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Leeds Beckett to host Clean Sport Forum


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An event which will share knowledge and good practice about anti-doping is to be held at Leeds Beckett University.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) will hold its sixth Clean Sport Forum on Wednesday 16 November at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, hosted by double Paralympian and UKAD Board member, Pippa Britton.

This year’s Forum will explore the theme of ‘Continuous Improvement’, with delegates from across the UK’s sporting landscape - including National Governing Bodies of sport, Home Country Sports Councils, sports institutes and universities - listening and contributing to presentations and discussions on a variety of topics including:

• The voice of the clean athlete

• Clean sport education: past, present, future

• Athlete engagement: effective delivery to create an impact

• Community sport: clubs, coaches, participants – what next?

• UKAD: Evolved – developing a new strategic direction

The 2016 Clean Sport Forum will also provide delegates with the chance to contribute to roundtable discussions, enabling them to network and share best practice from colleagues in similar roles in other organisations.

Speaking ahead of the event, Sue Backhouse, Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition at Leeds Beckett, said: “UKAD’s Clean Sport Forum presents a rare opportunity to bring together key influencers from across the UK sporting landscape to discuss and debate issues of importance for?/in? protecting the rights of athletes to compete in Clean Sport. Given our long-standing mission to bring people and knowledge together to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of doping prevention we are delighted to be hosting the sixth Clean Sport Forum and to be welcoming representatives of the leading sporting organisations to Leeds Beckett University.

“Over the last decade we have established a programme of research investigating the use of performance and image-enhancing substances from multiple stakeholder perspectives (e.g., athlete, athlete support personnel, recreational user). Through our empirical studies we have contributed unique insight into the complexity of doping behaviour. We recognise that there are interconnecting causes of doping in sport and therefore we need to ensure that we create opportunities for interconnected thinking and debate. UKAD’s annual Clean Sport Forum leads the way in this regard.”

UKAD Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson, added: “We are looking forward to hosting our sixth Clean Sport Forum. In order to maintain and deliver a robust anti-doping programme it is important that we actively engage with our partners to ensure that the sports and other organisations have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of clean sport in the UK.

“The voice of clean athletes is rightly becoming more prominent and we must work together to capture that voice and ensure it is at the heart of everything we do. The forum gives us all an opportunity to stop, reflect and consider how we improve our efforts to protect clean athletes and restore faith in clean sport.”

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