Leeds Beckett University conference office Well Met has been hosting the annual Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference at The Rose Bowl, 4-6 July.
The first evening of the conference saw the 100 delegates eat and socialise at Roxy Lanes bowling alley in Leeds.
The annual event was rounded off with a conference dinner, a summer barbecue and drinks reception at The Tetley, a contemporary art and event space located in the art deco headquarters of the former Tetley brewery in central Leeds.
Clare Vidler, conference manager at Well Met, said: “We welcomed the chance to host the LSA annual Conference as we have not only been able to showcase Leeds as a place of leisure but also Leeds Beckett University as a place of research excellence.”
“We are keen to work collaboratively with businesses to hire our facilities to enhance innovation – and the LSA conference is a prime example of this,” said Dr Thomas Fletcher, senior lecturer, School of Events, Tourism Hospitality & Languages.
“After a seven-year hiatus from Leeds, both myself and Dr Kate Dashper, with whom I co-led the bid, felt that it was a good time for Leeds Beckett to bid to host the LSA conference. Leeds Beckett has a strong tradition in Leisure Studies teaching and research. The conference provides the University with an opportunity to showcase the expertise of our academics, along with promoting our research centres, in particular the centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH).
“We are finding in the UK that there is an overall decline of leisure studies education and teaching, certainly as a single discipline. More often than not it’s the case that leisure studies is being incorporated into other multidisciplinary qualifications, including Events Management or is being ‘tagged on’ to these qualifications, for example, Events and Leisure Management.”
This year’s conference’s keynote speakers included Jane Ashworth OBE, chief executive of StreetGames and Halima Khan, co-founder of Opening Boundaries.