2016 Congress in Leicester

The 20th International CESH Congress will be held at the International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) on 5-7 September 2016. This will be an open-themed congress.

Head of organisation: Prof. Martin Polley (ICSHC director, polley1965@gmail.com)



Final congress programme:

Version 4 of the programme is now available: CESH.2016.Version4

Congress venue: The congress will be held in Clephan Building, entrance on Bonners Lane. See:


– Pedestrian/city map (pedestrian-map)

– Campus map (dmu-access-map-october-2015) Clephan Building is Nr 6 on this map.

NB: This is De Montfort University (DMU), not the University of Leicester!

Please remember you must be a CESH member for 2016 to present a paper at the congress. For membership, visit this page.



Call for papers (closed):

Download call for papers: CESH Congress 2016 CFP2

Early Career Scholar Award (closed):

The 2016 call for the Early Career Scholar Award competition has been published. Please visit the CESH Junior Scholar Award webpage.

The winner of the Early Career Scholar Award Competition will be announced during the Social Dinner on Tuesday 6 September.


The Educative Innovation Group ‘Areté’ lead by Teresa González Aja will organise a student seminar, which is opened to all students, including PhD candidates. Special student session are indicated on the programme. Students wishing to join the group may write to the organisers (Spanish students excepted).





Congress Fees:
These are the congress fees for the 2016 CESH congress in Leicester.
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Price 1: early bird student, available until 7 June 2016: 63 GBP
Price 2: student, from 8 June 2016: 79 GBP

Ordinary delegate:
Price 3: early bird ordinary delegate, available until 7 June 2016: 94 GBP
Price 4: ordinary delegate from 8 June 2016: 125 GBP

Above fees include: coffee breaks, three lunches, congress dinner, book of abstract, proceedings.

Accompanying person: Price 5: 55 GBP




Staying in Leicester:

SPECIAL OFFER: The Holiday Inn, which is less than a 5 minute walk from DMU’s campus, is offering a special rate for conference delegates :
Sunday 4th September is £65 for the night with breakfast;
Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th September are £90 per night with bed and breakfast.

They have a limited number of rooms available under this offer which ends 3rd July.

You will need to make your own booking direct with Holiday Inn – it is not possible to book this through the conference website or through DMU. Please call them on (+44)116 2428708 and quote code DFU to take advantage of the offer.

OTHER HOTELS: For other hotels, guest-houses, and bed and breakfast options, visit the Leicester and Leicestershire tourism site. Please book direct with the hotel of your choice – it is not possible to book this through the conference website or through DMU.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION: For postgraduate students, the Walnut Street Residences offer the best deal. Situated a 5 minute walk from DMU’s campus, rooms start at £25 per night, and can be booked for any length of time. Please visit their site and book direct – it is not possible to book this through the conference website or through DMU. (Please ignore the heading Walnut Street residences, London on the website – this is a mistake, as the halls are in Leicester).



Traveling to Leicester:

By plane:

Leicester airport is: East Midlands (Nottingham) Airport. Direct shuttle to Leicester city centre: Skylink

London airports with best train connections to Leicester:

– from Leicester to London Luton Airport – National Rail shuttle between airport (‘Luton Airport’) and train stadion (‘Luton Airport Parkway’);

– from Leicester to London ‘Stansted Airport’.


By Coach (National Express):

You may be interested in National Express coaches, which include major British airports in their destinations.


By train (National Rail):

Direct train connection between Leicester and London St Pancras International where the Eurostar departs to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

 Book train tickets ahead of journey to get advance tickets!