Induction Week Outdoor Adventurous Activities

School of Sport and Service Management students took part in two days of outdoor adventurous activities (OAA), as part of their University of Brighton induction week programme.

150 students took part and included those studying physical education, sport studies, sport and business management and physical education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

On the first day students were split into their courses to carry out navigational exercises or work through a series of team building and trust games. These are designed to integrate them into university life and allow them the chance to get to know new and potentially, life-long friends. Continue reading

Best rescue of a historic building

An underground skate park set up with help from the University of Brighton has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Source Park, a world class BMX and Skate Park created from the derelict Victorian White Rock swimming baths, under the promenade in Hastings, welcomed its first riders and Skaters in March last year. Continue reading

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.

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

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

Harold should have won the Battle of Hastings

On the day of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, The Head of the School of Sport & Service Management, Professor Jonathan Doust, has been wondering how King Harold might have fared if he had the science and nutritional support now commonplace in the 21st century.   

Harold had to march his army quickly, 300 south, after warding off Viking invaders at the Battle of Stamford Bridge to defend the country against the invading Norman army.  His army marched around 25 miles a day for a fortnight to make the journey and some historians put his defeat down to exhausted soldiers. 

The fast march carried an immense physical strain that Professor Doust calculates as a daily food need of 4,500 calories – similar to that faced by hard-training sportsmen and women.  Continue reading

The Golden Games

The University of Brighton joined in the Paralympics celebrations, having coached or supported several GB medal-winning stars.

The most decorated female GB Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, coached by the university’s Dr Gary Brickley, won her 14th gold medal in the cycling road race, her third gold of the Rio Games.

And another cycling star coached by Dr Brickley, Dave Stone MBE, collected bronze and silver medals, making a career total of six.

Dr Brickley, Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist and based at the university’s School of Sport and Service Management in Eastbourne said: “The Paralympic Games in Rio have been a huge success, improving on London in the same way the Olympic team managed to secure more medals. 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