Putting the voice of the child first in football

Friday, June 14 – 10am-4pm.

CGM Media Centre, Cadbury House, Blackpole East, Worcester, WR3 8SG.

Four speakers

One discussion panel

Lots of debate on THE burning topic in English football

Supported by National Children’s Football Alliance

An all-day conference exploring the positive and proactive ways in which the English game from grass roots to professional academies can put the best interests of children first.

Rebuilding the Belief 4 is the follow up to Rebuilding the Belief 1, 2, 3 in April and December 2018 and March 2019.

Watch a short video of Rebuilding the Belief 1 here.

Delegate attendance fee: £50+VAT, includes buffet lunch.

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities available – see details

This conference will:

  • Explore alternatives

  • Put the voice of the child first

  • Find ways to make junior and academy football better


The event host is Chris Green – host and author of Every Boy’s Dream – England’s Football Future on the Line (A&C Black, 2009) – nominated for 2010 British Sports Book of the Year and managing partner of Chris Green Media. Rebuilding the Belief is the title of Chris Green’s forthcoming sequel.

Our speakers are:

Nick Loftus – head of education and welfare at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC;

Dr Chris Platts BSc, MSc, PhD – senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. Dr Platts completed a PhD in sociology of sport and exercise, which examined the education and welfare provisions for young footballers undertaking a scholarship in professional football academies and centres of excellence.The study included interviews with 303 players at 21 professional clubs across England and Wales.

Two more speakers to be confirmed.


– Sports academics and teachers

– Sports media

– Junior coaches and clubs

– Students

– Anyone who cares about the voice of the child in sport  


For further information contact CGM on 01905 754336, or send us a message via our contact us page.