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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

Professor Lu Yan

We are pleased to announce a special guest presentation by Professor Lu Yan of Beijing Sports University, a close working partner of the University of Worcester.

Professor Lu will present on Tuesday 3rd July (1.30pm)

Professor Lu Yan, a doctor of Physical Education and former vice chairman of Asia Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, is currently vice chairman of the Committee on rehabilitation of intellectual disability of the China Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons, and vice chairman of the Sports Health Industry development committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. Her research has focused on Inclusive physical education, children's movement development and assessment, and the education rehabilitation of disabled children. She has authored 70 publications and conducted more than 20 research projects. 

Dr Richard BaileyRichard Bailey

Day 1: Adapted Physical Activity & Sport

Richard Bailey PhD FRSA it is one of the world’s leading researchers into the relationships between sport, physical activity, and human development. He leads research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, the worldwide umbrella body for sports science and education organisations.

Before this position, he was Full Professor at four UK Universities. He is the author/editor of 30 books and more than 120 research articles. Richard has worked with Nike, Unilever, UNESCO, OECD, WHO, IOC, EU, Die Deutsche GIZ, Premier League, Football Association, Professional Golfers Association, Sport England, Sports Coach UK, and several similar agencies, and the governments of England, Scotland, Wales, Korea, and South Africa. He was scientific adviser on the worldwide ‘Designed to Move initiative, editor of UNESCO’s Revised International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport, and is Senior Expert for Physical Education for OECD’s 2030 agenda.

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 has over 20 years experience as a Consultant in Physical Activity and Older people. His background includes working as former Physical Education and Arts adviser and in sports development and exercise and health promotion. Bob spent more than 15 years at the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, at Loughborough University where he had a remit for programme development in relation to older people and physical activity and a special interest in the translation of research evidence into practice and the education and training of exercise and health professionals.

Currently a director of Later Life Training, Bob has been responsible for developing a range of courses and qualifications for exercise professionals including the topics of motivation and people living with dementia and is the writer of over 30 educational resources relating to physical activity and health. He has spent 6 years as an adviser to the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s national programme Care About Physical Activity.

1997 Bob received a Special Achievement Award from the Exercise Association of England and in 2000 received a Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the UK. He is a former Chair of AGILE, the Chartered Physiotherapists Special Interest Group on Older People and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to work with the European HEPA Active Ageing Working Group, the World Health Organisation and an Advisory Board member of the International Council on Active Aging, Bob is now involved with the Implementation Working Group reviewing the UK CMO Guidelines on Physical Activity.

A former basketball coach and passionate about rugby, Bob’s spare time is spent supporting his grandchildren and walking on deserted beaches anywhere in the world.



The conference is organised in three themes:

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

Here is an option to view a basic programme.

The full conference programme and book of abstracts is now available.

Each afternoon there is a specialist symposium or a choice of interactive practical workshops.

A detailed list of the EUCAPA 2018 Workshop programme is available to illustrate content. A full programme to indicate timings and locations of the workshops is also available.



Registration is now closed.


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       



  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.



We are very pleased that on the afternoon of Wednesday the 4th July two leading thinkers and practitioners in adapted physical activity/education will be delivering workshops. Lauren Lieberman and Michelle Grenier are renowned APA specialists from the United States (see bios below).

This practical presentation will introduce the Lieberman/Brian Inclusion Rating Scale (LIRSPE) as a tool to promote inclusive practices within general physical education (GPE). The LIRSPE is a systematic observation instrument that rates inclusive aspects of the GPE settings. The items are clustered into categories that include management (start of class, organization of students, equipment use, and the overall environment), instruction, (differentiation, modelling and assessment), and interactions between the student and teacher(s) including feedback and support from the para-educators. In this session we hope to determine which variables of inclusive practice are most challenging to implement as indicated by the scale.


Lauren Lieberman

Lauren J. Lieberman Ph.D. is a Distinguished Service Professor in the Kinesiology Department of The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY). She earned her Ph.D. at Oregon State University. She taught in the Deafblind program at The Perkins School for the Blind. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Adapted Physical Education. She co-directs The Institute on Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments (IMSVI) at The College at Brockport.

She is the founder and director of Camp Abilities: An educational sports camp for children with visual impairments. Camp Abilities has been replicated in 20 states and eight countries. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and published 18 books related to inclusion and on physical activity and sport for children with visual impairments and deafblindness. She has delivered Keynote presentations and was an invited guest speaker all over the US and in China, Israel, Sweden, Ireland, Bermuda, Scotland, Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Ghana, Latvia, and Canada. She consults with The American Printing House for the Blind developing products related to physical education, sport and recreation She won an Access Award from AFB for starting Camp Abilities and helping to start camps all over the world, a Professional of the Year Award from The Society for Health and Physical Education (Adapted Physical Education Committee), and a Research Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities.

This past year she won a Points of Light Award from the US Government and an R. Tait McKenzie award from SHAPE America for her work with Camp Abilities. Camp Abilities has been featured on CNN, HBO Real Sports, and on NBC.


Michelle Grenier 

M.S., Ph.D. Professor Michelle Grenier, Ph.D., C.A.P.E., is an internationally recognized expert in the field of inclusion and adapted physical education. She served as editor for a Human Kinetics publication entitled Physical Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach.

She is coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Option in the Department of Kinesiology and oversees the adapted physical education concentration at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Grenier has presented her research on inclusion and best practices at the state, national and international levels and acts as a consultant to schools throughout the country. 

She is the Adapted Physical Education representative for the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, former chair of the national AAHPERD association and is a representative on APE/A interest group for SHAPE America.