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Conference for change

Event aims for change for women in sport

Using the power of sport to drive social change and enrich the lives of people living in communities across Scotland is the key theme of a major conference in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Women in Sport (SW/S) conference bring together athletes, administrators, media, coaches and inspirational speakers to explore how the nation can capitalise on sport and physical activity.

The sixth conference by the national sports equality charity is being held in partnership with leading digital agency iProspect and is supported by sportscotland.


SW/S Chief Executive Maureen McGonigle said: “The last year has been a watershed for women in sport globally.

 “Our conference brings together the experts in this field to hear about the latest innovations. From working with the homeless, supporting vulnerable people, empowering young women, understanding the power of sport to support good mental health, we intend to look at the full spectrum of the changing lives agenda.”

 Sarah Clark, international judo player and athlete ambassador for The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, will talk about her experience in delivering a sport for change programme.

She said: “I have seen first-hand the power of sport to transform young people’s lives. 

“Athletes can bring a wide range of experience and skills to mentoring young people, helping them to realise attitudes and behaviours such as confidence, resilience and self-esteem which are crucial to enable them to succeed in life.

“Sport can reach young people in a way few other sectors can.

"I’m delighted to be speaking at this conference to talk about the important role sport can play in transforming young lives.”

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “Sport has the power to change lives – we see that every day in communities across the country.

“There have been many successes in this area in recent years but it is important that we build on those. We want to help create a Scotland where people see sport as being a central part of their lives.”

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