Birmingham Hosts First Annual PAPA Meeting

Meeting held at University of Birmingham on 12-13th November 2009

Amongst the red-brick splendour of University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus, buy a warm Brummie welcome was given to those attending the first official annual meeting of the PAPA consortium in November 2009.

Discussion topics included progress on key milestones, future planning of the project as well as focus on the structure of youth football in each of the five PAPA countries (UK, Norway, France, Greece, and Spain). The complex issue of how to measure motivation during physical activity was also raised in a special seminar with academics and PhD students from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences’ Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Group.


Along with the information sharing and discourse, PAPA team members had the opportunity to discover more about the UK’s second city. As well as being JRR Tolkien’s inspiration for his Lord of the Rings saga, Birmingham has a stunning network of canals, the shopping mecca that is the Bullring and the obvious allure of Cadbury’s chocolate factory. The social programme included a tour of the historic city centre, the opportunity for a pint or two at a traditional English pub, and the not-to-missed culinary experience of a Birmingham balti.

The City of Birmingham

Birmingham Canal

Birminghamis England's second city and situated in the centre of the country. Once a hub for the industrial revolution, Birmingham has transformed into a vibrant multicultural city with a thriving commercial centre after £9 billion was spent on regeneration. There is also greenery amongst the buildings, with more parks than any other city in the UK. As well as a party city – it is a centre for entertainment, shopping, night life and curry houses – Brummies are passionate about sport, football in particular. A lively rivalry exists between the two English Premier League clubs from the city - Aston Villa and Birmingham City - and Birmingham is currently bidding to be a host city for the 2018 World Cup.

Birmingham University Clock Tower

The University of Birmingham

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham was the first British university to gain official royal charter. It was also the first university to run a sports programme and has achieved a top three ranking in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition over the last 17 years. The University is proud of its tradition of research excellence, having ranked amongst the leading civic institutions in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences


The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham combines a long history of excellence in teaching and research, with state-of-the-art facilities in the largest custom-built Sport and Exercise Sciences building in the UK. It recently retained its top spot in the 2008 RAE for Sports-Related Studies, with 60% of its research activity classified as 'world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent'.

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