Sports Leader Conference

The Conference will be a key event at EuroGames where we consider inclusion and expansion of LGBTI+ sport

Sports Leader Conference

While the world of sports has generally become more inclusive towards LGBTI+ athletes, phobia against LGBTI+ people is still experienced as a contemporary issue. It influences athletes in such a way, that they do not come out to their teammates or abstain from participating in certain types of sport. During Copenhagen 2021, we want to facilitate conversations that help improve conditions for LGBTI+ people in sports. The Sports Leader Conference will be a space to share experiences, develop policies of sports clubs and encourage political action. The conference aims to strengthen the capacities of LGBTI+ sports clubs and communities that provide important social spaces for LGBTI+ people, and at the same time impact political processes in the field. The Sports Leader Conference should be a step forward to ensuring that LGBTI+ athletes have the opportunity to participate in sports on the same terms as other athletes.

How can I participate? What is included in participation?

The Sports Leader Conference at Copenhagen 2021 will be a two-day event that centers around organizational development, human rights, and inclusion strategies. As an LGBTI+ sports club or an LGBTI+ friendly sports club, you are invited to participate in the full Sports Leader Conference. We wish to see the broadest possible representation of LGBTI+ identities, body capabilities, sports, and nationalities at the conference, and that is why we are reaching out to you. By signing up to the Copenhagen 2021 Sports Leader Conference, you get access to a number of interactive and relevant events organized in collaboration with multiple European LGBTI+ organizations. This includes an extensive workshop program featuring topics like volunteer and member recruitment, SoMe presence, trans and refugee inclusion and gender representation. You also get the chance to engage in multiple social and networking events, which will allow you to build relationships with other participants from sports communities across Europe.

If you have any questions about the Copenhagen 2021 Sports Leader Conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to project officer, Milena Kocic, at

Preliminary program

Monday 16 August 2021
08:45-08:50Welcome by host Ulrike Lunacek
08:50-08:55Welcome by Christian Bigom from Pan Idræt
08:55-09:15Speech by EGLSF, and more TBA
09:15-09:30Interview with Danish professional ice hockey player
Jon Lee Olsen
09:30-09:45Interview TBA
10:00-10:25Presentation on challenges by Lou Englefield from Pride Sports
10:25-10:45Presentation on inclusivity by Simon Croft from Gendered Intelligence
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16:45-17:45After hour networking
19:30-21:30Movie screening: Alone in the Game
Tuesday 17 August 2021
07:30-08:30Join us in Sports Village for morning exercises and coffee
08:45-09:30Registration at the Human Rights Conference
in Øksnehallen (next to DGI Byen)
09:30-11:15Opening of the Human Rights Conference. Speakers include:
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Michele Bachelet (UN High Commissioner on Human Rights)
Norwegian Minister of Culture and Equality Abid Raja
And many more to be announced.
11:30-11:45Community messages
11:45-12:30Panel session: Impact of Covid-19 to the LGBTI+ Community
(Co-organized by Kaleidoscope Trust)
12:30-13:15Going back to DGI Byen for lunch
13:15-13:20Welcome by host Lou Englefield
13:20-13:55Panel on homophobia. Panelists include Michael Gunning, Amazin LeThi and more TBA.
14:05-14:45Panel on gender diversity. Panelists include Charlie Martin and more TBA.
15:00-16:30Simultaneous roundtable discussions and networking
16:40-17:10Closing plenary

Registration free

Workshop Program

To explore the different workshops, click here: Sports Leader Conference Workshop Program.

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