2015 Game Sense for Coaches and Teachers Conference

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 17-18 November


Game based teaching and coaching

Game based teaching and coaching presents an exciting alternative to instruction that focuses on learning technique in the teaching of games in physical education and coaching sport. The games approach turns traditional teaching and coaching on its head by focusing on the game instead of reducing it to its component parts such as technique. Instead of having to learn the techniques of a particular sport, students and players learn them in the game through the use of modified games and game-like activities. Over the past decade or two there has been ever increasing interest in Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Game Sense and other game based approaches that has been described as a movement. Beginning with first International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference in New Hampshire, USA in 2001 attendances at this series of conference has been consistently strong. These have been augmented by seminars at global conferences such as the AIESEP World Congress and some smaller conferences with a more regional focus such as at The University of Sydney in 2006 and 2013 and in Taiwan in 2014.


Collaboration between a group of universities in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan has given rise to the Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching Conferences convened as smaller, more locally focused events run in one-day or two-day formats. The 2015 Game Sense for Teachers and Coaches Conference at The University of Canterbury will continue this tradition of a more regionally focused for a for meeting, sharing and developing research and practice in game based approaches, leading into the Physical Education New Zealand leadership seminars on the 19th and 20th of November.


Game Sense Flyer (download pdf file)



FSB 2017: Preparations have already begun!

Huge international interest: already lots of enquiries from the sector / North halls of the Cologne exhibition grounds will be the venue once again (November, 7-10th, 2017)


Preparations for the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities have already begun: from 7 to 10 November 2017, FSB will open its doors in the North halls of Koelnmesse. Already, nineteen months before the event, all the early signs indicate another very successful fair to come. Numerous requests from companies in Germany and abroad for confirmed stand areas or wanting to increase participation have already been received. The official release of application forms is planned for August 2016. The usual top-quality supporting programme is also taking shape early: the IAKS-Congress 2017 is already at the thematic concept stage.
The bar has been set high for the FSB fair. After all, when the leading international trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities drew to a close last October, international participation in the event had increased and the atmosphere was very positive. Around 26,836 visitors from 117 countries were won over by the offerings of the 662 exhibitors from 43 countries. FSB, which was once again co-located with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience thereby registered clear growth in the number of visitors, with an increase of more than 7 percent. The fair registered especially strong growth with respect to trade visitors from Asia (+19 percent) and the Middle East (+12.5 percent). According to a representative survey, exhibitors were correspondingly satisfied with the international character, as well as the high-quality visitor profile, of the event. These evaluations correlate with the results of the visitor survey, according to which almost 90% of visitors to FSB said they were directly involved in purchasing decisions or were advising on a purchase.
Visitors, for their part, also had high praise for the event. Almost three quarters of trade visitors are generally satisfied to very satisfied with the event. 82 percent even reported that they had succeeded in achieving their goals at FSB in Cologne well to very well. Trade visitors' interest was focused on the areas of outdoor sports facilities (57%), playground planning and equipment (48%), outdoor fitness (40%), technical equipping of sports facilities (39%), urban and open space planning (38%), sports equipment (37%), fitting-out of sports facilities and leisure environments (36% each). Co-located with aquanale, FSB took place for the first time in the North halls of the Cologne exhibition grounds, which was received well by exhibitors and visitors alike.
Alongside the innovations, products and services from the sectors of amenity areas, playgrounds, sports and pool facilities, FSB again won over with an innovative supporting programme focused on these three key areas. In 2017, as in previous years, renowned congresses, exciting talks, informative workshops and top-quality award and prize-giving events will provide a tailor-made, complete programme for successful networking on a global level. Traditionally, the IAKS Congress, running at the same time as FSB, offers interdisciplinary exchange at the highest level. So not only will exhibitors' most modern products and services be on show at the fair, but also trends and visions for the architecture and planning of future amenity areas, sports and pool facilities will be presented and discussed with internationally renowned experts. This makes FSB a must for operators, architects, municipal authorities, developers, investors, planners and landscape architects from the municipal, public and private sectors.

Website International Trade Fair for Amenity, Sports and Pool Facilities



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July 20, 2016

RQES conference supplement

We are pleased to inform you that conference abstracts are now published in a supplement issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/urqe20/current). Conference attendees can download a pdf of the content here. German abstracts not published in the RQES supplement can be found here

July 19, 2016

Conference App

As an additional feature you have the possibility to use the conference app (conference4me) on your smartphone or tablet. You can download it in the App Store or GooglePlay Store to get the Agenda with sessions and presentations available offline, updates or news.

July 04, 2016

Routledge 20% discount

Routledge are pleased to offer an exclusive 20% discount on a selected range of key sports titles to delegates attending this month's 6th International TGfU Conference.

June 03, 2016

Program online

We are pleased to inform you that the detailed conference program is now online. If you have trouble finding your contribution, please log into your account and go to “My Abstract” in the “My conference” pull-down menu. By clicking onto the respective abstract you will see when your presentation is scheduled and in which session.

April 26, 2016

Payment via credit-card available

Credit card payment is also available. Please click under "my tickets" on the button "pay your unpaid tickets" using your credit card. By clicking the button a new browser window will pop up redirecting you to our payment service provider.

April 15, 2016

Early Bird Deadline - extended

We would like to inform you that "early bird" deadline has been exended until 6th of May. Payment via credit card should be available in the next days.

March 30, 2016

Review process started

We are pleased to inform you that the submissions have been reviewed by two independent experts. You can find the reviewers' comments in "my conference" --> "my abstracts/ my workshops" --> "show review results".

February 17, 2016

Deadline for abstract submissions extended

Due to many requests, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended. Please submit your abstracts until 29th of February, 2016 at the latest.

February 03, 2016

Further information for abstract/workshop submissions

To submit abstracts or workshops please use the "my conference" button to add your single abstract (oral or practical presentation or poster) or your workshop (with the possibility to invite additional speakers). For single abstracts you will be asked to enter a title, author(s) and a plain text of maximum 300 words. You can not upload formatted documents. To submit a thematic workshop/symposia you have two options: As a symposia/workshop organizer you can create a symposia/workshop by entering title and a describtion of the whole symposia/workshop. Than you can invite the individual contributors to submit their abstracts for their own or you collect all individual abstracts and submit them together.

January 18, 2016

New manuscript: RQES on the top 10 research questions on TGFU

We are happy to announce a newly published manuscript in RQES on the top 10 research questions on TGFU which is intended to give some guidance to contributors in shaping an exciting and interesting conference in Cologne 2016. The content of the manuscript was based on the overarching conference themes that were established by the organizing team of the Institute of Team/Racket Sport Research in close collaboration with the scientific board of the conference. We are grateful to all the contributors and want to thank them for their valuable contribution.  

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© 2014 German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Cognitive and Team / Racket Sport Research