CLOA International Exchange Group

In 2010 CLOA established an International Exchange Group for the Sport, Leisure and Culture sector. It now boasts over 500 global members. 2013-07-02 IEG_GROUP_LOGO

This puts colleagues from the sector in touch with peers in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere across the world. The Group is exploring web based international seminars, knowledge exchange and international exchange visits.

Duncan Wood-Allum, CLOA Member is working with a number of other colleagues in different countries to develop the international network. The terms of reference of the International Exchange Group are as follows:


To improve the experience and opportunities of people working within or with publicly funded Sports, Recreational, Parks and Cultural services.


  1. To connect Sport, Recreation, Parks and Cultural organisations together through a global network.
  2. To promote sharing of knowledge, research, best practice and ideas between organisations and individuals in the Sports, Recreation, Parks and Cultural sectors.
  3. To support the development of international relationships between Sport, Leisure, Parks and Cultural professionals to assist their personal and professional development.
  4. To improve the competency and skills of those working in their respective sector.


The scope of the International Exchange Group will be for individuals working within public, private and third sector / non-profit organisations which plan, commission, manage and or deliver services in the sport, leisure, parks and open space, recreation, museums and archives, the arts, heritage, play and tourism sectors.


Key stakeholders are membership organisations of individual nations with a core focus on the areas within scope.

Examples include:

  • The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA) – England and Wales
  • Voice of Chief Officers of Cultural and Leisure Services in Scotland (VOCAL) - Scotland
  • CLOA Northern Ireland
  • Associate organisations from National Culture Forum in the UK
  • NZRA - New Zealand Recreation Association
  • NRPA – National Recreation and Parks Association - USA
  • Parks Forum – Australia
  • Parks and Leisure Australia
  • IASLIM - Europe
  • World Leisure Congress


Members of the International Exchange Group would be any individual who is working at a senior level within an organisation within scope. Local authorities / municipalities, private and third sector organisations would be able to join as Corporate Members in order to channel communications.


The Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy is providing pro-bono support for the International Exchange Group.

The International Exchange Group seeks to be a self-sustaining organisation, where any activities that generate cost are covered by the host or participants. Common internet based platforms such as Linkedin™ is to be encouraged.

No direct commercial activity will take place through the International Exchange Group.

If you would like to sign up to the International Exchange Group, you can do so by joining Linkedin

Want to get more involved? Email Duncan Wood-Allum or call him on +44(0)1444 459927