Bridge: A MindSport for All is a collaborative research project that unites academics and practitioners in a global network
Diverse and inclusive, the BAMSA network provides a forum for academics, practitioners and policymakers. Stakeholders in the network include academics from various disciplines including sociology, psychology, sport science and leisure studies. From across the bridge world, the network includes representatives of national and international governing bodies, teachers, players and organisers working at a local level.
The BAMSA network is a vehicle for international collaboration. It brings together educators, administrators, organisers, recruiters, digital developers and suppliers from across the globe and from every tier of the bridge world (international, zonal, federal, national, regional, district and local). The network enables the sharing of case studies and resources as well as the dissemination of research findings, innovation and good practice.
In consultation with network members, BAMSA staff identify research needs and challenges across the sector, they arrange conferences, workshops and networking events, and they co-produce problem-solving strategies and evidence-based solutions. BAMSA’s first network meeting was in Oslo in October 2019.
When working with any group of stakeholders, conflicts and competing agendas occasionally arise. BAMSA researchers strive to balance their commitments to funders, to their institution, to the broader discipline, and to the pursuit of knowledge, as well as to those individuals, communities and organisations that they are studying. The balancing act is easier when there is open discussion about stakeholder needs and perspectives.
If you would like to be part of the BAMSA network, please email [email protected].