Sport for Social Change Conference

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, on Wednesday 4 December we look forward to inviting you to attend the second of our Sport for Social Change conferences.

Please view the range of workshops below, and book your place by clicking on the image.


Morning workshops

Education and Employment

In Hertfordshire, the most deprived lower-layer super output areas are synonymous with the county’s lowest educational attainment and employment skills for young people. This session will look at a range of educational and employment support that can be provided through sport to enhance the lives of the young people in these areas, from volunteering through to apprenticeships.

Active Local

The Active Local programme will build on the assets that are found in a community and mobilising individuals, organisations and facilities to link together and develop their offers to maximise the sport and physical potential for the area. Attendees will learn about the countywide approach to this piece of work, targeting the most deprived areas across the county and be encouraged to think of their community’s local issues and priorities.


Focusing on issues such as holiday hunger, inactivity and social isolation. Attendees of this session will be encouraged to look at how collectively as a county we can expand the current programmes addressing these issues, and work in partnership with a view to supporting those people who are affected by poverty to have long term participation in sport and physical activity.

Evidencing the Impact

Gathering robust evidence to demonstrate the impact of sport and physical activity projects that target the reduction in youth crime is a key priority for many organisations across the county.  This session will focus on work conducted by Loughborough University developing outcome measurements, addressing the challenges for evidencing this impact and looking at what we can actually measure.


Afternoon workshops

Youth Offending

Appropriately-designed sports programmes can help to reduce youth-related crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in hotspot areas.

Based on research commissioned by StreetGames UK, this session will focus on the ten critical success factors underpinning effective sport and physical activity projects that aim to reduce youth offending, drawing on examples of successful projects from across the country.

Healthier and Happier Women’s Refuge Project

Life in a women’s refuge is complicated and often chaotic, and the residents and their families often show low levels of self-esteem, confidence and mental wellbeing. The Healthier and Happier Women’s Refuge project has addressed some of these issues through art, sport and music by bringing it to these families. This workshop will look at the successes and challenges associated with this project and how we can further develop this project county-wide to sustain the participants in long term sport and physical activity.

Mental Health

The benefits of sport and physical activity on our mental health are endless: improved mood, decreased chance of depression and anxiety, and a better and more balanced lifestyle.  This session will look at a range of interventions that are currently being delivered in the county and available support that can help to address the mental health of our young people through sport and physical activity.

Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity

How inclusive are we in our sport and physical activity offer? In this session we will explore ways that organisations can work together to motivate and encourage people with a disability to take part in sport and physical activity. There will be a particular focus on how impact can be maximised by adapting sessions and/or facilities at low cost.

What is Sport for Social Change?

For years, those involved with sport and physical activity have been primarily concerned with increasing activity levels in a bid to achieve healthier lifestyles. While this objective remains of great importance, non-sporting agencies are increasingly campaigning for a greater understanding of how sport can play a role in tacking social issues.

Whether creating long-term behaviour changes, or simply offering a distraction to wider life, sport and physical activity has the power to create a significant social impact on individuals and communities alike. But how do we ensure that across Hertfordshire, this vehicle for change, keeps moving?

The Herts Sports Partnership have partnered with multiple non-sporting organisations to encourage social change throughout Hertfordshire through delivery of a variety of programmes. Between these partnerships five key Sport for Social Change ‘pillars’ have been identified where social change can be encouraged through a combination of physical and non-physical activity.

HSP’s Five Pillars of Sport for Social Change:
  1. Poverty
  2. Youth Offending
  3. Mental Health
  4. Women and Girls
  5. Education and Employment

A sixth pillar includes Disability which is the sole focus of HSP’s partner organisation the Herts Disability Sports Foundation.

You can find out more about each of these programmes by clicking the links on the left of this page.