PtG Article 13.08.2015

Play the Game 2015: Last days to benefit from the early bird fee

Play the Game 2015 kicks off in a few months and Play the Game encourages you to take advantage of the early bird rate that ends on 1 September.

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 ninth Play the Game conference, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark 25-29 October 2015.

Play the Game has decided to postpone the deadline for early bird registration discount until 1 September, which gives you extra time to discover the tentative programme and the continuously updated speakers list.

The early bird price of €550 saves you €200 on the regular price (€750) and includes four days densely packed with debates and discussions between world leaders in sport leadership, media and academia. The full delegate fee also includes meals, excursion and a conference party.

Participating at Play the Game 2015 also gives you excellent chances of expanding your international network and will provide you with new thoughts on some of the many challenges that modern sport is facing today.  

Day passes are also available at €200 a day until 1 September, after which date the price will be €240/day. Register here

Among the issues put under the spotlight during Play the Game 2015 are

  • Sports governance: The first results from the governance measurement tool the Sports Governance Observer will be laid forward and put up for debate. How well are the international federations actually doing – individually and as a whole – if they are evaluated on a number of well-established indicators of good governance in organisations?
  • Investigative journalism: Leading investigative journalists will hold workshops letting you in on some of their working methods exposing corrupt practices in international sport
  • Whistleblowing: Some of the most courageous whistleblowers in international sport have also confirmed their presence at the conference. Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, who blew the whistle on systemic doping and related corruption in athletics, will share their story accompanied by German TV journalist and doping hunter Hajo Seppelt, whose exposés on doping in athletics have sparked a heated debate recently.

During the conference, delegates can also look forward to being updated on a number of new developments within the ‘classical’ Play the Game themes: how effective are for instance the new global anti-doping rules or the new international convention against match-fixing? How can the world overcome a growing inactivity problem? Will the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme lead to real changes?

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 2015

Play the Game 2015 takes place in Aarhus, Denmark from 25-29 October at the Marselis Aarhus Hotel.
Full conference participation costs €550 until 1 September. After this date, the price will be €750.
More about Play the Game 2015 on the conference website