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.