Trainee PE teachers learn new alternative team game

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education trainee teachers were introduced to a new innovation when they took part in a Rock-it-ball workshop.

The game of VX (previously known as Rock-it-ball) originated in North Yorkshire in 2006. VX is officially a gender-neutral activity and is best described as a hybrid of lacrosse and dodgeball.

The game has recognised singles (three balls), doubles (four balls) and five-a-side (five balls) formats, but player and ball numbers can be changed to suit indoor space and participant numbers. Continue reading

Working with Rick Stein

After graduating with first class honours from our Internationality Hospitality Management BA(Hons) Felicity Hayes headed to Cornwall to work for Rick Stein:

“After living by the sea in Eastbourne for university, I decided that the coast was where I wanted to be.

“I currently work for Rick Stein down in Cornwall in his luxury deli, selling local cheeses, meats and other products to hungry tourists and patriotic locals (who are quick to tell you off if you put cream on a scone before the jam!).  Continue reading

Values-based Pedagogy through Rugby

Trainee teachers of physical education worked with academic members of staff learning more about how to use values-based pedagogy in physical education which has its origins with the University of Brighton’s pioneering Football and Rugby 4 Peace International programmes.

Trainees experienced a range of rugby-related activities and learnt how to adapt the methodology in different contexts and circumstances. The key emphasis of the values-based model is the teaching and practical application of values such as neutrality; equity and inclusion; respect; trust; and responsibility. Continue reading

Inclusive Workshop for Local School Pupils

PGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students at the School of Sport and Service Management 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. Continue reading

Jack’s the first for esports

A School of Sport and Service Management graduate has become the first full-time British newspaper esports journalist.

Jack Stewart, 21, graduated with a Sport Journalism BA(Hons) degree just this summer and was quickly snapped up by a national newspaper to report on competitive video games.

He said: “The Daily Mail advertised they were looking for an esports journalist online and, luckily, one of my course mates had just started working there and pointed it out to me – blabbing on about esports for three years clearly paid off in the end. Continue reading

Disability Sport Awareness Training

PE and Dance Trainee Teachers took part in disability sport awareness training as part of their induction into their PGCE/School Direct training.

Students learnt more 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. Continue reading

Inclusive PE workshop

PGCE and School Direct trainee Physical Education teachers engaged in a wheelchair basketball workshop at the School of Sport and Service Management as part of their induction to teacher training. The day also consisted of awareness training related to teaching pupils with hearing impairments using sign language and guiding pupils with sight impairments. Continue reading

Football for refugees

Football clubs, federations, fans and governments around Europe are being urged to make the sport more accessible to refugees.

Dr Mark Doidge, Senior Research Fellow from the School of Sport and Service Management, said football was the universal language that can bring some semblance of normality to the lives of refugees and it was important refugees are given access to the game. Continue reading