[Press and Publications] Sport in Schools

August 2001

No 95

Issues surrounding the much-publicised concern about the state of sport in schools will be raised at a University of Leicester conference to be held in September 2001.

The third biennial conference of the European Physical Education Review in conjunction with the University of Leicester Centre for Research into Sport and Society will take place at the University on Saturday 8th September.

Topics to be covered include an international perspective on PE in schools; PE curricula in Europe; the place of sport within the PE curriculum in the UK and the contribution school PE makes to lifelong physical activity.

Dr Ivan Waddington, Co-Director of the Centre for Research into Sport and Society, explained: “Following the poor performance of British athletes at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, there has been widespread speculation about the relationship between that poor Olympic performance what was seen as the lack of sport in our schools.

“This led to a renewed emphasis on more traditional team sports in schools, though others have argued that this emphasis is misguided and that we need to cater for the many young people who prefer less traditional, more individualised and often non-competitive forms of exercise.”

For further details about the conference please contact Margaret Milsom, Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 5930, fax 0116 252 5720, email crss@le.ac.uk

Note to editors: More information is available from Margaret Milsom (see paragraph above) or from Dr Ivan Waddington, tel 0116 252 5935, fax 0116 252 5720, email iw11@le.ac.uk

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