PtG Article 01.09.2017

Extended deadline for early birds to Play the Game 2017

The deadline for registering at a very discounted price for Play the Game 2017, taking place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 26-30 November, has been extended. Register before 22 September and save €200 on the final conference price.

In less than three months, Play the Game opens the doors for its 10th international conference. With 99 abstracts submitted, many delivered in the past month, the reviewers of the programme committee have been given extra time to review the incoming abstracts that will make up large parts of the Play the Game 2017 conference programme.

Since the tentative programme is a bit delayed, it has been decided to extend the deadline for registering at the early bird price, too.

The new deadline is 22 September, which means that you have three more weeks to secure your participation at this unique sports political forum offering an authentic, fact-based debate between stakeholders in sport. The tentative programme is expected to be published in the first week of September.

Save up to €200

By registering for Play the Game 2017 in Eindhoven, you not only sign up for four days of vivid debates on essential issues in world sport. You also sign up for a chance to network with decision makers and practitioners within a wide range of sports related topics.

You will get first-hand reports from journalists who have exposed corruption practices in sport. You will also meet organisations advocating human rights and better conditions for athletes and others who work professionally in sport. Or, you can engage in discussions about important sports political issues with the actual decision makers.

Participating at Play the Game 2017 will provide you with excellent opportunities to expand your international network and will serve you innovative thoughts and viewpoints on some of the many challenges that modern sport is facing today.

The full delegate fee also includes meals, excursion and a conference party.Securing your seat at the conference today will save you €200 on the final conference price.

Day passes are also available at €160 per day until 22 September, after which date the price will be €200/day.

Register here

Top names ready

A tentative programme will be available shortly and the speakers list already presents an impressive line-up.  WADA’s President Craig Reedie and investigators Richard H. McLaren and Hajo Seppelt are among the already confirmed top speakers to contribute to the series of debates and presentations that take place throughout the conference. Read more about the speakers at Play the Game 2017

As always, Play the Game 2017 is ready to raise burning issues in world sport and anticipates factual and reasoned debates on the selected conference themes.

After a wave of unbelievable scandals in sport, good governance in sports organisations has become a buzzword. Play the Game 2017 asks whether there has been any real change, and if yes, has it led to a better reality? Experts and opinion makers will gather at Play the Game 2017 and give their views on how sports organisations are riding the waves of change.

The current developments in the fight against doping will also be put to a test during Play the Game 2017 when leading stakeholders discuss whether the battle is looking at a breakthrough or a breakdown and how to make the anti-doping work become more transparent, fair and efficient.  

With the conference venue located in Eindhoven, the heart of the so-called ‘Brain-port’ region in the Netherlands, known as a vibrant centre for inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs in sport, Play the Game 2017 and local partners will discuss and showcase new ways of doing and organising sport.  Innovative approaches and ideas will be tested, trying to identify the opportunities and challenges for traditional and new stakeholders in sport.

See a full list of conference themes

If you have an input to those debates or to the other themes on the agenda (see more about the themes), there are still a few vacant slots on the programme. If you submit your abstract or storyline at the organisers will review it in a rolling procedure and revert with the decision within a month approximately.

More about Play the Game 2017

Play the Game 2017 takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands from 26-30 November at the Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven.

Full conference participation costs €550 until 22 September. After this date, the price will be €650. Final price from 1 November: €750.

More about Play the Game 2017 on the conference website