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The Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK) has dissolved and a new organisation, the Association for Physical Education (afPE) was launched on March 23, 2006. The afPE is holding a conference in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, July 12-14, to explore the role of PE in the context of "Every Child Matters", especially "Enjoy and Achieve", and identify clear frameworks for increasing the number of young people taking an active part in PE and school sports. Fee: pound;375; pound;320 members; day rates available.

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"Physical education futures" is the theme of a conference at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, June 29. It will examine new curriculum models such as sport education, developments in youth sport, coaching and coach education, disability, policy and politics, talent identification and the World Summit on Physical Education.

"High quality teaching and learning" is the theme of a primary PE conference at Roehampton University, London SW15, June 30. Sessions will include practical and theory-based workshops and lectures. Speakers include: Professor Margaret Talbot of the Association for Physical Education, on "PE influencing the political agenda", and Mike Jess of Basic Moves, Edinburgh University, on "Developing children's basic movement foundation". Fee: pound;100-Pounds 150.

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Starwatch, a PE, languages and biology initiative, has attracted contributions from 21 international footballers, and offers a top prize of a trip to Munich to join the World Cup party in early July. The scheme encourages 12 to 18-year-olds to complete multilingual fitness projects based on their football heroes and to form fitness teams at school. Resources being sent to schools include worksheets, an interactive quiz, posters and a website with materials in German, Italian, Dutch and Czech. The organisers are the Association for Physical Education, the National Centre for Languages (CILT) and German publisher Zeitbild.


Schoolchildren will be matched up with the sports to which they are most suited and the local clubs running them through a new programme called Sports Search. First to get involved will be the 14,000 schoolchildren in Greenwich, who will undertake physical activities and use an Internet programme to research relevant sports and opportunities. Four more London boroughs are due to implement the scheme prior to a national rollout later this year.


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