AoC Sport Summer Conference
Every student active

As we all work to achieve the vision for every college student to be participating regularly in sport or physical activity, to support the ideas in ‘Sporting Future’ and ‘Towards an Active Nation’, it’s time to review and perhaps realign what we do. In the fast-changing landscapes of both sport and FE, we must consider how best to meet the needs of many different stakeholders whilst securing the best possible outcomes for our students. This conference is the key opportunity in the college sector to share ideas and discuss issues with peers from across the country. This year, we will have workshops on a range of current topics, including tackling inactivity, mental health, volunteering and the health and wellbeing of competitors.

Who is the conference for?

  • Sports development staff in colleges and those working with colleges
  • Sports coaches and administrators in colleges
  • Leaders with strategic responsibility for sports programmes in colleges
  • Student support and services staff
  • Those with responsibility for college health and wellbeing programmes

What did 2016 conference delegates say?

“This was my first experience of the College Sport Conference. I found all the workshops gave me something I could use at my College to improve our cross college sport offer.”
Nathan Dyte, Sport Development Officer, Somerset College

“The conference was informative and supplied useful tools for future projects and work within sport. This was a great opportunity to network with other colleges, clubs and National Governing Bodies.”
Sara Wright, Active Colleges Coordinator, Kirklees College

“The AoC conference really exceeded my expectations. It provided a superb opportunity to network among other colleague within the sports profession and also key partners and innovative product suppliers. I highly recommend the day to any sports development professional as it has helped extend my sporting portfolio.”
Daniel Chapman, College Sports Maker, Carmel Sixth Form College

“The AoC Sport conference is a great way to meet with like minded people and gain some insight into new ideas and strategies. I left feeling motivated to work as hard as possible over the next year to prove how imperative the work we do in colleges is and how it enriches the student experience.”
Ashleigh Hurrell, Sports Activator, Derby College

“The conference was very useful this year. It helped provide me with a focus on moving forward in the final year of delivery to achieve the best possible results. I also provided me with some useful information which I will use at the college. It’s always good to catch up with other deliverers and network with new partners!”
Katie Stapleton, College Sports Maker, Amersham & Wycombe College


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Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham

De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre
Triumph Road

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AoC Sport Member Colleges: £150 + VAT
AoC Member Colleges: £299 + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
Non Member (Commercial): £430 + VAT

All fees include lunch and refreshments


Preferential bed and breakfast rates have been secured at the Jubilee Conference Centre for the night of Tuesday 20 June 2017. To book accommodation please call Conference Care, our preferred supplier, on 02476 369720 and let them know you are attending the AoC Sport Summer Conference.

Terms and Conditions

Registration enquiries:
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship and Exhibition enquiries:
Harriet Hadley, Sponsorship and
Exhibition Executive, AoC Create
Tel: 0207 034 2613/ 07824 845069


Joint Conference Sponsor - Gym Equipment Supplier

Life Fitness solutions and insights around industry trends provide students with the latest fitness technology, products and innovation. We use our 45+ years of experience to create advanced approaches to get the world moving and help people lead active and healthy lives. Life Fitness embraces a true partnership approach, from assisting with layout designs to integrating digital platforms with leading industry experts.
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Joint Conference Sponsor -Awarding Organisation

YMCA Awards is one of the most important organisations in the lives of anyone aspiring to a career in the active leisure sector. Every year, our professional qualifications and learning resources enable thousands of people to progress their careers. We’re now building on our unrivalled expertise to develop more digital learning journeys and to design relevant, fit-for-purpose qualifications which help more people into new careers.
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Awarding Organisation

1st4sport Qualifications work in partnership with a variety of organisations to create industry-specific qualifications for the Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being sector. Developments include provision aimed at the schools and colleges market, offering sport and physical activity qualifications approved for Performance Tables and UCAS tariff points. Supported by key industry organisations, we continue to ensure that our qualifications reflect the needs of the industry.
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Gym Equipment Supplier

Absolute Performance are setting the standard in equipment solutions, helping you provide first-class strength and conditioning facilities for your athletes, regardless of size and budget.
Our clients include: Sheffield Hallam University, RGS Newcastle, Myerscough College; as well as Munster Rugby and Team GB (Rio 2016).
We are the UK & Ireland sole supplier of Werksan (IWF Accredited), Legend Fitness and DC Blocks.
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Awarding Organisation

Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual, designing qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and strive to provide high quality resources to help Training Providers to give a positive learning experience. We have over 300 approved training providers who offer our qualifications both nationally and internationally and we are committed to the high level of service we offer.
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Membership Organisation

AoC Sport is the lead representative organisation for further education and sixth form college sport and physical activity. Our vision is that every college student is encouraged, supported and has the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity as an integrated part of their college experience. AoC Sport delivers curriculum advice, partnerships, events, networks, advocacy and regional and national competitions to maximise the impact of sport on both college and student outcomes. This event is delivered by AoC Sport in partnership with AoC Create.
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Gym Equipment Supplier

With vast majority of BLK BOX equipment being manufactured Belfast, backed up with with over 50 years combined engineering experience. We are proud to be a local manufacturer and employer. All of our designs are field tested by elite athletes and engineers together at BLK BOX HQ before being released to the marketplace. We believe in proper training with quality equipment. We don’t believe in compromise and you shouldn’t either. We have a commitment to all of our clients to ensure they get the best possible solution and we hope we can share this with you.
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Gym Equipment Supplier

Suppliers of commercial fitness equipment offers a great range of Cardio and Strength equipment together with Free Weights and general fitness accessories.
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Awarding Organisation

OCR is a leading UK awarding body, committed to providing qualifications that engage learners of all ages at school, college or in work.
Our range of sport qualifications, from GCSE and A-Levels in Physical Education to Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals in Sport, ensure we have a sports course suitable for every type of student.
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Gym Equipment Supplier

Spirit Fitness is a commercial-grade cardio and strength equipment brand with worldwide distribution in sectors such as education, the NHS, emergency services, hospitality, the public sector and private sector gyms.
Many companies produce fitness equipment, but few deliver the customer service and quality that Spirit Fitness does.
A brand built on ethical values and honesty, Spirit Fitness takes pride in delivering a quality experience for all customers that will last long into the future.
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Awarding Organisation

Sports Leaders UK is a charity and Awarding Organisation that provides nationally recognised qualifications and awards in leadership, whilst equipping young people with employability skills for life. Young people improve their motivation, self-esteem, communication, team work and confidence whilst volunteering is a vital part of all courses. In 2016/17 we worked with over 86,000 young people who delivered 1.6 million volunteering hours through Sport, Dance, Expedition, English, Maths & Science environments.
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National Governing Body

Are you looking for a sport to engage with all students across college, enhance employability skills and develop the confidence of your students both in and out of curriculum? Tennis is a great way to be able to do this, come and speak to us to find out more …
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Recruitment Services

UK International Soccer is one of the leading Soccer education providers in the USA. We are working in partnership with the University of South Wales to provide a BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Adminsitration degree. Whilst studying students will apply knowledge with an extensive work based learning programme provided by UKIS, working within specific roles and real life football projects.
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