International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)

ICSSPE was founded in the late 1950s with the aims of maintaining an inclusive perspective on the different disciplines of sport, sport science and physical education, and of furthering a continuing collaboration between them. It brings together a wide range of scientific and professional organisations of various sport branches and disciplines, and creates the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration.

ICSSPE is the world’s largest network of organisations and institutions concerned with sport, sport science and physical education, accounting for millions of people. Among others, the Council belongs to the associated bodies of UNESCO and co-operates with the sport movement. By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of human society. The organisation operates with the intention to:

  • Investigate for a better scientific understanding of all facets of human movement;
  • Educate for a better quality of life and improved health for all people;
  • Advocate for the benefits related to an active lifestyle and the ethical values inherent in sporting activity.

What have we done so far in the field of social inclusion?

Social Inclusion - a part of ICSSPE’s DNA! It is an important part of the rationale for creating ICSSPE, and continues to guide its work.

ICSSPE staff have planned and delivered the highly popular ’Communities and Crisis - Inclusive Development through Sport seminar’ for many years, and staff have had central roles in the development of two Handbooks with the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support of the Red Cross: ‘Psychosocial Interventions for Persons with a Disability’; and ‘Sport and Physical Activities as Psycho-Social Interventions’.

In addition, Richard Bailey’s model of social inclusion through sport (Educational Review 57(1), 2005) is the most cited framework currently available. A free version is available HERE.

What is our role in the ASPIRE project?

ICSSPE’s role in the ASPIRE project centres on research. This involves managing surveys and consensus studies, and writing chapters on refugees and psychosocial support. In addition, ICSSPE staff contribute by sharing their experience / knowledge / research in psychosocial support through sport, with sport for persons with disabilities, with sport as post disaster intervention, and more generally in the areas of inclusion, gender and culture issues. ICSSPE staff also have a great deal of experience developing practical / teaching material, and this will be shared with project partners, as necessary.

Who are the people involved on behalf of our organisation?

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey is an internationally recognized authority on physical activity and human development. He has directed studies that have influenced policy and practice both nationally and internationally. A former teacher in Primary and Secondary Schools, teacher trainer, coach and coach educator, Richard has been a Full Professor at Canterbury, Roehampton, Birmingham and Liverpool John Moores Universities in the UK. He now works at ICSSPE, in Berlin, and directs his own research consultancy, with clients including the OECD, the English Premier League, the Professional Golfers Association, Sports Coach UK, and Nike. Richard is also an author (25 books) and blogger (including a regular column on physical activity and wellbeing for Psychology Today magazine).

Richard has undertaken funded research in every continent of the world. He has worked with UNESCO as Expert Adviser for Physical Education, the World Health Organization, the European Union, and many similar agencies, and now acts as the OECD’s Lead Expert for Physical Education. He has carried out research on behalf of the English and Scottish governments, numerous educational and sports agencies. He was a contributing consultant for both Nike-led Designed to Move and Active Kids Do Better initiatives, and has directed numerous scientific reviews, including the most comprehensive review ever published on the benefits of physical education and sport (BERA, 2007‐2008), the UK’s independent review of player development in sport (sportscoach, 2008‐2009), and the IOC-funded study of the contribution made by Sport in Education (IOC, 2004).

Katrin Koenen

Katrin Koenen is Director Scientific Affairs at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), where she is responsible for scientific publications, organizer of scientific events and developer of publication and event concepts. Her core areas in sport science are Adapted Physical Activity, sport for persons with a disability and inclusion, and sport for development, always with a focus on gender issues. Grant applications as well as the scientific work in these projects are within her scope.

Prior to her engagement with ICSSPE, Katrin has worked in a public relation and communication agency and served between 1996 and 2004 as a publications and communications manager for one of the main sponsors of the Paralympic Games. As former PE teacher, she worked for an elementary school in Berlin, Germany, and spent seven months in Cape Town, South Africa, in a sport-for-development project of the University of Heidelberg and University of the Western Cape, developing Physical Education in schools.

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