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

Values-based teaching and learning

Learning about F4P on the football fieldTrainee teachers on our physical education PGCE were introduced to the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football for Peace (F4P) programme as part of their induction.

They were shown how to apply the F4P methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values-based teaching and learning in physical education. Trainees were also shown how the personal, social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils can be addressed through a values-based approach to education and thus contributing to the holistic education of pupils. Read More

Children at last year's festival

Scoring for peace

More than 200 children from secondary schools around Sussex will be taking part in a football festival next week.

The University of Brighton’s Football 4 Peace (F4P) programme, which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities. Read More

Dr Stidder receiving his award

University of Brighton academic honoured

A School of Sport and Service Management lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”.

The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE.

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Katharine Merry, Gary Stidder (centre) and Michael Chrighton, Chair of AfPE.

Dr Stidder, who coordinates the initial teacher training for Physical Education and is the subject’s route leader for PGCE and Schools Direct student trainees, received his award for services to physical education and for instilling values based education within the PE curriculum through his work with Football 4 Peace (@F4Pvalues).

He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the University of Brighton’s ground-breaking Football 4 Peace International which has been operating in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001. Read More

Photo of John Sugden and Graham Spacey outside the UN building

Brighton academics at the United Nations

Photo of John Sugden and Graham Spacey outside the UN buildingThe Brighton co-founder of a global Football 4 Peace programme was at the New York headquarters of the UN yesterday to debate using sport as a framework to further promote development and peace.

Professor John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, was preparing for an expert group meeting hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He was accompanied by his School of Sport and Service Management colleague Graham Spacey, Head of Operations for Football 4 Peace, the award-winning sport and activity-based community initiative which uses sport to reconcile and heal in areas of conflict. Read More