students and school pupils taking part in a dance activity

Inclusive Sports Festival

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students took part in a whole day of inclusive sport and physical activity with pupils from schools in East Sussex.

The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion within the secondary school physical education and dance curriculum. The day comprised of activities such as Boccia, sit-down volleyball, parachute games, new-age kurling and goalball as well as Dance activities.

The day was a challenging experience as trainee had to plan for pupils with a range of complex learning needs. Read More

A photo of Dr Gary Brickley

Tribute to “incredible” Channel swimmer

School of Sport and Service Management sports scientist and Channel swimmer has paid tribute to Sarah Thomas who swam the Channel four times non-stop for cancer sufferers everywhere.

Dr Gary Brickley, Senior Lecturer, said the 37-year-old American, treated for breast cancer just a year ago, was “incredible – I am in awe of her achievement”.

He said: “When I did my solo channel crossing in August 2016, I did actually start to wonder what it would be like to do a double channel swim. The limits of human endurance feats do astound me. I think with this one people thought that no one would be able to achieve it. Read More

Jack and his fellow students in the gym

A day in the life…

Undergraduate student Jack Ferguson tells us what a typical day in the life of a Physical Education BA(Hons) with QTS student is like…

“Life as a university student is very different to that as a school student. Whereas school life doesn’t offer much in the way of freedom and flexibility in your day to day routine, at uni you have much more control and responsibility over how you spend your time.

“How much time you have free or assigned to lectures will depend on your degree but this outlines a typical day as a PE with QTS undergrad. Read More

Students playing sit down volley ball

Disability sport awareness training

Trainee physical education took part in disability sport awareness training as part of their course induction.

The students learnt about the games of Boccia, sit-down volleyball, new age kurling, goal ball and parachute games. The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion in physical education and the training was designed to help trainees have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these. Read More

The students doing a Conga in the gym!

Team building and problem solving

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance trainee teachers came together at the start of their teacher training course to take part in a series of team-building exercises.

The exercises were designed to develop group dynamics and working relationships and consisted of a series of ice-breaking activities, followed by activities in small groups to help develop trust and responsibility. The trainees then took part in a number of larger group activities designed to promote problem solving and decision making. Read More

The group on the cliffs at Eastbourne

Another successful summer school

In August, we welcomed 23 Year 12 students from schools and colleges across the South East to our Sport Summer School – part of the University of Brighton’s widening participation outreach programme.

Students got to experience university life for a week with a focus on sport courses. The students stayed in halls, took part in lectures, subject tasters, practical activities in the hall and sport and exercise science labs, as well as going on outings. They were also visited by Lewis Hatchett, ex-Sussex County Cricketer, who talked about his inspirational sporting journey and took part in a street dance session led by Rob Gregg from S3 Studios. Read More

A smiling Dr Alex Channon in the gym

Podcast: Catching up with Dr Alex Channon

In the latest podcast, we speak to School of Sport and Service Management Senior Lecturer Dr Alex Channon about his research into medical work in combat sports.

Alex also talks about how combat sports are regulated and the difference between fighting and violence. There’s also a conversation about concussion – a topic which regularly comes up in so many sports.

Alex is course leader of our Sport Studies and Sport Management undergraduate courses.

Find out more about Alex’s research and the Love Fighting, Hate Violence campaign.​

You can listen to the podcast by clicking the ‘play’ button below, or via most podcast apps – just search University of Brighton. We are on Spotify and iTunes, and many more platforms.

Two female students demonstrating their combat skills

Engaging with non-contact boxing

Physical Education PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers began their course with an introduction to non-contact boxing and how to implement it into the secondary school physical education curriculum.

Non-contact boxing is increasing in popularity as a means of developing personal fitness and core skills of agility and co-ordination. Combat activities such a boxing where the object is to outwit an opponent provides individuals opportunities to perform movement phases both in attack and defence such as stance, guard, footwork and maintaining balance whilst moving in all directions. Read More

A jigsaw depecting the menotring opportunities offered

Mentoring opportunities

“Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee’s life and lasts for a period of time”

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Lauren holding her Wales cap

Lauren’s “unforgettable” Wales hockey debut

A School of Sport and Service Management student won her first international cap for the Wales women’s hockey team in their recent European Championship victory over Turkey.

Lauren Roberts, a Sports Scholarship student in Physical Education, was called up to the senior team having received the ‘Goalkeeper of the Tournament’ award at the European Under-21s Championship.

Lauren recovered from a serious knee injury – which sidelined her for most of last season – to represent Wales. Read More

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