A prestigious invite for Kick-start

Kick-start dancing on stageThe University of Brighton’s all-male dance company, Kick-start, were invited to showcase their work at the Association for Physical Education’s annual national conference held at St Georges’ Park National Football Centre.

The dance company is made up of students on the Physical Education BA(Hons) with QTS course based at the university’s Eastbourne campus. 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

School students given a sporting chance

Students playing with Kinball in the unversity's gymMore than 170 school students took part in two days of sport and exercise at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne.

The Years 9 and 10 students from Sussex, London and Southampton sampled PE, sport and exercise science, and sport coaching, supervised by student ambassadors.

Sarah Hogg, the University’s Director of Sport and Recreation, gave an overview of careers in sport and keynote speaker, ex-Sussex county cricketer Lewis Hatchett gave a talk on his career. Continue reading

Daniel becomes youngest half marathon winner

Daniel crosses the finish lineUniversity of Brighton student and distance runner Daniel Stidder became the youngest ever athlete to win the Eastbourne Half Marathon.

Daniel who is 19 and a first year Physical Education BA(Hons) student finished the race in an astonishing time of 1 hour 15 minutes and 10 second – an amazing three minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. His time was the fifth fastest time ever recorded at the event.

Daniel competes for the University of Brighton and Brighton Phoenix running clubs and has high hopes to make the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and to win gold on his home turf. Continue reading

Professor heads to South Korea

The School of Sport and Service Management’s Professor Nick Webborn has travelled to PyeongChang as President of the British Delegation at the Winter Paralympics which start on 9 March.

Professor Webborn OBE is Chair of the British Paralympic Association and will be attending his tenth Paralympic Games. He has worked previously in various roles, including as Chief Medical Officer for ParalympicsGB at London 2012, and he also works with the Invictus Games. Continue reading

V Cert day for local secondary school

PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers of physical education organised and delivered a one-day workshop for year ten pupils from Peacehaven Community School.

The focus of the day was to develop the pupils understanding of fitness and sport specifically related to unit 3 of the new V Cert qualification now being offered in some secondary schools. Continue reading

Drones in PE

Trainee physical education teachers were introduced to the latest drone technology and shown how they can assist teachers in recording and monitoring pupil progress.

Senior lecturer Kevin Morton at the School of Sport and Service Management demonstrated how to use a drone to PGCE and School Direct PE trainee teachers in the context of a large scale orienteering race where satellite technology and GPS can track whole groups and individuals as they compete against each other to complete an orienteering course within the confines of the school grounds. Continue reading

CIMSPA Higher Education Partnership

The University of Brighton is proud to have been chosen as one of just 10 institutions nationally, by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), to become a CIMPSA Higher Education Partner and take part in its two-year pilot scheme.

CIMSPA is the sport and physical activity sector’s chartered institute and the pilot will look to develop develop students’ employment prospects and recognition pathways for relevant study programmes. Continue reading

Teaching and learning invasion games through Lacrosse

Trainee PE teachers experienced an alternative version of invasion games now gaining increasing popularity in UK secondary schools.

The game is a non-contact version of lacrosse which uses inexpensive plastic-headed sticks and oversized lacrosse balls. It is particularly suitable for delivering invasion games skills within the PE Curriculum. Continue reading