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‘Teach Meet PE 2019’ was organised and hosted by the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Delegates had the opportunity to find out about the latest research in PE and youth sport, share examples of best practice and become part of a professional PE network.

Dr Andrew Scattergood, Programme Leader for PE, alongside Helen Walker, from the University’s Outreach team, organised an evening of sessions delivered by professionals from the world of sport.

The keynote speaker was Professor Ken Green, Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, who delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Lifelong participation in sport: is there a role for PE?’ 

Afterwards, delegates chose from a number of sessions to attend and there was the opportunity for visitors to do their own micro-presentations on an area of their choice.  There was then a networking opportunity where speakers and visitors could mix freely to ask further questions. 

Feedback from the evening included:

Ros Larkins, PE Coordinator at Dee Banks School in Chester, who said: “Professor Green’s keynote speech was very thought provoking and clear. The ‘All about Autism in PE’ session delivered by Jon White, was an excellent session. Having signed up with some trepidation thinking that it would be very mainstream based, I was delighted to attend this resource and experience based talk – offering lots to further develop in school.”

Jon White, PE and Sport Specialist at Clare Mount Specialist Sports College in Moreton, Wirral, said: “The great thing about Teach Meet is that colleagues are selecting to be here. Great questions from all colleagues.”

Dr Andrew Scattergood, Programme leader for PE at the University of Chester, said: “'The aim of the event was to help create a network of professionals working within the area of physical education and youth sport where people could disseminate research and share best practice. We were delighted with the attendance and overall success of the Teach Meet and it was particularly pleasing to see a range of former students in attendance on the night, several of whom have just gained their first jobs having completed our new BSc PE degree. There was a really nice mix of PE staff from a range of local schools, academics, and students and we hope that the event will continue to grow and develop for many years to come.”

Helen Walker from the University’s Outreach Team added: “It was a great first event of this kind for the Outreach team and another way of engaging with local schools and colleges. We are excited to see how this can be improved upon for next year.”

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