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PE, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Network Event 

Date and time: Tue, 27 June 2023, 09:30 – 15:15 BST

Location: LJMU Student Life Building, Copperas Hill, Liverpool L3 5AJ

About this event

This face-to-face event is for primary and secondary teachers, Sport/PE students, trainee teachers and sports coaches working in schools.

The event will:

  • disseminate the research activity and projects within the LJMU PESSPA network
  • facilitate practical workshop activities that showcase innovative examples of work in PE, School Sport, and Physical Activity
  • provide opportunity for membership discussion and networking

Summary of Event Schedule

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Key workshop (physical literacy)
  • Network members forum
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Practical workshops: Outdoor learning using the Natural Curriculum approach and Gamification in practice (sports kit required)
  • Event brief / depart

If you would like further information, please email Ceri Magill at

Register now

Past Events

PE, School Sport and Physical Activity CPC Event  - Gamification approach to delivering PE in schools.

Date and time: Thursday, 3 November 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

Location: Online

About this event

The event addressed the Gamification approach to delivering PE in schools. The session opened by Dr Katie Fitton Davies shared her knowledge and project work on ‘Gamifying Physical Education’. The event also provided opportunity to discuss methods to support implementation across all the key stages and how it can support the PE National Curriculum aims.

Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Network Launch

On 22 June 2022, LJMU officially launched the Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Network (PESSPA). We welcomed over 50 delegates to the Student Life Building, including staff, students, teachers, coaches and practitioners for a day of networking and sharing ideas.

The day began with network lead Ceri Magill introducing delegates to PESSPA and the aims of the network, followed by fellow LJMU colleagues explaining the purpose and scope of each of the network strands; LJMU Sport: Events, Facilities and Community Sport, Research Projects, Programme Related Professional Learning and Continued Professional Development.

LJMU alumni and current Head of Faculty at Calday Grange Grammar School, Paul Miller, shared his experiences of connecting with the university from the perspective of a practitioner.

Following a break for lunch and some very successful networking, Stephen Grace, LJMU Sports Participation Manager, introduced the group to the sport of Kinball which provided a great platform for Senior Lecturers Dr Sigrid Olthof and Dr Colin Lewis to demonstrate the Catapult system.

We then welcomed Jon White, PE Teacher, Sport Premium and Inclusion Specialist from Clare Mount Specialist Sports College discussed the development of a toolkit alongside Youth Sport Trust, to support girls with autism.

The day ended with our very own Dr Katie Fitton-Davies and Dr Lawrence Foweather sharing the outcomes of the SAMPLE PE research project and how this can help to inform practice.

Thank you to all those that attended and presented across the day, contributing to a successful launch of our PESSPA Network!