I hope you have all been able to take some time over the summer to recharge your batteries as we head into another busy autumn and winter period.
First, it is fantastic to see there have been so many fantastic submissions for the DSEP Annual conference on 3-4th December at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. The conference programme looks fantastic with 4 high quality keynote speakers: Professor Juergen Beckmann, Professor Cathy Craig, Professor Zoe Knowles, and Professor Paul Wylleman. I am also looking forward to the 7am run organised for Tuesday 4th December around Belfast!!
Also, as we get closer to DSEP annual conference time again it is also time to start planning for the AGM that will take place on the first day of the conference. You should have already received details of the committee vacancies available for this year, and information about the nomination process. As mentioned in my previous blog post we have approved changes to the structure of the committee which will mean that instead of just seeking general committee members we are looking for applicants/nominees with a particular interest in the following core areas: Marketing, Media and Promotion lead; Applied Practice Lead; Communication Lead; Education and CPD lead. We will also be creating committee sub-groups working underneath each of these ‘leads’ that will support the work of the committee allowing a greater number of DSEP members to get involved in the working of the Division, and provide the opportunity to individuals with particular specialisms / areas of interests to work to their strengths. So, if you would like to get involved with one of these sub groups please drop me an email to let me know. I am particularly keen for us to significantly enhance our Divisional CPD provision and this is something we are looking to prioritise in the New Year.
Following on from the success of the free to members Division day earlier this year we are planning to organise a similar event for 2019. If you have any suggestions regarding what the core focus for the day might be, again please drop me an email and we can build your suggestions into our planning for the day.
You should also soon receive an email asking for your input into a consensus statement on mental health and wellbeing in sport. This is a project we are looking to contribute to, and to hopefully be in a position to launch at the DSEP conference in December.
Finally, we are also looking to increase our communications and interactions with other external organisations as well as other parts of the BPS. We are currently in discussions with the Division of Psychology in BASES about how we can support each other’s work as well as with our equivalent organisations in a number of other countries. This year has also been particularly fruitful in terms of our work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sport and Exercise special Interest group.
As mentioned before, there is lots happening, and we (The Committee) will continue to be true to the Division’s values while seeking to implement this new strategic plan. As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to get involved please get in touch. You can email me at: