7th International Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Conference, 28 - 30 July 2020



The TGfU Conference 2020 will be a world-leading, international, inclusive event for all academics, teachers and sports coaches interested in games-based approaches.  

This pre-Olympic and Paralympic 2020 event will integrate practitioners and academics in cutting-edge discussion surrounding the challenges of implementing games-based approaches in a broad range of settings.  Specifically, this event will impact the advancement of games-based approaches through a particular focus on inclusive sport, scientifically-informed approaches, technologically-advanced practice, teacher/coach education and cross-cultural domains. 

The overarching academic themes for the event will be: 

  • Inclusivity
  • Integration
  • Implementation

There has been an unavoidable worldwide increase in the prominence of policy, rhetoric and research concerning inclusive sport, especially since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  Therefore, TGfU 2020 will be a timely event to review and also drive developments surrounding this agenda.  We consider inclusive sport to represent the full spectrum of practice from issues surrounding, for example, disability, technology, gender, culture and religion.  TGfU 2020 will facilitate the crosspollination of the games-based and inclusive sport agendas and so be of genuine interest and usefulness for almost all teachers and coaches.  By focussing on daily themes of inclusive sport, integration and implementation, this event will be a significant staging post in the onward development of games-based practice and be of considerable appeal for all teachers, coaches and academics.  

Teaching Games for Understanding 

Logo with the initials TGFU


Early bird rates:

  • Full rate                              £390
  • Student Full rate               £220
  • AIESEP Full rate                 £350
  • Day rate                              £160
  • Student Day rate               £110

Registration will open in January 2020

Find us:

Travelling to and around Worcester

The University has three main sites: St John's Campus, City Campus and Severn Campus. The St John’s and City Campus are a pleasant 20 minute walk from each other, with the Severn Campus conveniently situated between the two.

For travel details see our find us pages.      

Terms & Conditions/Cancellation Policy for Conferences and Events    

1. If a delegate is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the event administrator, someone else from the same institute/organisation.  

2. If a delegate is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, the following refund arrangements apply:   

- Bookings cancelled more than 30 days before the event will receive a full refund

- Bookings cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund   

3. Cancellations made by delegates after a failed visa application will be refunded in full upon receipt of evidence of the visa refusal.   

Refunds will be made in the following ways:   

• For payments received by credit or debit cards, the same credit/debit card will be refunded

• For all other payments, a bank transfer will be made to the payee nominated account.     

Event Cancellation   

We will do our best to ensure that the event goes ahead, but we reserve the right to cancel at any time.  If we do so (other than for reasons outside of our control), we will refund your event fee in full but will have no further liabilities to you.  In particular we will not meet the costs of any pre-booked travel or external accommodation.  


Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts will be published in September 2019.

Following submission, each abstract will be peer-reviewed by two members of the scientific committee and you will subsequently be notified by email of our decision as to whether to accept your paper.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Originality of the research
  • Rigour of the research
  • Significance of the research for sports coaching practice, policy or theory


Keynote Speakers 


Professor Joy Butler

Dr. Joy Butler is a Professor in the Dept of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC, Vancouver, Canada. She is coordinator of Health, Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE) programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and include two-year M.Ed Cohorts for Health, Outdoor and Physical Experiential Education (HOPE-Ed). Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Butler taught secondary school Physical Education there for ten years, as well coaching three basketball teams to national finals.

Joy’s research and teaching have developed around constructivism, complexity thinking, situated ethics and community wellness. She is active in international scholarship, organization, and advocacy for TGfU. She founded and was Chair of the TGfU Task Force in 2002 and developed its evolution into the TGfU SIG in 2006. She directed the 1st and 4th International Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Conferences in 2001 and 2008. She has been invited to give presentations and workshops on TGfU in many different countries, including Finland, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK and Colombia. She created and now Chairs the TGfU International Advisory Board comprising of 17 individual country representatives.

Joy has edited or coedited six TGfU books. Her authored book, ‘Using inventing games to prevent bullying, teach democracy and promote social justice,’ was published in 2016. Her research interests and international work have translated into the expansion of graduate and undergraduate PE programs at UBC.


Professor Daniel Memmert 

Daniel Memmert is a Professor and Executive Head of the Institute of Exercise Training and Computer Science in Sport, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany, with a visiting assistant professorship 2014 at the University of Vienna (Austria). He studied physical education for high school teaching (PE, math, sport, and ethic) and has trainer licences in soccer, tennis, snowboard, and skiing. Memmert received his PhD (basic cognition in team sports) and habilitation (creativity in team sports) in sport science from the Elite University of Heidelberg. In 2010 he was awarded 3rd place with Germany's most renowned German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Science Award. His research is focused on human movement science (cognition and motor activity), sport psychology (attention and motivation), computer science in sports (pattern identification and simulation), talent, children and elite research (Trainings-/PE-Curricula) and research methods. 

He has 20 years of teaching and coaching experience, has an H-index of 41 (i10-Index 109), and has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, 20 books and 30 book chapters, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for several international psychology and sport psychology journals. In addition, he gave more than 100 invited talks, 90 scientific talks on conferences, and more than 100 teaching courses for PE teachers and trainers. He collaborates with researchers from the US, Canada, Brazil, and Spain. He transfers his expertise to business companies, the German Football National Team (DFB), and professional soccer clubs (e.g., Red Bull Salzburg, Red Bull Leipzig, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Philadelphia Union) and organize the first international master in “Performance Analysis/Game analysis”.


Professor Stephen Harvey 

Dr. Stephen Harvey is Professor of Recreation and Sports Pedagogy at Ohio University, USA.  He completed his PhD at Oregon State University (2003-2006). In 2016 Dr. Harvey was honored as a Research Fellow by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America due to his extensive contributions to research in both physical education and sports coaching. His main research interest surrounds game-based approaches to teaching and coaching. However, his work in coaching has additionally been focused on the systematic observation of coaching behavior, and how coaching behavior is tied to coaches' biographies. Dr. Harvey has maintained an interest in educational technology and co-developed an app (Axis Coaching) that a trained observer can use to investigate and record coaches' behavior. Finally, Dr. Harvey's interest in educational technology has led to him researching with and about teachers and coaches social media use. 

Dr. Harvey is a former junior international field hockey coach and currently works with organizations such as USA field hockey and the United States Olympic Committee in a coach development and education role. Recently Dr. Harvey has successfully completed international coach educator/developer qualification and was previously a coach educator with England Hockey, the National Governing Body of Field Hockey in England. Dr. Harvey is also an experienced, licensed soccer and badminton coach and has coached both these sports at the collegiate level in England. In addition, he is also a licensed physical education teacher in England.


Professor Jean Côté

Dr. Jean Côté is professor the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston (Canada) where he served as the Director of the School from 2006-2019.  His research interests are in the areas of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise. Dr. Côté is on, or has been on, the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, Revue International des Sciences du Sport et de l’Education Physique, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, International Sport Coaching Journal, and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.  He was a co-editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology between 2008-2011.  In 2009, Dr. Côté was the recipient of the 4th EW Barker Professorship from the Physical Education and Sport Science deparment at the National Institute of Education in Sinpapore.  He received the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision for 2013.  

Dr. Côté is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organizations and academic conferences throughout the world.  He has delivered 60 keynote addresses at major national and international conferences.  Since 1999, he has received, as a Principal Investigator, six consecutive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to fund his research work.  His most recent grant involves the use of observation techniques to examine the influence of different types of coach-athlete relationships and the development of a Transformational Coaching workshop that focuses on positive youth development. 

Dr. Côté has also assisted different international organizations as a research advisor or through the completion of position papers such as the International Olympic Committee, National Federation of State High School Associations, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Sport Coach UK, National Basketball Association, UNESCO, International Council of Coaching Excellence, the English Premier League, UK Sport, Fédération de Golf Française, and Irish Sport Council.  

Further Keynote speakers will be announced in due course.


Accommodation and dinner



You will need to book your own accommodation for this event.  We recommend any of the following options:     

Conference dinner

Wednesday 29 July, 2020  

£40 per person    
Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road

Following a welcome drink on the terrace overlooking the ground, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful 3-course meal with refreshments while enjoying the venue’s iconic view, its historic ambience and tales from a respected guest speaker.