School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


2 Mar 2015

Loughborough proud host of AASP Student Conference

The first Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Student Conference to be held outside the USA took place at Loughborough University over the weekend 21st – 22ndFebruary.

Supported by AASP and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), the conference brought together 111 students from across the UK and Europe to present their work and take part in numerous workshops organised both by industry leaders in the domain of applied sport psychology, and by novice practitioners providing reflections on the process of carving out a career in this competitive field.  Pete Lindsay, Head of the English Institute of Sport Psychology services, Dr Chris Harwood, Reader in Applied Sport Psychology in the SSEHS, and Professor Urban Johnson of Halmstad University, Sweden were the three keynote presenters.

The conference included oral and poster presentations organised under three themes: ‘performance enhancement’, ‘interpersonal relationships’ and ‘health, physical activity and well-being’. The British Psychological Society, The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Human Kinetics were in attendance at the conference and helped to sponsor the event. A conference social on Saturday evening provided ample opportunities for networking, as well as an engaging sport related quiz!

Student chair of the conference Ola Krukowska from SSEHS said: “We were very pleased with the quality of submitted abstracts. The feedback we received showed that the participants found the topics interesting and relevant for their careers, and that they enjoyed networking with students from various countries. It was a great experience to host the inaugural AASP Student conference in Loughborough and we hope that this initiative will be sustained.”