Glasgow to Host Pre-Olympic Sports Conference
Glasgow is confirmed
as the venue for a world-wide sports and sports
science conference, which will be held in the run-up
to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
comprising Strathclyde and four other UK
universities - known as The Brunel ICSEMIS 2012
Consortium - with support from Glasgow City
Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and Concorde Services, made
the successful bid to host the International
Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in
Sport (ICSEMIS) in Glasgow in 2012.
The ICSEMIS is designed to
promote and advance sports medicine and sports
science, to the benefit not only of elite athletes,
but also to the health and lifestyle of communities
around the world.
Professor Nanette Mutrie of
Strathclyde's Faculty of Education said: "Winning the
right to host this prestigious convention is a fantastic
achievement for Glasgow. We at the University of
Strathclyde are proud to have played a part in bringing
the event to the city and will be equally proud to be
involved in hosting it.
"Strathclyde is at the forefront of physical activity for
health research in Scotland. Our mission is to train the
future workforce, which includes coaches, physical
educators and sport and physical activity professionals,
to encourage increased levels of physical activity across
the lifespan and to engage in research aimed at improving
Celia Brackenridge, Professor of Sport Sciences and
Director of the Centre for Youth Sport and Athlete Welfare
at Brunel University in London who led the Consortium,
said: "I am absolutely delighted that ICEMIS will be
coming to Glasgow just prior to the Olympics in 2012.
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has been enormously
supportive of the bid process and we look forward to
working closely with them and all our partners over the
next four years.
"Winning the bid is a great privilege and a considerable
responsibility. We recognise that we are merely guardians
of this event on behalf of the International Olympic
Committee, International Paralympic Committee,
International Federation of Sports Medicine and
International Council of Sport Science and Physical
"As a bid team we were always committed to spreading the
benefits of the London Games to other parts of the UK and
this is what we now plan to do."
Peter Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology,
represented Strathclyde on the consortium delegation which
put its case for its bid at the ICSEMIS conference in
Guangzhou, shortly before the Beijing Olympics.
Steven Purcell, Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and
Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This is another
fantastic win for Glasgow and I would like to thank
everyone who worked so hard to land this prestigious
conference for the city.
"Glasgow's outstanding conference credentials and proud
sporting heritage make it the ideal location for this
pre-Olympic conference. And, of course, it's an excellent
precursor to the Commonwealth Games in 2014."
Molly Doheny, Head of the Convention Bureau at GCMB who
presented Glasgow's bid to the International Coordinating
Committee for the convention alongside Professor
Brackenridge, said: "We have been working with the Brunel
Consortium for two years on this bid and it's extremely
gratifying to see all our efforts paying off. I visited
the convention while it was in Guangzhou last week and
China has set the bar extremely high. But we are confident
of delivering a successful event in Glasgow in 2012."
Working alongside Brunel and Strathclyde in bidding for
the conference - and now delivering it - are Liverpool
John Moores, the UWIC (Cardiff) and Ulster University, all
five being recognized centres of excellence for physical
education teacher training and sports science.
Glasgow-based professional conference organiser, Concorde
Services, is also now working on delivering the
The 3,000-delegate convention, which will take place at
the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow
from July 19 - 27, 2012, will generate more than £5
million for the local economy in addition to strengthening
the city's credentials for hosting major sporting events
and conferences in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in
It is anticipated that delegates to the Glasgow convention
will come from all over the world, with financial
assistance provided to students from developing countries
via a scholarship program. Closer to home, the Consortium
plans to develop a programme of activities to engage
members of the general public, and young people in
particular, in the excitement of sport science.
Ben Goedegebuure, the Director of Sales at the SECC added:
"The SECC will be playing an integral part in the 2014
Commonwealth Games when they come to Glasgow and this
pre-Olympic conference represents further, our continuing
commitment to supporting and staging major sporting
"We look forward to welcoming ICSEMIS delegates to