By Mel Parker (ENAS President)
On 4th/5th December, I attended the Erasmus + Sport Cluster Meeting on “Encouraging participation in Sport & Physical Activity” in Brussels. The meeting was called to bring together various agencies, EU member states and lead members of projects that had received Erasmus + funding in previous rounds.
The objective of the cluster meeting was to bring together relevant stakeholders so that we could find out current findings from relevant research and the progress being made in some of the projects, and to share examples of good practice.
The event essentially comprised 2 half days enabling delegates to travel to Brussels in the morning, have late morning and afternoon session and then a full morning the following day. It was a mixture of workshop style sessions, and presentations, and was quite informative.
Quite a few representatives from Universities across Europe attended, but they were mainly from the Academic areas e.g. public health departments rather than sport services.
Peter Lynen, the project lead for the ACE project which involves 15 ENAS member institutions, was in attendance also.
One of the workshops was specifically aimed at the Education sector – schools and Universities promoting physical activities, and we were able to share some examples of best practice from the University sector, which were well received, and one of our examples (Be Active – Pledge, Middlesex University) was selected as a “favourite” and was chosen to be presented to all the other delegates.