ConnectSport is a free and independent news service, which has been showcasing and sharing the best of sport CSR (corporate social responsibility), grassroots and social inclusion since April 2011.

Who are we?

Simon Lansley

Managing Director
Simon is a media and content specialist with a background in sport for development and regional / national media. He was previously Head of Marketing and Communications at Street League, the national charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment, and has also worked with The FA, FIFA Football for Hope, Football Foundation, The PFA, Coaching for Hope and Panathlon, the sports charity for disabled young people. Before moving into sport for development, he spent 15 years at the UK’s national news agency, the Press Association, where he was Sports Editor and Editorial Director.

Dan Parnell

Research Director
Dan is an applied researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he leads research with community football and sport organisations, and leads and works on local and national research projects with professional football clubs and leading sport organisations. Dan has interests in how sport can support education, social inclusion and health improvement and is committed to helping organisations making a difference across communities.

Paul Widdop

Research Editor
Paul Widdop is a quantitative researcher and social network analyst at Leeds Beckett University, where he leads research on participation and social network analysis applied to the field of sport. In addition, he has interests in sport politics, policy and governance at various levels, which includes corruption networks. He has worked on several regional and national projects based on sport and culture for various organisations such as; The Scottish Government; One North East; Newcastle City Council, Museums Libraries and Archive Council; The Art Council; The Premier League and The Football Foundation. ​

Read about our Editorial Board

Get in touch if:

  • You would like us to publicise your press release
  • You would like to publish Academic research
  • You would like to promote your services
  • You would like to partner or sponsor ConnectSport

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