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.

Sport Austria, the central platform for coordination and consultation within the Austrian sports system and a strong supporter of the upcoming ENSE Forum, will be hosting its second ever #BeActive Night on September 28th from 5pm onwards.

Taking place this year at 25 locations throughout Austria, activities range from traditional sports such as archery, bowling, jiu jitsu, handball, volleyball, athletics, gymnastics, and football to trend sports such as Cachibol, Piloxing, Jumping Fitness, parkour and Indian Balance.

So if you've ever dreamed of trying a new sport, or just want to stay active, this is a great opportunity! The full schedule of the event can be found here.

Every two years, ENSE member the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) hosts the Global Coach Conference.

This conference brings together coaches, coach educators, researchers, sport scientists, technical directors and sport administrators to address issues in coaching, to learn about new coaching research, and to share experiences with the top coaching development experts in the world. From 30th October to 1st November 2019 the ICCE Global Coach Conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan organised by Japan Sport Council and ICCE.

Mixing research and practice, both academics and coaches are invited to submit abstracts for the conference. 

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations that address issues related to coaching practice and coach education research. Abstracts will be blind, peer reviewed by an adjudication committee and selected participants will be invited to present in either an oral or poster format. Topics should focus on effective coaching, coach education, coach development and good practice. Early career researchers are also welcome. Critical reviews of the literature as well as data-driven research will be considered.

Coaching practitioners are invited to submit summaries for oral and/or poster presentations that address issues related to “best practice” in coaching, coach education and coach development. Summaries will be reviewed and evaluated by the organising committee and selected participants will be invited to present in either an oral or poster format. Topics should focus on effective coaching, coach education, coach development and good practice. 

Abstracts are due by February 28, 2019. To submit or obtain more information on the conference, visit www.icce-2019.com

Vienna at night by Hans Permana

Vienna at night by Hans Permana

The 15th ENSE Forum will be held Vienna, Austria on the 26th and 27th of September 2019 under the theme Sport – Education – Society. Links and Solutions

Sport and Physical Education holds an important place in the lives of many EU citizens and has the potential for social inclusion and development both in and through sport. However, sport itself does not necessarily foster societal change. For sport to generate societal impact, the education of teachers, coaches and trainers plays an essential role. In this respect, the professional competence, skills and knowledge of teachers, trainers and coaches is of critical importance. When considering the connection between sports education and societal values, the focus is not only on a physical fitness and motor skills, but competences and skills in areas such as intercultural education, inclusive teaching, diversity management, relationship building, conflict resolution, and counselling.

The Forum will offer a space for reflection and discussion about the potential of sport to address the societal and educational challenges facing Europe and ways to maximise this potential. Through interactive sessions, working groups and presentations, the Forum will generate knowledge and recommendations that will help both researchers and practitioners alike.

More details on the forum will be released in the coming months. If you are interested in more information about presenting or participating in the forum, you can reach out to us at info(a)sporteducation.eu

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