A key conference at the University of Leicester is to focus on the best ways of achieving sporting excellence and reviving the fortunes of British competitors in international tournaments.
'Physical Education and Sporting Excellence' has been organised by the University's Centre for Research in Sport and Society in conjunction with the European Physical Education Review.
The conference takes place on Saturday, September 11, 1999 and is aimed at teachers in colleges and schools.
Experts in the teaching of PE will outline ways of putting distinction in sporting events to the forefront in colleges and schools The programme will cover such areas as sporting distinction, schools and sports development; educational excellence; ways of thinking about the relationship of school PE and sports performance; recognition, marginalisation of displacement, and pathways to performance.
"Since the Atlanta Olympics, where British competitors did not do well, there has been a shift towards attempting to finding a way of producing winners," explained Dr Ivan Waddington, Director of the research centre.
"The Government has recognised that education and training are vital for improved results and have set aside £60 million of lottery money for this purpose.
"This meeting will bring together what we believe are some of the best people in the country to discuss how best to use physical education to bring about sporting excellence."
The speakers include David Kirk, of the University of Loughborough;Margaret Talbot, Leeds Metropolitan University; Barrie Houlihan , University of Loughborough; Dawn Penney, De Montfort University, and Tess Kay, University of Loughborough.
The conference fee, including lunch is £40, students £18, and further details can be obtained from Margaret Milsom at the Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester, 14 Salisbury Road, Leicester LE1 7RQ. Tel: 0116 252 5930 fax: 0116 252 3720 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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