WSA Announce Speakers at Sustainability in Sport Conference

WSA Announce Speakers at Sustainability in Sport Conference

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) can now announce the speakers for the Sustainability in Sport Conference which will be hosted in collaboration with the Federation of Irish Sport on the 16th of November.

Taking place at the Principality Stadium, the event will bring together the breadth of the sport and leisure industry with the collective mission of a sustainable sector in mind.

A selection of speakers from within the WSA and Federation of Irish Sport membership bases will be featured, including an array of Chief Executives from Welsh sport, as they share valuable insight and best practice.

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The Football Association of Wales’ Noel Mooney, Swim Wales’ Fergus Feeney and Canoe Wales’ Alistair Dickson will all speak at the Conference.

The WSA is also delighted to bring Impact 3 Zero’s founder Patrick Haslett across the Irish Sea to impart his knowledge on the delegates. Impact 3 Zero are an agency promoting the power of sport to drive positive social and environmental change.

David Gilroy from Meath County Council will join Patrick to discuss the Project Long Game initiative, which is an innovative new project in County Meath that has laid out ambitious plans to empower local sports clubs to act more sustainably, paving the way for grassroots sport to play its part in delivering a sustainable future in Ireland and beyond.

Dilwyn Griffiths, Sustainability Lead at Wales Golf, will also join a panel discussion, explaining why the organisation picked up the Best Sustainability Initiative Award at the WSA Sports Industry Awards 2023 in June.

Alongside them will be Jennifer Huygen of Community Leisure UK, Jack Baker of the LTA and Steve Ward from Newport Live, while Lauren Jenkins will be hosting the event for the WSA.

Supported by Agile Cymru, a Welsh Government scheme aimed at delivering cross-border and international economic co-operation across shared interests, the Conference will provide a vital knowledge-sharing opportunity to allow sustainable progression for organisations, clubs and facilities.

WSA CEO, Andrew Howard, commented:

“The Sustainability in Sport Conference will provide a perfect platform for multiple, international stakeholders in sport and leisure to collaborate in tackling a key issue that goes beyond our borders.

“There has never been a more pivotal time to act in the name of sustainability and, in hosting this event, the WSA hopes to share crucial learnings between Wales and Ireland which can support the sport and leisure sector here in Wales to contribute to a globally responsible Wales.

“Sustainability is a key aspect of the WSA’s strategy for 2022-2025. We strive to set sport and leisure up for a successful future, and we aim to do this by developing resilience through organisational sustainability among our members.

“This collaborative Conference will be key in promoting the good work that already happens within sport and leisure, and will go further in helping organisations in Wales and beyond to develop and move on in sustainable ways.”

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