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Active Communities Network and London South Bank University are proud to announce that we are co-hosting the 2019 UK Sport Development Network conference ‘Sport for Development: What are we developing?’


Join us on the Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July to discuss key issues affecting the sport for development and community sport sectors. The conference will provide a platform for exploring contemporary topics in globally challenging areas such crime, obesity, mental health, BAME engagement etc. It will bring together academic researchers with practitioners and influencers, policy makers, funders and wider stakeholders who aspire to achieve social impact by using sport, play and physical activity. We are open for abstract submissions until 30th April 2019 from researchers and practitioners working in the this field.

The organising committee would welcome submissions themed around the following areas to build this year’s programme:

  • Sport for Personal Development

  • Sport for Inclusion

  • Sport for Gender equality

  • Sport for Lifelong Learning and Employment

  • Sport for Physical Well-being

  • Sport for Mental Health

  • Sport for Policy Development

  • Sport for Economic Development

  • Sport for Peace Building

  • Sport for Cohesion and Integration

  • Sport for Healthier Ageing

  • Sport for Crime and Antisocial Behaviour Prevention

This will be the 9th consecutive UK Sport For Development conference and we hope to make it the biggest yet with over 200 delegate spaces available.

For the latest news and information on the conference, follow #UKSDN2019 or join our main network Twitter feed @UKSDN.

We look forward to welcoming you to South London and what will be a thought provoking two days.

Kevin McPherson, Director of Research and Business Development, Active Communities Network & Dr Nadia Gaoua, London South Bank University

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11th and 12th July 2019



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London South Bank University

103 Borough Road





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Day 1

9.30am - 5pm

Day 2

9.30am - 5pm



UK Sport Development Network

The Conference is in partnership with Managing Sport and Leisure: An international Journal.

See below for special edition:


If you are interested in being involved in the UK Sport Development Network then please email the Chair, Chris Mackintosh on



Key note speakers


Edwina Brocklesby

Edwina Brocklesby is a former social worker and the founder and director of Silverfit, a charity dedicated to the promotion of the health benefits of physical activity for older people.

Eddie started running at age 50 and in 2015 at 72 years old became the oldest British woman to complete an Ironman. Having experienced the benefits of exercise herself she is passionate about raising awareness of the benefits of exercise for the over 45’s.

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Prof. Patrick Callaghan

Professor Patrick Callaghan is the Dean of the School of Applied Sciences and Professor of Mental Health Science at LSBU. He specialises in evaluating psychosocial interventions in mental health and acute care, testing social cognition models of health-related behaviour in relation to exercise and mental health policy and service evaluation. Prof Callaghan has published 110 papers, secured around £6m of research grants and edited four books. In 2019 he will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for his outstanding contribution to mental health nursing.’

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Rebecca Donnelly MBE

Philanthropist, World Muay Thai Champion, Boxing Champion, Martial Arts/ Boxing coach and CEO of Fight 4 Change

As a teenager, her father encouraged Rebecca to take up martial arts to learn how to protect herself. Little did she know she would become hooked on martial arts, which would take her on a journey she could have never imagined.

Later Rebecca set up a charity called 'Fight 4 Change,' to educate, inspire and empower potential offenders and ex-offender youths, with the hope to prevent such re-occurrences to others, allow the youths to create positive life changes, and lead the next generation bearing the torch to a brighter future.


Additional keynote speakers will be announced over the coming week



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Active Communities Network (ACN) is a registered charity, utilising sports, cultural and educational activities to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and offer pathways to achievement for participants within local communities. Using the mediums of sport, physical activity, arts and cultural activity, our programmes deliver grass roots activities which promote personal, social and community development. ACN promotes vocational training, education, citizenship and work experience as part of a wider education, training and employment network across our own and partner projects. ACN’s key focus is to deliver services to young people within socio–economically deprived communities and address a range of social issues to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed regardless of their background.


Since we began in 1892, we have been dedicated to serving our local community, creating partnerships and forging new opportunities with the people of Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham.

From helping young people develop their skills, to providing businesses and communities with advice and guidance, supporting our local community is at the heart of what we do.