Careers in Sport experience for local schools

The Field of Sport event which is part of the university’s widening participation Compact Plus Programme took place on 14 June 2017 at the Eastbourne campus.

The event was attended by 119 students from nine schools: Ifield Community College, Patcham High School, Hailsham Community College, Ark Academy Brent, Ark Globe Academy, St Leonards Academy, Rye College, Seaford Head School and Thomas Bennett Community College. The school students heard from sports professionals to gain an insight into a range of sports careers and took part in activities. Continue reading

Guardian university league tables 2018 success

‘Sports Science’ at the University of Brighton has climbed a massive 21 places in The Guardian University League Tables 2018 and we are now ranked 12th in the UK.

There’s still time to apply for a September 2017 start – find out more about studying sport and exercise with us.

The Football Ticket Sales Challenge

Final year Sport Business Management students spent a day with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club (BHAFC) as part of their marketing module.

The day provided an opportunity for students to develop their employability skills as they were required to be both creative and practical, whilst under pressure due to the time constraints of the challenge. The objective was to apply the theory taught in the class to a real marketing problem.

The day was kicked off by Marc Dring, BHAFC’s Marketing Manager, who outlined his role with the club, the marketing challenges of a professional football team and the implications of sponsorship on promotion opportunities. Continue reading

Event Planning and Dodgeball!

Tom Dodsworth who is studying Sport Business Management BSc(Hons) writes on a recent learning experience:

On Friday 17 February 2017, myself and fellow Sport Business Management students had a 4-hour session learning about how to plan, organise, run and evaluate a sporting event as well as learning the differences between products and services. This was to help us as we will have to run a sporting event of our choice in the following months.

In the morning, we learnt about setting up a sporting event, this included all factors that needed to be considered when running a sport event, as well as the characteristics and differences between products and services. Continue reading

Sport Business Masterclass

Second year Sport Business Management BSC(Hons) student James Drummond writes on the recent masterclass he took part in with local schools and colleges.

Albion in the Community (AITC) and the University of Brighton worked in partnership to create a sport business masterclass delivered to pupils from 5 local colleges and schools.

The day was led by AITC curriculum development officer Rob Josephs and senior lecturer at the university Mark Hayes. The morning started off with brief introductions by both hosts regarding who they were and the role they had over the day.

The students were given their task for the day and the background into Brighton and Hove Albion FC (BAHFC) which they would need to use as a base for their task. Continue reading

Brighton schools attend the Careers in Sport conference

Brighton secondary pupils visited the School of Sport Service Management in Eastbourne to hear from leading experts on developing a career in sport.

The year 10 pupils are all currently studying GCSE Physical Education and attended presentations from university staff. Continue reading

Sport and Tourism Experts Talks Change

Student Grace Butcher writes about a recent guest lecture:

pt-2Pete Tyler, Managing Director of Neilson Active Holidays, visited University of Brighton third year Sport Business Management students to discuss strategic change in relation to the sport and tourism industry.

Pete has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry and in that time, he has helped Neilson grow and created opportunities within the company. He has had a lot of experience of change as Neilson has had to adapt to the market over the years so was the ideal person to discuss strategic change. Continue reading

The future of sport in our local communities

“Almost everybody participates in sport and physical activity in a local community. It is important, therefore, that we recognise the needs of everybody who wants to participate in the future”.

That was the key message from an inspirational talk by Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight at Sport England, and one of the most influential people behind the development of the new strategy for community sport in England, ‘Towards an Active Nation’ .

img_9562On Thursday, November 18, over 120 students and staff from a range of courses at the School of Sport and Service Management heard Lisa illustrate the challenges that current students might face if they go on to work in sport. In particular, the audience was treated to a detailed analysis of how tackling inactivity, creating regular sporting habits and maintaining levels of sport participation is a high priority for the current government and Sport England. Continue reading

Behind the scenes at Source Park

On Wednesday 19 October 2016 first year Sport Business Management students had a trip to Source BMX Park which is located in the seaside town of Hastings. The purpose of the visit was to put the stakeholder theory learnt in lectures into a practical example to develop understanding of the different ways organisations are run.

The visit also helped students gain a better understanding of how the business is run and its future aims – the BMX park has been open for just seven months.

Student Tom Dodsworth reports on the visit:

image-3“Our morning consisted of having a tour of the facilities on offer at this internationally recognised venue. Source BMX have a strong online following in conjunction with two large skate parks, a café; situated between the two is a retail store which sells an array of products from personalised skateboards, BMX bikes, branded shoes to t-shirts. Continue reading

Students can join the Olympic gold rush

The Rio Olympic Games have shown that not only has Great Britain has some of the best athletes in the world but also how students can take up top careers to help achieve more to medal successes.

They include: head of performance, head of sports nutrition performance analysis, physiotherapists, engineers and sports journalists.

That’s the view of Dr Gary Brickley, University of Brighton Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist who has worked for the GB cycling team as a physiologist and coach since 2000. He coaches cyclist Dame Sarah Storey and Dave Stone MBE and will be in Rio in September for the Paralympics. Continue reading