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Visit ISPEC 2016 at Bryanston School in Dorset

The residential conference (6-8 April) takes place during the Easter holidays with delegates coming from a wide variety of schools

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 25, 2016 | Sports & Leisure

ISPEC are hoping to stage an event that matches the one that took place last academic year, where the feedback was overwhelmingly positive in response to the seminars and the coaching, as well as the venue. The Conference has been successfully running since 1970 and offers delegates the chance to experience some of the latest coaching and teaching techniques for PE and sport. 

The magnificent setting of Bryanston School; with its spacious landscaped grounds and newly refurbished accommodation, not to mention the delicious food, provide the backdrop to the success of the Conference. 

Seminars this year will range from athletics to strength and conditioning, hockey and netball to rugby and football, and even included a very useful introduction of how to best utilise iPads in school sports.  This highlights the up-to-date nature of the coaching and seminars. In total there are 19 different disciplines on offer for the delegates. These included the traditional sports, but also those that schools might want to increase their participation in – volleyball and badminton being two examples. 

A full list of the sporting options on offer can be found on the ISPEC website –

Absolute Performance  

Independent strength and conditioning equipment specialist Absolute Performance (AP) is delighted to again be a conference sponsor and sponsor for the strength and conditioning sessions at this year’s ISPEC. 

Speaking about the conference, AP’s managing director, Tony Buchanan said: “Each year we see the excellent range of professional development workshops on offer and meet teachers from across the UK who are committed to physical education and sport.

“As with the teachers and schools attending ISPEC, we too are passionate about advising and providing schools with first-class training facilities which benefit both staff and pupils, and importantly all sporting levels.” 

Absolute Performance will be exhibiting on 7th April so come and meet the team and learn more about AP’s ranges of equipment.

The committee have worked hard to provide a fresh experience for delegates; not only in the seminars, but also in the ‘extra-curricular’ aspects of the conference. The trade exhibition will showcase a range of companies, all eager to increase their standing or break into the independent schools’ market.  

The exhibitors and delegates are offered a further networking experience at the black tie dinner. As with the rest of the conference, this more informal atmosphere allows opportunities for links to be created and nutured.  

After the conference officially breaks up, there are more chances for delegates to challenge themselves. The annual ISPEC golf tournament is a firm favourite for delegates with the chance to win one of the many prizes on offer. There is also the opportunity to experience something a little out of the ordinary with an overnight stay at the Land & Wave centre near Poole, with outdoor and coasteering adventures laid on.

Full details of the conference, along with booking forms, can be found on the ISPEC website –

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