PtG Article 15.09.2017

Come to Play the Game 2017 and help sport ride the waves of change

How does sport ride the waves of cultural, political, social and technological change? How is sport adapting to a world in change and the many calls for reform? Is sport too conservative to change? Help search for answers at Play the Game 2017.

It is make or break for organised sport these days. At the highest global level, sports organisations struggle to restore their credibility in the wake of seemingly endless corruption and doping scandals. Everywhere reform is on top of the agenda, but will it become more than window dressing?

At the very local level, clubs and associations are struggling to keep their members who may rather see themselves as costumers in the private sector or choose the virtual community available 24/7 on the mobile app.

Can a sector as tradition-bound and conservative as sport meet the demands of a world in disruption? How do we ride the waves of political, social, cultural and technological change?

Play the Game 2017 opens its doors for all stakeholders in sport to help find innovative solutions for sport as entertainment, sport as a potential bearer of high ethical values, sport as a daily practice, sport as a contributor to a well-functioning society. In short:

Sport and physical activity as a common cultural good and a fundamental right for everybody.

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We encourage academics, journalists, sports officials and other stakeholders to contribute with your knowledge, experience and opinions at Play the Game 2017 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 26-30 November – the tenth edition of a conference that has become a world leader in the international sports debate.

Whether as an academic, journalist, a sports official or in any other function your engagement is essential in order to find the solutions that society needs for sport and physical activity.

By joining the more than 300 speakers and delegates gathering at Play the Game 2017, you will not only get unique networking opportunities and a chance to meet the experts in person, you will also be presented with new research and be able to draw inspiration for your work.

International launch of research projects

If you are preparing a major research project or a campaign, Play the Game 2017 invites you to use our conference to launch your project internationally.

Play the Game expects the participation of more than 100 journalists representing media across the globe and is an ideal platform for reaching a worldwide audience and building lasting working relations.

Please contact Play the Game’s international director Jens Sejer Andersen (jens(a) to discuss how coordinated action can be taken.

A limited number of grants for jounalists from less priviledged countries are available. The deadline for application is 26 Septemeber. Read more about how to apply for a grant.

In more than 40 sessions, more than 100 speakers will present their thoughts and opinions on a wide range of the most topical questions in world sport during the tenth Play the Game conference, taking place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 26-30 Nove,ber 2017.Discover the tentative programme and the continuously updated speakers list.Sign up now and secure yourself four days densely packed with debates, discussions and networking between experts and professionals from sport, media and academia.Read more and register