Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Museum hosts Historian's play

Dr Iain Adams' play 'A Game for Christmas' will form part of the opening ceremony for a new National Football Museum exhibition.

'The Greater Game: Football and The First World War' explores the role football played at home and at the front during the war years, and looks in detail at some of those who served.

Cheetham Primary School pupils (pictured during rehearsals) will perform Dr Adams' work which has been made available to all schools through the 'National Children's Football Alliance' website.

The exhibition runs from 19 December 2014 to 2 September 2015. For further information please click here.

Dr Adams has also just returned from giving a talk about the Truce at the Hærens Officersskol, The Royal Danish Army Officer academy (the equivalent of Sandhurst) in Copenhagen.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

One Goal for personal development

We advise all our students to gain as much relevant work experience as they can during the course of their studies.

For the past few months Jess White has been working for One Goal - a company specialising in providing high level sports coaches across Manchester.

Her role includes helping to develop children's physical literacy, fundamental movements and sport specific skills, encouraging teamwork & team-building and improving self-esteem and self-confidence.

Jess takes KS1 & KS2 classes, covering core movement and motor skills, which are important during a variety of activities she teaches including dance, gymnastics, invasion games, cricket and athletics.

By creating adaptable and flexible sessions, Jess assists teachers to help them develop their own knowledge and experience which will enhance their skills in teaching these activities.

Jess said: "My role is predominantly practical-based, however I also manage and facilitate a programme called 6 habits which can be classroom or practical.

"The programme encourages children to develop and display positivity towards school and home life. Each habit forms a fundamental skill in building a positive character and once embedded becomes a skill for life.

"At the end of each term I conduct an individual child assessment which focuses on how they're developing. This includes specific skill development, e.g. how they've improved and performed in gymnastic or more generic fundamental skills.

Jess can be responsible for around 30 children at a time, and admits the role is demanding but also rewarding. "Seeing a child develop not only physically, but also within themselves from a confidence and self-awareness perspective is the reason I love my job so much," she said.

"I feel such a sense of achievement working with children, especially one-to-one, when I can see that with encouragement and support the difference it makes to their self-worth, confidence and teamwork skills. It's great to see them take pride in their achievements and ability, but also to see them want others to do well."

Monday, 3 November 2014

Placement boosts student's career hopes

Student employability is a key component of the UCLan Sport Studies programme.

Ben McGarry has used this to his advantage to secure a role as a Sports Instructor with UKLC at their centre in Chester. We spoke to Ben to find out more.

"UKLC are a language school which uses sport as a vehicle to improve the English of children from different nationalities. I undertook a short term contract helping prepare and deliver various sporting sessions which would engage children and improve the use of English within them.

"This was an excellent experience, as I was able to improve my communication skills and develop new coaching styles to enhance my ability as a coach. Although sport was my main focus, I was also was involved in the majority of the evening activities for the students. These ranged from ghost hunts to fashion shows, all aimed at getting the children talking English to each other.

"This sometimes took me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to engage with students in a non-sporting context, assisting with any issues they may have. The experience enabled me to develop leadership skills, as I was also asked to lead the evening activities with staff assistance for up to 200 children.

"The job also entailed taking the children on excursions to various destinations around the UK. I was asked to lead these on a number of occasions, which was challenging as I'd never visited some of the places before. This allowed me to further develop my leadership and organisational skills, due to making sure I provided a high duty of care in accounting for students at all times.

"This experience increased my confidence and developed my skills, not just as a coach, but as a person, and has helped me move forward with my ambition to become a teacher. The transferable skills I've acquired will definitely be beneficial in future experiences.

"This job has also opened many other doors, including the opportunity to go and teach abroad due to the contacts I made whilst at the centre. I'd certainly recommend this experience to anyone looking to get into coaching or teaching, and this is just another example of the excellent links you're able to access as a student at UCLan."

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Lauren inspired to make a difference

We encourage our students to gain as much work experience as possible during the course of their studies.

Lauren Shrewsbury took this advice on board and, in conjunction with a volunteering role, is now in the process of developing the provision of a brand new sport at UCLan.

A second year module - Sociological Issues in Disability Sport - inspired Lauren to secure a voluntary position with British Wheelchair Basketball.

She said: "I took on the job at the start of my final year and I've already met so many amazing individuals.

"My role is to develop a Wheelchair Basketball club at the University and make people aware of what an amazing and inclusive sport it is.

"I hope throughout the year I can make a difference and successfully develop one of the only disability sports clubs at UCLan."

Lauren also undertook a placement at a primary school during her second year – something she hopes will help her into a career as a Teacher.

"This was challenging and exciting for me as I'd never had to teach such a young age group before," said Lauren. "However, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the placement helped me realise I wanted to seek a career in Primary Education.

"I've gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during my time at UCLan. I have completed such a varied amount of modules and topics that my understanding of sport in a social and global context has grown from strength to strength.

"I've had such an amazing time over the past few years – meeting some amazing people and making lifelong friends. My lecturers have always provided exceptional knowledge, guidance and advice and have been the most supportive individuals throughout my University experience.

"My ethos throughout my time at UCLan has always been to get involved in everything and make the most of the resources and facilities this University has to offer."

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sports Studies quartet to lead Zambia trip

Carlton, Rebecca, Jessica & Luke
A group of UCLan students have been rewarded for their efforts on a charity project by being chosen to lead an upcoming trip to Africa.

Final year undergraduates Jessica Martin, Rebecca Neill, Luke Daniels and Carlton Evans have been appointed Team Leaders for the UCLan Sport for Development Project 2015.

They will coordinate next year's visit to Zambia, where students from different study routes will team up to make a difference to children's lives.

Working in partnership with agencies such as Sport in Action and Zambia-based Edusport, Senior Lecturer Cliff Olsson created the project to provide students with an opportunity to study the global value and contribution sport can make in one of the poorest areas of the world.

The projects rely upon the goodwill of voluntary sports leaders from the compounds who work with some of the most vulnerable children in the world with only the most basic of resources, delivering key life skill messages through activities and games.

Course Leader, Danny Nuttall commented: "The Sports Studies team are very proud of the achievements of our current third years. The staff who took students to Zambia last year were waxing lyrical about the efforts of Rebecca, Jess, Carlton and Luke, among others, upon their return.

"The fact that all of the Team Leader positions have been filled by students from our course this year is testimony to the great potential many of our third years are demonstrating at present.

"That, coupled with sheer hard work and determination, has made these four students the stand out candidates to lead their peers in Zambia again this year. Congratulations to all of them; this is recognition they all thoroughly deserve."

Jessica said: "The impact the project has on the communities, and the satisfaction we got from the experience last year, is what made us apply for the team leader positions. We're excited to be a part of the project this year and see it from a different perspective as team leaders.

"We hope to be confident and competent to be able to guide and influence the students involved with the project. It will help supplement our leadership skills, which will work to our advantage in future careers as well as opening up new opportunities and options within sport for development."

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sports passion leads to teaching career

Stoke City Ladies FC star Hannah Bailey has used her passion for sport to take the first steps into what she hopes will be a successful career in teaching.

After graduating from the UCLan Sports Studies programme, Hannah qualified as a Teacher before securing her first role at Xaverian Sixth Form College in Manchester.

Hannah said her time at UCLan was fantastic: "I loved everything about the campus - location, facilities and most importantly the friends I made along the way. I had a solid group of friends studying alongside me which made learning a lot more enjoyable.

"We worked hard together and did as much extra enrichment as possible through the various sports coaching qualifications that were made available to us. The lecturers made such a difference; always on hand to help, with excellent subject knowledge and enjoyable and interactive lectures.

"My career path was always teaching and as a result I opted for the teaching modules to enhance my understanding. Work placements at a local sports development office enabled me to get first-hand experience of teaching in primary schools.

"Once university finished I decided to take some time out to develop my skills working in various settings from educational establishments, care homes and sports teams.

"I made the decision to complete my teaching training in further education. Knowing I had a real strong passion for sport sociology and confidence to speak in front of groups, teaching was my vocation.

"I'm currently employed as a teacher of PE and Uniform Public Services at Xaverian College. In the future I hope to complete my Master's and eventually lecture on a sports course at university.

"I love sports, but football has and will always be my passion. I play for Stoke City Ladies in the FA Women's Premier League and I'm currently top goalscorer in the league - not such a bad accomplishment!"

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Bloomsbury Collections book series

The Bloomsbury Collections book series is an essential resource for our students.

Professor John Horne from our International Research Institute for Sport Studies edits 'Globalizing Sport Studies' (GSS), which is just one of a number of useful titles in the series.

The books are published with Creative Commons licenses, meaning they are all available to read (if not download) for free. One example on Japanese women and sport can be found here.

Other books in the series are listed on the right hand side of the page and discuss cricket, boxing, the media, and sport for development. Another on sport and social movements will be on the website shortly.

There are many other books in Bloomsbury Collections that may be of interest - for example the one listed at the bottom of the right hand side (The Trojan Horse) is co-authored by Garry Whannel and features a chapter on sport and sponsorship.

A range of books from the series can also be found in the UCLan Library.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Stephen uses placements as springboard to new career

UCLan Sports Studies offers a variety of global opportunities to its students to help enhance their future career prospects.

Stephen Prosser took advantage of a number of these during his time at UCLan and has now secured a management role with Europe's largest provider of 5 & 6 a-side football leagues. Stephen has kindly shared his story with us:

"I spent a lot of time at a school in Tanzania teaching PE and coaching a number of sports teams. We held a number of tournaments at the school, most notably sports weekend where five other schools from around the country came to compete in eight different sports over one weekend.

"The school's Athletic Director noticed my work during these tournaments and entrusted me to organise two of my own tournaments towards the end of my stay. The first one was a primary school football tournament which was probably the biggest the country has ever had.

"The other was an annual soccer 7s tournament which was an honour to take control of. It was highly rewarding when a local orphanage won the boys' tournament.

"I also assisted with outdoor pursuit trips where I was a chaperone for trips up Mount Kilimanjaro or some of the other mountains in the region.

"I've also spent the last four summers working as a camp counsellor at Camp Wright in America. In my second year I took over as Sports Director which meant I had much more responsibility.

"In my final two years I was appointed Camp Wright's male section head, which meant I was in charge of over 40 staff members over each summer and had to follow ACA guidelines in order to make the camp run safely and successfully.

"I now work for Leisure Leagues in Warwickshire, controlling 25 five & six a-side leagues around the country. My time abroad during my course really benefited me, as it gave me the confidence to go on and start my career in sports and will hopefully help me achieve my dreams in later life."

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Graduate pursues Olympic dreams

The Adidas slogan 'Impossible is Nothing' was a message designed to inspire 'the desire to push yourself further, to surpass limits, to break new ground'.

For UCLan graduate Tene-Riin Vaarmann that mantra is the driving force behind her efforts to achieve her dream role with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Tene-Riin graduated with a Sport with Journalism Combined Honours degree in 2012 - something she embarked on with a view to giving herself a broad knowledge base to succeed in her future career.

During her time at UCLan she helped launch Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club's new website whilst on placement there, and was an active member of UCLan Tennis Club.

After graduating, Tene-Riin volunteered at London 2012 and also at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In Sochi she worked directly for the IOC, helping them carry out the Athletes' Commission election.

Tene-Riin said: "My experience in both Olympics made me realise this is something I want to do in the future, so I applied for a Master's programme which will hopefully get me a job exactly in that field.

"I'm now a student at the International Olympic Academy located in Ancient Olympia, right next to the ancient Olympic stadium. It is simply magical to study or even be in the very heart where it all began.

"My Master's programme entitled 'Olympic studies, Olympic education, organization and management of Olympic event' has been developed in association with the University of Peloponnese, Greece and has been running as a fully recognized degree since 2009. Each year only 30 students are selected from across the world.

"I tend to dream big, so my ultimate goal for the future would be to work for the IOC. I'm sure the road for reaching that goal is going to be very tricky and it is going to take a lot of work.

"UCLan was a very exciting three years for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my academic programme. I also very much enjoyed Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, as I was lucky enough to train there during its first year. Overall, I must say I really liked my time at UCLan, as it was both academically and socially fulfilling."

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

British Army invite for Institute's Historian

With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of World War One, Dr Iain Adams is a much-wanted man.

In December, Dr Adams will travel to Germany to help the British Army re-enact the famous Christmas football match against the German Army.

Based in the International Football Institute at UCLan's School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors, Dr Adams' knowledge of sport during WW1 has seen him called upon by a number of high-profile organisations to offer expert insights into the subject.

During the summer he travelled to the USA to present a paper on 'Football and The 1914 Christmas Truce' at the North American Society for Sports History at Glenwood Springs, Colorado. On his return to the UK, Dr Adams was a guest on BBC Radio Lancashire’s 'Drive Time' show, talking about Women's Football and WW1.

He followed up with two slots on the BBC for their roadshow in Blackpool entitled 'BBC World War One: The Home Front', where he presented to a combined audience of 1,500 people on sport on the home front during WW1.

Dr Adams also attended the North West British Society for Sport History's symposium on sport in Britain on the eve of the war, and conducted a workshop on Football at the Front for the staff of the National Football Museum, in preparation for their new exhibition 'The Greater Game' which opens later this year.

Monday, 8 September 2014

International Research Institute for Sport Studies update

Professor John Horne has been invited to participate in two sessions at the 2014 Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) in Portland, Oregon, USA, in November.

One double session includes a panel of scholars to consider the 'big picture' for the field of sociology of sport.

The roundtable discussion features: Toni Bruce, Jay Coakley, Peter Donnelly, Kiernan Gordon, John Horne, Annelies Knoppers, Montserrat Martin, Catherine Palmer, George Sage, Kimberly Schimmel, Lawrence Wenner, and Belinda Wheaton.

Organised in conjunction with the upcoming 50th anniversaries of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and its scholarly journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS), papers and roundtable discussion make assessments on the trajectory, challenges, and future of the sociology of sport, both in terms of the field as a whole and in assessments of specialty areas that define the contours.

John will speak on 'Sports Mega-Events and Capitalist Modernity', and a paper with the same title will be published in a special issue of the IRSS in 2015.

In October, Andy Carmichael commences a part-time PhD supervised by Professor Horne and Dr Jess MacBeth on 'Promoting Pro-Environmental Behaviour in English Football'. Andy will examine the current state of environmental management in the sport of football in England.

In addition to the investigation of English clubs and organisations, the study will also consider the impact of international governance in the sport. Comparisons with other nation's environmental behaviour in football, other sports' environmental behaviour and other industry sectors environmental behaviour will also be considered.

IRiSS's first postgraduate student Sadie Hollins (who received her PhD for a thesis entitled 'Intersections of Economy, Environment and Locality at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012' last year) has recently been appointed as Associate Research Fellow in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.

Sadie will contribute to a project funded by The FA examining the effects of changes made to the competitive structure of grassroots youth football (e.g. pitch size, player numbers, league structure) for the 2014-15 season.

Speakers have been contacted for the IRiSS Research Seminars and full details will follow soon. The seminars (all on Wednesdays, Greenbank Building, GR350, Preston, PR1 2HE, at 3pm) are scheduled for the following dates: 2014: 19 November; 17 December; 2015: 28 January, 18 February and 11 March.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Golfer harbours professional ambition

James Ashman graduated from Sport Studies this year with an 2:1 degree.

He was a golf scholar and part of the successful UCLan Golf Club who've achieved some tremendous recent results in the BUCS competition.

James has some ambitious plans for his future: "Now I've finished at UCLan I'm planning on playing golf full-time for a couple of years and am going to attempt to turn professional next year.

"If this doesn't materialise I'll look to return into further education and progress down the Sports Business Marketing route, after picking this as one of my options in the Sport Studies course."

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Michelle Goes Ape in the Lakes

UCLan Sports Studies graduate Michelle Ferry has used her degree to secure a role as in Instructor with Go Ape in the Lake District.

We spoke to Michelle to find out more: "UCLan helped me further my understanding of teaching sports in schools, and the theories behind sport, as well as learning many teaching styles that I hope to put into practice.

"I'm hoping my role at Go Ape will enable me to gain further experience in outdoor education, as I'm now living in the Lake District so I can also improve in outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, kayaking, walking, road biking and climbing.

"In September I hope to begin a primary PGCE in Carlisle to follow my dream of becoming a teacher. Whilst living in the Lake District I've made contact with schools and have subsequently received an offer from one who is happy to take me for my PGCE placement. This school has a strong focus on outdoor pursuits and physical education, so it's an extremely exciting prospect.

"Thank you to my lecturers at UCLan for their enthusiasm and encouragement throughout my time there, allowing me to progress and achieve."

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gentleman Jim bids to join pro ranks

Our courses provide a platform to many varied careers within sport. Jim Ratcliffe graduated this summer with a 2:1 in Sports Studies and now intends to pursue a career in professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) before progressing into coaching the sport.

Jim says the course surpassed his expectations, helping him make many positive changes to his future plans: "You're encouraged to adopt a critical yet valuable approach to the study of sport, and this positively altered my previous perceptions and knowledge of sport and sociology.

"As someone pursuing a career as an athlete I've gained a much greater understanding of my position in the world of sport, the challenges that face me and the contemporary sociological issues that occupy my chosen sport. I believe all of this will greatly aid me in my pursuit of success.

"The course staff also had a massively positive influence on my time at UCLan, with help and support always being readily available, particularly during the production of my dissertation, with all lecturers pushing students to reach their potential in an original and creative manner."

Jim spent almost two years out of the sport injured, but has bounced back in style. Having successfully completed his degree, he's hoping to turn professional within 12 months.

Course Leader Nick Passenger commented: "Jim was one of our many excellent students to graduate this year. He's a focused young man who embraced all the various elements in the course, notably the Personal Training and Physical Education strands.

"The course team have followed his progress in MMA, as have many of his peer group. Fighting out of SBG Mainline as a Middleweight, Jim's achieved some remarkable results and the future looks very bright for him.

"As his fight name states, Jim has been a gentleman throughout his time with us and has worked well with everyone on the course. He's very organised and has developed into an independent learner as well as finding a focus of where his future lies. Jim proves the course accommodates a variety of students and we're excited to follow his progress."

To see one of Jim's recent contests please click here.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

UCLan Sport for Development Project 2014

Sports Studies undergraduates have successfully completed the UCLan Sport for Development Project 2014.

Working in partnership with Sport in Action, Senior Lecturer Cliff Olsson created the project six years ago to provide students with an opportunity to study the global value and contribution sport can make towards supporting the Millennium Development Goals.

The scheme aims to actively support Sport for Development projects being delivered in some of the poorest parts of the world by agencies such as Sport in Action and Zambia-based Edusport.

The projects rely upon the goodwill of voluntary sports leaders from the compounds who work with some of the most vulnerable children in the world with only the most basic of resources, delivering key life skill messages through activities and games.

Along with Sports Coaching & Development students and colleagues from UCLan's Journalism and Media programme, our students worked at a variety of Zambian schools with children aged 3-16.

Cliff commented: "The project provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to develop their knowledge and understanding of Sport for Development, by working with Development Agencies in Africa with some of the most challenging communities in the world.

"The project is led by final year undergraduates who develop leadership, management and problem solving skills over a six week period in Zambia. I think it's a unique opportunity that reinforces UCLan's commitment to providing real life experiences for our students."

After returning from Zambia, student Joseph McQuade was invited to BBC Radio Lancashire to talk about the trip on John Gillmore's show.

He said: "This was a truly unforgettable trip for me, as it opened up my eyes to how the Zambian people lived. They had next to nothing but still greeted me every day with smiles and songs. I was surprised to see how happy they were.

"The trip wasn't only working with hundreds of children a day, as we also got to see Zambia's Victoria Falls, as well as taking a trip over to Botswana to see what their safari had to offer. This trip was a truly amazing experience and I'd recommend it to everybody."

To view more images from the trip please click here.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sport, Leisure and Tourism in South America

Professor John Horne, Director of our International Research Institute for Sport Studies (IRiSS), has written the following article to coincide with Brazil hosting World Cup 2014:

Academic interest in sport, leisure and tourism in the nations that comprise South America has been given a significant boost by the scheduled hosting of the two largest sports mega-events – the FIFA men’s football world cup finals and the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

This is not to say that research has not been conducted until recently, but to acknowledge that the English-language literature has started to increase in the past three years, and looks certain to grow even more rapidly in the next three and beyond. One of the reasons is that the staging of these 'megas' focuses the attention of the global media on the host nation and cities involved.

In the past 30 years most of the developed and developing world have joined in the competitive marketing of places as social and economic opportunities seeking capital investment. Many ‘Cariocas’ (Rio de Janeiro locals) glued themselves to their TV screens at 11am local time on October 2nd, 2009, awaiting the results of a decision about whether or not Rio de Janeiro would host the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On Copacabana beach, proposed site of the 2016 beach volleyball competition, a huge party was scheduled whether or not Rio was selected. The decision to award the Olympics to Rio was very much the icing on a decade of steady development. Brazil's had been one of the few economies that had remained stable and growing, leading to it being hailed as one of the so called BRICs, the major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Whilst there were no groups organized in Rio specifically against the Olympic bid, there were several groups on the ground concerned with the legacy these Olympics would bring to Rio, and especially to the marginalised communities living in favelas and other informal housing developments. While eviction in low-income, informal areas has become a not-uncommon consequence of mega-event planning worldwide, housing rights violations have reached significant proportions during recent Olympics.

It is in this way that sport, and sports mega-events such as the Olympics especially, may appear superficially as credible tools of development. Yet they do so in ways that does not challenge inequalities or neo-liberal development. In fact the hosting of sports mega-events may be a most convenient shell for the promotion of neo-liberal agendas, since they do not deviate from top down notions of economic and social development.

Contemporary sport is not simply a set of commercial media spectacles, even if it often seems that way. Sport as an active practice continues to be undertaken and played by millions more participants than the relatively small number of elite athletes whose performances are routinely broadcast on national, and increasingly, international media networks.

In addition many more people than actually participate in it follow any particular sport. Popular involvement in sport is one of the major accomplishments of the 100 years or so since modern sport was established. But sport is not naturally followed anymore than people naturally go shopping. Sport consumers and audiences are made not born.

Sport consumerisation appears initially to have relied upon local and national affiliations. Globalisation has offered the opportunity to expand this process of consumerisation and the mass media of communications have played a major role in the creative process whereby sport is transformed. In turn as mediated sport has become an accepted part of everyday life worlds it has also come to play an influence in consumption choices and aspirations for particular consumer goods and lifestyles.

Hence sport today – especially through a focus on large scale ('mega') mediated events and celebrity accomplishments - plays a major role in the maintenance of consumer culture, especially through marketing, advertising and other promotional strategies. Hence the three main features of contemporary consumer capitalism - globalisation, commodification and inequality - shape and contour contemporary sport and sports mega-events, such as the Olympics.

Perusal of the Taylor & Francis journals focusing on sport, leisure and tourism – including Sport in Society, the International Journal of the History of Sport, Soccer & Society, the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Current Issues in Tourism and Leisure Studies – reveals a number of recurring topics of interest that enable us to begin to understand these and other developments in South America. These include (association) football, mega-events, sport and indigenous physical culture, leisure and tourism.

Football, by far and away the most popular sport throughout South America, features in articles about fans, elite migrant labour, professional organisations and globalisation. Mega-events attract accounts about the history of South American involvement, involvement in the Football World Cup and the Olympics and also the impacts of hosting on marginalised communities.

In addition to football, sports and other forms of physical culture discussed include hurling in Argentina via the Irish emigrants, surfing in Brazil and capoeira – the Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Specific accounts of the development of policies for sport in Brazil and Venezuela and the philosophy of sport in South America feature in some articles. Discussion of the development of leisure in Brazil and gender divisions and sport also appear. Finally tourism is discussed in terms of the development of ecotourism and tourism policy.

In addition the journals contain overviews that summarise the history and development of sport and leisure in South America more generally, as well as those that discuss the complex composition of South American societies in the wake of centuries of immigration and colonial exploitation. Hence the diaspora of Europeans – the British, the Dutch, the French, the Germans and the Italians – as well as Portuguese and Spanish are rivalled by that of Japanese people, creating in Brazil the largest Japanese-speaking population outside of the Far East.

In future, as research grows, at least in the English-language literature, it will undoubtedly fill some of the gaps in our understanding and thus overcome the exoticisation of South American culture often presented in popular travel programmes and documentaries. South America contains both economic giants, such as Brazil (that puts the ‘B’ in BRICs) and relatively smaller developing economies. Anthropologists, historians, human geographers, political scientists and sociologists, amongst other scholars, will all find opportunities to investigate and write about sport, leisure and tourism in South America in forthcoming years.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Graduate secures teaching role

Rachael Wignall graduated with a first class degree in Sports Studies and is now pursuing her dream of becoming a Physical Education Secondary School teacher.

From September to December 2013 Rachael undertook work experience at Lytham St Anne's Technology and Performing Arts College.

Through her professionalism and enthusiasm the College have now offered her a first placement through a School Direct Secondary Physical Education PGCE course in September 2014. This programme, run by the University of Cumbria, will see Rachael achieve her teaching qualification whilst based at the school.

Rachael still volunteers within the local community and also coaches football to the Warton Typhoons U9s & U10s. She has also used her knowledge from the course to carry out work experience with disability multi-sports group Fun Pod Foxes at St Anne's YMCA. UCLan Sports Studies will continue to monitor Rachael's progress with interest.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Kazan link strengthens

As part of our commitment to offering students a world-class learning experience, UCLan recently welcomed a delegation from Kazan University, Russia, to our Preston campus.

Organised in conjunction with Dr Sue Minten (Sport Business Management), the visit followed last year's successful online lecture with Kazan, and saw four students and one lecturer join our undergraduates in a series of activities.

The group's first session saw them join our first year Physical Education students to learn various teaching methods for the delivery of primary school National Curriculum activities. Focus was predominantly geared towards the delivery of Basketball and target games.

The international students became involved with discussions around key concepts and key processes within the National Curriculum, as well as the understanding of the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills obtained by pupils through this.

Later in the week the Kazan students visited a local primary school to support three of our second year students - Thomas Downward, Rebecca Neill and Brian Mabhen - in the delivery of Tag Rugby and Netball to the Key Stage 1 class as part of their placement module.

Megan Greaves observed the group to enhance her knowledge of teaching younger year groups, having been associated with older primary school children previously. At break-time the Russian students answered a number of sociocultural questions about their country, which put their English to the test. It gave Tom, Brian and Becky a well-deserved rest!

The Kazan students were impressed by the professionalism of our students and certainly the standards set by all three students to the classes was impressive.

After a trip to Preston North End’s Deepdale ground, the Russian students were given the opportunity to observe and take part in sessions at CrossFit Spectrum gym in Preston. Course Leaders Nick Passenger and John Metcalfe have developed close links with the gym to enhance and broaden the training horizons of our students.

The international links with Kazan are continuing to develop and plans to take a Sport Studies cohort to Russia in the next academic year continue to be looked at. Both our first year and second year students were extremely welcoming of our visitors and we look forward to working with them in the forthcoming months.

Monday, 3 March 2014

'Sports gambling in Japan: field notes from the velodrome'

The International Research Institute for Sports Studies (IRiSS) is set to host its final Research Seminar of 2013/14.

Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter from the University of Vienna will deliver 'Sports gambling in Japan: field notes from the velodrome' on Tuesday, 11th March, 3 – 5 pm, Greenbank Building, GR350, Preston, PR1 2HE.

The seminar will explore how the world of track cycling (keirin) connects a long standing interest in gambling with research into sports in Japan.

Professor Manzenreiter, who is visiting Preston as part of the UCLan Distinguished Visitor programme, will also address third year Sports Studies undergraduates on Monday, 10th March.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Research seminars

The International Research Institute for Sports Studies (IRiSS) have a series of Research Seminars scheduled for the first three months of the year.

On Wednesday 29 January Professor Garry Whannel from University of Bedfordshire presents 'Reflections on the London Olympic Games: festival, spectacle, media and sponsorship', while Wednesday 19 February sees the University of Salford's Professor Garry Crawford discuss 'Is it still in the Game? (Re) considering sport-themed video games and the rise of mobile gaming'.

As part of the UCLan Distinguished Visitor Programme, Professor Wolfram Manzenreiter (above) from University of Vienna is scheduled for Tuesday 11 March to present 'Gambling and Sport in Japan'.

All seminars commence at 3.00 pm in Greenbank Building, GR 348, Preston, PR1 2HE.