Keynote speaker confirmed for AoC Sport/ECFA Conference

Retired England rugby union international and Leicester Tigers legend Leon Lloyd will join our keynote panel session at our joint conference with the ECFA on June 12.

Leon will discuss his journey through sport, his transition from the bootroom to boardroom and the challenges/opportunities our sector faces in relation to inclusion and diversity.

He will also lead a breakout on ‘Athlete Transition’ which will support colleges to explore and improve the important role they play in supporting talented players overcome set backs and progress into employment / performance sport.

Tickets are still available here.

Breakout session highlights


– Ahead of the launch of the inaugural FA Futsal Strategy later this year, Lauren O’Sullivan, AoC Sport and Mike Skubala, England Futsal Coach and Elite Performance Manager will discuss the ambitions of The FA and ECFA in developing futsal in and through Further Education.

– 17% of students at college have a physical and/or mental disability and there is a real desire to provide more accessible and inclusive opportunities for this audience to be active. Sam Perks, AoC Sport and Mark Howard, Walsall College will demonstrate the positive impact sport and physical activity has on disabled students’ education, employment and health as well as what support is available to colleges to develop their offer for this group.

Switch The Play will explore the importance of developing ‘work ready’ FE students, tactics to do this and how this can help to drive positive change in making our industry workforce more representative of the communities it serves.

Having recently been commissioned to review the impact of the FA Women’s Football Apprentice programme,‎ Switch The Play will share insights on what the industry needs from its future workforce and the role colleges can play in this crucial area.

Timings for the conference are now available on the website.

Further information on the full programme and breakout sessions will be released shortly.

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