Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice event explores current approaches and shares new thinking on a particular topic of relevance to the physical activity and sport sector.

Each event welcomes numerous keynote speakers who present on their topic, project or case study to help and support colleagues in the industry with their own work.

This event series takes place at House of Sport on the last Thursday of each month and welcomes local authority officers, sport and leisure providers, community organisations and many more.


Next event:

Club Development and Building Capacity: Questions and Answers

Date: Thursday 23 January
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

What do sports clubs, community groups faith-based organisations all have in common?

One key parallel is that they are largely run on a limited budget and by a group of people who do it for the love, because they are passionate about the thing that the group serves to do.

As a sector, we promote the power of sport and physical activity to do great things for our bodies, our minds, our communities and our society but our clubs and groups need support to maintain these activities and continue to deliver positive outcomes.

London Sport is partnering with Sported and UK Coaching to discuss the challenges faced by these types of organisations and to outline the support that is available to activate the people of London.

This Community of Practice will include:

  • Sported’s London Member Development Manager sharing the range of free support available.
  • Opportunity to hear from a Sported partner that was paired with a Sported business mentor.
  • Opportunity to discuss UK Coaching’s Workforce Principles, which provide the foundation to support organisations to better support their workforce. The Principles guide organisations through a process of stepping back from day to day delivery to reflect, prioritise and take action (including live examples of how the Workforce Principles have been successfully used locally and to and show how they underpin Sport England’s Workforce Evaluation Guide).
  • Question and Answer session with the panel.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions, please contact Jolyon Whaymand at London Sport jolyon.whaymand@londonsport.org


Using London’s Empty Spaces

Date: Monday 27 February
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

London is growing and developing at an incredible rate bringing new jobs and industry to the capital, however during times of development property and spaces can often be left empty attracting anti-social behaviour and creating negative continuations with areas or streets.

Sport and physical activity can be used as a fantastic way to transform empty property into social pop up areas accessible and able to reach people who may be less likely to attend formal sport facilities. 

The Community of Practice will hear from Physical Activity and Sport projects who are using unoccupied property and spaces to deliver community activity and explore how we can effectively plan for pop ups to activate people longer term despite the short-term nature of the concept.

This Community of Practice will include:

  • Presentations from current projects.
  • Question and Answer session with the panel.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Neilan at London Sport emily.neilan@londonsport.org

Previous Communities of Practice have looked at: