'Sporting Horizons,' a public event on Tuesday, June 11th will delve into the future of sport, exploring policies and research shaping the evolving sporting scene.

The University of Bath stands at the forefront of sports research both nationally and globally. The event will showcase this research, with esteemed academics leading discussions on equality and social inclusion through sports and physical activity, injury prevention strategies, the fusion of sports and technology in our digital era and the imperative of sustainability in sports.

They include Professor Fiona Gillison, a Professor in Health Psychology and a chartered psychologist. Professor Gillison has a wealth of experience in behavioural science and the design and delivery of interventions to help people make healthier choices. Much of her work has been in the popular areas of exercise, diet, and using psychology to tackle obesity in public health.

Professor Emma Rich leads the Physical Culture, Sport and Health Research Group within the Department for Health. The group provides valuable insights into various current topics concerning health, sports, and physical culture - from PE at school, to the legacy of major sporting events.

Professor Keith Stokes leads the Centre for Health, and Injury & Illness Prevention in Sport. He has forged strong partnerships with stakeholders in Rugby Union and other sports to investigate the risk of injuries in sports and to develop strategies aimed at minimising these risks.

The event in June will be an opportunity to hear from leaders from the world of sport, including Sport England CEO and Council Member for the University, Tim Hollingsworth and Wesport CEO, Steve Nelson. They’ll be sharing invaluable insights and igniting conversations about the future of sports policy.

Commenting in advance of the event, Tim Hollingsworth said: “Sport has a vital role to play in promoting healthier living in wider society. The government’s sports strategy highlights how playing sport and being physically active can be a force for good in addressing key societal challenges. I look forward to discussing these future opportunities at the event and exploring the role that research, policy, and the whole sector can play in delivering impactful change.”

Commenting in advance of the event, Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley said: “After the success of our first event last summer, we are looking forward to welcoming returning guests as well as new attendees to the University in June. We are anticipating insightful and interesting discussions about the sporting landscape from our partners and colleagues, exploring the future of policy and research and the impact that this will have.”