International Lifestyle and Personal Development Practitioners' Forum
What is the Forum?
The Forum, set up in December 2018, is a regular get-together of Lifestyle, Welfare and Personal Development practitioners working in sport. The brainchild of Elizabeth Egan, one of our founders, and supported by University of East London, it provides the opportunity for learning, sharing practice, and continually improving our skills. The sessions are currently being held virtually via MS Teams. In-person sessions were previously held at University of East London (E16 2RD). We currently have almost 200 people who have expressed an interest in the group, with up to 60 practitioners from universities, professional clubs, institutes of sport and other related organisations attending our virtual forums.
Who can attend?
The group is open to anyone with an interest in supporting high performance athletes and learning more about lifestyle and personal development support. The group currently includes individuals working in universities, institutes of sport and professional sports clubs and player associations, as well as those working towards the TALS qualification. The forum is free to attend (we don't provide lunch); we only ask that you are willing to share your knowledge, experience and thoughts with the rest of the group and be an active part of discussions. If you would like to find out more or would like to join the group, please contact Elizabeth.
When is our next session?
Forum 21 Developing the whole practitioner
9am-11am, Wed 15 Jun:
This session will look at our development, professionally and personally. Topics will include how we reflect on practice, our own personal development, life balance and CPD.
Forum 22 Incorporating improv in your practice
9:30-11:30am, Wed 6 July:
Julie Flower will speak about the relevance of improv in coaching, and share some improv tools/exercises that can be used with your clients. This is a great way of increasing creativity which we spoke about during Forum 20.
Forum 23 Supporting through transitions
9:30-11:30am, Wed 7th Sep
Rick Cotgreave (EY Lane 4) will share some of his wisdom around transitions. The session will also include the opportunity to share best practice and brainstorm ideas on how we can better support individuals through transition within and out of sport.
All these sessions will be held virtually.
Early 2023 (Date to be confirmed)
In person forum and networking event
University of East London
Details to be confirmed, but this session will include a huge degree of hands-on learning and interaction with other practitioners.
If there is a topic that you would like to see added, please get in touch.
These forums are open to everyone, are free to attend, and value sharing among practitioners young and old; new and experienced. Join us for the topics discussed, but also for the network! Please drop Elizabeth an email if you would like to attend.