Refreshments from 5pm
Event runs 6-7pm
Following the 2012 Olympic Games, London is hosting the World Championships in Athletics in 2017. Legacy is a term well used regarding large sporting events, but what is the reality they leave behind? Are facilities improved for public use? Is coaching more readily available? Our panel of sporting and economic experts discuss the social and economic benefits of sporting events locally, nationally and beyond. Following the highs and lows of the Olympics in Rio 2016, could the most successful games for Great Britain have even more of an impact on sport than London?
Dr Anita Navin, Head of School, Sport and Exercise, will be chairing the debate.
With her main interests in Sport Coaching, Anita has been an England high performance coach supporting young athletes in the junior age group squads, has coached at top domestic level in the netball super league and has also coached at international level with Northern Ireland. She is also involved with Sky Sports' netball commentary team.
David James, Dean of Academic Development, is Professor of Exercise Science, is a former international athlete, and has managed a national sports team, as well as providing support for a team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He was instrumental in working with organisations around the county to bring the Malawi Olympic team to Gloucestershire in preparation to compete in London 2012.
Diane Crone is Professor of Exercise Science and Convenor of the Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing Research Priority Area. Diane’s interests lie in the reasons why some people take part in physical activity and other do not. She is particularly interested in the design, delivery and evaluation of physical activity programmes in healthcare and the community.
Acheampong Charles Afriyie, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, specialises in teaching corporate finance, risk management and decision making, and management. He will be joining the panel to explore the economic and financial impacts of sporting events on a local and national scale.
Dr Andrew Pitchford is Director of Sport and became a National Teaching Fellow in 2015. With a research background in community sport, he has supported a wide range of sports projects including international development programme, Sport Malawi, the University of Gloucestershire’s All Golds’ Rugby League team, and UNIversal sport, which has encouraged students and staff to engage more in sport. He became a National Teaching Fellow in 2015.