International Seminar: Is Sports Fair?

Posted by tf97 at Apr 05, 2017 01:15 PM |
An event in University of Leicester involving panel members drawn from the British professional sport and local sport worlds to explore fairness in sports.

6pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 20th April 2017

Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, Main Campus, University of Leicester

About the event

Is there a ‘crisis’ in professional sport today over accusations that cheating is rife and that sport offers too few positive role models for young people? It is also argued that parents and players are making life intolerable for officials in local sport. But are such concerns justified? Should we expect the same behaviour from professionals and amateurs, and is ‘bending the rules’ more acceptable in some sports than others?

Drawing on the experience and insight of a unique panel of guests involved in sport, including from the worlds of football, rugby, cricket and basketball, we hope to make some sense of current anxieties, as well as pointing the way forward towards a better road for sport.

Panel Members

Matt Elliott (ex-Leicester City), Wasim Khan (CEO, Leicestershire CCC), George Shuter (ex-Leicester Tigers & England rugby), Rob Paternostro (coach, Leicester Riders), Joslyn Hoyte-Smith (ex-Olympic 400 metre runner) and Arun Kang (Sporting Equals).

This is a free event organised by the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and the University of Leicester under the European ERASMUS programme. If you have an interest in sport as a player, organiser, official or fan, then this is something you will not want to miss.

This free lecture is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public. Book your place at – or turn up on the night.

About the Ethics for Sports project

ERASMUS Ethics for Sports (E4S)The E4S initiative is an exciting new ERASMUS+ funded pan-European network, which connects scholars, local officials, representatives and volunteers in local sport from five countries – the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Spain – and which works across a wide range of local sports, including roller-hockey (Germany), volleyball (Italy), local football (United Kingdom) and a wide range of grassroots sports in Spain.

The E4S project is led by the City Council of Sant Cugat del Vallès and involves sports clubs from all those countries, as well as academics from the University of Leicester and the University of Rennes 2. The E4S intervention and research complements and supports perfectly the EU study on "Contribution of Sports to Economic Growth” from November 2012 and the recent Good Governance in Grassroots Sport (2011-2013) project which received support from the European Commission, Education and Culture DG, under the 2011 Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport agenda.

You can visit the ERASMUS E4S webpage at the for more information about the project.

The project offers some enticing prospects for learning across national borders and has the following practical specific aims:

  • To develop and improve on a new Code of Ethics for sporting bodies and clubs in Europe in order to promote ethical values in sport, including new approaches to fairness and inclusivity and to challenge discrimination and prejudice.
  • To help enforce the Codes of Ethics developed and make the most of new technologies to fulfil this aim, by conducting pilot tests.
  • To develop a set of verifiable indicators to facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of how ethics codes work and are enforced in local sport.
  • By testing, monitoring and evaluating our new ethics code we aim to learn lessons to ensure replicability around Europe;
  • Finally, to set-up a network of institutions aimed at co-operating and exchanging in the field of ethics in grassroots sport, and at the same time identifying new members across Europe who will be engaged in the future as alliances are built and enriched.

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