Sports Leader Conference

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

Sports Leader Conference
  • Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 August 2021
  • CPH Conference Centre, DGI Byen, Copenhagen
  • Register now

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 Leaders’ 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 Leaders’ 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.

The Sports Leaders’ Conference will be a two-day event that centers around organizational development, human rights, and inclusion strategies.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to capacity-building in LGBTI+ sports clubs, for instance in relation to recruitment and communication strategies. Sports leaders from across Europe will participate in a range of workshops, presentations and social events that will facilitate both personal and professional growth.

Day two will take a rights-based approach. In the morning, the participants will be part of the general Human Rights Conference Plenary, and the afternoon will consist of panels, workshops and roundtable talks concerning the inclusion of minorities in mainstream sports. The main objectives of the conference are:

  1. Building organizational capacities in LGBTI+ sports clubs across Europe
  2. Ensuring broader inclusion of LGBTI+ athletes in mainstream sports
    Registration for the Sports Leaders’ Conference will open in late 2020.

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