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Senior lecturer to shape national plan for sport

A senior lecturer from the University of Gloucestershire has been invited to speak as a witness for the House of Lords Sport and Recreation select committee next week.

By presenting evidence on physical literacy at the committee on 10th March, Dr Liz Durden-Myers, senior lecturer of physical education at the university, has the chance to help shape future national policy on sport and education.

The National Plan for Sport and Recreation Committee is appointed to consider the effectiveness of current sport and recreation policies and initiatives, and the case for a national plan for sport and recreation.

Dr Durden-Myers will present her evidence via video call. Also involved in the enquiry will be the deputy prime minister of New Zealand.

Dr Durden-Myers was previously a physical education teacher and school sports coordinator. She joined both University of Gloucestershire and Bath Spa University in 2019, leading the initial teacher education Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in physical education. She is also a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Reserves.

She is the founder of PE Scholar, which has supported thousands of PE teachers and sports coaches over the past 11 years.

Dr Liz Durden-Myers, senior lecturer in physical education at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of sport, recreation and physical activity for our nation. The pandemic has presented many challenges for physical education, but it has also afforded the profession with the time and opportunity to reflect, re-imagine and reconsider the physical education of the future.

"Physical literacy has a key role to play in this endeavour by facilitating holistic, inclusive and personalised approaches to physical activity promotion and aims to encourage everyone, everywhere to be physically active for life."

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