More than 100 participants and presenters from all over the world joined the 15th European Network of Sport Education Forum in Vienna, Austria, which was held on the 26th and 27th of September 2019. Researchers, practitioners and students met at the Institute for Sport Science at the University of Vienna to discuss issues related to the theme “Sport. Education. Society. – Links & Solutions”.
The Forum offered a space for reflection and discussion about the potential of sport to address the societal and educational challenges facing Europe and ways to maximize this potential. Through more than 30 interactive sessions, working groups and presentations, the Forum generated knowledge and recommendations that will help both researchers and practitioners alike. More than 35 speakers showcased their current research projects and discussed current societal challenges in regard to European sport and sport education.
In his keynote presentation, Mr. Jean Francois Laurent from The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) spoke about the future challenges in the field of grassroots sport and how education can help address those very challenges. In a lively round table debate, Michal Bronikowski (AWF Poznan), Marcela González-Gross (Polytechnic University of Madrid), Kirsi Hämäläinen (Finnish Olympic Committee) as well as newly-elected ENSE president Thomas Skovgaard (University of Southern Denmark) discussed how the lessons learned through sport education could be transferred into real life settings.
Besides researchers and educators, students from the German Sport University also played an active role through a number of poster presentations. The posters – covering different topics ranging from sport for development, to gender equality and sport governance – were integrated into the Forum through a guided poster exhibition.
We would like to extend our thanks all the presenters, participants and the volunteers from the University of Vienna´s Institute for Sport Science, who also organized the #BeActive breaks, as part of the European Week of Sport.
A big thank you also goes to the gracious support provided by our partners, the European Commission, the Erasmus+ programme, the City of Vienna, the Austrian Bundes-Sportorganisation, and AlphaChamp, with additional nutritional support provided by VitaCan and Ströck.
We are already looking forward to the next ENSE Forum, which will be hosted in Guimarães, Portugal, in 2021.