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Youth Innovation Conference

Wednesday 31st January 2024 at University Academy 92, Manchester, M16 0PU


Get your ticket to attend the UK’s first Youth Innovation Conference






Sporting Communities along with
our trusted partners will be hosting the UK’s first ever Youth Innovation conference.

The Youth Innovation Conference is a new and exciting opportunity to widen the conversation surrounding young people’s views, aspirations and issues. The current youth offer is influenced by an adult led or institutional agenda, we aim to address this imbalance by involving young people and professionals in co-produced solutions to many of the pressing issues that young people face today. Young people want their voices and imaginations to influence change the conference will provide an opportunity to harness young people’s energy and sense of optimism.

Benefits of Attending


Expand your network and make new connections with like-minded people


Discover new, creative, innovative best practices and be a part of shared learning

Speak out

Have your say; influence organisations, decision-makers and funders.


Find out what young people want and how you can both meet their needs and effectively include them in your future plans


Make new business opportunities, discover new partners, employers and employees

Headline Speaker

Tom Clarke Forrest

Mike Kent


Guest Speakers

Emma Aitkin

Emma Atkins

Oaks Consultancy

Tom Clarke Forrest

Tom Clarke-Forrest


Yvonne Harrison

Yvonne Harrison

Women in Football /
Foundation 92

Loknath Char

Loknath Char

LM Group

Dr Linda Shaw

Dr Linda Shaw

Oxford Brookes University

Carolynne Mason

Dr Carolynne Mason

Loughborough University

Kirk Gibbons

Kirk Gibbons

KFG Fitness

Dan Mears

Ben Dyer

The Inspirational Learning Group

Amelia Roe

Mark Lawrie

Street Games

Sonam Sandhu

Sonam Sandhu


Alex Wilkinson

Hannah Kayl Mason


Ross Podyma

Ross Podyma

Supporting Communities

Amelia Roe

Amelia Roe

Safer Places

Alex Wilkinson

Alex Wilkinson

Liverpool John Moores University

Alex Wilkinson

Darryl Plummer

Groundwork Five Counties

Alex Wilkinson

Kayleigh Wainwright

UK Youth

Amelia Roe

Sabina Talib

Derby City Council

Discussion Topics

Our conference topics have been identified by young people as most important to them.

– Creating Active Spaces

– Creating Safe Spaces

– Education, Training, Employability

– Engaging Women and Girls

– Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

– Mental Health

– Play

– Poverty

– Social Action

– Social Media

– Sport, Physical Activity and Inactivity

– Street-Based Community Sport

– Technology and Virtual Reality

– The Environment

– The importance of research and evaluation

– Volunteering and Work Experience

– Youth Violence

– Youth Work

In addition to our interactive workshops, there are also a range of networking opportunities and practical activities!


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