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European Congress of Adapted Physical Activity 2018

University of Worcester Arena

EUCAPA in Worcester, 3-5 July 2018

The University of Worcester is proudly hosting this prestigious conference on adapted physical activity & disability sport from the 3rd-5th July 2018 at the iconic University of Worcester Arena. 150 delegates from all over the world plus UK visitors will visit Worcester for the conference and take in local attractions.

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Key note speakers

Key note speakers

Richard BaileyDr Richard Bailey

Day 1: Adapted Physical Activity & Sport

Richard Bailey is a former teacher in Primary and Secondary Schools, teacher trainer, coach and coach educator. He has been a full Professor at Canterbury, Roehampton, Birmingham and Liverpool in the UK and has directed studies that have influenced policy and practice both nationally and internationally. In addition to his position as Writer in Residence at the ICSSPE Executive Office he is an author and blogger.

Richard has undertaken funded research in every continent of the world. He has worked with UNESCO as Expert Adviser for Physical Education, the World Health Organization, the European Union, and many similar agencies. He has carried out research on behalf of the English and Scottish governments, numerous educational and sports agencies. He was a contributing consultant for both Nike-led Designed to Move and Active Kids Do Better initiatives, and has directed numerous scientific reviews, including the most comprehensive review ever published on the benefits of physical education and sport (BERA, 2007-2008), the UK’s independent review of player development in sport (sportscoach, 2008-2009), and the IOC-funded study of the contribution made by Sport in Education (IOC, 2004).

Kelda WoodKelda Wood

@WoodKelda @rowtoraise

Day 2: Inclusive Physical Education

Kelda Wood always dreamt of representing her country and competing at the Olympics. Unfortunately various setbacks prevented her from achieving this in her chosen sport of 3-day eventing. A life changing injury in 2002 then saw Kelda set off on a journey that included being a member of the GB Paracanoe Squad aiming for the Rio Paralympics in 2016, setting up a charity called Climbing Out, and becoming the first recorded adaptive female to summit Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America.

Kelda Wood on top of a mountainShe now wants to support others to find the same confidence and self-belief she's found through her own journey, so in December 2018 she will be attempting to become the first adaptive women ever to solo row the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Campaign. She is taking on the 3,000 mile challenge with the aim of inspiring others facing physical or mental trauma, and to raise awareness about support available.

Each day she's on the ocean she'll be rowing for a different young person, sharing their stories and links to charities and organisations providing support.


Bob LaventureBob Laventure

Day 3: Health & Rehabilitation

Bob Laventure is a Consultant on Physical Activity and Older people at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, where he has a remit for programme development in relation to older people and physical activity. His work there includes writing and compiling the Active for Later Life resource which is designed for health professionals. Bob also issues the Network Update for Senior Peer Mentors. He has a background as a former Physical Education and Arts adviser and in sports development and exercise and health promotion. He has formerly worked with the Physical Activity Programme and the ACTIVE for LIFE National Campaign at the former Health Education Authority. He has also worked with a number of national sports bodies including Sport England, the Central Council for Physical Recreation and the British Sports Trust as well as a number of Government Departments including the Department of Health, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education. His specific interests include the education and training of exercise and health professionals, promoting physical activity for older people and developed the specific work relating to Senior Peer Activity Mentoring Project “Someone like Me!” Bob has also worked with a number of national and international working groups including the Age Concern England’s Ageing Well National Advisory Council, the European Health Enhancing Physical Activity Programme funded by the European Community and the World Health Organisation.

More recently, Bob has been working with Age UK on their ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ campaign and with the Department of Work and Pensions and British Heart Foundation National Centre on their Active Ageing resources. Within Later Life Training, he is a Director and is the Motivate Me Development Co-ordinator and is currently developing the Dementia courses which will be launched later this year.

A member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the National Association of Sports Coaches, in 1997 Bob received a Special Achievement Award from the Exercise Association of England and in 2000 was awarded the Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom. He is currently Chair of AGILE, the Chartered Physiotherapists Special Interest Group on Older People.



Further details about the programme will published here shortly.

The conference is organised in three themes:

  • Day 1 - Adapted Physical Activity & Sport
  • Day 2 – Inclusive Physical Education
  • Day 3 – Health and rehabilitation

NOTE: there will also be special symposia running during the afternoons of the conference.

  • Day 2 – Youth Sport & Disability (coordinated by the Youth Sport Trust and UW staff)
  • Day 3 – Sport and Dementia (coordinated by UW staff and the Association of Dementia Studies)

Notes on Abstract submissions

  • The closing date for abstracts was 16 February 2018.
  • All abstract submissions should adhere to the University of Worcester Guidelines and Procedures for Good Research Practice. This includes the use of acceptable, inclusive language at all times.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted. However, only one abstract per submission format will be accepted (that is, either oral presentation or poster presentation or practical workshop).
  • To assist with unseen review of the abstract papers, there should be no information contained in the body of the abstract that identifies the author(s).
  • If an abstract is accepted, the organizers’ reserve the right to allocate the presentation within the conference schedule. Presenters must be prepared to deliver their workshop at the time and place that will be communicated.
  • All information received will be stored according to the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act including amendments that will come into effect in May 2018.



The following guidelines will assist delegates with planning and with internal funding applications.

Conference fees

Early bird rates, for bookings by 30 April 2018:

Full conference rate (3-5 July) - £300

One Day Attendance (Tuesday 3rd July 2018 'APA & Sport') - £110

One Day Attendance (Wednesday 4th July 2018 'Inclusive PE') - £110

One Day Attendance (Thursday 5th July 2018 'Health & Rehabilitation') - £110


Standard rates, for bookings from 1 May 2018:

Full conference rate (3-5 July) - £350

One Day Attendance (Tuesday 3rd July 2018 'APA & Sport') - £130

One Day Attendance (Wednesday 4th July 2018 'Inclusive PE') - £130

One Day Attendance (Thursday 5th July 2018 'Health & Rehabilitation') - £130

Please note the conference dinner is not included in the above rates and can be booked for an additional £40



Register now via our online booking form.

Registration closes on 8 June 2018.



  1. University en-suite extra single occupancy rooms with breakfast. Available Monday 2 – Thursday 5 July (check out Friday 6 July).
    Note: the University accommodation is on St John’s Campus, a 20-minute downhill walk to the conference venue.
  2. Premier Inn single or double occupancy en suite rooms. Optional breakfast.
    Note: The Premier Inn is a 10-minute flat walk to the venue.

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Call for abstracts

We are no longer taking abstract submissions. For any further enquiries email us at the above address.