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

Learning about mixed-sex team games

Trainee physical education teachers were introduced to the only mixed-sex team game played widely in the Netherlands and Belgium – Korfball.

The game of Korfball is played between teams made up of four male and four female players. The playing court is divided into two equal zones and two players of each sex are placed in each – it can be played indoors or outdoors. Continue reading

Guest speaker from Rickshaw Travel

International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) student, Helena Cleary, writes about a recent guest lecture:

“Jennifer Parker, the Meaningful Innovation and Product Team Manager at Rickshaw Travel, visited University of Brighton third year hospitality, events, tourism, physical education and sport business management students as part of the Employability, Enterprise and Innovation module on the 17 October.

“Rickshaw Travel are a friendly UK based travel company who create unique and meaningful travelling experiences. Their trips are based in Asia, Central America and South America. Continue reading

Learning more about Tchoukball

Physical education trainee teachers learnt more about a new team game that combines the pace and excitement of handball and volleyball.

The Swiss non-contact invasion game of Tchoukball is played with two ‘frames’ situated at both ends of a playing court. A line runs three meters from the centre of the bottom of the frame around in a semi-circle – this area is known as the ‘forbidden zone’ or more familiarly, the ‘D’. Teams can attack and defend at both ends. Continue reading