The European Council of Research in Physical Education and School Sport (Conseil Européen de la Recherche en Éducation Physique et Sportive = CEREPS) was founded as a non-governmental, non-profit organization (a.s.b.l) in Luxembourg in autumn 2015.The purpose of CEREPS is to launch and to evaluate research about implementation efforts and measurement outcomes of physical education, school sports and other physical activity in school life. One special interest of the council is to monitor teaching and evaluate learning outcomes of curricular and extra-curricular physical education and school sport inside and outside school. Children and adolescents, their parents, teachers and coaches need to be informed what is needed for individual support of young people to stay or to become more physically active for various health reasons but also for a well-rounded education with psycho-social qualities and cognitive benefits.
Evidenced-based research outcome about quality in physical education teaching and boys` and girls` daily involvement in various forms of organized and unorganized physical activities will help children and adolescents to achieve better life-skills, to get more social inclusion and individual respect from their peers including self-esteem and self-efficacy in accordance with better learning outcomes at school.
However, many national and international associations in the field of physical education, school and youth sport based in Europe do not have a special council or committee dedicated to research, monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in physical education and school sports. In particular, national and international youth sport organizations in Europe working on grass-root or elite level face difficulties to link their offers and interventions with monitoring and evaluation measurements if there are no scientific consultants or any academic partners for support and guidance. But academic institutions and scientific associations also need to verify their scientific concepts and theoretical assumptions through practical applications about their promised impacts and aspired outcomes.
In recent years some stakeholders (schools, community offices, sport clubs, teacher associations and other) who set up projects in physical education, school and youth sports are trying even more to strengthen ties for “collaborative partnerships” to link practice and theory and to bridge the gap between implementation, diffusion and evaluation through linked partnerships on national, cross-national and EU-level.
CEREPS as a research related European council picks up these new “partnership developments” across communities and countries in Europe, bringing together different partners, institutions and umbrella-organizations out of the fields of practice and theory in physical education, school and youth sport. We agree on the slogan: There is no good education without physical education; however, there is no good physical education without evidence-based documentation about the process and outcome of their aims and objectives. Today, the promotion of physical education and school sports in terms of quality and quantity need evidence-based research results to raise funding and achieve more awareness and better support through national and European-based policy-makers.
CEREPS as the European Council for Research in Physical Education and School Sport will link with all national and EU-umbrella organizations in the field of physical education, physical activities and grass-roots sports for children and adolescents. We work with partners together (CEREPS+) to assist with common research efforts to get more visibility and support inside our common sectors of education, health and sports across Europe for the benefits of our future active young Europeans.
CEREPS is working to become a major address for research development and applications. We already served for our members and partner organizations across Europe in the capacity of a stock exchange of research items during our four CEREPS Summits since 2016.
The range of our body of knowledge with related research items cover four main settings of physical activity at school where also network partnerships exist between local community authorities in the sectors of education, health, social work and sport. Our cross-sectoral partnerships in research include also sport organizations from local, regional, national up to EU-level.
The four main settings we focus on are:
There are two curricular settings: active learning with physical activities in different school subjects like languages, mathematic, natural sciences a.o. (ACLE). Another important setting is the subject of physical education including school sport, in some countries as a traditional or as a new part of the physical education lesson (PESS).
There are also two extra-curricular settings: physical activity between lessons and as a part of regular breaks in school-life, both in so called recess-time at school (PARE) where school sports in some countries are also included. Another setting with gains more and more attention across Europe via new school laws and new school reforms is the after-school programme with a variety of sports and physical activities, often organized by the school with support of local partners, mainly from the sport and health sector (ASPO).
CEREPS works as a European-based council to enhance research on and networking for these two curricular and extra-curricular settings for active living of children and adolescents. CEREPS mission is to promote via research based documents and our publications the development of age and gender related good competencies in fundamental motor skills with psycho-social qualities and cognitive benefits as a holistic approach of a well-rounded individual with basic life skills (Scheuer & Naul, 2018).