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CIMSPA Endorsement for Sport Coaching degree

We’re delighted to announce that our sport coaching course has been endorsed by a national institution.

Sport Coaching BSc(Hons) has received backing from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) against the CIMSPA Professional Standard: Coach.

This confirms that the course meets industry standards and provides graduates with the knowledge and skills that employers have identified as most valuable.

CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector; they are “committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed and, as a result, inspire our nation to become more active”. Read More

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New Overtime magazine

The latest edition of Overtime magazine, produced by University of Brighton journalism students, is now available.

Students from the Journalism and Sport Journalism BA(Hons) degrees collaborated to produce the publication, which comes out once a semester.

Features in this edition include:

  • the perils of social media challenges
  • the environmental impact of cosmetics
  • fan power in the Bundesliga
  • the rise of David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

Read your copy here: Read More

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Doctoral Fellowship for PhD student

School of Sport and Service Management PhD student, Sean Heath, has been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship.

SSHRC is the most prestigious funding agency and scholarship offered to Canadian researchers and the Doctoral Fellowship includes three years of funding, totalling £35,000.

Sean is a social anthropologist specialising in the body, movement, the senses, and human-water interactions. Read More

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Monitoring recovery from Covid-19

The University of Brighton’s Dr Alan Richardson is working with hospitals in Sussex and Surrey on research which will support the long-term recovery of critically ill patients who have received intensive care treatment for coronavirus.

The study is in conjunction with University of Brighton and Brighton and Sussex Medical School alumnus Dr Todd Leckie and Intensive Care consultant Dr Luke Hodgson, who both work for the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Worthing Hospital.

Approximately 100 patients who have successfully received care for COVID-19 in Intensive Care will have their physical health monitored by receiving follow-up appointments with doctors, physiotherapists and nurses three months after being discharged from hospital, six months and again one year after. Read More

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New sport coaching book by course leader

Dr Jim Wallis, Course Leader for our Sport Coaching BSc(Hons), has co-written a new book.

The book will be published by Routledge on 1 September and is titled Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations: Theory and Practice.

The book will provide valuable knowledge for coaches who work with specific populations; including people of all ages, those of different gender or sexual orientation, individuals with a variety of disabilities or illness, the disadvantaged, refugees, BAME and LGBT groups.

Traditionally, content and pedagogic knowledge has tended to dominate coach education programmes and has neglected to recognise or develop the particular skill set required to coach the diverse groups of participants that are recipients of coaching at all levels. This text serves to enlighten readers about the professional competencies and knowledge needed to build successful working relationships with the communities within which coaches operate.

Other works by Dr Jim Wallis include Becoming a Sports Coach published in 2015

You can find out more about Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations: Theory and Practice on the Routledge website.

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Sport coaching during the lockdown

Dr Jim Wallis, Course Leader of our Sport Coaching BSc(Hons) has been working with Sussex Cricket on sport coaching during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Jim has taken part in a series of webinars for Sussex Cricket in which he talks about the ways in which we can continue to try to coach cricket during lockdown.

The most recent event was a webinar with Academy Director, Richard Halsall and former England fast-bowler James Kirtley. The webinar, attended by parents and players from around Sussex, discussed supporting coaching with limited facilities with limited resources.

Jim has also created a short film for anyone interested in studying sport coaching at the University of Brighton. The taster video introduces Jim, chats through some of the course content and shows practical coaching examples – filmed in Jim’s garden!

Watch the film below:

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Sports PR guest lecture

Sport Management BSc students had a guest lecture from PR and Media Operations specialist Andria Rudy just before the lockdown.

Andria has over 20 years’ experience working in elite sport and global sporting events including at multiple Olympic games, Formula 1 Jackie Stewart Team, FIFA World Cup, Commonwealth Games and more local events including the Brighton and Hove Triathlon.

Andria’s lecture was on the role of PR in sport. This included a discussion on how to write a good press release and students were tasked with analysing a pre-written one. The students then split into groups to create a PR strategy for promoting the Dubrovnik Triathlon. Read More

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International Scholarships of £2,500

image showing the scholarship amount and the deadline dateWe are offering undergraduate and postgraduate international scholarships of £2,500 for courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year.

The deadline to apply is 15 May and applications are open to all students who qualify to pay international fees.

Find out more on the University of Brighton website:

Undergraduate international scholarships

Postgraduate international scholarships

We look forward to welcoming you!

Dr Nick Smeeton

Get off the sofa, turn up the music – and dance!

A University of Brighton exercise expert believes a good bop beats the isolation blues by increasing positive emotions while reducing negative ones.

“Dancing is good for you physically and mentally – it makes you happy,” according to Dr Nick Smeeton, Principal lecturer with the university’s Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group.

“And at times like this, when we are mainly cooped up at home, it’s more important than ever that we keep our bodies in trim, our minds active, and our emotions positive.

“Pretty well everyone can do it – if we live alone or we can dance with friends and relatives using social media platforms.”

Dr Smeeton co-authored a study that showed dancing burns about 600 calories per hour, about the same as some forms of recreational swimming, cycling or jogging for the same period. Read More