The ESDN was founded in October 2008 in an attempt to bring practitioners and academics, alongside policy makers in sports development closer together through a collaborative network of individuals and institutions. The ESDN is linked to the PE and Sports Development (PESD) research unit at Nottingham Trent University, England.
It has the following goals:
- to encourage collaboration and partnerships in sports development 'practice' in Europe and beyond;
- to share theoretical and conceptual developments in sports development;
- to set up and plan symposiums, seminars and events to share discourse, debate and to challenge the traditional boundaries of the field;
- to develop longer term, sustainable network of members in the field of sports development.
The inaugural ESDN symposium took take place on 3-4th September at Nottingham Trent University's City Campus Bass Management Centre. 21 Speakers took part including academics and practitioners in sports development from countries including Japan, Finland, Greece, Iran, Germany and the UK. 2010 symposium was hosted at the University of hertfordshire, the 2012 Conference is being led by Sheffield Hallam University.
The ESDN welcomes approaches from other academic institutions to develop further collaborations for research and sharing of best practice either through visits, scholarly exchanges or the development of future seminars and symposiums.
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