Students join Speach

Practical Exercise

Late last year, we released an invitation to take part in the the testing of the Health and Physical Activity (HEPA) Modules developed through the SPEACH project. Between the 6 and 10th February 2017, this testing took place.

Over 65 students from eight European countries joined the international SPEACH week hosted at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. After two years of developing content to meet the needs and wishes of students and professionals, three newly-developed HEPA modules were offered by a team of international and trained teachers. Specifically, three modules were tested in a real educational and field setting, namely:

  • Development of a family-based HEPA project in the school & sport club context
  • Promoting health enhancing physical activity among children and youth
  • Designing educational sport environments for children with special needs

The week was a great success, bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and providing invaluable real-world feedback for the modules.

“The diverse group of students, together with a team of international teachers, developing and trying out the modules in a real teaching context was very interesting to do. Thanks to the additional competences on HEPA content and didactics among the teachers and the different background and culture of the students, and most of all their willingness to learn, it was a motivating experience” said Professor Kristine de Martelaer of the Free University of Brussels.

The next SPEACH project meeting will be held on 17-18 May in Lithuania. Central points on the agenda will then be the further refinement of the HEPA modules based on the evaluation results, elaborating on the sustainability of the SPEACH content and preparation of the ENSE meeting in Aarhus (Denmark) September 2017.

A ten-partner consortium from seven different European countries, the SPEACH project aims to develop HEPA related educational modules that will be included into existing education structures in the areas of sport coaching and physical education.

To stay updated or to find out more about the project visit the SPEACH website or follow @SPEACHproject on Twitter. Interested parties can contact the project organisation through the website.