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FIEP EUROPE: ACTION PLAN 2017 – 2020
The FIEP Europe Action Plan 2017–2020 is based on an evaluation of accomplishments of the FIEP Europe Action plan 2013–2016 and aims to further develop principal ideas and FIEP activities in Europe.
In order to facilitate any FIEP Europe’s continental region activity remit, a strategically and fundamentally important is to develop a Management and Secretariat structure. This structure will need to be aligned with that of the FIEP World parent body but also will need accord with specific needs of the European region in relation to activities, projects and issues in a changed (and changing) Europe, particularly with an expanded European Union and extended co-operation between EU and Council of Europe countries.
For communication with the wider world as well as with members, it is an imperative to have a dedicated website to disseminate and exchange information, share knowledge, promote the organisation and its activities. In addition to a Home Page on the FIEP Network and Structures (‘About Us’), the site should embrace Membership details including a Membership Data Base, General and Sector Specific Activities (conferences, seminars, projects, good academic/professional practices etc.), Publications, Awards, Latest News/Newsletter, Partnership Networks and associated portal links etc.
Structurally it is important to have links, which facilitate a ‘giving voice’ to members approach in the region. One means to achieve wider involvement of members is through the establishment of discipline and area-based interest groups (e.g. Sports Psychology; Sports Sociology; Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics; Sports Management; Teaching Games for Understanding, Adapted Physical Activity; PE & Sport for the Senior Citizens etc.) with co-ordinating chairpersons. Establishment of such groups will assist not only in giving voice to a wider constituency of members but also in planning congress/seminar etc. programme schedules and contents. Currently the FIEP Parent Body has seven “International Sections”. FIEP Europe could adopt these Sections but with sub-divisions to extend specific fields of interest, for example the Scientific Section could have sub-sections in Biomechanics, Exercise, Physiology, Sports Psychology etc.
Membership retention and attraction of new members are important in capacity building. Existing members can be retained and new members can be attracted by a range and quality of services and activities available and rendered. Consideration of the interface relationship between the FIEP parent body and FIEP European membership will be necessary. A membership data base is essential for the communication information interface both internally within FIEP Europe and FIEP International Federation and externally for contact and information etc. exchange.
Commitment to enterprise often relies on voluntary engagement, goodwill and ‘in-kind’ support but is difficult to sustain with financial resources. This Building Bridges-Creating Pathways Action Plan may draw upon such engagement and support but financial resource assistance is essential to successful implementation. For Projects, it may be possible to draw from European institutional research funding sources. However, for overall sustainability, other sources of finance are necessary.
Develop a FIEP Europe ‘Management’ structure:
- Develop FIEP Europe Secretariat in Bratislava, FIEP Europe Vice-president Secretariat in Bacau, Romania and create in cooperation with the University of Zagreb a supplementary secretariat of FIEP Europe General Secretary in Zagreb.
- Update and future maintenance (by the FIEP Europe Secretariat) FIEP Europe English language website with portal links to the Parent Body and other relevant agencies and associations (www.fiepeurope.eu). This website would also include specific part for FIEP National Delegates and reference to the FIEP interactive on-line site accessed via www.fiepbulletin.net.
- Support creation of FIEP websites in different European countries.
2. Personal Management
Develop a FIEP Europe structure of National and Assistant National delegates and Special Areas:
- Search for committed individuals from countries, which at present do not have a representative in FIEP Europe, who would, as National Delegates or Assistant National Delegates, be representatives of their countries in FIEP Europe.
- Develop the managerial work with FIEP National Delegates. Organise annual FIEP National Delegates’ meetings timed to coincide with FIEP European Congresses. FIEP Europe is to undertake more frequent and inclusive communication with delegates concerning the work of the Association in order to increase its image and profile.
- Appointment of appropriately qualified or experienced Area/Special Interest Groups’ (A/SIGs) Chairpersons (or Co-ordinators), who will be responsible initially for establishing and developing Area/Special Interest Groups in accord with the FIEP International Sections together with appropriate sub-divisions, and subsequently for liaison between the Executive Committee and the A/SIGs and between A/SIGs and Conference etc. Programme Committees. The A/SIGs’ chairpersons/co-coordinators could also serve on the Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.
- Management Secretariat to regularly update a data base of FIEP European members (individual and institutional) comprising contact addresses and spheres of interest or enterprise.
- Executive Committee to formulate a strategy to retain existing, and attract new, members, in which the FIEP parent body-FIEP Europe interface will need to feature.
- Develop a FIEP New Leaders project for supporting of integration of young scholars in scientific community and their preparation and future integration in different FIEP structures and positions.
3. Financial Management
- Identification of viable financial sources to fund administrative etc. and other dedicated activities. Identification should be followed up by attraction of potential investors/sponsors (European-wide institutions, e.g. banks, sportswear companies) to assist in funding activities organized by FIEP Europe.
- Developing of a FIEP membership fee according to the social and economic conditions of each country – reduced membership fee for individual and collective members from Eastern and Middle European countries;
- Facilitation of direct payments by Members to the FIEP Europe bank account;
- Creation of an option to pay membership fees for multiple years at discount rates when payment is made in advance.
- Reduce time between the payment of fees and receipt of the FIEP Europe membership card.
- From 2010, an Agreement between FIEP World and FIEP Europe, FIEP European membership fees will be payed into a designated FIEP Europe Account for use in development of FIEP activities in Europe and for the FIEP Europe Secretariat.
- a) Creation of a new marketing strategy for promoting organization in each of the FIEP Europe member countries (presentation flyers; brochures that would present our organization, on a global, European, and national level; invitations to various events organized under the FIEP patronage, etc.)
- b) FIEP Europe will focus in the next period of time on promotion and presentation of its work through Internet and Social networks and through the promotion of its profile together with a presence at important events linked to its mission and activities.
1. Network Partnerships
Strategic collaborative partnerships with intergovernmental/governmental agencies (e.g. EU, Council of Europe, UNESCO, national agencies for PE/Sport/Physical Activity/Health), and non-governmental academic/scientific and professional European/National organisations (e.g. ECSS, ENGSO, ICSSPE, EUPEA, CEREPS and CONFEJES), which have common and/or similar vested interests, are important in the processes of influence on policies and practices.
- Identification of relevant agencies and organisations and new strategic development of mutually beneficial partnerships.
- Development of existing Partnership and cooperation with ICSSPE and International Committee of Sport Pedagogy (ICSP), EUPEA (PE Alliance) and UNESCO, CEREPS, CONFEJES and other international bodies.
- Development of existing cooperation with national PE teacher’s associations (CAPDI in Italy, HRKS in Croatia, ZUTŠV in Slovakia). Identification of cooperation with new PE Associations partners.
2. School PE and Sport Monitoring Clearing House.
UNESCO, WHO, Council of Europe and European Parliament have advocated regular monitoring of school physical education and sport. FIEP has potential as a key European Network organisation to contribute to the process of monitoring PE and Sport Programmes across the globe. FIEP would provide annual update reports on developments. Additionally, FIEP would undertake regular monitoring surveys every five years in accordance with the various intergovernmental agencies’ recommendations.
- FIEP to consider a key monitoring centre role in School Physical Education and Sport across the globe and establish a network of institutions in each country to inform the process annually and every 5 years by participating in a School PE Situation Survey.
- FIEP is planning to develop 4th World-wide Survey of School Physical Education in cooperation with UNESCO and other international bodies during years 2018 – 2021.
- FIEP Bulletin
The FIEP Bulletin was first published in 1931 and is now distributed in over 130 countries. Hence, the parent body’s publication provides an excellent opportunity to reach a worldwide readership, inform an international constituency and contribute to debate on issues of international significance.
- • Encourage European submissions to the FIEP Bulletin and establish a ‘Regional News’ corner in the FIEP Bulletin. Any such submissions should be included in the planned FIEP on-line publication. The action to be initiated by the FIEP Europe Management Secretariat.
- Annual FIEP Europe scientific publications
These publications would reflect FIEP Europe’s sphere of interests, especially European initiatives and developments, area/special interest group contributions. Every year scientific publication is oriented to different topic and managed by FIEP Europe Secretariat. In corporation of FIEP’s section of History of Sport FIEP will continue with editions of books focus on history of different sports in Europe.
- • Appointment of a designated publication editor and distribution by FIEP Europe Secretariat in printed version by post or via the planned website communication platform.
- Journal Physical Education and Sport through the Centuries
This journal would reflect FIEP Europe’s sphere of interests, especially in the field of history of physical education and sport.
- • Appointment of a designated publication editor and helping with distribution by FIEP Europe Secretariat in printed version by post or via the planned website communication platform.
- Journal International Graduate Journal of Sport (Science) & PE-related Studies)
Apart from purposes related to dissemination of, and informing on, academic, pedagogical and professional knowledge and applied practices, a journal can serve to reinforce and foster identity of its constituent ownership. There are various types of journal, which could be developed by FIEP Europe, examples of which are as follows: A PE Impact Factor Journal, A Sport Science Impact Factor Journal, A Professional Journal in PE, A Professional Journal in Sport Science, A Generic Scientific/Pedagogical Journal
In taking initiative in journal development, there are several considerations: the market, the competition, financial investment costs, editorial expertise and other human resource commitment, including time and energy consumption inter alia. It should also be borne in mind that the parent FIEP body already has an international journal (Journal of the International Federation of Physical Education – FIEP Bulletin). Internationally and specifically in the Europe region, there are several very well-established journals variously concerned with Physical Education, Sport Pedagogy, and a range of Sports Science disciplines and/or areas and journals’ Publishing Houses are not easily persuaded to take on a new journal in what is increasingly being perceived as a highly competitive and somewhat saturated market and with high start-up costs (estimated at 140,000+ euros over the first 5 years). With such considerations in mind, realistically, therefore, it might be more pragmatic and expedient to explore alternativ e pathways to involvement with journal publication. One pragmatically expedient pathway solution may be to collaboratively work with, or ‘adopt’, an existing or proposed new journal. Recently, University of Worcester academics identified a niche market and submitted a proposal for a new journal (tentatively entitled (International) Graduate Journal of Sport (Science) & PE-related Studies) to several international publishing houses based in England. Routledge (Taylor & Francis group) and Sage Publications have shown serious interest in the proposal and the former has offered to publish the journal subject to its ‘adoption’ of the Journal by an international organisation. Such adoption would NOT involve any financial commitment by the international organisation.
- • FIEP Europe Executive Committee/Management Secretariat will support the University of Worcester in publication of the International Graduate Journal of Sport (Science) & PE-related Studies) by ‘adopting’ the proposed Journal and recommending its membership to take out subscriptions (normally at publisher discounted rates) and collaboratively work with University of Worcester editorial and administrative personnel in the journal’s immediate and longer term development.
- Codes, Declarations an others general documents
FIEP Europe will influence theory and practice by preparation of relevant special material. By way of an example, previously FIEP has formulated two World Manifestos of Physical Education (1971, 2000).
- • FIEP Europe will participate on upgrade preparation of FIEP World Manifest of Physical Education 2000 for celebration of 100 FIEP anniversary in 2023.
4. Conferences, Seminars, Meetings
There are numerous forms and types of ‘gatherings’ of academics, professionals and practitioners ranging from ‘real’ highly specific and scientific through hands-on practical workshop sessions to ‘virtual reality’ Internet forums etc.
The Annual FIEP Europe Congress not only provides opportunities for disseminating research findings and illustrations of good professional practices, engaging in practical workshops and the like but also offers a platform for round-table discussions on, and/or forums for, relevant PE/Sport/Physical Activity and Exercise-related issues and exchange of ideas. In order to stimulate and support young people’s involvement in research, the biennial congress could also be an occasion to celebrate excellence in scholarly activity through an overall award or dedicated category awards, for which sponsorship could be sought.
- • Continuation of the FIEP Europe Annual Congress as the ‘flag-ship conference with proactive and advisory involvement of designated Special Interest Groups’ representatives in Programme Content/Schedule. Consideration be given to holding smaller scale Seminars/ Workshops and to development of internet forums through the website.
The Bologna Declaration and subsequent European inter-governmental policy Agreements and Commitments inter alia have provided an opportunity to harmonize programmes’ provision in a concomitant context of respect for diversity. FIEP Europe has the potential to lead and/or be involved in a range of projects.
- Scientific projects
Different scientific and professional events, for sure give better and more qualitative understanding of problems in the specific field of interest. Regarding the problems of physical inactivity, overweight and obesity of children and youth, there is a bigger need for scientifically more productive work and cooperation in order to decrease the above mentioned problems.
- • FIEP Europe is obliged to support in the future all events which have the goal of improvement of profession and solving actual professional problems.
A system of awards has the propensity to publicly celebrate excellence in practice and distinction in service as well as raise the general profile and image of the award-making agency. At present the FIEP Parent Body offers different awards: FIEP Cross of Honour, Medalha Manuel Gomes Tubino and FIEP commemorative medals.
- • FIEP Europe Executive proactively encourage its membership to compete and recommend outstanding achievements of European scholars and practitioners in the field of PE for the award of "FIEP Cross of Honour", "Medalha Manuel Gomes Tubino” and FIEP commemorative medals.
- • FIEP Europe Executive Committee will continue in annual celebration of FIEP European awards “FIEP Europe Thulin Award” in two categories – “Personality” and “Young teacher, researcher, coach or manager”.
- • FIEP national delegates will be supported in awarding excellent national specialists by creating FIEP National Award. An example is the “Premi FIEP Catalunya” created in 2012 and “FIEP Croatia Award” created in 2013.
Patronage support is not only an indicator or external perception of agency esteem, but also provides opportunities for raising profile and image within the wider public community.
- • FIEP Europe Executive Committee to encourage applications for patronage support for relevant PE/Sport-related (education) activities/events within and across European countries.