Students on the pitch

Values-based teaching and learning in Physical Education

The univerity’s PGCE and School Direct trainee physical education teachers were introduced to values-based teaching and learning as part of their university-based studies.

The students worked with 70 year seven pupils from Hayesbrook School in Kent and applied the Football for Peace (F4P) methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values such as equity and inclusion, respect, trust, and responsibility.  The trainees also focused on an holistic approach to the teaching of young people through a specific pedagogical model designed to promote emotional well-being, personal development and responsible citizenship. Read More

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F4P International Festival

Over 100 children from secondary schools around Sussex took part in the Football 4 Peace annual festival which took place last month. The festival was the culmination and finale of a week’s long training camp for potential recruits to the programme.

The University’s Football 4 Peace (F4P) programme, which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea, Colombia and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities. The festival provided opportunities for new recruits to apply the methodology and put theory into practice with children aged 11 – 12. Read More

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A Brighton peace programme could tackle football racism

The University of Brighton’s groundbreaking peace-through-football initiative should be adopted by football’s governing bodies to tackle the kind of “appalling” racism witnessed in the Bulgaria-England UEFA EURO qualifier.

That’s the view of Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer  and Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Football 4 Peace which aims to help resolve conflict between communities through football.

He said: “In the wake of the appalling scenes in Sofia and the racist behaviour of home fans towards English footballers there is no better time to address coach, supporter and teacher education through values-based programmes such as Football 4 Peace. Read More

The pupils on balance bars in the gym

Football 4 Peace Team Building day for Year 7 Pupils

Pupils from the High Weald Academy in Kent were introduced to the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football for Peace (F4P) programme as part of a year 7 team building day.

Football 4 Peace coaches worked with 60 year seven pupils and applied the F4P methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values-based teaching and learning such as equity and inclusion, respect, trust, and responsibility. Read More

Rugby 4 Peace in Colombia

A new collaboration is emerging with Barbarian Rugby Football Club in Bogota, Colombia, which has been using the University of Brighton’s Rugby for Peace curriculum and methodology to bring its community together.

A group visited the programme and began formalising relationships in June 2018 and this July Dr Gary Stidder and Dr Tom Carter from the School of Sport and Service Management visited to work with the Fundación Buen Punto. Established in 2014 the Fundación Buen Punto’s objective is incentivising sport, and reaching children and young adults that find themselves in unfavourable situations with limited resources, or with some form of physical or psychological disability, and who are at risk of exclusion from society. Read More

Awareness raising tournament success

Over 90 students from the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus participated in a 5-a-side football tournament to raise awareness of homophobia within sport.

The Football 4 Peace (F4P) vs Homophobia tournament took place in early May and supported the Justin campaign, which highlights the prejudices in football towards the LGBT community. It was set up in memory of footballer Justin Fashanu who tragically committed suicide after revealing his sexuality in 1998. Read More

The five students on their trip

Northern Ireland F4P Project

Connor Cook is a second year Physical Education BA(Hons) student and a Football 4 Peace (F4P) trained coach – he has recently returned from a study tour in Northern Ireland where he was involved in coaching using the F4P methodology at Easter football camps.

The camps were run by the Irish Football Association (IFA) as part of their ‘Let Them Play’ Youth Strategy. The IFA run 100 values-based camps a year for Catholic and Protestant children and they include the F4P values-based methodology within all their community and school prgrammes.

Connor’s reports on his experiences during the trip:

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Academics commended by the Israeli Sports Authority

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Dr Gary Stidder, left

Physical Education lecturers from the School of Sport and Service Management were commended by the Israeli Sport Authority in a ceremony at the German Sports University based in Cologne following their contribution to a five day ‘Sport for Life’ training event which involved 50 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports leaders.

Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green delivered a series of practical sessions based on the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football 4 Peace Curriculum and Methodology and were given special commendations by Regional Director for the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport Gazi Nujeidat at a Gala dinner event. Read More

Children playing football in Africa

How sport boosts international development

The University of Brighton has joined forces with a charity to study how sport is boosting international development and improving lives.

It is partnering with the Brighton-based charity TackleAfrica in funding a PhD student for three years to focus on the politics and production of evidential knowledge in sport-for-development.

The student, Arthur Gaillard, is researching how sport-for-development initiatives are monitored and evaluated, and will identify ways of demonstrating programme effectiveness and impact. Read More

University of Brighton peace initiative commended in national campaign

A worldwide peace-promoting football programme established by the University of Brighton has been recognised in a national campaign launched by Universities UK.

The Football 4 Peace International scheme, set up in 2001, features in the ‘UK’s Best Breakthroughs’ list, part of the new ‘MadeAtUni’ campaign that celebrates the impact universities have on the wider community.

The list of 100 highlights ground-breaking projects and research which have transformed lives. Universities UK is the representative organisation for all UK universities. Read More