2013 Conference

Sport changes lives: learn, lead, inspire.

The Youth Sport Trust's annual conference took place from 6-7 February 2013 at Telford International Centre. The event aimed to inspire headteachers, directors of specialism, senior leaders and PE practitioners to harness the power of PE and sport to encourage young people to achieve, through a range of keynote and mini-keynote speakers, workshops, school-led practice sessions and updates.

Keynote speakers

Delegates heard from a range of inspirational speakers including Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, Baroness Sue Campbell; Olympic gold medallist, Jonathan Edwards; Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the conductor of the first British Paraorchestra who performed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Charles Hazlewood.

Guest appearances

Guests at the 2013 Conference included London 2012 gold medallists, rower, Sophie Hosking and boxer, Nicola Adams; 2012 Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft; Gail Emms 2004 Olympic silver medallist, badminton; and Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, Tim Hollingsworth.

VIP reception for Premium Members

We were delighted to invite our Premium Member schools to our VIP reception, hosted by Baroness Sue Campbell and John Steele, on the evening of Tuesday 5 February 2013.

The event gave us the opportunity to thank the schools personally for their continued commitment to PE and sport, as well as celebrating their successes so far with Youth Sport Trust staff, the Headteacher Strategy Group and other Premium Members.

Innovation Awards

The Youth Sport Trust's prestigious Innovation Awards represent high quality and inspirational work in schools. The winners were announced during the gala dinner at our 2013 Conference on Wednesday 6 February.


Delegates attended a mix of the mini-keynotes, interactive workshops, school-led practice sessions, updates and networks, and interactive webzone sessions that were on offer.

The sessions focused on how PE and sport can enhance leadership, achievement and social cohesion and some looked at how the legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games can benefit schools and opportunities there are to inspire a generation.

Most presentations from the sessions are now available to download.


As part of the conference programmme, we showed some videos to support the opening and closing addresses. You may wish to use these, or some other films we've found, in your own work. Please click on the links below to access footage.

Please note that we are unable to share some of the films due to licence restrictions.

London 2012 Bid Film

Best of London 2012 film

Montage of Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Cauldron lit at Olympic Stadium by young people - including Young Ambassador, Jordan Duckitt

ParalympicGB's greatest moments


Dual sponsorship lockup 


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Francesca Ruffoni

Events Manager
01509 226637