How sport boosts international development

Children playing football in AfricaThe 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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Football for Peace professor to join UN

photo of Professor John Sugden

Professor John Sugden

A Brighton professor who co-founded a global programme using football to bring peace has been invited to advise the United Nations.

John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, will be part of an expert group supporting the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

He will fly to the UN’s New York headquarters in June for a meeting ‘Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace’ in preparation  for a report to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September. Continue reading

Primary School Sports Festival

Children playing with hula hoops

350 Eastbourne primary school pupils came to The School of Sport and Service Management to participate in a sports festival organised by Football 4 Peace International.

The focus of the day’s activities was to develop an awareness of team work and personal responsibility. The children took part in a in a series of related activities including problem solving, physical challenges, team building, invasion games, survival, exercise and trust games. Continue reading

Academics share the Football 4 Peace Philosophy

Photo of the whole group of coaches and teachers Physical Education lecturers Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green ran a three-day values-based teaching workshop for over 40 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports coaches and teachers.

The event took place at the German Sports University in Cologne, Germany and it shared the Football 4 Peace curriculum and methodology in both a practical and theoretical context. Continue reading