GCU hosts major International conference on Sport

27 July 2012

GCU hosts major International conference on Sport

Over 180 delegates attended

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) hosted the International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress on 16-18th July, attracting more 200 delegates from 40 different countries.

Taking place days before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and under a ‘challenging boundaries’ theme, sessions examined the long-term impact of major international sporting events on host cities, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the role sport plays in addressing social inequalities and shaping identities and reaching out to communities.

The conference welcomed panellists Paul Zealey of Glasgow 2014, Keith Russell and Bridget Sly both of Glasgowlife, who presented their vision for the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy. This was followed by a lively discussion on, among other issues, whether cities need to commit such large amounts of money to engage in the kind of urban, social, cultural and economic regeneration that Glasgow needs. 

The congress event also saw GCU staff from across the disciplines of business, social science, media and journalism, launch a new network, “Sport@GCU”, which invited professionals from across the globe who have an interest in the area of sport. Sport@GCU aims to facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge, in teaching and researching different aspects of sport and society, encompassing sports tourism, marketing, governance, commercialization, football supporter identities, sporting bodies, veteran elite athletes, youth and sport, national identities.

Emmanuelle Tulle, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at GCU and Chair of the Local Organising Committee, said "The world congress exceeded our expectations in every way. The venue, the quality of the conference programme, the support we got from Events and other colleagues at GCU, from our Congrex partners and from the ISSA Executive Board in the last 10 months, all ensured that the Congress would be the perfect way to network, reflect on important issues in sport and sport sociology and most of all strengthen GCU and Sport@GCU in the international community.” 

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