From 3-6 October 2011, the Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idan) held the seventh edition of the international communication conference on sport and society, Play the Game 2011. Europe’s largest sports university, German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln), hosted the conference, taking part in organising the programme and fundraising as well as being responsible for the practical arrangement of the conference.
It was the first Play the Game conference held after the merger between Idan and the self-governing institution Play the Game, and the conference showed that this amalgamation, in many respects, served to strengthen the programme content and broaden perspectives for further development of Play the Game.
The German hosts’ strong engagement and excellent work was a decisive factor in an increased level of satisfaction among the conference participants, even though there is still some way to go to meet the high degree of satisfaction expressed in the surveys conducted after the 2005 and 2007 conferences.
Seen from an organiser’s point-of-view, Play the Game 2011 was a clear success.