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West Ham FC internship

Sport and Exercise Science BSc student Arjun Dosa has taken up an opportunity to spend a year with West Ham United Football Club.

Arjun started the role in July and is taking a year away from his course, returning to complete his degree in September 2020.

Arjun is keen to pursue a career in performance analysis and the hands-on experience he will gain from the internship, alongside his degree, will help achieve this. Throughout the internship he will gain guidance from experts in this field.

Arjun told us how the opportunity came about and what he’ll be working on during his year:

“I was browsing on the web and came onto the website called the video analyst and saw the role.

“I didn’t expect to get the internship however thought I might as well apply for the role and see what would happen.

Arjun with snow in the background“At interview they wanted to know my previous experiences relating to the role (performance analysis) and wanted to understand my personality and drive by giving me scenarios like ‘How motivated would you be getting up at 9am in the rain to help the team in any way possible?’

“After the interview they seemed very happy with me and I had a feeling that I would get the job. I did and also applied and got a Crystal Palace FC internship role through the same website however the West Ham one was more appealing for me.

“I started in July, just before pre-season, to understand the role better before the football season started as it does get very busy. I have been allocated to the Recruitment and Scouting Department as well as being involved in performance analysis. I currently assist Pre-Academy (Under 7’s – under 8’s) in relation to performance analysis. Being in the department means I am also developing my knowledge in football as a scout and improving my communication skills by watching (scouting) games and speaking to players, agents and parents. From time to time, I will also assist the under 16’s, under 18’s and under 23’s teams in relation.

“During the year I will learn new skills and knowledge within the performance analysis aspect within football – learning new software, sports code etc. I’ll understand what is needed from an employee to work at an elite club in the football industry and explore different departments, such as the sports science department, to give me a wide variety of job opportunities after my degree.

“Internships like this are a fantastic opportunity to give you an idea into what you want to do as a career after university. It makes you understand the working environment and it also helps you to build contacts with people already in the industry.”

We wish you a successful year Arjun and look forward to welcoming you back for the final year of your course.

The SU officer team

Meet the Brighton SU officer team

BSU President Calvin Jude Jansz, Vice President Activities Suzie Douglas and Vice President Education Ramy Badrie discuss their priorities and look ahead to graduation. They also talk about why they decided to campaign in the first place, their backgrounds and what it’s like studying at the University. Sadly Onyinye Okonkwo​, Vice President Welfare, was unable to make the recording.

This podcast is also available on most podcast apps, such as Spotify​ and iTunes, or search ‘University of Brighton’ in your preferred app.

Alternatively, most of the podcast is transcribed below.

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the NSS celebration cake

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The school’s score for overall satisfaction was 85% – 1% higher than the average all UK universities score. We’re particularly proud of the following course results which are way above average: Read More

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Showcasing skills

Students studying on our Sport and Exercise Science BSc are given an opportunity during their studies to achieve our unique Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and showcase their skills.

an image of the bronze awardThe awards recognise the multitude of practical skills students develop with us and are a way to demonstrate their capabilities and experience to future employers.

Introduced in 2017, the awards are embedded into the course and detail the many skills learnt, and practical activities carried out, over the three years. In the first year students work to achieve bronze, in the second silver and in the final year their gold award. Read More

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​Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, who’s also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission and chairs the Science Commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, also discusses the case of Caster Semenya and intersex athletes and his mission to lead a team to a sub-2 hour marathon, completely within athletics regulations.​

As a member of several high-profile organisations, Yannis is at the forefront of helping to solve some of sport’s most pressing issues.

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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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Gender equality award for School of Sport and Service Management

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Summer open day booking is open!

Come and explore at the Eastbourne campus summer open day on Saturday 15 June:

  • Get an in-depth look at subjects you’re interested in and the campus you’ll be based at.
  • Be inspired by the array of industry standard facilities on campus which include our accredited sports physiology labs, news room, clinical simulation suites, new gym facilities and the Leaf Hospital community clinic.
  • Take time out to explore Eastbourne town.

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Expedition Physiology

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This was the 15th time the annual trip took place and it was led by Dr Alan Richardson, with colleguares Dr Mark Hayes, Dr Nick Smeeton, Dr Neil Maxwell and Rebecca Relf. The group were treated to spectacular weather as they hit the Black Mountain hills of Wales – the best in the expedition’s history. Read More