The MEASURE network was invited to contribute to the recent SPORTVISION 2012 conference in Copenhagen, under the flag of the Danish Presidency of the EU and provide three speeches on the topic of sport participation and physical activity relating sport research and sport policy.
We hope to see all of you at the EASS Conference in Bern (20-23 June 2012), where sport participation research will receive considerable attention. We encourage you to submit papers for this conference on the subtopic ‘Challenges of Sport Participation Research’!
Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is extended until 12 February 2012.
The next MEASURE meeting will take place on June 20th (location: conference venue) preceding the 9th EASS conference (20-23 June, Bern). We hope to welcome all the members of MEASURE on both the conference and the meeting. More information on this meeting will be provided in due time. Please feel free to suggest discussion topics for the meeting.
We encourage all the members of MEASURE to submit papers for this conference on the subtopic ‘Challenges of Sport Participation Research’.
Additional information about the EASS conference click here
Call for Papers: click here
Gent University pdh-student Van Tuyckom brings together outcomes of four major sports participation surveys incl. three Eurobarometers.
By: Koen Breedveld, WJH Mulier Institute
On October 20 2011, University of Gent phd-student Charlotte van Tuyckom successfully defended her phd-thesis. The phd-thesis brings together ten articles that Van Tuyckom had previously published in different scientific journals. Van Tuyckoms thesis is unprecedented, in the sense that she analyzed not one but four different datasets on sports participation in Europe: three Eurobarometers, as well as the 2007 ISSP study on ‘Leisure time and sport’. To date, there is no thesis, report or book that brings together analyses on so many different datasets on sports in Europe. Previous reports focused on just one dataset , used local datasets that did not allow for international comparison, or focused primarily on policy-issues and debates and not so much on the actual ‘numbers’.
During the Play the Game conference in Cologne, two MEASURE sessions have been organised, allowing for cross-national knowledge sharing. For the first meeting, in the morning, the main topic regarded the direction in which MEASURE should be developed further, and what position MEASURE should take as an expert group. Also some new cross-national project proposals were launched. A second session, in the afternoon, consisted of six different presentations in the field of sport participation research, enhancing the understanding of sport participation in Europe, and providing insights in recent developments in the field of sport participation.
The joint report of the KU Leuven, Hedera and Mulier Institute on sport participation in Europe has been officially released on 4 October 2011 during the Play the Game conference in Cologne, Germany. After the plenary presentation of the MEASURE network, represented by Jeroen Scheerder of KU Leuven, the report on sport participation in Europe is made available for the attendants and other interested researchers or policy makers.
The report is authored by Jeroen Scheerder, Hanne Vandermeerschen, Charlotte van Tuyckom, Remco Hoekman, Koen Breedveld and Steven Vos and includes interesting insights in differences in sports participation within Europe as well as methodological debates on compartive research and an overview of the involvement in sport of the European Commission.
The report can be downloaded free of charge at http://faber.kuleuven.be/spm/ (registration is obligatory)