25th July 2022Podcast Sport and Character

The Jubilee Centres’ Conversations on Character Podcast returns for a third miniseries, focused on the relationship between sport and character. Launched in celebration of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, for which the University of Birmingham is a headline sponsor, this special series is presented in collaboration with the Sport Legacy Foundation

Reflecting on the purpose of the charity and the collaboration Jane Power, the foundation’s CEO, shared

“Sport Legacy Foundation is a charity whose purpose is to empower young people in challenged communities to change their lives through education and sport by providing them with the skills and opportunities to play cricket, football and tennis.

Via our coaching programme Sport for Life International and our Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 project United By, we help young people in Birmingham and the Caribbean to discover what they are amazing at by funding extra-curricular sport and physical activities to build character.  

We are proud to work with the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham on these Conversations on Character: Commonwealth Games Special podcasts and invite young people and their families who want to play and learn more to contact us on info@sportforlifeinternational.org or via our website www.sportforlifeinternational.org.”

Jubilee Centre Deputy Director and host of the Podcast, Professor Tom Harrison, when announcing this new series said

“We are pleased to see the return of this podcast, listened to in over 70 countries and across much of the commonwealth, and to be part of this collaboration celebrating this inspiring milestone for the city of Birmingham while furthering the conversation on the role that sport can play in developing the character of young people.

Just one of many ways the University as a headline sponsor is supporting in the successful delivery of both the games and its legacy, this special series offers a snapshot in to how it is often the positive character traits of individuals, not just sporting talent or businesses acumen, that allows them to thrive and achieve to their fullest potential”

The first guest of the limited series is John Crabtree OBE. Among many prestigious roles, John is the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands and the Chair of both the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee and the ‘United By 2022’ Board of Trustee’s. In this episode John reflects on his own understanding of service to one’s community, the unique challenge and character strengths required when leading a global event as well as founding a legacy that will last, and who for him best exemplifies courage.

More episodes, showcasing other leading sporting and regional figures, will be released throughout the games and the summer to come. Further details can be found here.


Character Strengths for the Working World is an essential event for PSHE Leads, Careers Leads, and Character Education Leads within UK educational institutions. Join us on Thursday, 13th July 2023, from 9am to 5pm at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.


This one-day conference, organised byThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, aims to provide insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to enhancing character development and employability skills in their students.


Our speakers will share their expertise and perspectives on educational policy and best practices for empowering students to excel in the working world through harnessing their character strengths. The event will include keynote speeches, policy and practitioner panels, interactive sessions, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of professionals and experts in the field.


Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes:

• Rt. Hon. Baroness Nicky Morgan (former Secretary of State for Education)

• Bec Tigue (Character Lead at the University of Birmingham School)

• David Harkin (CEO at 8 Billion Ideas)

• Adrian McLean (Character Ambassador and Multi-academy Trust Lead at Severn Academies)

• The Careers and Enterprise Company


Food and refreshments:

Morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, and a drinks reception will be provided as part of registration for you to enjoy.


Free resources:

There will be multiple free resources available for you to take away at this event. We will be launching a new workbook, based on research funded by the Society for Educational Studies, for use by careers guidance professionals and character educators to help students consider who they are, the character traits they aspire towards, and to align their career choices with this. We will also have multiple other free resources that educators can use within their practice based on over a decade of research at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. It is essential to reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your institution's approach to character education and student employability. Register now to secure your spot at Character Strengths for the Working World.


Register here.