“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’ .
On 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 →
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 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 →
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 →
Last month the University of Brighton held its Value of Sport Conference at the Falmer campus for local college students to highlight how they can pursue a career in the sport industry.
Sport and Exercise Science BSc(Hons) student Verity Cooper reflects on the day:
“I was invited to the conference as a student ambassador. It was great to share my passion for the field of sport, and to share my experiences as a student working towards a career in sport. Continue reading →
The number of University of Brighton graduates finding work or moving on to further study after completing their studies has hit its highest ever level.
According to the latest annual figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, more than nine out of ten graduates who completed their first degree in 2014-15 were in employment or further study, with over 70 percent employed at a managerial and professional level.Continue reading →