SAPCA Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2024

Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium, Leicester
29/02/2024 - 29/02/2024

SAPCA Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 2024

The SAPCA Annual Conference & Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday 29 February 2024 at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium, Leicester – the home of Leicester Tigers RFC.

The one-day conference will feature a diverse educational programme and a wide range of high-profile speakers. The event will be hosted by Olympic silver medalist and former Badminton world champion, Gail Emms MBE, and delegates will also hear a keynote from Maggie Alphonsi MBE, the popular TV pundit and former England Rugby International.

Currently confirmed speakers are:

  • Our Keynote speaker will be the popular TV pundit and former England Rugby International Maggie Alphonsi MBE
  • The event will be hosted by Olympic silver medalist and former Badminton world champion, Gail Emms MBE
  • Carolin Göhler FLI the President Elect of the Landscape Institute will be highlighting the importance of Biodiversity Net Gain
  • The Football Foundation will present the difference that the Floodlight Fund is making to clubs
  • Play England will be presenting how to reframe play to more than playgrounds, the importance of play and the opportunities this affords
  • The Sports and Recreation Alliance will outline the work they have been doing to gain political commitment for Sport and Play in the led up to an election
  • The Department for Trade and Industry will be discussing their plans for encouraging exporting our Sports and Play Construction industry

The full programme will be published at the beginning of Febraury.

Introducing the SAPCA Awards Dinner 2024

The Conference will be followed by the first ever SAPCA Awards Dinner. The event will take place at the Mattioli Stadium, with pre-dinner drinks served at the Brooklyn Hotel.

The dinner provides a great opportunity for networking and for celebrating the quality and excellence of SAPCA members and their work. During the evening, the winners of the SAPCA Awards 2024 will be announced and delegates will also be treated to an after-dinner Q&A session with England and Leicester Tigers legend, Martin Johnson CBE.

The finalist for each of the awards have been announced here.

Pre-event Networking Dinner

As in previous years, there will be an informal, pre-conference, buffet-style networking dinner on the day before the conference and awards dinner. This will take place on the evening of 28 February at Hotel Brooklyn.

Delegate Registration

There are flexible options for those who aren’t able to attend the full day. The options and costs of attendance are as follows.
(All prices shown are excluding VAT)

  • Evening networking dinner (Wednesday 28 February): £30
  • B&B accommodation (Wednesday 28 February): £100
  • Conference Day Delegate (Thursday 29 February): £260
  • Awards Dinner (Thursday 29 February) : £130
  • B&B accommodation (Thursday 29 February): £100

There is a discounted rate of £370 for a “Full Delegate” when booking the Conference, Dinner and Hotel on the Thursday, a saving of £120 per person.

Hotel Bookings

We have secured hotel accommodation at the Hotel Brooklyn, which has direct walkway access to the stadium. Please note: all accommodation at this hotel should be booked through SAPCA and not with the hotel.

The Brooklyn Hotel Leicester – All images © Brooklyn Hotel

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would like to thank the event’s headline sponsor, Play Innovation, lunch sponsor Juta a.s and pre-dinner drinks reception sponsor, Notts Sport for their generous support.

There are still sponsorship packages available. Please contact Karen Maxwell for more information: / 07866 736597

Conference Exhibition

SAPCA members can also promote their products and services to conference delegates and VIP guests by booking an exhibition stand. The cost is £600 + VAT. Simply tick the box on the booking form or contact Karen Maxwell for further information.

All bookings should be made online here by Friday 23 February 2024.


What time does registration open?

Registration is from 08.30 hrs, and the first session will start at 09.30 hrs, to give you time to arrive.

For delegates travelling by car, the traffic is likely to be heavy at this time of day; in addition there are road works around the stadium area, so please factor this in when making your travel plans.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for the day is smart casual.
The dress code for the evening Awards Dinner is formal (black tie/lounge suit).

What are the car parking arrangements?

Please park your car in the Crumbie car park, which is located at the back of the stadium.

Car parking is £10 on the 28th February for those staying the night before the Annual Conference and Awards Dinner.

Car parking is free all day on 29 February, please vacate the car park by 10.00 hrs on Friday 1 March to avoid charges.

If this car park is full please click on this link to view a map of other car parks in the area.

How do I get there by car?

Venue address:

Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium
Aylestone Rd

Please set your SatNav to LE2 7TR

For detailed directions please visit:

What time is hotel check-in

For those staying at Hotel Brooklyn, bedrooms will be available from 16.00 hrs on the day of arrival. You can pick up your room keys from the SAPCA reception desk on the day of the Conference. You are required to check out by 10.00 hrs on the day of departure, unless otherwise requested. Hotel guests may leave bags in the hotel’s luggage room.

I am staying at the Brooklyn Hotel, is breakfast included?

Your room rate at both hotels includes breakfast, which is available from 07.00 till 10.00 hrs each morning.

I have special dietary requirements who should I inform?

If you have specific dietary requirements, please let us know immediately, if you have not already done so. You can do this by emailing Paul Johnson:

Is there WiFi access at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium?

There is free WiFi for all delegates.

Network: Tigers
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Is lunch provided?

Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided on arrival and throughout the day. A buffet lunch, kindly sponsored by Juta a.s., will be served in the networking and exhibition area.

Please take time to visit the exhibitor stands during your networking breaks throughout the day.