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8th Asia Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017

Keynote Speaker 

Name:  Finn Berggren
Position: CEO, President
Adress: Gerlev Physical Education & Sports Academy, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark
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Assoc.Prof. Finn Berggren served as director of Haslev Sports Academy and Dean of Study Affairs, University of Southern Denmark 1980 - 2002. Since 2002, he has served as the President of the Gerlev Physical Education & Sports Academy. This Academy was founded in 1938 as an international highly respected institution for education of youth leaders for the sport for all development in Denmark.


Gerlev Playship – A new national implementation strategy promoting physical activity in harbor cities.


Inactivity is a growing problem all over Europe and there is a need for more unusual approaches to create awareness of more physical activity. After years of traditional implementation programs in the Danish cities, the Gerlev P.E & Sports Academy and Lauritzen Foundation launched in May 2015 the Gerlev Playship, visiting 20-25 harbors yearly for four years introducing physical activities and games in the harbor environment. This project is the first of its kind in the world.


Methods: The Gerlev Playship – a former school ship - is the “Messenger for enjoyable Physical Activity” which creates high awareness when the sailship arrive the harbors in Denmark. The crew is educated instructors in PA and after arriving the harbor the crew organizes a play area surrounding two big ship containers, which have been transported by land to the harbor. The ship containers are furnished with different activity possibilities. The project is focusing on:

  1. Activity programs for invited kindergartens, school classes and local residents
  2. Policy discussions with local politicians and key-persons related to development of the harbor area during Team-building visionary sailing trips

The summer program is followed up by 1 or 2 visits with workshops about harbor development including activity spots.


Results: The Gerlev Playship has been sailing more than 5 month in the first season (2015) and we will have finished the second season in September 2016. In June 2017 we will be halfway into the third season and the first two years data will be available at the Conference. The promotion and awareness about PA in the first year has been tremendous. The schools and kindergartens have been booking all the lessons during the stay in the harbors. All local governments/politicians in the different harbors have taken this possibility to create a new approach to discuss harbor and activity development. The presentation will compare the results of the two seasons implementation project based on quantitative survey and interviews. Beside the ongoing evaluation the project is monitored by researchers from University of Southern Denmark.


Discussion and Conclusion: The different ways of collecting documentation will be discussed as well as the cooperation between the Gerlev P.E & Sports Academy and the Lauritzen Foundation. Furthermore the project progression will be discussed.


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