17th ENGSO Forum - "Physical education and activities in schools"
27-29 October 2014, on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki
The 17th ENGSO Forum was organised from Monday to Wednesday, 27-29 October 2014 on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki.
This year's ENGSO Forum was organised under the theme "physical education and activities in schools" and the event explored the topic of physical activity in the framework of education and schools in the widest sense.
Prominent experts from ENGSO members and other organisations at three different sessions:
presented latest researches and scientific findings
showed national and European policy examples
recommended good practice cases around Europe
The Forum was an excellent opportunity for networking with international experts, European policy-makers, professors, researchers and stakeholders on physical activity in schools.
The Forum started with the ENGSO EU Seminar at 14:30 on 27 October 2014 on a boat at boat terminal Vrtahamnen, Stockholm.
Please find the Programme of the ENGSO Forum here.
Please find the Programme of the ENGSO EU Seminar here.
17th ENGSO Forum Discusses Physical Education and Activities in Schools
The health and well being of children and youth have always been priorities for ENGSO as early engagement in physical activity is one of the most efficient ways to guarantee a lifelong active lifestyle. Today, when child obesity reaches record levels and endangers the lives of our children as well as the older generation, it is even more essential to promote physical activity. Schools are primary living environments for children and youth, contributing to their education. Therefore, schools could create opportunities for all to engage in physical activity. Moreover, schools should make a better contribution to educating healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
These beliefs were behind the idea to organise this year's ENGSO Forum around the theme "physical education and activities in schools". The Forum took place on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki on 27-29 October 2014 with around half a hundred participants. It kicked off with the ENGSO EU Seminar on 27 October, and included a study visit to the Metropolitan Sports Academy in Helsinki on the following day. The Forum was structured in three different sessions: Session I: "Scientific approach to physical education and activities in schools", Session II: "National and European policies", Session III: "Good practice cases around Europe".
By organising the event ENGSO hoped that participants could widen their perspectives on physical activity and participation in the framework of education and schools in the widest sense. The invited experts presented latest researches and scientific findings, showed national and European policy examples, and recommended good practice cases from across Europe.
Sports Policy Consultant Mikkel Nortoft Magelund from the NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark shared insights on the successful lobbying process to have 45 minutes of physical activity in Danish public schools every day. Photo: Andrej Pisl©
After each presentation the floor was open for discussions and comments, which made the Forum interactive and a real brainstorming experience. The Forum was also an excellent opportunity for networking with international experts, European policy-makers from the European Commission and the Council of Europe, professors, researchers and stakeholders from ENGSO member organisations.
Guro Roen from Akershus Regional Sports Confederation, Norway, presented the YouMe - Young Mentors Programme. The programme educates young mentors to encourage and inspire other youth to become physically active. Photo: Andrej Pisl©
As Lauritz Heilmann from the Sport Confederation of Greenland described: "The event was extremely useful for me. Greenland is isolated related to the rest of the Europe and we do not often have the chance to share insights and thoughts with other sports professionals. I am able to bring back to Greenland concrete examples and practical information which will really benefit our sporting culture". Aviaaja Geisler from the Sport Confederation of Greenland added: "It was important to hear scientific facts since our own resources in Greenland do not allow us to do much research at the moment. We have recently established new projects and we have new goals and the information received during the Forum will help us to develop our projects even more".
Rosa Diketmller from the University of Vienna gave an update on the PE situation in Europe. Photo: Andrej Pisl©
The President of ENGSO, Birgitta Kervinen encouraged all the participants to spread the news and information from the Forum among their colleagues and networks back in the home countries: "The only way to bring the sporting world forward is to share the latest news with our colleagues. Together we can bring the best practices towards next practices and ensure that the voice of the grassroots sports is secured in the future".
Session I: Scientific Approach to Physical Education and Activities in Schools
Dr Rosa Diketmller, Associate Professor, University of Vienna: Current Debates in Physical Education in Europe and the Role of Sports clubs in PE
Barbara Racz and Pau Espinosa, PhD Students, Italian University of Sport and Movement "Foro Italico": Physical Education and Foreign Languages
Session II: National and European Policies
Rose-Marie Repond, Past President of the European Physical Education Association (EUPEA), Member of Counsultatitve Committee of EPAS and Facilitator of the Pestalozzi Programme: Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme
Session III: Good Practice Cases around Europe