About Mencap Sport Live!

Mencap Sport Live! took place online from Monday 7 to Friday 11 December 2020. 

This online conference brought together people from across the learning disability and sport sectors to discuss challenges, opportunities and best practice for organisations working in sport.

From 7 to 11 December 2020 expert speakers presented their experiences on a number of topics, including the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), inclusive communications and embedding sports participation into community settings.

There were speakers from Sport England, Activity Alliance, as well as Network Partners and experts from Mencap. 

Presentations and videos from Mencap Sport Live!

We've listed each of the talks that took place throughout the week below.

Click on each topic to find out about each talk, including what was discussed, who the speakers were, as well as links to presentations from each talk and a video recording of each session.

The impact of coronavirus and returning to physical activity

Date: Monday 7 December.

About: An update on Sport England's new strategy and stories about the impact of the pandemic, and remaining active throughout.

Speakers:

  • Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead - Disability at Sport England
  • Jessica Flavell, Research and Evaluation Advisor at Activity Alliance
  • Dr. Dane Vishnubala, Chief Medical Officer at Basketball England.

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the talk here.

Inclusive communications and storytelling

Date: Tuesday 8 December.

About: Top tips for providing accessible communication - through videos, Easy Read and creating communities.

Speakers: 

  • Sophie Spiteri, Marketing Manager at Mencap 
  • Andy Davies, Campaign Manager at Parasport
  • Sally Hargrave from Colchester Gateway.

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the talk here.

Coaching people with a learning disability and increasing activity in the community

Date: Wednesday 9 December.

About: Discussion about coaching people with a learning disability and stories from athletes on their experiences.

Speakers: 

  • Luke Howard from Arsenal in the Community
  • Abdul Hameed from Mencap  
  • Jordan Young from Wasps RFC.

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the talk here.

Collecting and using programme data and insight

Date: Thursday 10 December.

About: Highlights from our research partners, Spear, and practical examples of collecting and using data and insight in funding bids and project proposals.

Speakers: 

  • Dr Jan Burns from Spear
  • Harriet Bird and Vijay Patel from Mencap
  • Katherine Bates from Mencap. 

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the talk here.

Best practice examples and future opportunities

Date: Friday 11 December.

About: A chance to hear from partners about the fantastic work that has been done, and future opportunities for the Round The World Challenge programme.

Speakers: 

  • Bexley Mencap
  • Inclusive Sports Academy.

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube here.

Download the PowerPoint presentation from the talk here.

Any questions?

If you have any questions please get in touch with the Mencap Sport team by emailing sport@mencap.org.uk.

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