The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) hosts first sports nutrition event in Scotland

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) hosts first sports nutrition event in Scotland

17 November 2015

SENr logoOn Friday 13 November 2015, the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register, which is hosted and managed by the British Dietetic Association, saw its first Autumn Showcase held at the home of Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,000 members.  The BDA is an active trade union.

SENr is a voluntary register designed to accredit those individuals who have the competency to work autonomously with athletes, from the elite to the exercising public.

The showcase had been billed as a ‘must attend event’ for anyone with an interest in the world of sport and exercise nutrition and the day exhibited a mix of the latest in research and evidence based practice, alongside multiple opportunities for the 150+ delegates to network with industry experts.

The quality of the day’s presentations were exceptional with Dr Stuart Galloway (SENr Board Chair and Reader at University of Stirling) opening the event, followed by presentations from sportscotland Institute of Sport, University of Stirling, Sport Wales and Mark Ellison representing GB Combat Sports.

In celebration of the venue and the recent Rugby World Cup, the delegates were treated to a joint presentation by England, Ireland and Scotland Rugby Performance Nutritionists:  Dr Graeme Close, Ruth Wood Martin and Richard Chessor who explained the nutrition strategies employed by their respective World Cup Teams.

Irene Raich of sportscotland Institute of Sport, said: “I am delighted to have spoken at the first SENr conference in Scotland.  We had a fantastic day that engaged all levels of practitioner, providing an excellent opportunity to make new contacts.”

Olivia Busby of Sport Wales noted: “The SENr is vital to uphold the Sport and Exercise industry through accrediting suitably qualified and experienced practitioners, developing the Performance Nutrition discipline and setting professional standards among registrants.”

Professor John Brewer, St Mary’s University, proceeded to add: “In recent years numerous sports men and women have excelled on the international stage, as exemplified by the outstanding performances of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Part of this success is due to the outstanding and world leading support services that our athletes receive from support staff, and this event has highlighted the pivotal role that correct nutrition can and must play in the performance of athletes both before, during and after competition and training.”

Whilst the presentations were of a premier calibre, the highlight of the event for many was its interactive approach.  Within the sector, peer support is a vital component for a successful career and SENr increasingly is becoming a community for the sport and exercise nutrition world. 

The buzz and excitement surrounding the event was palpable and the growth in recognition and credibility of SENr can be seen clearly through the number of high profile organisations that are seeking to engage with the Register. In addition to those mentioned above, also represented at the event were:

  • The Dairy Council (SENr Founding Partner)
  • UK Anti-Doping
  • Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN)
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • English Institute of Sport
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moore’s University

Two awards that are currently open to SENr Registrants were promoted, The Professor Clyde Williams, OBE Award for Sport and Exercise Nutrition Education / Research and the Dairy Council Sports Nutrition Award, both of which will be presented at BDA Live in 16th March 2016.  More about both awards can be found at:



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0800 048 1714 

Notes to the Editor:

  • Visit the BDA website at
  • Visit SENr website at
    • SENr has a key role to play in, public protection and the protection of the performance-focused community; setting, protecting and promoting standards of services and education; and development of registrants, the profession and its knowledge base.
    • SENr develops career pathways for aspiring Sport and Exercise Nutritionists and Sports Dietitians and promotes Registrants as experts within a valued specialism.
    • SENr sets, maintains and enhances professional and ethical standards in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. The SENr Registration process serves as a quality assurance mechanism. Clients can therefore be assured that Registrants work within an ethical framework and their work encompasses the latest in evidence based practice.  Registrants operate under a Code of Conduct.  Violation of the Code can result in removal from the Register.


Foot note:

Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.






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