AIESEP is back in Madrid! Spain in general and Madrid in particular hold an important place in the history of AIESEP, with much sport pedagogy research finding its roots in this country. Seven AIESEP congresses have been organized in Spain, five of which were held in its beautiful capital. In addition, the legacy of Prof. José Maria Cagigal (1928-1983), the second AIESEP president and a key figure in the development of the Association, is honoured by a dedicated keynote lecture at every AIESEP World Congress.
Research in sport pedagogy has seen a considerable expansion of scope since its initial years. Originally focused on curriculum, teaching and teacher education in physical education, sport pedagogy research has enlarged its centres of interest in response to societal developments. Nowadays, rising global physical inactivity requires action in order to limit the unfavourable social and economic consequences that are expected to affect our quality of life and that of future generations. Sport pedagogy professionals in schools, sports clubs, and communities are increasingly being seen as key actors in the promotion of active lifestyles, requiring researchers and practitioners to work together to take up the challenge to implement high quality and effective activities. In parallel, pre- and in-service programmes are under scrutiny as they attempt to respond to the current needs of society through the preparation of competent, informed, reflexive physical educators.
The 2015 AIESEP International Conference in Madrid will offer a special opportunity to share the most up-to-date knowledge under the theme ‘Moving up Physical Education and Sports Participation on the Public Health Agenda – It Is Not Too Late to Act!’ This theme provides an opportunity for ‘changemakers’ to consider how they can contribute to a reversal of negative physical activity trends and unleash the human potential of citizens.
The Universidad Europea de Madrid is working very effectively on what promises to be an exceptional meeting that is sure to continue AIESEP’s tradition of high-quality research discussions in an atmosphere of warm friendship and collegiality.
On behalf of all AIESEP members, I am happy to welcome you next July in Madrid.
Prof. Marc CLOES