Motor competence meeting – 17 November 2022

3rd October 2022

We are pleased to announce that there will be a meeting of the International Motor Development Research Consortium UK & Ireland (I-MDRC) Motor Development Group and the BASES Paediatric Exercise Special Interest Group on Thursday 17 November 2022 at Coventry University, as a satellite event to the BASES Annual Conference 2022

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together those working in and around motor competence for the benefit of children’s, health, physical activity and sport and exercise performance as an adjunct to the BASES Annual Conference 2022. The purpose of the day is to bring existing members of the UK & Ireland Motor Competence group and members of the BASES Paediatric Exercise Special Interest Group together, alongside other individuals who may be working in and around the field, to understand the work each group/individual/university is undertaking, to share wider networks of stakeholders and work towards collaborative bids for future research activity.

There will also be an opportunity for some postgraduate research students or early career researchers to present their work. We would see this as an opportunity to present in a supportive environment where the focus would be on the audience providing mentorship type feedback.

Draft Agenda


Registration & Coffee




Dr Kip Webster, University of Tennessee, USA

The challenges of motor competence assessment in children


Coffee/Comfort break


Dr Katie Fitton Davies, Liverpool John Moores University

Using gamification strategies to improve stability skills: a parent-led intervention for four to five year olds


Jenna Rice, Liverpool John Moores University

How can a gamified physical intervention improve children’s emotional intelligence through motor competence: an overview


Theresa Heering, Coventry University & Deakin University

The increased prevalence of childhood ACL injuries – The current state of research


Amy Stringer, Coventry University

Examining how playgrounds promote fundamental movement skills


Lunch & Networking


Dr Clarice Martins, University of Porto, Portugal

Exploring an integral non-linear perspective for the interactions between motor, cognitive and socio-emotional domains of development in low-income children


Presentations from PhD students/Early Career Researchers (10mins + 5 mins Qs)


Closing remarks and next steps

To reserve a place to attend, or to express an interest in presenting, please email Prof Mike Duncan FBASES. If wishing to present, please include a tentative title of presentation.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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