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Support for regional tertiary-level sport programmes builds

For Release Upon Receipt - April 18, 2016

St. Augustine

2nd Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Sport Studies and Higher Education

Over 200 local, regional and international participants and presenters attended The UWI St. Augustine’s first Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Sport Studies and Higher Education in January 2014. The committee hopes to expand this reach with the second conference, carded for May 18 to 20, 2016 on the St. Augustine Campus. The 2016 conference, held in collaboration with the First Citizens Sports Foundation, will focus on the theme “Physical Literacy: Gender, Science, and Sport for Development” and bring together practitioners, researchers and scholars from a range of disciplines, to contribute to the development of a body of research and scholarship to support programmes of sport in tertiary and higher education institutions of this region and beyond.

Conference Chair, Deputy Principal of The UWI St. Augustine, Professor Rhoda Reddock said, “Such knowledge strengthens our capacity for athletic development and supports the needs of athletes, sporting and fitness professionals, organizations and practitioners at all levels of society, bringing into focus a new evidence-based approach to sport.”

With themes like Physical Education, Sport Science, Women, Gender & Sport, History, Psychology & Sociology of Sport, Sport Nutrition, Anti-Doping and Sport for Development, this year’s conference hopes to lay the groundwork for the establishment of integrated academic programmes on sport in higher education. Among its other aims are to facilitate knowledge exchange through sharing of experiences, review best practices of sport programmes in a higher education context – inclusive of benchmarking, and develop a plan of action for future development of academic sports programmes and recommendations towards the implementation.

The conference is reasonably priced to ensure a large cross-section of persons are able to attend. Local registration rates start at TT$500, with special rates for students. There is also an early-bird rate. Interested persons are encouraged to log on to the conference website at  for full details and online registration and payment is available. The Organizing Committee can also be contacted via Ms. Kyome Pascall-Mortley at  or Mrs. Camille Charles at  



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)