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Brunel Academics Spearhead Fundraising Plans for 2012 Convention

The International Convention, is the world's leading conference for sport educators, specialist researchers and sport practitioners covering all sport-related scientific disciplines and is held by the host nation before each Olympic Games.

In 2012 the International Convention will be chaired by Professor Celia Brackenridge from Brunel University's School of Sport and Education. Across eight days in July 2012, more than 3,000 delegates from the worlds of sport, medicine and academia will meet to address the main theme of the convention, Sport...Inspiring a Learning Legacy.

Activities will include an international scholarship programme for students and young professionals from developing countries, and a UK-wide programme to engage members of the public in learning about sports science and sports medicine.

A key focus for the Convention organisers is to levy £2m to support the conference and its satellite activities.

Speaking after the meeting, last month, at the London 2012 headquarters in Canary Wharf, East London, Professor Brackenridge, said: "Our main aim was to secure collaboration from the London Organising Committee in our efforts to raise sponsorship for the International Convention. We were given a warm welcome and now hope to develop plans with the Committee to approach a number of the Olympic sponsors early in the New Year."

The Brunel 2012 Consortium is a collaboration between Brunel University; the University of Ulster; Liverpool John Moores University; the University of Strathclyde; University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and Glasgow City Council.

The International Convention will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, in Glasgow.