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.

Boxing for all

The University of Brighton and Eastbourne Boxing Club have joined forces to promote boxing to members of the LGBTQI+ community and to research best practice for the entire country.

Free boxing classes are being offered in Eastbourne over four weeks in May with the aim of encouraging members of the LGBTQI+ community and their friends to join regular club nights.

The event is being funded by the university’s Community University Partnership Programme and is supported by organisations including England Boxing, the university’s Springboard Grants Programme which provides awards to university Students’ Union-recognised societies and university sports clubs and teams, and ‘Love Fighting Hate Violence’, an anti-violence campaign launched by Dr Christopher R. Matthews and Dr Alex Channon, both senior lecturers at the university. 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

Love Fighting Hate Violence campaign

love-fighting-hate-violenceAn anti violence campaign Love Fighting Hate Violence, has been launched by School of Sport and Service Management lecturers Dr Alex Channon and Dr Christopher R. Matthews.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the important moral difference between sport-based combat, and violence. It seeks to encourage practitioners and fans to reflect on the distinction, and to encourage various forms of anti-violence action within and through their disciplines.

Find out more about the campaign.

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

England Boxing visit

avoenAvoen Perryman, England Boxing’s Club Support Officer for Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex will be paying a visit to the School of Sport and Service Management later today.

Avoen will be speaking to students about sports development as a career and the challenges he faces in his own role, as well as the wider issues connected to trends in the sport industry.

Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Using football to help refugees

Representatives from UEFA, the governing body of European football, will be taking part in a University of Brighton event focusing on how football can help the refugee crisis.

The workshop event will take place at the Amex Stadium, the home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, on November 25 and is being supported by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This is the second part of a programme entitled ‘Refugees Welcome: Football fans & community in Europe’. The first took place in Paris in June in collaboration with Football Supporters Europe, and focused on what fans and grassroots groups are doing with refugees, including setting up teams, working in camps and raising awareness. Continue reading

Football, Corruption and Lies

book-launch-flyer-finalWorld football is in crisis. The corruption scandal engulfing FIFA is arguably the biggest story in the history of modern sport and a watershed for sport governance.

More than a decade ago, John Sugden and Alan Tomlinson laid the foundations for subsequent investigations with the publication of Badfellas, a groundbreaking work of critical sport sociology that exposed the systematic corruption at the heart of world football. It was a book that FIFA and Sepp Blatter tried to ban. Continue reading