Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Virtual Conference 2020

Building Resilience Together

Supporting Mental Wellness Utilising Sport & Physical Activity

During the month of November we will be hosting the Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Annual Conference, bringing people together from across the system in Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.

Join us for a month of information, opportunities, learning and connecting across multiple sectors including; health, physical activity, education, sport, community and voluntary sector.

We all have a role to play in building resilience together.

Cost: FREE

The full list of webinars available as part of the Conference are detailed below and also in the attached Programme.

What's Happening - Webinars

Introduction to Physical Activity, Sport & Mental Wellbeing

Introduction - Event Launch

Time: Pre-Recorded, Link Released

LRS Director & LRS Board outline how mental wellness should be at the heart of our physical activity and sport delivery. Overview of workshops and resources available throughout the month.

3rd November - Physical Activity, Sport and Links to Mental Wellbeing: Mind

Time: Pre-Recorded, Link Released

Overview of the mental health statistics in Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland. Introduction to mental wellbeing and links to physical activity.

4th November - National Programmes: Mind

10.30 - 12.00 noon

Introduction to the partnership between Sport England & Mind including information on their work programme, resources and training.

5th November - Local Mental Wellbeing Services: Leicestershire County Council Public Health

1.00 - 3.00 pm

Showcase of local public health work being delivered to address mental wellbeing.

5th November - Mental Health First Aid Course: Liz Behnke, Syzygy

5.30 - 9.30 pm

Teaching people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. The workshop won't teach you to become a therapist but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, re-assure and respond even in a crisis.

Sector Specific Workshops

10th November - More Talk, More Action: Sam Turner, CEO/Secretary General, International Federation of CP Football

10.00 - 11.30 am

For: Clubs/Organisations (Coaches, Facilitators & Leaders of Activity)

A session to discuss applying our knowledge of mental health and wellbeing in a physical activity and sport environment. Sharing guidance and practical examples, participants will develop a greater understanding of how we can all play a part in creating a safe, positive and inclusive activity environment.

11th November - Health & Wellbeing, Part of Everyone's Business. Supporting Workplaces to Look After the Health and Wellbeing of their Workforce: Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

9.30 - 11.00 am

For: Workplaces (Individuals with a Remit about Staff Health & Wellbeing)

The Covid 19 pandemic has resulted in drastic change to working practices. We believe it is more important than ever that employees feel supported to look after their health and wellbeing at work. Hear from local employers of how they are rolling out wellbeing at work in their workplace.

11th November - Creating a Needs Satisfying Environment for Young People: Ruth Bradbrook, Accredited Tutor for Developing Youth Practice

3.30 - 5.30 pm

For: School Teachers/Staff

Using the Choice Theory (William Glasser) to establish how young people's five basic needs can be met/supported by the school environment.

13th November - Men Can Say it's Okay to Not be Okay: Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport & Sports Clubs

Live Radio Show/Facebook Live

For: General Public

Join local sporting heroes and personalities for an evening of discussion about mental wellbeing and how men can become more confident with connecting with each other about the topic.

17th November - Utilising Physical Activity to Address Isolation and Loneliness in the Twilight Years: Age UK

Time: Pre-Recorded, Link Released

For: Older Adult Practitioners

Learn more around loneliness, isolation and the impact that it has on older people. Explore how physical activity can support families and carers to address this.

18th November - Mental Health & Physical Activity in Early Years Settings: Sunrise Wellbeing

6.00 - 7.30 pm

For: Early Years Practitioners

Awareness of mental health in early years and how physical activity can be utilised to support this agenda. The workshop will cover what is mental health, how we can support emotional wellbeing in early years, undertaking a creative emotional support activity, self regulation HIIT and mindful movement (including breathing techniques).

19th November - Supporting the Mental Wellness of Athletes: EP Sports Psychology

Time: TBC

For: Athletes, Parents & Coaches

This session explores the importance of mental health and wellbeing in sport and performance, and how you can offer your support whether you are an athlete, coach or parent.

24th November - Safeguarding your Welfare During the Coronavirus Crisis: Nicola Dean, Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager, The Ann Craft Trust

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Exploring how the coronavirus has impacted on individuals mental health and steps you can take to enhance your own wellbeing whilst working at home.

26th November - Versus Arthritis Let's Move National Programme: Rhian Horlock, Versus Arthritis Charity

Time: 10.30 am - 12.00 noon

Introduction to the Let's Move Sport England funded programme. Versus Arthritis are developing a series of digital interventions incorporating movement into everyday life, supporting people with MSK conditions to reclaim physical activity at a level that's right for them to support both physical and mental wellbeing. Find out about the resources and training available for volunteers instructors and healthcare professionals.

Call to Action

30th November - Regional MIND & the Development of a Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland Partnership: Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

2.00 - 3.30 pm

A Call to Action for partners to explore how to take our approach to sport, physical activity and links to mental wellness forward. Opportunities to develop new relationships and future joint working. This session will include a Q&A panel of case study presenters.

Closing Remarks

Time: Pre-Recorded, Link Released

John Byrne, Active Partnership Director

Conference Links & Resources

For more information please contact:

Teresa Dalby

Teresa Dalby

Business Support Manager

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564888


  • Harborough LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Leicester
  • Active Partnerships
    Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Equality Standard
    Charnwood LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Sport England


  • Equality Standard
    Active Rutland
  • Active Leicester
    Active Partnerships
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Harborough LSA
    Sport England
  • Safeguarding
    Blaby LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council