BMC-EU: Basic Motor Competencies in Europe

Programme: Erasmus+

Start date: 1 January 2018

End date: 31 December 2019

Project Reference: 590777-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-SPO-SCP


A central aim of Physical Education (PE) is the promotion of basic motor competencies (BMC). Basic motor competencies are important determinants for explaining voluntary activities in sport and for promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) through increased participation in sports and exercise (for an overview see Herrmann et al., 2015). They constitute the essential requirements for taking part in the culture of sport and exercise and developing a physically active lifestyle. To promote the basic motor competencies effectively, the teachers have to know what their students are able to perform. For this reason the MOBAK test instruments have been developed (MOBAK-1 for 1st graders, Herrmann, Gerlach & Seelig, 2015, 2016; Scheuer, Bund & Herrmann, 2017; MOBAK-3 for 3rd graders, Herrmann & Seelig, 2017a; Scheuer, Bund Becker & Herrmann, 2017; MOBAK-5 for 5th graders, Herrmann & Seelig, 2017b; MOBAK-7 for 7th graders; Herrmann, Seiler, Pühse & Gerlach, 2017). They provide valid and reliable information about the level of students’ motor competence. The individual measurement of competencies allows teachers to identify groups with special needs and initiate special support to reduce inequalities. The proposed Collaborative Partnership “Basic Motor Competencies in Europe – Assessment and Promotion (BMC-EU)” consists of three progressive project phases:

(1) The assessment of the basic motor competencies in 13 partner countries

The evaluation of the basic motor competencies will take place in twelve European countries. Each project country will assess a sample of at least 300 students in primary school. Thereby, we pursue two central aims: The evaluation of the competence level of the countries (Monitoring) and of the competence level of the students (Screening). The results are reported to the project countries, to the schools as well as to the participating teachers.

  • Universität Potsdam, Germany (project coordinator)
  • Parethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon, Greece
  • European Physical Education Association, Switzerland
  • Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Portugal
  • Hanzehogeschool Groningen Stichting, Netherlands
  • Goethe-Universität, Germany
  • Lietuvos Sporto Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Masarykova Univerzita, Czech Republic
  • Paris-Lodron-Universität, Austria
  • Trnavská Univerzita v Trnave, Slovakia
  • Universita degli Studi di Foggia, Italy
  • Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • Université de Liège, Belgium
  • Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg

(2) The development and implementation of a support-toolkit for teachers

Based on the results of the MOBAK-assessments (Motorische Basiskompetenzen), we develop together in collaboration with the partner countries a module-based support-toolkit with tailored interventions to promote the basic motor competencies of the students. This enables the physical education teachers to work with their students on their individual motor deficiencies evidence-bases and subsequently more efficiently.

(3) The implementation and dissemination of the project results.

For the implementation of the developed support-toolkit, the project partners will organize workshops. Results will be disseminated with national and international multiplier sport events.