learned from the generic ‘third sector’ and the potential for closer collaboration between sport and the more general voluntary sector.

Celia Carson, Policy Manager - Skills and Workforce, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Becky Underwood, Volunteer Development Officer, Cumbria Sport, Cumbria County Council

Workshop 6:

Developing sport in the Commonwealth

How the Commonwealth Games Movement assists with the development of sport, in partnership with sports federations and other organisations is the theme of this workshop.

Bruce Robertson, Vice-President, Commonwealth Games Federation

Carla Thachuk, Manager, International Development through Sport, Commonwealth Games Canada

Joan Smit, Africa Regional Development Manager, International Federation of Netball Associations



Sponsored by Clydesdale Bank


Workshops Series II– as above


Tea/Coffee Break


Plenary Session

Investing in sport-for-development

This session will compare and contrast the policies of three different types of investors – social entrepreneurial; charitable and governmental – and their differing investment criteria, aims and objectives. These issues will be developed further with questions from the audience.

Fabio Segura, Investment Manager, LGT Venture Philanthropy

Annemarie Elsom, International Grants Officer - Sport for Change, Comic Relief


Civic Reception & Dinner - City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow

  Friday 4 June 2010





Plenary Session

Developing international networks for inclusive sport

Exploring issues relating to funding and organisational development of dispersed networks of partners and examining innovative approaches to funding will be the subjects under discussion in this session.

Mel Young, President and CEO, Homeless World Cup

Maria Bobenrieth, Advocacy Director, Women Win


Tea/Coffee Break


Workshops Series III – as above



Sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine


Plenary Session

The way forward

The extent to which sports development organisations are ‘right for purpose’ and the potential for large scale organisation in the sports voluntary sector will be discussed.  A panel debate will follow with questions from the audience.

Closing Remarks

Prof Leigh Robinson, University of Stirling

Søren Møller, President, Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations

Louise Martin CBE, Chair, sportscotland


Tea/Coffee Break


Contact Details

  • Gill Coltman:
    +44 (0) 7721 530115
    +44 (0) 1896 850547

    Joyce Lamond
    +44 (0) 7711 432745
    +44 (0) 1577 865498

    Presentations can be
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