The 5th LSU Sport Forum focuses on coaching innovations and gender equality

On the 26th of October, the national leader in sports science, Lithuanian Sport University (LSU), is inviting to the 5th Sport Forum, which will take place in the amphitheatre of Kaunas Žalgiris Arena.

The Sport Forum aims to disseminate innovations in the European and global in sports science and to share the latest research findings with researchers, doctoral and other students, and practitioners who either do research or work in the field of sport.

“High-performance sport is a very complex activity that requires dedication and years of work. It’s difficult to motivate some of the younger generation to pursue long-term goals because it takes willpower, focus and results are not achieved in a short time, so it’s very important to motivate kids to pursue a career of a professional athlete. The coach has a particularly important role to play here: he or she has to both engage and retain the athlete through consistent, patient and focused training. Hence, the coach’s knowledge, professionalism, ambition and enthusiasm needs to be very high”, said LSU Rector Diana Rėklaitienė.

According to Rector Rėklaitienė, the Sports Forum, for the fifth time already organised by the LSU, is a tool for knowledge development, which combines different fields of sport. “It brings together managerial, coaching, educational, psychological and medical aspects. It also focuses on innovations that help sport and fitness sectors to improve. So we need to use them in the right way to help in organising sports activities as effectively as possible, to personalise the training of athletes and to motivate them to reach the highest results,” said Rėklaitienė.

Dr. Annette Stride from Leeds Beckett University (UK) will speak at the Sport Forum about gender equity in sports coaching and leadership, while Annamarie Phelps (UK) who is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), will highlight the work of European countries in relation to the IOC’s Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Goals for 2024.

Peter Nicholson, Head of the investigations and intelligence team of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athletics Integrity Unit, will address the topic of integrity in sport as a global challenge.

Christopher Carling, who is currently Head of Science & Performance at the French Football Federation and who has previously worked with Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Olympique de Marseille, will give a speech on the driving force of technology in the training process.

Poul Broberg, Director of the Department of Public Affairs in the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark who is responsible for the NOC’s relations with the government, parliament and municipalities in his home country, will speak about the Sports Political Power Index.

For more information about the 5th LSU Sport Forum and how to register for the event, please visit:

The event is supported by the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Olympic Solidarity, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania and National Sports Agency (NSA).

The information partner of the LSU Sport Forum is the national broadcaster – Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT). The partner of LSU Sport Forum – “Audimas”.